Even though store shelves are heaving with a variety of exorbitantly priced skin care products, we offer you some tips & tricks, to not only save money, but discover the goodness of fruit, vegetables and natural ingredients.Forget the jargon, the high sounding fundas. AHA ( Alpha hydroxy acid ) products can easily be made at home, since they are made of fruit, and you are bound to find the remaining ingredients on your kitchen shelf or in the fridge! Fruits are natural anti-oxidants.
The Acid Test
Apples, vinegar, applesauce, cider Lactic acid:
Buttermilk, yogurt, powdered skim milk, sour cream, blackberries, tomatoes Tartaric Acid:
Grapes, grape juice, wine, cream of tartar Citric Acid:
Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruit, and orange
Sugar cane In a hurry? Cut a fruit into small cubes ( papaya, melon, strawberry, banana etc ) and rub on your face. Leave it for 10 mins. Rinse and see the difference! Pureed fruit also makes for a delicious skin treat. Apply and leave on for 10 mins. For best results.Lets whip up delicious concoctions of these fruits and vegetables and help you discover a new you!Go on, mask it....
Tomato & Milk
Ratio:1 medium tomato : 1 cup milkProcess the tomato, in a blender. Strain through a piece of muslin and discard the pulp. Add the tomato juice to an equal amount of milk. Store in a covered container or bottle in the refrigerator. Apply to face and neck. Leave for 10 mins. Wash clean. Cleanses and refreshes the skin.Shelf life: 6 hours in refrigerator
You can`t do much better than almond milk cleansers if you have dry or aged skin. Almond oil lubricates and softens the skin, and glycerine helps it retain moisture.Ratio: 1/2 cup rose water :1 teaspoon pure glycerinAdd 1 teaspoon almond oil Make the rose or lavender water by placing a small handful of dried organic rose petals or lavender in a glass jar. Add boiling water to cover. Let it stand overnight, then strain well. Combine the remaining ingredients in a glass jar and shake to blend. Dab on fingers and massage into your skin. Rinse with warm water. Shelf life: 1 month in refrigerator.
Carrots are good for the eyes, we all know. But did you know boiled, grated carrot, mixed with milk and applied to the face or body, can work wonders for your skin? Makes for a fairer, smoother skin. Ratio: 1 grated carrot: 1 tbsp. milk Shelf life: 1 day in refrigerator.