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Fruit to Face

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fruitface3.pngWhy should you put fruit (or veggies) on your face?

Nearly every fruit (and many veggies) have antioxidants, vitamins, and other properties (like fruit acids) that are great for every skin type. In fact, when I started this blog, I began by trying to isolate different fruits and which types of skin they’d work best on.

Almost every fruit is great for any skin type. Almost all of them help treat acne. Nearly all of them help rid the skin of dead cells, which makes them great for dry skin. Nearly every one enhances complexion. And SO many of them, with time, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

Some of them, however, are slightly better than others for different types of skin.

Just a little bit of fruit juice on your skin for a while. That’s it.

It’s similar to getting an expensive facial peel at the spa, only without the raw, red skin afterward.

Some of my favorite fruits/veggies to put on your face, just as they are, with nothing added:

  • Citrus: Lemon, orange, lime, tangerines – you can use the flesh/juice itself, or just rub the rinds on your face. Either way, don’t leave citrus on for more than 10-15 minutes. Also, it can cause photosensitivity (and lightening of the skin), so be wary of spending much time in the sun for a few hours after you’ve done this. Best for: Acneic and oily skin, as well as any skin with a lot of built-up dead skin cells. Be careful with broken skin, though.
  • Berries: Strawberries (great for any skin type, but especially acne), cranberry, grape (great for aging skin).
  • Fruits: Apples, mangoes, kiwi (especially!), papaya, banana, tomato (great for acne), pomegranate, pear.
  • Melons: Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon (great for dry skin and age spots).
  • Veggies: Eggplant (great for moles, as it’s anti-cancer), avocado (for dry and aging skin), pumpkin, potato (fabulous for acne and oily skin), lettuce, cucumber (for sensitive and dry skin), onions (for acne and oily skin).

If you wear makeup on a more regular basis, it may be a tiny bit trickier. But not much. I recommend doing it in the morning, before you put on your makeup. When you’re eating your cereal with strawberries. Or about to fill half a cantaloupe with yogurt.

Slide a little fruit around your face, leave it on while you’re eating, and wash it off when you’re done.

Or, better yet, come home from work or school and take your makeup off right away. That’s MUCH better for your skin, anyway, and then you’re always ready for whatever fruit or veggie might be in your future.  When you’re eating fruit (and any smushy veggie), rub a little all over your clean face. Leave it for 10-30 minutes (depending on the fruit), and then rinse off.  Follow-up this regime with 3-in-1 Micellar Water  to seal in the freshness!

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