Natural ingredients are a treasure trove of antioxidants. As summer fruit falls from the trees and overflows shelves and farmer's markets, use this bounty in DIY treatments for your skin.
Benefits of Applying Fruits TopicallyCreating a DIY mask with the freshest fruit will give your skin high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and micronutrients. Wash the fruit to remove dirt and any possible chemicals. Remove the seed(s) and mash/use a food processor to make a paste out of the fruit flesh.
- With apricots, peaches, and nectarines, there is no need to remove the skin.
- With mangos, you need to remove the skin; it contains the same allergen found in poison oak and ivy.
Benefits of Apricot Use In DIY MaskApricots are rich in phenolic antioxidants, Vitamin A, carotenoids, and Vitamin C. Antioxidants fight free radicals that lead to skin structure damage. Vitamin C and Vitamin A (retinol) are also proven to help skin build collagen to reverse and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. You also want to eat fruits high in beta-carotene to help give you a warm summer glow. Did you know this glow has been scientifically proven to be more attractive than a sun tan?
Add Apricots To A Honey-Orange Juice MaskBy creating a facial mask with apricot, your skin will soak up free radical fighting antioxidants, vitamin C and A to help fight free radical damage. Orange juice is also rich in Vitamin C. This is a great nutritional and antioxidant boost against wrinkles. Mix in some honey (manuka honey has healing and antibacterial value) with fruit puree and a dash of orange juice to make a facial mask. Test on your forearm first to be certain you are not allergic to the fruits.
Why Does Skin Dull As We Get Older?As we age, our skin decreases in cell renewal on the epidermis (the top living layer). This layer also becomes drier, and can’t hold moisture as well as younger skin. The dead cells get stuck and don’t exfoliate as well naturally. The sum total is dry, crinkly, flaky and lusterless skin. That's why exfoliating your face with a scrub like my Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub twice a week will give your complexion a renewed luster. For a bright youthful skin tone, follow exfoliation with a few drops of my Instantly Luminous Facial Serum to instantly plump and deeply hydrate. In the dermis (the second living layer of skin), collagen is lost, especially after menopause and from years of damage from sun exposure. Water-binding components of the dermis also decrease, including hyaluronic acid. Adding a professional glycolic acid product to your skin care will help counter this. Highly effective options include my Glycolic Acid Face Creams and my Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Kit for the body. Aging throughout the body is also associated with an acceleration of oxidative damage from free radicals. This means skin structures such as cells, collagen, and elastin are at greater risk of damage from the sun and environmental stressors such as pollution. This happens throughout the human body with age and it is why eating a diet high in antioxidants is doubly important for keeping your entire body healthy and attractive. You can load your skin with antioxidants by applying Green Tea Skin Therapy once or twice a day. I've used it for years, as have thousands of my patients and customers. It continues to be one of our most popular products.
Benefits of Using Mango To Reduce DullnessMangos are loaded with vitamin C, A, and B-6, as well as antioxidants and beta-carotene. These vitamins and antioxidants replenish the skin’s supply and increase vitality.
Use mango with coconut oil and sugar or salt to form a rejuvenating skin scrub!Mixing sugar or salt crystals with oil and fruit pulp creates a nice exfoliation for your entire skin. Adjust the ratio of sugar or salt to oil and fruit pulp to get soft skin and a youthful glow! Make your scrub using only the freshest fruit and use it immediately to capture all the antioxidant goodness and vitamins.