Glowing skin is a reflection of the inner healthiness and perfect body metabolism, and it largely depends on the kind of lifestyle that an individual leads. The meals, exercising and work out habits can have direct effects on the skin. There are a few natural skin care regimes involving home remedies that can help greatly with blackheads, dark circles, pigmentation and all that is there on your face.

Here are 3 ingredients that you can easily find at home for glowing skin:

Papaya

Papaya not only cleanses the skin but it is also known for glowing the skin as it contains papain which promotes cell turnover and skin renewal. It benefits the skin by exfoliating it to reveal new skin cells and at the same time, soften it.

Here’s one method to moisturize the skin with papaya:

Take a ripe papaya, clean it and blend until smooth. Apply the paste and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash with cold water.

Milk-Banana Face Pack

Milk has the ability to renew skin cells, and cleanse and exfoliates the skin. Dry skin problems can be cured by making a mixture of milk, honey and mashed banana.

For instant glowing skin, try this:

Grind almonds with milk and add few drops of olive oil to make a semi-smooth paste.

Next, add grind orange peel and apply it on the face and neck. Leave the paste for 15-20 minutes and wash it with cold water. Rub an ice cube for 2-3 minutes and then pat dry. This helps to cleanse and exfoliates the skin.

Cabbage

Cabbage plant extract gives healthy shine and freshness to the skin. It is also effective in treating puffiness in the eyes.

For instant glow:

Boil some cabbage in water. Wash face with the water after cooling.

 I can already hear you groaning, “Oh no! Not another post about fruits and vegetables!”

Don’t worry; I’m not going to tell you about what to eat and what not to eat. In this two-part special, I’ll be giving you more details on a very popular skin care ingredient: Vitamin C. It’s time to expand your knowledge of this vitamin that almost synonymous with citrus fruits!

The Vitamin C Goodness

In a nutshell, vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, a key structural protein of the skin. Adding vitamin C to a culture of skin cell (fibroblast) dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so it can help to reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. This means that, if properly administered into skin cells, there is a good chance that vitamin C can reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. Consider that the signs of aging skin are similar to those associated with the loss of collagen production and damaged collagen. Vitamin C will then be a good weapon to use against the effects of time. It will also be a good ingredient to use in the treatment of aging skin.

Another benefit of vitamin C is that it can lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels 3% or greater) as vitamin C can block tyrosinase, an enzyme that catalyses the production of melanin. This means that topically, vitamin C provides a small amount of UV protection and using a vitamin C serum in the day can give your sunscreen an extra boost. However, it takes about six months to see results.

So Much Goodness!

Hold your horses dears! Before you run off to buy all the vitamin C products off the racks, remember that there are always two sides to a coin. There are some important points you have to take note of when you’re using your vitamin C product. First, vitamin C is relatively unstable as it is easily converted to its oxidised forms in the presence of air or other oxidising agents. Once oxidised, it will not only lose its efficiency, but it might also harm your skin by promoting free radical formation, causing damage to vital molecules such as proteins and DNA. Secondly, only highly concentrated preparations (10% or more) deliver enough vitamin C to the cells to be topically effective.

Can You C It?

There are many vitamin C products out there on the market.  A lot of them have high concentrations of stabilised vitamin C. However, even stabilised vitamin C products might be somewhat oxidised by the time you use them. Your best bet is to purchase vitamin C products that are either white or colourless and stored in a dark bottle. Oxidised at advanced levels, vitamin C will acquire a yellowish tint. This may be the reason why some manufacturers add colouring to their vitamin C products. Unfortunately, this is not a tell-tale indication of oxidised vitamin C as it is colourless at its initial stages. Vitamin C products stored in dark coloured containers can help to prevent oxidation.

