Your skin is your body’s largest organ what you put on it gets absorbed through your pores and into your body. A number of factors contribute to glowing skin but most importantly a healthy diet (rich in antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibre), pampering your skin every now and then with a face massage to improve blood flow, exercising regularly and using the right skin care products made to suit your skin type.
Consuming fruits are not just healthy for digestive system but to treat a number of skin issues, so when you go to purchase fruits for consumption add a little in the bad for your face treatment (DIY face marks). If you have been dealing with skin this suggests that your skin needs care and and what better way to provide a natural glow and shine to your skin than to apply those yummy fruits on your face.
This is one of the best natural moisture promoters, it helps your skin absorb and lock in moisture. Honey is best for injuries or any skin issues because of its high quality antioxidant and beneficial for the skin because it’s highly antibacterial.
How to use
Use as face mask by spreading on a cleansed face, let it sit until it starts dripping and wash off.
Avocado oil is also a great option for natural moisturization and is easily absorbed into the skin.
It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that reduce oxidative stress which prevents skin damage. They also contain dietary fiber and Vitamins A, C, K, B3 and B6 and also contain lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the skin against UV induced damage
Avocados will improve the firmness of your skin and speed-up its wound healing process, Its benefits stems from its rich, healthy fat content, which works to encourage skin regeneration and may be particularly beneficial to dry, sun-damaged, or sensitive skin.
Next time you let an avo get overripe, peel it open and mash it into some DIY face masks.
How to use
Apply mashed pieces to your skin and rinse off after 10 minutes.
Mash an avocado to form a paste, Add 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tsp honey to it, Apply for 30 minutes to your skin and rinse off.
It contains powerful antioxidants that protect the skin from UV damage and premature aging. Its natural acids regulate sebum production, making it a good option for those with oily skin types.
Tomatoes are also good if you put them on your skin over wrinkled areas, dark spots, or acne scars
How to use
Blend half a tomato into a puree and add half a teaspoon of lemon juice to it. Gently dab the mixture onto your skin using a cotton ball and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Or Blend a tomato to form a puree and add 2 tablespoons of turmeric to it. Apply to your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water
Extra virgin olive oil has anti-aging properties that helps to moisturize the skin and fight against UV radiation and helps to prevent cell damage from the sun.
How to use
It can be applied directly as a moisturizer and absorbs very easily into the skin
Coconut oil has incredible moisturizing and restorative properties; it actually contains a fair amount of antioxidants and is also antifungal. It can be used as a super-hydrating and luscious moisturizer for dry or sensitive skin, which also makes it a wonderful ingredient for DIY face masks.
Simply scoop from the jar and slather on.
You’ll often find oatmeal in products meant to soothe irritated skin or reduce inflamed skin caused by skin conditions like eczema. It’s nourishing and the skin-settling properties come from its mix of flavonoids, phenols, and also a type of polyphenols called avenanthramides which act as natural anti-inflammatories.
How to use
Oats are best used in masks when in a ground or flour form, try combining with honey for an ultra-soothing mask.
With your unused, leftover oats, think about making a batch of overnight oats to wake up to the next morning.
Oranges/Orange Peel Powder
Orange zest, juice, or peel powder can all be mixed into homemade skin remedies to help promote healthier, more vibrant skin. Oranges, in particular, may help boost collagen levels in the skin thanks to their high vitamin C content, and as a result firm and tighten skin.
How to skin
For Pigmentation, Apply plain freshly squeezed orange juice to your pigmentation spots.
For Oily Skin,Mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Add a pinch of turmeric to the mixture along with 2 tablespoons of gram flour. Apply it as a pack and leave until dry (around 15 minutes). Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm or cold water.
Yogurt is another great natural moisturizer and skin soother which work wonderfully on sunburnt skin. It’s rich in calcium, protein, and probiotics, It also contains lactic acid which works as a mild exfoliant.
How to use
Apply it to the skin by itself or mix with other natural ingredients for a hydrating mask, which can help prevent premature aging and promote a healthy glow.
For Dry Skin, Mix 3 tablespoons of orange juice with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Add half a teaspoon of milk to the mixture along with a pinch of turmeric and one teaspoon of honey. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 10 -15 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids, which help remove dirt and grime that tend to build up on your skin over the course of the day, and also helps wash away dead skin cells. It can also be used as a natural toner because it helps shrink the appearance of pores when applied topically.
How to use
Dilute a little apple cider vinegar with water, dip a cotton ball, and wipe over a cleansed face for a natural refresh.
Rather than tuck away that extra vino at the end of the night, save it for a DIY beauty moment. When it comes to this cocktail, it’s all about the high levels of antioxidants working to prevent signs of aging. Not to mention, the alcohol may simulate an astringent by tightening pores, too.
