"your face, it looks like it needs food"

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Your face should totally thank me for this.

We shouldn't only feed our tummies, our face needs to be fed too. Specifically, the skin on our face. We have something to feed our hair & the skin on our body with, but what about our delicate face? The skin on your face is NOT the same as the skin on your body, so it needs a different sort of cuisine.

Face masks & scrubs from your local pharmacies are great, but let's try to go organic once in a while shall we? Your face will thank you for that and so will your wallet. ;)

Fruits are the one thing, the key ingredient, that you can never go wrong with. And today, we will be looking into loads of yummy facial masks that you can make & use in the comfort of your own home.
Tis time to ransack the fridge (or terrorise your local supermarts) and get yourself a good handful of delicious, healthy fruits.

Let us start off with strawberries. They're everyone's favorite fruit and making them into facial masks feels like such a waste cos they're just too delicious to boot. Sneak a few into your mouth but do leave some to make the mask.

- 3 strawberries
- 2 tablespoons honey

Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and they're anti-bacterial as well so this is great for people with acne-problems. Mash the strawberries and mix it with the honey, apply and leave on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse it off and apply your usual moisturizer.

I have always loved grapes. They taste great and they were once considered 'fruit of the royals' as only members of the royal family get to eat grapes. Can you imagine that normal people don't even know what grapes tasted like back then? This recipe here is great for those with oily skin.

- 10 grapes (seeded)
- 2 tablespoons chamomile tea
- 2 tablespoons cornflour

Mix the chamomile tea & cornflour till you get a sort of paste. Mash the grapes and mix it well into the mixture. Apply onto face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Use your moisturizer after. For a quick round of cleansing in less than a minute, just apply the juice of about 3 grapes onto your face and rinse with lukewarm water.

Technically, a cucumber is not a fruit, but really, it could so pass off as a fruit. No matter, it still serves to make a great face mask. Makes a great tea as well - has anyone else tried & loved cucumber tea like I did? I simply love it.

- Half a cucumber
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Peel and seed your cucumber and then slice it. Add the slices into the blender with the aloe vera and blend till it's smooth. Apply mixture and leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

I love peaches. I love they way they taste, smell and look. They're, in my opinion, one of the prettiest and tastiest fruits on the planet. :) Hence why I'm providing more than just one recipe.

- 2 tablespoons peach juice
- half tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons almond oil

Mix all of the above and apply it wherever you need it - be it face, hands or body. Rinse off after use.

- Half of a ripe peach
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Mash the peach and mix it with the yogurt. Apply it on and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off. This recipe works great for people with sensitive skin.

Pretty easy recipes, right?
What you should do now is to grab your favorite recipes, grab your girlies, grab some good movies and get ready for a great face-pampering session on a girl's night.



p/s: Tip: Mask is best when fruits are chilled before use. ;)

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