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Stay tuned for the next part of this series! I’ll be talking about the different derivatives of vitamin C often found in skin care products! Whatever is it, just always remember that there is no single miracle ingredient in skin care. Like other products, always use them with caution. Always pick products from a trustworthy source and watch out for the expiration date. More importantly, always store your products properly (in cool dry places) to stretch the shelf life of your product!(:

Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health but many of us are guilty of the lack of these included in our diet. Instead, the processed food that we so commonly eat outweighs the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibre, essential to our overall well-being.

Following up on our previous blog post on fruits, we now share with you which kinds of vegetables can benefit your skin (and of course your health too)!

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, which are absorbed into the body to aid in the production of Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Large amounts of vitamins (K, C and B6) and carotenoids (anti-oxidants) found in Carrots can help combat free radicals that causes damage to skin cells. Consuming Carrot juice can also keep your skin hydrated. However, do eat Carrots in moderation as excessive consumption may cause the skin to have a slight yellow/orange tinge.

Broccoli

High concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can be found in this cruciferous vegetable. Vitamin A helps in the production of healthy cells in the skin, while Vitamin C helps the skin with collagen repair and production, while protecting the skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains a great source of folate, which is essential in healthy cell regeneration, and sulforaphane, which studies have shown that it helps in reducing incidences of cancer.

Tomatoes

Studies have shown that properties in tomatoes help function as an internal sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays. High concentrations of Lycopene found in tomatoes also help in skin renewal, and has anti-ageing properties for the skin. Moreover, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium in Tomatoes are effective in tightening your pores, and also work as an astringent to deep-clean. For a quick home DIY facial, try mashing up tomatoes and apply to a clean face.

Garlic

Garlic is widely known for its strong medicinal value, despite its pungent smell and taste. Holding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, Garlic helps to relieve skin bacterial infections thereby helping the skin to stay clear and free from impurities! The large number of antioxidants present will also make your skin healthy and looking young.

Potato

Potatoes are high in starch and thus are a good source of carbohydrates, but it also means that they are culprits to your weight gain. However, do you know that Potatoes can be included into your skincare regime as well? Potatoes have properties that make it an anti-aging agent. Washing your face daily with potato juice may help improve the skin’s clarity, and even reduce appearances of wrinkles! Additionally, you may wish to cut a few slices of raw potatoes and place them over your eyes to reduce dark eye circles.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are often used in skincare products as it is really an effective vegetable that helps one to achieve glowing skin, treat various skin problems and even reducing dark eye circles. Containing antioxidants and large amounts of water, Cucumbers help to moisturize and hydrate tired skin. Cucumbers can also help to reduce redness of the skin. Also, Vitamin C in Cucumbers aids in collagen production, which helps to promote elasticity in our skin.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in nutrients and vitamins A, C and E which helps to soothe and soften the skin. Also present is Niacin (Vitamin B3) which helps to soothe dry, irritated, or red blotchy skin. Avocadoes are also great for making facial masks at home as their buttery texture allows easy application, and what’s more is that the various nutrients and vitamins can be easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft after application.

As the saying goes, “you are, what you eat”. Don’t forget the importance of including both fruits and vegetables into your diet for a healthier you, and a healthier skin. Fruits and vegetables have abundant nutrients and vitamins that act as our skin food whether they are being consumed, or applied as a mask! 🙂

Fruits have always been considered a rich source of fibre and vitamins. In fact, fruit packs are also used in high-end beauty salons. You can also reap the abundance of benefits they offer! Read on to find out which make the perfect fruits for skincare in your daily life.

Bananas

Fruits For Skincare: Bananas

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Bananas are extremely nourishing for the skin as they contain Vitamins B and C. It’s also a rich source of potassium, which helps to soften, tighten and tone the skin.

Apples

Fruits For Skincare: Apples

Apples make wonderful ingredients for skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation. These also have anti-oxidant properties. Raw apple pulp or juice can be applied onto the skin daily. Apple cider vinegar has great benefits for the hair too, helping to restore the balance to the scalp and preventing scalp problems like dandruff.

