Fruits are my absolute favourite. Whether grabbing a banana when I’ve to rush to office, an orange right before a work-out or a full-blown fruit salad as dessert! Fruits are the food of the Gods, each bite both delicious and healthy!
Along with being a tasty snack, these colourful powerhouses of nutrition have other talents too. You can DIY the pulp and peel out of them! You can use them to bring a sparkle to your face and a shine to your house too! Face packs, makeup, soaps, floor cleaners to what not, you need but pull up your sleeves and take some time out of weekends to extract every bit of fruity glory out of them.
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The rookie mistake we all are guilty of is throwing away the skins of fruits like bananas, watermelon and oranges. Ladies, let’s not do that from now on. Fruit peels are as good (if not better) as any face mask that you will purchase from the market. The one difference is, of course, you won’t have to spend as much. That news is enough to put a glow on my face!
Here is a DIY list of all the good things you can do with fruit peels:
Perhaps the only use I knew for orange peels was to squeeze them near my brother’s eyes. Hey, I was a kid, how else was I supposed to bond with moi brother? But now that both of us have grown up and our spectacles act as shields so instead, I use the peels to make cleaning liquids (Here’s how). And also face masks.
Depending upon your skin type and needs, you can make an orange-turmeric face pack or an orange-aloe vera one. Sun-dried peels can be easily ground into a fine powder. If you are opting for turmeric, take a tablespoon of the powdered orange peels, add two pinches of turmeric in it and mix it with rose water (buy it organic, here) until it forms a paste. Apply the paste on your skin, let it work its wonders for 15 minutes before washing your face with cool water. If you are going with aloe vera, replace the turmeric and rose water with aloe gel. The rest of the procedure is the same.
(Psst . . . If applying a face mask is too much of a hassle for you, simply rub the orange powder on your skin. Massage your face in a circular motion for about five minutes and wash it off. Exfoliatus totalus that greasy, grimy layer off that gorgeous skin!)
The papa-ya of all fruit face masks, this vitamin-packed fruit cleans up acne and moisturises dry skin! Here’s how:
Papaya-honey face mask for dry skin:
You will need ½ cup of ripe papaya (the residue after you are done eating works fine as well), 2 teaspoons of whole milk and 1 tablespoon honey (Buy it organic, here.)
Mash the papaya and add milk and honey to it. Mix it until it becomes a fine paste. Apply on your skin, let it dry for 15 minutes and wash it off with cool water. Easy said and easy done!
If you wish to target your pimples with papaya, you will need ½ cup of papaya mash, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Follow the above procedure of mixing all the ingredients well. Apply an even layer of the pack on your face, wait for 15 minutes and wash it off. Repeat this about twice a week to see sustainable results.
It’s time to go bananas (I couldn’t resist) over the versatile banana peels! For one, the skin, rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants is a great soother of rashes and mosquito bites. But even more so, a fresh banana peel is great to treat acne and clean out the dirt in your skin.
It is as simple as it gets. Take a fresh banana peel, and gently rub the inner layer on your face. The peel will soon start turning brown and will leave a slimy residue on your skin. When that happens, it is your cue to stop. Leave it on your skin until it dries and then wash it away with cool water. To treat acne, follow the same procedure but focus only on the spots and do it daily.
How can we forget the king of fruits? The next time you relish a mango, keep the peels. Dry and powder them. Mix this with wheat flour and a little bit of water to make a paste, rub it gently on your face before washing it with cool water. This will cleanse your skin. For a targeted anti-acne fight, take small pieces of mango peel and apply on the spots as a mask. Let it rest for a while before washing it off. Repeat twice a week to see optimum results.
A hot favourite in summers, watermelons are amazing hydrants. Their high water content and cooling nature make watermelons the best go-to snacks for summers.
Why not quench your skin’s thirst with watermelon skin? After gobbling down your watermelon you are left with nothing but the skin, so why not turn it into a hydrating face pack. It works best if just a hint of the pink flesh remains on the white insides of the rind. Chill the rind for about 10 minutes. Slice it into paper-thin pieces. Place these cold strips on your face and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. What an easy and a-peeling hack, right?
(Do a skin patch test for allergies for the ingredients mentioned)
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(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)