Beauty in a Fruit Bowl

The wonders of fruits are abundant — they make refreshing and healthy treats that are easily available all year round.

Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, fruits are a natural and potent food source that nourish not just your body but also your hair, skin and nails. Now you can add another benefit to that long list of benefits that come with eating fruits – homemade beauty remedies!

Here’s a list of remedies that will keep you healthy and glowing.

PAPAYA

Rich in papain, this enzyme helps to deep cleanse and remove the skin of surface debris and dead skin cells. Combine mashed papaya with several teaspoons of fresh aloe vera or pure aloe vera gel and massage all over the body. Leave on for no more than five minutes. Avoid using this concoction on the face and other sensitive skin areas.

LEMONS                                                                                                                    

This is a classic home beauty ingredient. Its juice will cleanse and refresh your hair, while toning your scalp. Lemon slices can soften rough spots such as the skin on your elbows and heels. Lemon also helps to deodorize and deep cleanse your hands after a messy job. Fresh lemon toner promotes an even skin tone. To make your own, combine one cup of distilled water together with half a cup of lemon juice and the zest of one lemon. Shake well before use and apply with cotton all over your face. Alternatively, pour it into a spray bottle and take with you wherever you go for an invigorating spray on hot, sunny days.

PEACHES

If you have dry skin, you will definitely benefit from the much-needed hydration and Vitamin A boost of a peach mask  — and it’s so easy to make!  Mash fresh peaches and combine with a tablespoon of plain yoghurt for a smooth paste. Spread the mixture over damp skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water.

STRAWBERRY

This luscious berry provides not just Vitamin C but also salicylic acid, which helps to slough off rough, dead skin. Salicylic acid has also helped many troubled teens to curb acne throughout their adolescent years. You can make your own strawberry exfoliator by mixing one portion of salt for every three portions of strawberries plus a dash of olive oil. Be careful not to over mix as the high water content in strawberries will make the mixture too watery. Alternatively, mix a half cup of strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream as a weekly mask or for a pampering session after a long day at work.

APPLE

This cheerful red and green fruit is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and fibre — no wonder an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples work very well as a natural and instant breath-sweetening mouth rinse. Toners made with apple juice help soften skin due to the high malic acid content that acts as an antioxidant. Fresh juice can also be used to control dandruff without leaving behind any unpleasant chemical odours. Use the juice as the final rinse after shampooing for an apple-fresh fragrance.

PINEAPPLE

Like papaya, pineapples are also good skin softeners and are excellent for cleansing and rejuvenating dull skin. Substitute your loofah or sponge with pineapple skin to scrub your body while in the bath or shower. To soften rough feet, try a pineapple juice footbath. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse and follow-up with a rich, moisturizing cream.

BANANA

This protein-packed fruit has natural fats that are great if you’re in need of an energy boost. It’s mild and non-inflammatory, which makes it a soothing solution for sensitive skin. Try this easy homemade mask: mash one or two bananas and spread it over your face. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, rinse off and apply moisturizer. Recycle the leftover banana for a quick-fix hair conditioner.

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