With the passage of time, skin needs more time and care. But getting a spa facial can be an expensive affair. Why not harness Nature’s own bounty of fruits, waiting for you to discover their skin-pampering benefits? I doubt any cream or lotion can match them!
The five that I have listed here are probably already on your plate or in your bowl, but get them to play a starring role in your skin care routine, and you will get better-than-spa results.
Banana: bananas are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin A, B, C, magnesium, potassium, and folate. The fruit heals cracked skin, hydrates and nourishes it beautifully, delaying the signs of ageing. Mashed banana mixed with a little honey is manna for skin.
Avocado: incredibly rich and creamy, avocados readily transfer their moist goodness on to your skin. Peel, seed and mash an avocado. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil. Your hydrating face mask is ready! Apply it all over face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water, and dab face dry.
Papaya: rich in Vitamin A and papain, papaya offers excellent antioxidant benefits, helping skin get rid of toxins and wear a radiant look. Simply apply papaya pulp onto your face and neck, and relax for a few minutes, eyes closed. Wash off with tepid water, followed by a splash of cold water. For deeper hydration, mix some milk and honey into the mashed fruit. Did you know: even the skin of papaya contains skin-pampering nutrients. After peeling, rub the moist inner skin along your face. Wash off. Your skin will feel wide awake and fresh.
Tomato: Yes, tomato is a fruit! The juice of tomato is nutritional gold. But have you tried tomato-based face masks to tighten and brighten skin? You should. Tomatoes can reduce blemishes and blackheads. They even out skin tone, and shrink pores. Mix tomato pulp with a little oatmeal, and you have an exfoliating mask. Mix lemon juice with tomato pulp, and you have a cleansing mask. What can be easier—and more effective?!
Strawberries: the antioxdiant power of strawberries helps you defy age. The beautiful berry supports connective tissue, healing the skin from within. Crush 8 to 10 strawberries into a pulp, and mix with 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this delicious mask on your face, and wash off after a good 20 minutes. Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and radiant.