Fruit-ify to Beautify!

By Kimberly Roberson

Not only are fruits delectably delicious, and much more healthier for your overall health than processed food and snacks; fruits also have beauty and skin boosting properties to help you maintain your skin and body’s youth and radiance. Consuming the fruits is ideal for overall benefits and effectiveness, however we are going to share a few D.I.Y. masks and tips to use it in addition to your beauty maintenance routine.

POMEGRANATES

pomegranate_skin

Photo Copyright: Olga Ekaterincheva

Pomegranates are a wonderful berry species of fruit, that aside from being a healthy tasty treat, is full of “Ellagic Acid.” Ellagic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that not only brightens the skin, but has numerous health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, and reduce thickening of aortic arteries.

Info Graphic Via: Women's Health

Infographic Via: Women’s Health

For your own Brightening Pomegranate Beauty Treatment, follow the instructions below:

Gather Ingredients:

  • 4-5 teaspoons fresh pomegranate juice (with seeds, as a facial scrub to slough off dead skin cells)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons freshly brewed green tea

1. Cut open the pomegranate top (crown) with a sharp knife. Then, cut into sections, being careful not to cut all the way through.

2. Place the sections in a bowl of cool water to soften, and roll out the juice sacs (arils) with your fingers. Strain and retain the seeds.

3. Place seeds in a small bowl, add green tea and lemon juice. Stir well.

4. Rub the mixture gently over your clean face and neck in a gentle circular motion. Pay special attention to areas prone to blackheads.

5. Leave the face pack to dry for 10 minutes before rinsing.

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberry

Photo Copyright: Dmitry Fisher

Who knew that these beautiful, small berries contained more vitamin C than your average orange or grapefruit? “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.” (Health) This powerful berry is packed with hydrating acids, that allows your skin to retain more moisture, thus, giving your skin a more plumper appearance and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Other benefits of adding strawberries to your diet are outlined in the image below:

Infographic via LiveLoveFruit  (Click on image for larger view)

Infographic via LiveLoveFruit
(Click on image for larger view)

If you have acne, or would like to clean your pores via the au-natural route,  strawberries also contain a natural salicylic acid which is proven to combat breakouts and blemishes.

Follow BeautyBanter’s recipe for the pore and blemish busting treatment:

What You’ll Need:
5 fresh strawberries, destemmed
1 tbls organic honey
1/4 fresh lemon (cut as a wedge)

Instructions:
Cut up the strawberries into fine pieces and place on a paper plate. Using a fork, smash the strawberries to excrete the juice. Do this until the strawberries are of a mushy consistency. Pour pulpy strawberry mixture into a bowl. Firmly squeeze your lemon wedge into the bowl and add your tablespoon of organic honey. With a spoon, stir quickly until all of the ingredients have combined together. You can also use a whisk to bind the ingredients together. If you’re mask is looking a bit too liquidy for your liking, add some more honey and stir again. If the mask is too thick for your liking, add more strawberry and lemon juice, and mix.

How To Use:
You’ll want to use this mask immediately because the ingredients are most potent within minutes of mixing them together making the benefits the strongest. You can either refrigerate for 10 minutes prior to applying so that the mask is cold and thus will feel more soothing on the skin, or you can apply straight from the bowl. Leave on skin for 7-12 minutes. Wash off with tepid water. Dispose of the any remaining mixture. You can use this mask 2x a week but you must make a fresh mask for each application.

Extras:
Strawberry face toner: If you have an remaining strawberries in your batch, mash them up and soak a cotton pad in the juice. Apply twice a day to the entire face as a toner. Keep this DIY strawberry toner (complete with seeds and pulp) in a closed tupperware bowl in the fridge and it will last for up to 5 days.

COCONUT OIL and MILK

Photo Copyright: Piotr Marcinski

Photo Copyright: Piotr Marcinski

Coconut, which is actually a “drupe,” and not a nut. A “drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp, or skin; and mesocarp, or flesh) surrounds a shell (the pit or stone or pyrene) of hardened endocarp with a seed inside.” (Princeton)

Coconuts are full of nutrients, including (but not limited to): Potassium,  Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and  Zinc. On top of being full of nutrients, coconuts are also anti-microbial, help balance blood sugar and cholesterol, provides hydration to the body, and can even be used as a temporary substitute for blood plasma in emergency situations.

But what we are more excited about are the amazing beauty benefits that coconuts can provide:

Infographic via: IdealHomeGarden.com (Click on image for larger view)

Infographic via: IdealHomeGarden.com
(Click on image for larger view)

As we mentioned, coconuts are also anti-microbial, making coconut milk an excellent alternative for cleansing the skin and hair. Coconut oil is also a great way to aid in further prevention of thinning hair. We love KitchenKurl‘s recipe for an all natural, sulfate-free shampoo:

  • 1/3 C. Almond Liquid Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners)
  • 1/2 C. Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tb. Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp. Tea Tree Oil (Vitamin E, Almond, Olive) 
  • 5-10 Drops Almond Essential Oil (Lavender, Lemon, or Vanilla)
  1. Melt coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a squeeze bottle or jar.
  3. Shake well to mix.
*** You can get a squeeze bottle at a dollar store.
*** Only keep the mixture in your shower for a month at a time.
*** Shake before each use.
*** Only use a small amount.

“Beauty is only skin deep.” –Thomas Overbury

COVER PHOTO VIA: Valua Vitaly

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