Catherine Zeta Jones uses strawberries as tooth whitener, Beyonce a strawberry scrub. The beauty world thrives on innovation. It seems like there’s a new hi tech product out every minute that can solve your problems better than anything that’s come before it. And, while we dearly love the thrill and the excitement around trying something new, it’s easy to forget that Mother Nature is also a powerful chemist. Take fruit. We all know that it is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals and vital for good health. In fact according to recent research, just eating one apple a day slashes the risk of developing up to five different types of cancer. But fruit can also do wonders for your appearance. Used topically it has a powerful anti ageing effect that leaves the skin nourished, smooth and glowing. From apples to oranges, grapes to grapefruit here’s how to be a fruity beauty.
As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They contain nearly 20 per cent of your recommended daily amount of fibre and are packed with vitamin C and polyphenols which help cell rejuvenation.
Beauty Benefit – Swiss Apple Stem Cells have been clinically proven to delay the process of ageing.
Buy – Super Facialist Neroli Firming Intense Facial Serum £16,99 (superfacialist.co.uk) containing Apple Stem Cells and collagen-boosting peptides, this ‘super serum’ strengthen the skin’s barrier and will help protect skin in colder weather.
Try – Apple Line Softening Mask Mash. Use a chopped apple, add a few drops of milk and mix to make a thick creamy paste. Apply this on the face and neck. Massage gently and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
An excellent source of antioxidants, high in beta carotene which helps make vitamin A in the body and excellent for eyes and skin. They also contain all the necessary nutrients for healthy bone growth so can help prevent age related conditions like osteoporosis.
Beauty Benefit – Apricot scrub is one of the most popular skin care products and ideal to get rid of dead skin cells, soften fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone. Apricot kernel oil is good for sensitive skin and often used in baby products because of its mild and gentle nature.
Buy – St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub £4 boots.com which gently exfoliates and removes oil, dirt and dull skin cells that can lead to blackheads and blemishes. Embroyloisse Hydra-Mat with apricot oil £22 boots.com reduces shines and absorbs excess sebum leaving skin silky soft smooth and matte all day long.
Try – Blemish Zapping Apricot Scrub – Grate the kernel to a very fine powder and mix a teaspoon with the mashed apricot pulp. Apply to skin, avoiding eye area and gently massage for a few minutes and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off.
A great source of essential fats – the good ones – high in vitamins A, E and D and a superfood for the skin and hair.
Beauty Benefit – Great anti ageing properties, high in emollients so good for moisture boosting – ideal for dehydrated and sun baked skin.
Buy – Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask Anti Blemish, £3.99 boots.com. A multi tasker containing Avocado oil – pop it on for five minutes to make skin smoother, clearer and brighter.
Try – Itchy Scalp Mask – mash the pulp with teaspoon of ground almonds and add a dash of milk to form a rich consistency – after washing hair massage mixture into scalp and leaving for fifteen minutes before rinsing.
High in vitamin C, K and copper and a real powerhouse when it comes to anti ageing.
Beauty Benefit The high antioxidant levels in blueberries neutralise free radicals to protect skin from premature aging and will give skin an immediate boost.
Buy – Blueberry Fusion Micro Scrub, £32.50 (abeautifulworld.co.uk) from The Body Deli, a US skincare range using superfoods. This active mask rivals a professional microdermabrasion, containing lactic and critic acids to slough off dead skin cells and leave skin smoother.
Try – Breakfast Smoothie Mask – Apply this while you are eating the leftovers for breakfast – mash around 10 blueberries and mix with a little natural yogurt – apply to cleansed skin, leave for ten minutes before rinsing off.
More fruity tips to come…