Tired? Looking drawn? The banana relaxes tense skin. Assaulted (sunburned, irritated, burnt, etc.) we can even place an inside-out banana peel directly on our skin to relieve pain.
Bananhoney mask: Mash one banana and add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Your mask is ready to be spread on your skin for 15 minutes.
Hurrah! This little berry holds a natural anti-wrinkles power. Tonic, refreshing, soothing, it is said that the strawberry brightens dull complexions.
Instant mask: Mash 5 strawberries. Add one teaspoon of lemon and one teaspoon of milk. Whip it all up and apply on clean skin for a mask that restores your radiance.
It is refreshing when eaten; imagine what it can do to your skin! It makes it smoother, it nourishes it and it soothes dry skin. If you are sunburnt, apply pieces of melon directly on your skin.
Green mask: Mash the flesh of a quarter honeydew melon with half a cucumber and add a teaspoon of milk (or cream). Leave on your skin for 15 minutes. It will soften even the driest skins.
Its nickname? The superfruit! This little Asian berry will always amaze us with its surprising virtues. It seems true that the best things come in small packages. Very rich in calcium - already something for a fruit! – it makes wonders for your hair (and your bones). Eat dried goji berries (you will find it in most grocery stores) or drink its juice.
We love it! The cherry has anti-aging properties. Its action? It regenerates the skin and soothes irritated skin.
Calm cherry lotion: 3 spoonfuls of honeydew + 2 tablespoons of pitted cherries mashed with a fork + 4 tablespoons of vodka. Steep for 3 days in a cool place, strain and put in a bottle.
Small but efficient! It detoxifies the skin by eliminating toxins and by toning it. Its calming action is very sought after in the cosmetic industry. We can even use its flesh as a mask to fight acne. To soothe joint pain, some praise its virtues. You can use grape seed oil for massages too.
This is another fruit that fights aging and free radicals. Pomegranate stimulates skin cells production and keeps your skin beautiful and smooth.
Fresh, tangy and refreshing! Just looking at it makes us feel better but it is also good to give a dazzling look to our hair.
Pre-shampoo lotion: Boil the peel, the skin and the juice of a lemon for 20 minutes in two cups of water in which you will have added a tablespoon of cider vinegar. Let it cool, filter and pour on your hair, massaging your scalp.
Red and plump, the tomato fixes our skin inside and out. It purifies, sanitizes and brightens the skin while fighting blackheads. Be careful, it is acidic so it is not recommended for sensitive skin.
Tomato effect: Arrange thin slices of tomato directly on your face and emphasize on the oily areas. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
It is the best detox fruit! Antiseptic, purifying and astringent, it cleanses the skin and regenerates all of its layers. It is also useful to give a little oomph to a tired scalp.
Anti-fatigue lotion: Squeeze half a grapefruit to extract the juice. Leave for 10 minutes and apply to clean skin with a cotton swab. It is perfect to even out your skin tone and remove fatigue.
For a radiant beauty, we love…
- Vitamin C, a valuable beauty ally that neutralizes free radicals with its antioxidant power. This vitamin fights aging and is necessary to maintain the elasticity of the skin. Vitamin C cannot be stored in our body so you must make sure to get your daily intake by eating kiwis, citrus, strawberries, etc.
- Vitamin E, it protects our skin when combined with vitamin C. It also activates a good UVB protection. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables but also vegetable oils, avocados, nuts and hazelnuts.
- Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants and help us fight the free radicals that increase the aging of our skin. They also maintain the elasticity of our skin and promote good blood circulation to avoid redness. Eat strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and black grapes.
- Carotenoids – the pigments – are natural shields against free radicals. Once transformed in our body, carotenoids become vitamin A, needed for the growth of skin cells while enhancing its thickness and elasticity. Eat colourful fruits such as melon, apricots or mango.