Fruits for Beautiful You
We all love fruits! Aside from nutritional benefits fruits give us, they also promote beauty and wellness. Among the hundreds of fruits we have, the following fruits are commonly known and available in the Philippines for our tummy and skin.
A is for apple! Everybody loves apples. Not only delicious but nutritious too. Just as what they say, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Apples are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which are best in removing off old skin and helps reveal fresh new skin. It also contains pectins that firms and tightens saggy skin like fine wrinkles. Apples are not only great on skin but also for your teeth and breath. To fight breath problems, you can eat apples before going to bed. It also helps you lessen the oil on your skin.
For an Apple Mask, grate fresh apple and add honey. Apply on your washed face and leave for 10 minutes. Then, rinse with water.
LEMONS or CALAMANSI
You can use either lemons or calamansi if you want a fairer skin. Lemons or calamansi contains enzymes that helps you rub of the dead skin cells. It also helps your freckes disappear. Rather than getting a whitening soap, rub about 2 or 3 calamansi on your body for a natural whiter and fairer complexion. If you have underarm odor problem, you can also rub them on your underarms while showering and leave them for about 1-2 minutes and rinse well. This also works if you have smelly feet. You can also make a lemon scrub by mixing 1/2 cup milk, 1 fresh lemon juice or 5 calamansi juice and 3 tablespoon of oatmeal. Gently rub on skin and rinse off with water. Lemons or calamansi can also help your dandruff problems. Just add lemon juice or calamansi on a water in your dipper, use it as last rinse after washing your hair.
Do not use large amounts of lemon juice or calamansi juice if you have a very sensitive skin. It will cause irritation and redness. Make sure not to expose your body to sun for few hours after using lemon juice or calamansi juice.
One of the most nutritious fruits in the world is the Banana. It contains vitamins A, B and E , potassium, iron, iodine and magnesium. For dry and aging skin, try making a Banana Mask. Get a large banana, peel them with the back of the fork then add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of oatmeal. Apply on washed face. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash face thoroughly with water. It will nourish your face and helps you to have a supple and hydrated skin. Banana mask leftover can also be used on your feet if yours are dry.
Eating fresh strawberries will not only help whiten your teeth but it can also make your breath fresh. While eating them, leave a handful of straberries for your face. Strawberries are packed with tons of antioxidants that helps prevent premature aging. It contains natural source of salicylic acid which is the most effective cure in fighting acne or pimples. Strawberries are great natural toner and moisturizer to for skin.
Blend together 1 cup of fresh strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sour cream or yoghurt.. Apply the strawberry mask evenly on your skin and leave it to dry for at least 20 minutes. When the mask dries up, wash your fash with water. Do this 3 -5 times a week. You can also use the remaining mask on your feet as a foot scrub. Just add about 3 tablespoon kosher salt and rub on your feet and rinse.
Pineapples are rich in bromelain, which is a natural enzyme that removes dead skin cells, dirt and oil on skin surface. It is also a great as anti-oxidants. It contains vitamin C, B1 and manganese. For Pineapple exfoliating mask, blend 4 slices of fresh pineapples, 2 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp. oatmeal. Apply on skin and rinse well after 20 minutes. Like apples, it helps lessen the plaque on your teeth, and also prevents gum diseases.
No need to use soaps, shampoos and creams with Papaya. Why not just use fresh papaya for you to have an instant whitening glow on your skin? Papaya is one of the most common beauty remedy for several problems on skin. Like the rest of fruits, it can also be used in minimizing wrinkles and age spots. It is also be used as a remedy on pimples of acne. For your papaya mask, slice a medium piece of papaya, mash them with fork and massage gently on your face and neck. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash fash with water.
Loaded with vitamin A that helps minimize the the size of pores on your face. It also helps helps control oil. It promotes collagen production for a younger looking skin. It can also exfoliate your skin to make it radiant and fresh. It also decreases dullness and prevents pimples and acne. For your watermelon skincare, mash pieces of watermelon the apply on face. Leave for 10-12 minutes and wash with water. You can also freeze cubed watermelon and rub them on your skin for a refreshing and cooling effect.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C which are best known for is toning and exfolilating properties. It helps improve the texture and color of skin. It also helps restore the collagen to make your skin firm and to prevent from early eaging. As simply as rubbing a fresh orange on your skin with help tighten and lighten. You can also use it as body scrub. You may also 2 tablespoons of milk with a half cup of orange juice and apply on face for radiant and blemish-free skin.
You may also combine any fruit, mash them, add a little honey and apply on face as mask. Leave for 5-10 minutes and wash with water.
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