How to make your skin look perfect? In one word, the answer is fruits. Those simple low-calorie, good-for-snacks things that sit in your fridge have another use aside from being very good for health, providing fibre and aiding digestion, and helping with weight loss plans. They are excellent for your skin. And oh, you don’t always have to eat them. Apples, strawberries, peaches, plums are all magic skin enriching foods.
Strawberries contain salicylic acid that is excellent for skin that is prone to acne and tends to get oily. It also has mild bleaching qualities that are perfect for brightening up your face and arms before that big party. Mash five strawberries with a teaspoon moong dal, the whites of two eggs and a little curd, and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and you’re all set.
Did you know that apples are not good for keeping doctors away? The humble apple is also an excellent skin toner. Add one cup of apple juice to your bath water to help soften your skin. If you use it in the final rinse while you shampoo your hair, it acts as an anti-dandruff agent. An apple a day, indeed!
Plums are rich in Vitamin A and C and have anti-wrinkle properties. A face pack of mashed plum and lemon juice is very good for oily skin, helps reduce acne, and restores a healthy glow to the skin. For dry skin, try peaches instead. Mash a ripe peach, mix it with curd, add a few drops of rose water, and make a smooth paste. Apply on your face and leave it for about 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. That should bid goodbye to dry skin for a while, leaving it moisturised, supple, and smooth.
Avocados are excellent for reducing puffiness around the eye. Apply a peeled slice of avocado under each eye for 20 minutes to reduce redness, irritation and puffiness. For people with oily skin, a face mask made by mixing half an avocado (mashed), the white of one egg, and one teaspoon of lemon juice will do wonders. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
But before you sell out full scale on any of these remedies, remember to try a patch test on a small part of your skin to make sure you’re not allergic and the treatment suits your skin.
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