Let’s face it—you can spend a small fortune on beauty products. And while it’s true that there are many great facials and face masks available that are very effective, there are also some wonderful skin care products in a place that you’re not likely to think of when you think of beauty products— the produce aisle of the grocery store! If you’re feeling a little financially squeezed but still want to pamper yourself with a fun facial, try one of these alternatives to costly products from the cosmetic counter. You might be surprised at how fruits and vegetables can make you beautiful not just on the inside, but on the outside too!
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin (be sure it’s pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 tbsp. celery, finely chopped
- 1 or 2 tbsp. milk
Cook celery in milk over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until celery is tender. Add pumpkin and mash to create a paste-like substance. Clean your face thoroughly. Apply the mask and leave on for 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- ½ cup strawberries, mashed
- 1 or 2 tbsp. sour cream
Combine strawberries and sour cream to create a paste. Clean your face thoroughly. Apply the strawberry mixture to your face and leave on for 5 or 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- ½ cucumber, chopped
- 2 tbsp. plain yogurt
Puree the cucumber and yogurt together to form a thin paste. Clean your face thoroughly. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 5 or 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- ½ ripe avocado, mashed
Clean your face thoroughly, then apply the mashed avocado. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Banana Anti-Wrinkle Mask- Try this mask to help to reduce the appearance of obvious facial wrinkles.
- ¼ banana, mashed
Clean your face thoroughly, then apply the banana. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse first with warm water, followed by a cold-water rinse.
- 2 to 4 grapes, each cut in half
Wash face thoroughly, then rub the flesh of the grapes over the face.
Most of us know how healthy it is to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets on a daily basis. Its wonderful to use this produce to make make you beautiful on the outside as well! The next time you’re in the market for a little facial pampering, don’t forget the produce aisle. Not only is it easy on the skin, it’s easy on the pocketbook too.
Roxanne Jones writes for Cadiz Laser Spa, a medical spa in Austin TX, that provides a variety of facial treatments for all skin types as well as laser hair removal, and mineral makeup products.
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