The healthiest way to get your skin glowing is from the inside out: eating a nutrient-rich diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest. Second best to that is indulging your skin with relaxing and nourishing treatments. In a ridiculous yet perfect world, I would have the luxury of daily spa treatments. Considering there’s a fat chance of that ever happening, here are some great “recipes” for creating natural do-it-yourself beauty treatments. They’re fast, simple and, best of all, considerably cheaper than the spa. So get the most of the summer season’s bounty using fresh fruits and vegetables that are as good for your skin as they are for your health.
Lemons reduce oil and prevent shine on your face. Before bed, apply fresh lemon juice to your face with a cloth or clean makeup brush. Leave the juice on your skin for five minutes. Rinse. Temporary redness, caused by the citric acid, is normal. For a morning toner, combine 10 drops of lemon juice with one half cup of water. Saturate a cotton ball with mixture and dab over clean skin. Do not rinse.
Exfoliate your face with pineapple, papaya or grapefruit. All you have to do is mash up the fruit, apply to face, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off.
Blueberries, known for their antioxidant power, will repair damaged cells and add hydration to skin. Add ¼ cup blueberries, 1 tbsp raw honey, and 1 tbsp olive oil to a blender and blend well. Evenly apply all over the face, leaving room around the eyes and mouth. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes allowing it to fully sink in hydrating and nourishing the skin. To get rid of dead skin add about a teaspoon of sugar to the ingredients for extra exfoliation qualities. Remove with a damp cloth.
Egg whites tighten the skin’s pores. Beat an egg-white until it reaches a foamy consistency, apply to your face and let it sit for about 10 minutes before you rinse it off.
Boil about 15 leaves (mint if your skin is oily, rose if your skin is dry) in ½ liter of water. Set the mix aside for 15 minutes, and then strain. Once it has cooled, add 2 tablespoons of powdered milk to the mix. Pour into a bottle and shake well before using.
Note: you can keep the remover in the fridge for up to one week.
Strawberries contain a tooth-whitening agent called malic acid. You need 1 strawberry and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking soda until blended. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry/baking soda mix. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.)
A body scrub cleans and exfoliates the skin, improves blood circulation and helps remove toxins. Mix together 1/4 cup coarse brown sugar,1 cup grapeseed oil, and 1/4 cup grated lemon peel. Gently rub on your body in a circular motion. Concentrate on rough areas like elbows, knees and heels. Rinse with water.
Coconut, Olive, Hemp and Flaxseed oils are all full of vitamins and antioxidants. Massage a moderate amount onto the body and leave in for the day for an all over moisturizing sheen.
This will restore energy to tired summer feet. Add 8 leaves of green lettuce to about 4 liters of lukewarm water. Let your feet soak in the mix for about 10 minutes.
To add shine to your hair, add a handful of salt to your regular shampoo.
An avocado hair mask will give your hair a deep moisturizing treatment. Smash half an avocado until it reaches puree consistency. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one egg yolk. Spread evenly onto your hair and massage. Keep it in your hair for about 5 minutes, and then rinse it out.
To repair split ends, heat up a small quantity of olive oil and apply it to the tips of your strands. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and let it sit for 5 minutes. Without rinsing it out, follow with your regular shampoo