Hands up those of you who read the small print and content sheets on beauty products? The chances are, you will probably check the brand, price and it’s supposed beauty benefits. Did you know that everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body?
Why waste time with chemical loaded products when you have natural superheros at your hand – just basic everyday fruits and vegetables can be used to boost your beauty regime at a fraction of the cost?
Here is my top 5 helpers for achieving beautiful, wrinkle free radiant complexion!
Avocados are one of the healthiest food out there, but did you know they do miracles for your skin too? Avocado is loaded with antioxidants which are crucial for providing protection against environmental damage which leads to fine lines and other signs of ageing. It is also full of vitamin C, which is needed to create elastin and collagen that keep your skin nice and firm. Avocado also contains vitamin E which helps to prevent damage from free radicals that lead to skin ageing. Research has also indicated that vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from sun exposure.
Avocado Honey Face Mask
Great savior for dry skin – rehydrate your skin using just two ingredients – mix 1 whole avocado with a tablespoon of honey and spread evenly on your skin. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with warm (not hot!) water. Enjoy your new glowing skin. For best results repeat weekly.
Avocado and Yogurt Face Mask
Another face mask to pump up a ton of moisture to your skin – the yogurt in this face mask is a great alternative for you if you have acne prone skin. It contains lactic acid that kills the bacteria, so it should be your weapon of choice against acne. Use 1/4 of ripe avocado and mix with 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Mix until it becomes smooth enough to spread. Leave it on your face for 10 – 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
Oatmeal Avocado Mask
You will need half of ripe avocado and half cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal first, according to the instructions on the package and then mix well with the avocado. Spread evenly on your skin and leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Did you know tomatoes provide you with natural sun protection? They are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant known for its ability to protect the skin against UV damage. Potatoes are great to apply direct on the skin, especially after a sun burn as they have cooling properties and also have astringent properties which tighten the large pores on your skin. They clear acne, deep clean pores and fight ageing of your skin.
Tomato and Honey Face Mask
This skin brightening face mask is easy to make and will leave you with bright and glowing skin. Mix half of ripe tomato with a tablespoon of honey – the tomato should be blended enough to create a smooth puree. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes and then wash with warm water.
Tomato and Lemon Face Mask
Minimize your pores, tighten and brighten up your skin with this simple mask – all you need is one ripe tomato, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of oatmeal. Puree all ingredients in a blender until you have a spreadable paste. Put on your skin for 15 minutes and wash with warm water.
Spinach for wrinkles? You might be surprised to hear that, right? The fact is, spinach contains iron and vitamin C which are crucial for collagen production. We know that collagen is important for ageing skin as when we get older, our body struggles to produce enough of it. Spinach is also great to keep you hydrated, so no matter if you choose to eat it or put it in your juice, you’re doing your body a huge favor.
Now for the beauty stuff – Vitamin C and folates contained in spinach help to fight acne, improve your complexion, help to keep your skin hydrated and can even prevent stretch marks. Reap the benefits by making a spinach face mask.
Spinach Face Mask
Use 5-6 fresh spinach leaves, one tablespoon of raw organic honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a bit of almond oil (optional) with water. Blend well until the paste is easy to spread. Apply on dry and clean skin and leave to sit for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Spinach and Kale Face Mask
Mix 5-6 baby spinach leaves with couple of kale leaves, tablespoon of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey in a blender until smooth. Spread evenly on your face and neck and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
This humble fruit has three times more vitamin C compared to oranges, boost your immunity, helps you to fight infections, is high in minerals and most importantly, vitamin E helps to prevent ageing and fights against free radicals. Enough reasons to spread it generously on your skin and let it do its magic. Here is how.
Kiwi and Yogurt Face Mask
Use 1 kiwi that you puree until smooth and mix with one tablespoon of plain organic yogurt and a teaspoon or virgin olive oil (or other oil of your choice – argan oil would be also great). Apply on clean skin and leave to sit for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy the feeling of fresh, smooth and soft skin afterwards.
Kiwi and Banana Face Mask
Moisturise your skin with this superb combination – one kiwi in puree form, mixed with half of mashed banana and a tablespoon of honey. Mix well and apply generously on face and neck. Wash off after 20 minutes with warm water.
The humble grapefruit is a wonderful tool to help combat fine lines and premature ageing of skin. Packed with retinol antioxidants, it is one of the cheapest anti wrinkle treatments you can get at home. Use the mask at least once a week for best results.
Grapefruit and Oatmeal Face Mask
You will need one tablespoon of honey, half a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of grapefruit juice. Blend together and apply on dry clean skin. Let it dry and in 10-15 wipe clean with a damp cloth. Beautiful skin right there.
Grapefruit and Yogurt Mask
Fight fine lines with this surprisingly easy face mask – all you need is half cup of plain organic yogurt mixed with half cup of grapefruit juice. Spread evenly on your face and let dry. Wipe off the mask with damp warm cloth.
Did you find your ideal combination?
Why not test one of these next weekend and let us know how you liked the results?