Go back to basics for beautiful skin

With the festive season just around the corner, everyone naturally wants to look their best. If your skin could use a little pick-me-up to get it in party-perfect condition, there’s no need to go searching your bathroom cabinet for products. Just head to your fridge!

Sumati Menda from Veggiebuzz.com gives some top tips for beauty products, as nature intended:

Do you see a tired, dull and lack-lustre face in the mirror? Pick up a pomegranate and concoct your own exfoliating facial scrub to refresh your skin and leave it baby-soft skin. In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of pomegranate seeds, one cup of uncooked oatmeal, one tablespoon of honey and buttermilk. Apply to face, gently massage with fingertips before rinsing off.

Go for an all-out glow by blending a handful of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to create a very berry face mask, jam-packed with beauty-boosting Vitamin C: simply blend the fruits together, add some plain yogurt and a half tablespoon of honey, stir well and apply to the face. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse.

Tomatoes are great in a salad, but did you know they’re also a dab hand at helping to minimise scars and pimples and are a useful toner for oily skin? Squeeze a ripe tomato into a bowl and apply the pulp evenly on your face and neck. Leave for 15-20 minutes then wash off in a circular motion so the seeds will help to naturally exfoliate the skin at the same time. 

If the A/C has left your skin dry and in desperate need of moisture, help is at hand in the form of the humble avocado. Mix together one ripe avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water for soft, supple skin.

Renowned for its skin whitening properties, papaya contains a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover. Take a ripe papaya, scoop out the pulp and massage it on your face and neck for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Other vegetarian-friendly beauty boosts include:

  • Pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, to help prevent ageing.
  • Spinach, papaya and kale are loaded with lutein, which keep your eyes sparkling and give you a healthy skin tone.
  • Blackcurrants, broccoli, guava, kiwi and oranges are also packed with Vitamin C, leading to radiant skin and healing of blemishes.
  • For smoother skin, healthy hair and brighter eyes, consume foods that are rich in Vitamin E such as walnuts, almonds, avocado, hazelnuts and pine nuts.

For more information, visit www.veggiebuzz.com.

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