Papayas

Fruits For Skincare: Papayas

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Remove dead skin cells when you apply papaya to the face and body. They also help to lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Mix ripe papaya pulp directly on the face or mix it with other ingredients like oatmeal, curd and honey. The same mixture can be applied onto the body as well.

Mangos

Fruits For Skincare: Mangos

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Mangos are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help to tone and rejuvenate the skin. They can delay visible signs of ageing, and also soften the skin. Apply mango pulp to keep the skin soft and supple. Mangos are suited for all skin types. Being an anti-oxidant, it can reverse oxidation damage if used regularly.

Oranges

Fruits For Skincare: Oranges

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Like lemons, oranges are also rich in Vitamin C. The pulp can be included in masks. Even their peels can be collected and dried in the sun, ground into a powder and added to face masks. Oranges have a cleansing and gradual skin lightening effect. Their juice can also be added to masks for the face and hands. In fact, raw orange and lemon peels can be rubbed on the nails to remove discolouration. Orange peels rubbed regularly on the hands can help to lighten skin colour and also tighten the skin.

Strawberries

Fruits For Skincare: Strawberries

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Strawberries are powerful anti-oxidants and therefore help to prevent oxidation damage, which leads to ageing signs like lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. In fact, they also strengthen supportive tissues and keep the skin youthful. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and thus beneficial for the skin. Crush them and apply on the face as a fruit pack. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Try mixing them with other fruits and use this over time, e.g. lighten skin when you mix crushed strawberries with curd!

Grapefruit

Fruits For Skincare: Grapefruit

Like other citrus fruits, the grapefruit also has a cleansing and toning effect. It is particularly good for oily and acne-prone skin. It reduces oiliness and helps tighten enlarged pores. Apply the fruit or juice onto the skin and wash off after 20 minutes.

Cherries

Fruits For Skincare: Cherries

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Cherries contain vitamins and minerals, which help to nourish the skin. They have anti-inflammatory effects and help to heal and soothe irritated skin. They also help in cases of sun-damage and exposure to UV rays.

Pomegranate

Fruits For Skincare: Pomegranate

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Pomegranates offer excellent benefits for skin care, as it helps to moisturise the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture too. These power fruits boost cell renewal, thus delaying the signs of ageing. Used regularly, it can lighten and brighten the skin.

Watermelons

Fruits For Skincare: Watermelons

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Watermelons help dry skin by sealing in moisture and keeping it hydrated and soothed. Applying watermelon pulp or juice helps to soften and smoothen the skin.

For All Skin Types

Egg White Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl

Preparation:

  1. Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl.
  2. Mix them up and apply to face.
  3. Leave on face for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse face in warm water.

For Oily Skin

Strawberry & Lemon Mask

Strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents. Note: Recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut recipe in half for just you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils

Preparation:

  1. Mash or blend the above ingredients.
  2. Smooth over face.
  3. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse.

For Dry/Chapped Skin

Dark Chocolate Mask

Dark chocolate – better for your skin than you think! Here is how to use dark chocolate on your skin for a delicious facial. If you love chocolate and happen to have some to spare, try this delicious facial.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • Sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Heat nutty dark chocolate in a boiler. 3 minutes will work well.
  2. Mix sea salt and 2/3 of a cup milk in a bowl.
  3. Remove melted chocolate from heat. Mix melted chocolate with salt/milk mixture.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Apply to your face while cool but not hardened. Before the chocolate becomes hard, smear on your face and leave it on until it hardens.
  6. Wash or chip off with a mild cleanser and warm water.

For Sensitive Skin

Yoghurt Face Mask

This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
Extra tip: This mask works well for other skin types as well. For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold and I love the brand Fage’s “Total” pictured here, because it’s creamy and thick)
  • ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Preparation:

  1. Mix the ingredients together.
  2. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).

For Combination Skin

Rose Mask

This mask, based on roses, is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

Ingredients:

  • Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
  • 2 tbsps rosewater
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).

Preparation:

  1. Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl.
  2. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
  3. Mix well and apply to the skin.
  4. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse.