Can you eat what you put on your face?

June 20, 2015

June/July 2015 Issue, Skin

Can you eat what you put on your face?

We are told to eat our fruits and vegetables, but you can also apply them to your skin.

We are told to eat our fruits and vegetables, but you can also apply them to your skin.

by Joanne Henning Tedesco — 

We are told to eat our fruits and vegetables, but you can also apply them to your skin. Cranberries are very good to naturally exfoliate dry, dead skin. Pumpkin is loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins C and A, and can help hydrate and soften skin. The result will be healthier, glowing skin.

The following masks are easy to make and cost little, when compared to the expensive anti-aging products on the market, which also contain lots of unhealthy chemicals.

 

Cranberry Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup seedless red or green grapes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Preparation:

Mix fresh cranberries, seedless red or green grapes, lemon juice and unflavored gelatin at medium speed for 20 seconds, until they reach a paste-like consistency. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to thicken. Remove and let sit about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. After 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Use twice a month.

 

Pumpkin Mask 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Preparation:

In a food processor or blender, combine canned pumpkin, low-fat vanilla yogurt, honey and pumpkin pie spice. Coat face; leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.

 

Joanne Henning Tedesco is editor of AzNetNews.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 3, June/July 2015.

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