Complete Body Care with Fruits and Vegetables

Your popularity ensures that you are always the center of attention. Wherever you are, you turn heads, but hey! What is this? A zit and a tan from that holiday at Goa? Wait! Don’t reach for the nearest cosmetic! Your kitchen is full of the goodness of nature.

Just a word of caution before you begin using natural remedies! Before applying something on your skin, do a patch test to check if you are allergic to any of them. Let this skin care guide be your companion to understand what combinations of vegetables and fruits can benefit you inside out.

Fruits and Vegetables for Healthy Skin

Fruits contain vitamins and minerals in abundance and have healing properties that assure you a smooth, flawless and glowing skin. Given below is a list of some therapeutic fruits and how you can use them for various skin care methods:

  • Avocados – This fruit is not just good for your face but also your hair. Mash an Avocado and apply it on your face. Wash it off with water after ten minutes. Tie in in a bag and dab your eyes with it. It helps puffy eyes.
  • Apricots – Remove the seed and split open your apricots to get the kernel. Grind them and add it to your body lotion. Use it to exfoliate your face.
  • Cucumber – Cucumber clears the skin of all blemishes and cools it. Add a few drops of lemon juice to slices of cucumber and rub it gently over your face. You may also place two slices of cucumber on your eyes for rejuvenation. It is especially good in hot weather. Mix chopped cucumber, olive oil and plain curd in a bowl. Rubbing this mixture over your face will impart immense cooling and freshness to hot skin.
  • Cherries – Make a mixture of dry oatmeal and cherry juice. Apply it on your face and wash it off after 5 minutes. You can also mix sea salt and cherry juice to make a body scrub.
  • Ginger  - This root has antioxidant properties that inhibit ageing. Chop it into pieces and mix it with a body lotion. Use it to scrub your face.
  • Lemon – With lemon, you can make toothpaste for whitening your teeth naturally. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with equal amount of bicarbonate of soda and half teaspoon of salt. Clean teeth with it once in a week.

Lemon also has bleaching properties. You can apply lemon juice over your face to lighten the skin and rubbing the two halves over elbows and knees will cure the dryness.

  • Orange – Mix freshly squeezed orange juice with a tablespoon of yogurt and apply it on the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
  • Potatoes – Grind a large potato and squeeze out its juice. Divide it in two parts and place them over your eyes for 10 minutes. It helps in removing dark circles.
  • Papaya – Take two teaspoons of honey and mix it with half ripe mashed papaya. Use it as a mask to prevent wrinkles.
  • Tomato – It has excellent astringent properties. Peel and chop tomatoes. Rub the pieces over your face to cleanse it and tighten pores.

Complete Beauty Care

When we talk about being beautiful, it is the overall care of your body that matters and not just the skin. Luckily for you, array of natural alternatives are available that you can count upon, for your complete beauty care regimen. The natural options given below traverse a lot beyind addressing your basic skin care issues and are a real treasure to beautify oneself naturally:

  • Eggs – Use egg white and yolk separately for your face and hair. Applying a mixture of egg white and honey tightens the skin, giving it a porcelain look. Applying the yolk mixed with a tablespoon of olive oil conditions your hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
  • Honey – Get rid of acne with Honey. Dip cotton bud into honey and apply it on pimples. It dries them effectively. You can also use it to condition dry and chapped lips. Warm a mixture of 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of water and apply it to your lips.
  • Mayonnaise – Massaging mayonnaise into hair after shampooing gives it a shine. Mixing mayonnaise with a mashed ripe avocado and applying it on hair, makes them lustrous and shiny. You can also apply mayonnaise to your lips to make them soft.
  • Milk – It has many properties that are good for your face. Use it to cleanse your face. It eliminates all traces of dirt from skin. Spritzing cold milk on face soothes skin. Use a bowl of milk to give yourself a pedicure. Soak your feet in a bowl of warm milk for half an hour. Scrub your feet with a hard brush. It removes dead skin and makes your skin soft and moisturized.
  • Olive Oil – Use Olive oil for conditioning your hair, moisturizing dry skin, as make up remover as well as for your pedicure and manicure.
  • Warm enough oil and massage into hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off.
  • Massage warm olive oil over dry skin to moisturize it.
  • Heat enough olive oil to soak your hands in it for 15 minutes. Repeat with your feet.
  • Remove eye make up by dipping cotton bud in olive oil and using it over your eyes and lashes.
  • Sugar – It is a gentle exfoliator that produces very good results when used in combination with other natural things. Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice, freshly squeezed with a few drops of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Rub it over your skin. This mixture unclogs the pores and eliminates the dirt and impurities that get accumulated in it, leaving the skin clean and moisturized.
  • Turmeric – Turmeric has been used since ancient times for its antiseptic properties. Make a paste using 2 teaspoons for turmeric with one teaspoon of honey and warm water. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with water.
  • Tea – Tea is used in every household as a refresher. Apart from refreshing you internally, it is a great booster for your eyes and skin too.
  • Earl Grey – Immerse two tea bags in boiling water for a few minutes. Keep them in cold water and then place them over your eyes for 10 minutes. This will refresh tired eyes.
  • Chamomile Tea – Immerse 4 tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Steam your face with this water by holding it over the bowl. You can also freeze this tea and move it over your face. It will sooth your skin.
  • Green Tea – This tea is excellent for drinking and applying on the face. Saturate cotton wool with cool tea and apply on your skin.

