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DIY skin care made from fresh fruit

Nicky Copland

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Jun 2nd, 2016

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Skin and hair looking a little dull these days? The ingredients for a fab facial, deep conditioning treatment or super scrub may be as close as your own kitchen.

Fruits, oils, honey, salt and other nurturing ingredients already in your fridge and cabinets can do double duty as skin- and hair-care products. They’re also cheap to make, readily available and all natural. Go ahead and buy extra for eating while you’re at it, and enjoy that healthy glow on the inside and out!

Whether you’re aching for a low-cost personal spa day, craving ideas for a girls weekend or just wanting to slip on your Birkenstocks and enjoy a purer, more natural beauty regimen, whip up some of these quick recipes and get glowing again in no time.

Avocado moisture maskavocado

Rich in natural oils and vitamin E, avocado nourishes dry skin to leave it feeling dewy and soft.

1/2 ripe avocado

1/4 cup O Organics honey

Scoop out the avocado and mash until creamy and smooth, then stir in the honey until well mixed. Avoiding the eye area, apply to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Cucumber toning mask

Cucumber’s astringent qualities help tone and tighten skin as it cleanses, and the acid in the yogurt sloughs off dry surface cells. This mask also provides comforting relief if you’ve gotten a little too much sun.cucumbers

1/2 cucumber plus 2 slices

2 tablespoons plain yogurt (2% or whole)

Peel and seed the half cucumber, then puree in a food processor with the yogurt to thicken. Cut two cucumber slices. Apply yogurt mixture evenly to face and then lie down and place cucumber slices over each eye while the mask is on. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Lemon and rosemary body scrub

This scrumptious-smelling body scrub buffs away dead skin cells to leave legs, arms and shoulders extra-moisturized just in time for summer fashions. Rosemary is healing and invigorating.

1 1/2 cups sea saltlemon
4 tablespoons olive or almond oil
2 lemons
2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped

Mix salt, oil, zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 lemons and rosemary. Use mixture to gently scrub your body in the shower. Rinse well with warm water and wash lightly to remove any excess oil. Watch your step — the oil can make your shower floor slippery.)

Lemon exfoliator

The lemon juice lightens and brightens skin while exfoliating, making this one of the easiest ways to achieve silky elbows and heels.

1/2 lemon
1/4 cup sea salt or sugar

Simply dip the lemon half into the salt or sugar and use to scrub elbows, heels and other notoriously rough spots. Rinse well with warm water, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

Coconut oil deep conditionercoconut

The fatty acids in coconut oil act as an excellent scalp moisturizer (no more dandruff – bonus!) and work miracles on dry, damaged tresses.

1/2 cup O Organics extra-virgin coconut oil

Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl placed into a slightly larger bowl filled with an inch of hot water. (Microwaving can leech out some of the oil’s beneficial qualities.)

Massage the oil into your scalp and pull through to the ends of dry hair to coat evenly. Put on a shower cap for at least 30 minutes, then wash hair as usual with warm water. You may need to rinse and repeat to get all the oil out.

Banana conditioner/hair maskbanana

This is an amazing use for bananas when they get too ripe. Great for overdried, overstyled and chemically treated hair.

2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon O Organics refined coconut oil
2 tablespoons O Organics honey

Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth. Apply to scalp and hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo as usual.

 

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