Winter is tough on your skin! You’re inside in high heat and low humidity, or outside in the frosty air and icy winds. February is the perfect time to love the skin you’re in and repair some of that indecent exposure. Give yourself a spa day. Better yet, invite a friend and enjoy a snack, a drink, a good chat and a natural facial.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally full of beneficial acids, enzymes and antioxidants that have special healing properties. Apply one of these facial masks, lie down, listen to music and chill out in your home spa. Repeat every few days for continued improvement.
It’s always a good idea to test any of these on your wrist for a few minutes before applying to your face, just in case there is an unexpected reaction or you have an unknown food allergy. Now, it’s spa time!
Moisturize with Avocados
The oleic acid and Vitamin A (retinol) in avocados will hydrate and refresh your skin. Mash one avocado and apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. If you’re hungry and it’s more tempting to make guacamole with that avocado, no problem. The peel works, too! Cut the edges so the inner side of the avocado peel lies flat, and apply to face.
Reduce Puffiness with Cucumbers
Cucumbers have lots of ascorbic acid, which helps decrease water retention. Just place several thin cucumber slices under each eye for about 10 minutes. You can also use a blender to turn the slices into a paste to apply under the eyes.
Smooth Wrinkles with Bananas
Bananas have been called “nature’s botox”! They contain amino acids and potassium which help tighten skin but still maintain elasticity. Mash one ripe banana and spread on face, let rest for 15 minutes and rinse.
Tone Up with Tomatoes
Lycopene acts as a natural astringent and tomatoes are the best source for this powerful antioxidant. To unclog pores, lay slices of ripe tomato over face (avoiding mouth and eyes.) Remove after 20 minutes and rinse.
Exfoliate with Pineapple
Who knew? The natural enzyme bromelain is only available in pineapple. Bromelain is great for removing dead skin cells -- the extra special part is that it has anti-inflammatory powers that soothe skin at the same time. Rub your face with a piece of fresh pineapple and let air dry for about 10 minutes, then rinse.
Fade Blemishes with Strawberries
Strawberries are rich with salycic acid, which helps fade scars and blemishes. Just mash fresh sliced strawberries into a paste and apply to face. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Repair with Papayas
Papayas also have a singular enzyme of their own, papain, known for its ability to help restore damaged skin and stimulate collagen production. Mash fresh papaya (ones that are still green are best) and spread on face. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse for a smooth, healthy glow (if you have a latex allergy, try the pineapple rub instead of papaya).