Addressing Related Concerns

When we talk about looking beautiful, there are certain issues that contribute to your overall personality and definitely determines the impression you leave on others. Given below are a few such issues that you must be mindful of and can be taken care naturally: 

  • Obesity and weight loss – While excess weight is not a disease, not maintaining an optimum weight and letting it increase can lead to many diseases including heart ailments. Including food such as watermelon, peanuts, olive oil, grapefruit, figs, chestnuts, carrots, cabbage and oats help increase the metabolism and lose weight. Also drinking plenty of water and green tea flushes out the toxins from the body and also helps decrease weight.
  • Attractive Smile – Smiles are contagious and instantly attracts people. But if you do not have white and healthy teeth, they can be the biggest turn off too. If you want to keep your smile attractive, including foods like lemon can keep scurvy away and also ensure good health to your teeth and gums.
  • Skin ailments –
    • Ageing – Although not an ailment but wrinkles often freak out people and start making you look old and haggered. Include prunes, cherries and apricots to smooth away these creases and slow down the process of ageing.
    • Smooth skin – Drink plenty of water and include olive oil, oats, lime, lemon and avocado to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free.

Beauty Inside Out

The best way to look gorgeous for years to come is, addressing skin and hair issues inside out. This implies that you cure the root cause of the problem to ensure good health to your skin, hair, and overall body.

Use a combination of different fruits and vegetables for your overall health. Each combination has a different purpose. Try out the combinations given below and watch your inner health reflect in your beauty:

  • Squeeze juices of carrot, apple and ginger and drink it when you need to cleanse your system. It also boosts it, leaving it refreshed.
  • Juices of cucumber, apple and celery help fighting cholesterol and prevent cancer. They also cure headaches and stomach ailments.
  • To improve your skin complexion, you can make a mocktail of carrot, tomato and apple or apple cucumber and kiwi. A health drink of milk, papaya, pineapple also improves the complexion.
  • A mocktail of carrot, tomato, and apple is a remedy for bad breath. You can also fight bad breath with juice of bitter gourd, apple and milk.
  • The following combination of juices help to lower the heat in the body. Choose the one that you like best:
    • Ginger, Orange and cucumber juice
    • Apple, Bitter gourd and milk juice
    • Carrot, pear, apple and mango juice
  • Cucumber, Orange and ginger juice improves the skin texture.
  • Excess salt in the body is not good. Get rid of it with a health drink made of pineapple, apple and watermelon and protect your kidneys and bladder.
  • Regulate the sugar levels in your body with pear and banana smoothie.
  • The following combination of juices are rich in vitamins:
    • A combination of Papaya, milk and pineapple is rich in vitamin C, E & Iron. It improves the metabolism, which is essential for maintaining optimum weight.
    • Banana, milk and Pineapple juice is rich in Vitamins.
    • Honeydew, milk, watermelon and grape juice strengthen the immune system.
    • Drink a glass of juice made of Carrot, apple, pear and mango to eliminate toxins from the body and lower blood pressure.

Natural Masks for Face, Body and Hair  

Using natural homemade masks for your face, body and hair help to not only clean them but also radiate with health. As they are made of natural foods that are available in your kitchen, you can be sure that they are not at all harmful.

Hair mask – Make a mask with the yolk of 1 egg, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a shampoo of your choice. Use this to shampoo your hair. It will cleanse and condition it, giving it shine and bounce.

Body lotion – Keep your body soft with this easy to make homemade lotion. In a glass bottle mix ¼ cup glycerin, 1 tablespoon almond oil, 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and 1/4th cup of rosewater. Use it every night before going to bed or in the morning before bath. It will keep your skin moisturized and ever glowing.

Exfoliator for Your Face – Scrubbing your face regularly removes the dead cells. It will also make your skin more receptive to moisture. Make this exfoliator and use it everyday in your bath.

  • Grate a bar of baby soap.
  • Grind into powder 2 cups of oatmeal.
  • Powder a packet of blanched almonds.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and scrub your face and both with this mixture everyday for a glowing and blemish free skin.

Hence, if you are not too obsessed with cosmetic product ranges that are available in the market nowadays, giving a try to these good old natural methods can prove to be both fruitful and inexpensive.

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