Packed with vitamins and antioxidants and rich in resveratrol which is extracted from the skin of purple or red grapes- grapes have been proven to boosts the body’s natural sirtuin “longevity” gene.
Beauty Benefit – Grapes are used for their skin, juice and seeds and make a powerful skincare ingredient suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. They help promote the skin’s natural repair and diminish the visible signs of ageing.
Buy – M&S Pure Super Grape Overnight Treatment Oil £16 marksandspencer.com, a rich overnight treatment oil which will help supports the skin’s renewal process.
Try – Grape Spot Buster – mash five or six red or purple grapes, mix with a little yogurt and apply over blemishes Leave for up to thirty minutes before cleansing.
High in vitamin A and C, also rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, beta-carotene and lutein, so good for vision. Research also shows that tucking into half a grapefruit (without sugar) before meals boosts metabolism and reduces food cravings.
Beauty Benefit – Often used as an ingredient in perfume, room fragrances and shampoos as the zingy fresh aroma is said to be a great mood improver as well as enhancing memory.
Buy – Alberto Balsam Volume Boost infused with pink grapefruit, £1 from Asda leaves hair shiny, squeaky-clean and boosts volume. Origins Grapefruit Gloomaway body-buffing cleanser, £22 origins.co.uk – a double whammy for your morning shower – boosts mood and leaves skin silky soft.
Try – Natural Oily Skin Tightener. Lightly dab cleansing skin with pure grapefruit juice, leave for ten minutes before rinsing and applying moisturiser.
A rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants. One kiwi contains all the vitamin C you need in a day, boosting the immune system to fight colds and help heal cuts and bruises.
Beauty Benefits – Help promote collagen and maintain skin strength, fights blemishes, lines and wrinkles. New research has also discovered that the antioxidants and serotonin found in kiwi fruits enable you to fall asleep up to 35 per cent more quickly, sleep more deeply and help reduce disrupted sleep and night waking.
Buy – Antipodes Kiwis Seed Oil Eye Cream £24.99 lookfantastic.com, rich in Vitamin C and kiwi fruits. A light cream which promotes collagen to tackle signs of ageing around the eyes.
Try – Kiwi Hair Booster – can help strengthen fine hair and promote growth. Puree one kiwi mix with a tablespoon of olive oil and massage into dry hair. Wrap in a warm towel and leave for at least one hour, longer if possible. Wash out with regular shampoo.
High in Vitamin C which helps the body fight against infectious agents.
Beauty Benefit – Drinking lemon infused hot water first thing in the morning helps kick start the digestion process for the rest of the day, boosts your immune system and balances PH. Aids healthier looking skin as vitamin C promotes collagen production.
Buy – Burt’s Bees Lemon butter Cuticle Cream, £6.49 burtsbees.co.uk. A wonderful, fresh, zingy smell and will transform dried out cuticles.
Try – Skin and Nail Brightener – rub a slice of lemon over your nails and cuticles once or twice a week to naturally whiten them. If you are worried about any age spots or mark on your body, rub a lemon on the spot for 10 minutes and then rinse it with lukewarm water. The mark will slowly fade away.
Oranges are low in calories, high in fibre and vitamin C. They contain phytonutrients and a variety of polyphenols, which work as antioxidants to boost the immune system.
Beauty Benefit – A great source of AHAs and vitamin C to help in the overall youthful appearance of your skin.
Buy – Bliss Body Butter with Blood Orange and White Pepper, £22 lookfantastic.co.uk. Leaves dry skin dewy with an invigorating scent.
Try – Cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl – add a quarter of a cup of granulated sugar and the same amount of olive oil and mix into a rich scrub. Use the other half of orange to rub over knees, elbows or other dry spots and then apply scrub. The fruit acid loosens dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water.
Strawberries are low in calories, sodium and sugar. Their high vitamin C content promotes younger looking skin, reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system.
Beauty Benefit – This powerful little fruit’s main ingredient is alpha- hydroxyl acids, which helps us slough off dead cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. The juice or pulp of strawberries contains malic acid which serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains. Good for acne skin and makes a great tooth whitener.
Buy – LanolipsTM 101 Ointment Fruit Extracts in Strawberry £7.99 victoriahealth.com. Contains 100 per cent fruit and medical grade lanolin so great for chapped lips, dry skin patches and small cuts.
Try – Natural Teeth Whitener Mash up a couple then spread pulp over a tooth brush and brush for two to three minutes. Try daily for a couple of weeks to see the difference.
Basic Tips To Keep In Mind Before You Indulge In Fruit Facials
*Do a test patch first on the inside of the elbow to make sure there is no allergic reaction or irritation
*Experiment with quantities to get the right consistency
*Always apply on cleansed and exfoliated skin as this will not only remove dead skin but enhance blood circulation, and improve the results
*Make sure you blend the fruit well so that you can extract as much as pulp possible
*When using a scrub, go easy when rubbing onto the skin, especially if the granules are ground to a fine powder. Try on your body first.
*After you have applied the mask, (don’t forget your neck) relax to prevent it from sliding off
*Make sure you are wearing old clothes, as fruit masks can be messy
*Always use fresh fruit and throw any leftovers.