It is amazing how Nature provides instant and effective remedy to most of our needs particularly when it comes to maintaining the health of our skin, body and mind.
Simple ingredients from Nature give exotic results. I find these ingredients in my vegetable patch or in my refrigerator. Yes – Fruits and vegetables that are capable of providing life and vitality to your skin when eaten and also when it is applied onto the skin. Some commonly found fruits and vegetables can be used to tone, brighten, and moisturize your skin. All you need is a slice of it!
A slice of:
Tomato – If your skin type is oily, cut a thin slice of tomato and rub the inside of the tomato onto your skin. It helps to remove the excess oil from your face. The juice from the tomato close your pores and prevent dirt and grime entering the pores .It helps to reduce acne as tomato is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. You will find that Vitamin A and vitamin C are commonly found in a lot of acne medicines.
Potato – Raw potato slice when rubbed to your skin helps to lighten the skin tone and reduces blemishes and other marks. It also acts as natural bleach and lightens your skin by removing the tan.
Banana – Banana is a very good emollient and is rich in magnesium and potassium. It helps in healing dry and chapped skin. Cut two slices of a very ripe banana and rub it on the area suffering from dryness and massage gently. Let your skin absorb the essence of the banana and let it stay on for ten minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Cucumber – Many of us would have done the cucumber slice eye treatment. Two thin slices of a cucumber are enough to reduce your puffy eyes. It helps to cool your eyes and remove the burning sensation caused by constant exposure to computer screen and television.
Why cucumber is good for your eyes: Cucumbers have an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces puffiness. The vegetable not only has a high water content, it but it’s often stored in the refrigerator and comes out cold. This means that the water hydrates your skin, and the cool temperature decreases the flow of blood to the space around your eyes. Together, additional hydration and reduced blood flow can sooth the skin around your eyes and alleviate swelling [source: Harmon,Hopkins].
Green grapes/ Red grapes – Rub a slice of grape to your face on regular basis. It can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reduce acne scars and moisturize your face at the same time. Grapes have got anti-ageing properties and it is rich in anti-oxidants. Antioxidants protect your body against damage by free radical molecules.
Sapodilla/ Chikoo fruit/ Sapota – I tried using ripe Sapodilla fruit as a natural scrub as the fruit has a grainy texture. I gently massaged it on my skin. Left it for five minutes and washed my face with warm water. Amazingly my skin got clean, clear and super supple. To know the nutritional benefits of Sapodilla please see http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sapodilla.html .
Lemon – Lemon Juice has got anti-bacterial qualities. Rubbing the juice to your face is a good treatment for acne, pimples and helps in removing age spots. If your skin is oily, lemon juice may be applied to your face to reduce the oiliness. Lemon juice is mildly acidic, so it may sting or temporarily irritate your skin when it is applied. Therefore, if your skin is sensitive, dilute the juice with water and your fingertips to apply it to your skin.
Avocado – How can I finish this post without mentioning about the super fruit Avocado? Yes, Avocado is a fruit. It has got super skin softening properties. It is a fat storehouse of vitamin E and a good source of Vitamin A, B1, B2 and essential fatty acids. Rub the flesh of the Avocado to your skin and massage the flesh of the Avocado for five minutes to get a super glowing skin. This simple treatment is good for the dry skin.
Bye for now. With love from PetalDew – Nature’s Nurture