You don’t have to look far for ingredients your skin will love. Step into your kitchen and you’ll find delectable treats ready to be used straight off the chopping board (chilled cucumbers make great eye mask). It’s the perfect excuse to indulge your olfactory senses and give your skin the tender loving care it deserves. Here are some.
“Berries are high in antioxidants and vitamins to help reverse the effects of free-radical damage and improve your skin tone,” says Vancouver-based master esthetician Boldijarre Koronczay, the president and founder of Eminence Organic Skin Care. Make your own body scrub by blending some berries with brown sugar and olive oil.
Don’t know what to do with left-over pumpkin? “Pumpkins contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and E, in addition to a natural enzyme (retinol) that works as a skin smoothing exfoliant,” says Koronczay.
#3 Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits nourish your skin, protect it from environmental damage and even reduce the appearance of large pores, says Koronczay. Dab some cotton pads soaked in the juice onto your skin for a radiant glow.
Use honey to de-puff swollen eyes, exfoliate dry skin, fight acne and treat eczema, suggest New York dematologies Dr. Doris Day.
Its high antioxidant content fights signs of aging and dehydration. “Coconut’s also anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it keeps your skin clean, clear and glowing!” Koronczay enthuses.
This local staple is loaded with 4-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA), ferullic acid and allantoin, which are all high in antioxidants and have natural anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties, says Shalini Vedhera, the author of Passport to Beauty.
Since cucumber is an astringent, Indian beauty entrepreneuer Shahnaz Husain recommends using it to reduces oiliness and lighten skin tone over time. Cool down on a hot day with thin slices of chilled cucumber placed over your eyes and the rest of your face.
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