Monday, July 03, 2006

FRESH & FRUITY!

If you can't bear to even look at one more over-engineered, over-marketed, over-paid celebrity telling you "you're worth it" when you know that you're blooming-well worth MORE!

If you're fed up of department store ladies trying to sell you those “all natural” lotions & potions that contain a myriad of BOZWELLOX – then breathe a sigh of relief & think of fresh Strawberries, yummy Papaya and juicy Watermelons.


Fruits contain beneficial Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) & Enzymes.

AHAs are organic acids derived from:
  • Sugar Cane (Glycolic Acid)
  • Milk (powdered & liquid), Yogurt, Sour Cream, Blackberries, Tomatoes (Lactic Acid)
  • Fruits and Cream of Tartar (Malic & Citric & Tartaric Acids)
They help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown marks, dry spots (solar keratoses) & acne.


Whereas, fruit enzymes found in:
  • Papaya (papin)
  • Pineapple (bromelain)
  • Watermelon (ubiquitous polyamines)
  • Pumpkin (ubiquitous polyamines)
Dissolves hard & dry dead skin cells leaving the surface soft and supple.


Here are a few examples of my fruity-favourite-beauty classics.

Lemons :
i) Can be used to soften rough spots such as dry elbows & heels.

ii) Deodorise and deep clean your hands after digging around in the garden.

iii) Lemon juice added to your favourite shampoo refreshes & tones your scalp.

iv) Place a few slices of Lemon in your tub & start your day off with a little zesty zing.


Apples used for centuries:
i) It makes a great mouth rinse, leaving your breath fresh & sweet smelling.

ii) As a skin toner

iii) Add a cup of pure apple juice to your bath to soften your skin. The malic acid in apple juice will protect your skin against free radical damage.

iv) Use fresh apple juice as a hair rinse to control dandruff and restore the natural pH acid mantle to your tresses.






Papayas are rich in natural enzymes called papins:
i) To exfoliate dead skin cells from your face take the skin of the Papaya fruit and gently-gently message it onto your freshly washed face (this should take no more than 1 minute) then rinse with cold water.
DO NOT GET IT INTO YOUR EYES.
Remember - the greener the Papaya the higher the natural enzyme content.

ii) Don’t just stop there - why not exfoliate your whole body.
Peel 1 Papaya, mash or blend it up (include the black seeds); add 2 teaspoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of Marula Oil, blend again for 10 seconds, scoop the mixture into your hands and massage all over your body. Do this once a month for no more than five minutes and rinse thoroughly - your skin will feel smooth & smell great!

iii) If you can't be bothered with all of the mashing and messaging, simply take some Organic Papaya Oil and use it:

* As a face oil,
* A Hair Oil (apply on wet or damp hair),
* In the bath,
* After your shower to lock in moisture,
* As a nourishing make up remover,
* As a pre-shampoo conditioner,
* As a Hot Oil treatment,
* With bath salts,
* As a nail oil (when infused with Horsetail herb)




Pineapples are similar to Papaya in that Pineapples are great skin softeners
i) Especially around those rough spots like:
  • Knees
  • Heels
  • Elbows
Bromelain, the active enzyme in Pineapples, cleanses and rejuvenates dull, dry skin. Scrub your body with a slice of Pineapple when you're taking a bath or in the shower. You'll notice the instant softness and the lovely scent.

ii) Give yourself a 100% pure Pineapple Juice footbath.
Just soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with cool water, towel dry then add a light dab of Unrefined Shea in a Jar OR Virgin Mango Coconut Whip.

Note:
Malic, Citric & Tartaric Acids are known to cause sunburn so use a vitamin rich sun cream afterwards like Unrefined Shea Butter.

This is the first of two fruity slices that I have to offer you as we continue to get even fruitier with even more recipes on Monday the 10th of July 2006.