How to use
Simply stir a little wine into your favorite mask combination and let the antioxidants do their job
Cucumber is a super-hydrating food, it has anti-inflammatory properties and works to soothe the skin, and can provide relief particularly to dry, sensitive, or sun damaged skin.
Cucumber can be used on even the most sensitive skin. It’s soothing and cooling, and it doesn’t contain harsh ingredients. Rubbing cucumber slices on your face makes you feel fresh and cool, moisturizes your skin, and tightens up your pores, if you spend too long in the sun, fresh cucumber will soothe your sunburns. Cucumber is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.
How to use
Blend cucumber with your favorite oil to make a refreshing, soothing face mask.
Cucumber slices placed over the eyes will work like magic on your puffy eyelids. Soon enough, the swelling will go down. One reason for that is the cool temperature, but also the antioxidants and flavonoids in cucumber that reduce irritation.
To Reduce Acne, add 1 tablespoon of gram flour to a freshly grated cucumber, you can add a teaspoon of rose water to the mixture, apply it to the affected area and rinse off with cold water after 15 minutes.
For Dry Skin, to moisturize dry skin, grate a cucumber and add 1 tablespoon of milk to it, add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the mixture and apply it to your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
Citrus fruits as a group contain high levels of vitamin C, which supports the production of collagen and boosts skin elasticity when applied topically. For a brighter, more luminous complexion, Mix in small amounts of lemon juice to face masks or scrubs to reap the brightening benefits.
How to use
For Tan, add freshly squeezed lemon juice to a teaspoon of sugar and mix the two, Rub it onto the affected areas and leave it on for 10 minutes and Wash off with cold water.
For Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles, Mix one teaspoon of lemon with one teaspoon of milk. Gently apply to your under eyes. Make sure you do not allow the ingredients to enter your eyes to prevent burning. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
For Pigmentation Spot, if you have oily skin, applying lemon juice alone to your affected areas is recommended. However, if your skin is dry, mix a few drops of lemon juice with some coconut oil.
For Acne Scars, Mix lemon juice with rose water and dab it gently on your skin using a cotton ball. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
Watermelon is rich in fibres and water. It contains 92 percent water, which means hydrated, soft and supple skin. This red ball part contains Vitamin C, A, B1, B6 and Lycopene that are essential in improving overall skin health and texture.
Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, A and B contributes to maintaining an even skin texture while Lycopene acts as a free radical scavenger, preventing tissue damage in your skin
How to Use
For Oily Skin, mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of fuller’s earth. You could even add a teaspoon of rose water if you wish. Apply the mixture to your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes (till it dries) and rinse off with cold water.
For Dry Skin, mix 3 tablespoons of watermelon juice with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, Add 1 teaspoon of honey and aloe vera gel each, apply it to your skin and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.
The turmeric root has awesome anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and astringent properties; when applied topically, it helps smooth out the skin and fight wrinkles. Turmeric also may help fade acne scars, too. Just be sure to dilute a little with other ingredients like oil, as turmeric by itself may stain the skin.
Exfoliating the skin with sea salt is a very crucial step in any skin care regimen because doing so gets rid of dead skin, which makes way for healthy, more vibrant skin to be revealed. Sea salt is a great, natural exfoliant to help slough away dry skin and vital to any DIY face scrub.
Rich in vitamin C, it has a decent amount of bromelain content a protein-digesting enzyme—that also works as a natural exfoliant.
How to use
Add a teaspoon of milk to a teaspoon of pineapple juice and apply it to your skin. Rinse off after 10 minutes with cold water.
To Brighten Skin, Take a few spoons of pineapple pulp and add a tablespoon of gram flour to it. Mix till you get a paste and apply to your skin. Allow it to sit on till it gets dry. Wash off with cold water.
Exfoliating with sugar weekly allows your skin absorb more nutrition and really allows your skin to reap the full benefits of the products you’re using on it. Sugar is an excellent natural exfoliant due to its grittiness, but also thanks to its glycolic acid content. Glycolic acid works to clean out pores and slough off dead skin cells. Use sugar as the main ingredient in anybody scrub.
Ditch the cosmetic products filled with synthetic ingredients and potentially harmful chemicals; rather go the natural way to help build beautiful skin and to give your skin an extra boost from scrubs and masks to cleansers and moisturizers, to enhance your skin.
You may not be blessed with the “perfect skin” genes, but you can turn that around if you pay attention to what you eat and what you apply to your skin. The best way to rejuvenate your skin is to consume fruits and apply a fruit mask every alternate day. Invest 10 minutes of your time every day in doing this and see a visible difference in two weeks’ time.