No matter which beauty product rules the market, a fact that nobody can deny, is that fruits are nature's most valuable beauty enhancers. And what's more, they are inexpensive too. Now, you need not wonder what to do to get that awesome glow on your skin or add some lustre to your hair. Here's a ready-reckoner for you:
Rich in potassium and vitamins A, C and E, bananas are ideal for skin and hair (they help restore dull and damaged hair). While vitamin A restores natural oils of the skin, vitamin E repairs damaged skin and lightens age spots. Vitamin C, on the other hand, prevents cell oxidation and wrinkles.
They have been used as a beauty aid for decades. A cup of apple juice added to your bath will cleanse and smoothen your skin. Apple juice applied to your scalp helps prevent dandruff. A final rinse of your hair with apple juice after shampooing brings about an added shine. Apples are also a good conditioner and toner, and help fight acne.
A great skin emollient, pineapples help rejuvenate and cleanse the skin. Rubbing a slice of pineapple on spots like knees, elbows and heels helps soften the skin. It can also act as a loofah or sponge while taking a shower.
Lemons are known for their 'skin and hair' cleansing properties. Dandruff can be prevented by rubbing lemon on the scalp. Adding two teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath not only deodourises the body but also keeps it fresh. Lemon rinds, when rubbed on scars, acne or dark spots, helps heal them. Rub lemon slices on rough areas of heels and elbows to soften them.
Rich in vitamin A and enzymes, papayas act as a great exfoliator. Mashed papaya, when applied to the face, helps get rid of dead skin and gives your face that glow.
This fruit is best for dry skin. A combination of peach paste and yogurt, when applied to the skin and rinsed off with lukewarm water not only moisturises the skin but also leaves it supple and soft. Gorging on these yummy fruits is not enough, applying them on the skin and hair helps a lot as well. So, the next time you lunge at that favourite fruit of yours, look beyond its culinary value, for you'd be surprised at its cosmetic benefits.