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How To Use Fresh Food From Your Kitchen For Glowing Skin

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

It's 5pm on a Sunday afternoon. You let the sun warm your face and listen to the sweet sound of silence. No demands, no urgent texts, no deadlines... You go back inside, step into the kitchen and within ten minuets have found everything you need to create a face mask for fresh, glowing skin and give yourself a great start to the week.


Can it really be that easy? Yes absolutely!


You simply don't need to be spending hundreds of dollars to give your skin all the love and attention it deserves. This is because the fresh food and other raw ingredients you can find in your kitchen are there on hand, ready to give your skin an instant vitamin and nutrient rich boost. The magic here lies within the word 'fresh'. 'Fresh' ingredients have a higher level of active constituents making them more effective when applied to the skin compared to those that are preserved as extracts found within normal cosmetics. They also have higher levels of Vitamin C, making them excellent for promoting collagen production.


Let's dive in and uncover which ingredients are the best for your skin type and how to make your own fresh food face mask below.


Papaya & Cacao Revitalising Mask Recipe:

Makes one mask for the face & neck - Try not to eat it!


What you need:

+ 35 grams of Papaya (or Avocado - make the swap if you have sensitive skin)

+ 5 grams of Cacao powder (opt for raw cacao powder of the higher price range)

+ 7 Grams of Oats

+ 4 grams of Hemp Seed Oil (or sunflower/ olive oil)

+ 2 drops of Lavender oil (optional)


Method:

  1. Start by cutting away the skin and seeds of your papaya, then crush using a fork until it has a smooth consistency

  2. Add your cocoa powder and stir until combined

  3. Using a mortar & pestle or a blender, break your up your oats until they are in a powder form

  4. Add your oats, hemp oil and lavender to the mixture and stir through

  5. Apply a thick layer to your face immediately, avoiding the eye area and including the neck

  6. Wash off after 10-15 mins or until the mask has almost completely finished drying

How it works


Papaya:

This delicious fruit is excellent in skincare for devitalised or tired skin types, as it gives you a beautiful, natural glow and helps to brighten the skin.


Cacao:

Cacao helps to improves the skin's complexion as it is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids which in turn help to heal damaged skin.


Oats:

Oats are a soothing emollient and help to gently exfoliate the skin cells, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.


Hemp Seed Oil:

Protective and healing, hemp seed oil is full of replenishing acids and can help to regulate the skin's oil production (meaning it can be useful for both oily and dry skin).


Lavender:

Incredibly anti-inflammatory, lavender helps to soothe the skin and also helps us to relax.


Make your own recipe using these suggestions



Fresh Foods:

Discard the skin - using only the inner endocarp of the fruit

+ Banana

+ Strawberries

+ Kiwi fruit

+ Cucumber

+ Pineapple


Liquids:

+ Plant milks like almond or coconut (soothing)

+ Herbal teas like lavender, chamomile or peppermint

+ Fresh fruit juice (always spot test first if you have sensitive skin)


Dried Herbs:

Crush your herbs in your mortar & pestle

+ Lavender

+ Chamomile

+ Calendula

+ Rose


Fatty Oils:


+ Jojoba Oil

- Benefits: Excellent for all skin types and very hydrating. Jojoba oil is the closest thing to the oil our skin naturally produces.


+ Sweet Almond Oil

- Benefits: Inexpensive and suitable for all skin types, sweet almond oil has excellent fatty essential acid content.


+ Apricot Kernel Oil

- Benefits: Inexpensive and good for all skin types. Lightweight and deeply moisturising, Apricot Kernel Oil helps to improve skin tone while being an excellent emollient.


+ Sunflower Oil

- Benefits: Helps to regenerate skin cells and contains high levels of vitamin E & A, helping the skin's overall health.


+ Olive Oil

Always use organic extra-virgin olive oil. This oil is suitable to use in your mask, however it is not recommended you use olive oil as your sole moisturising oil on its own.

- Benefits: Rich in vitamins.


Finding the perfect combination for your skin type can take trial and error, but the benefit is that you haven't spent your hard earned dollars on a product that doesn't work. Not to mention that while you're at home, you can be creative and enjoy the process of making your own skin care. Making it yourself, you have the opportunity to create something uniquely yours that works specifically for your skin's needs. The power of fresh fruit and veg is not to be underestimated, those vitamins and minerals are just there waiting to be unleashed and harnessed for optimum skin health.


Enjoy making your own delicious, nourishing fresh food mask!



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