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Hey, guys, happy Wednesday. Yes, again it`s that day of the week and again here I am sprinkling words of wisdom from your computer screen :) Since last week`s article was on how to tan safely by not using commercial sunscreens, I couldn`t help but dig deeper into the cosmetics subject. And since this blog is about sustainable usage of nature`s gifts, it`s only logical to talk about how we can benefit from them in the beauty sector. So, here we go, let`s see (read, to be exact) how common produce can work miracles for that shiny summer appearance you wish for. We all know the healthy benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but how much do we know about using them as beauty products? It would be a crime not to, as they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients like vitamin A, B, C, D and E, carotenoids, co enzyme Q 10, phytonutrients, polyphenols, potassium, selenium zinc and like a thousand more. So just by combining the right kind with some other simple ingredients you get your own homemade and best facial masque, skin cream and ointment:
Avocado (Source)
Boosts the skin`s collagen production
 Banana (Source)
Softens the skin and is good for your hair too as the containing vitamins and nutrients improve its elasticity
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pretty much all that end on –berry Extremely rich in antioxidants and also with natural anti-inflammatory properties. They help repair the surface skin cells
Cantaloupe (Source)
Works for a glowing complexion
Carrots (Source)
Rough skin patches are smoothened thanks to the high levels of beta-carotene
Cucumbers (Source)
Wonderful hydration remedy; one of the best known and simplest ways to use them is for reduction of dark circles underneath the eyes. Potatoes have the same effect
Garlic (Source)
Don`t turn away, it works miracles for tissue regeneration thus helping reduce the signs of aging
Grapes (Source)
Another great source of hydration, for both hair and skin with its high content of polyphernols
Lemons (Source)
The best natural way to bleach and soften your skin
Peppers (Source)
Who would think they are so good for increasing blood circulation?
Pineapple (Source)
Thanks to it dead skin cells are eliminated and in the same time it protects form free radicals
Strawberries (Source)
Use them to whiten your teeth – amazing, hah?
Tomato (Source)
The lycopene fights free radicals and the high content of vitamin C boosts collagen production
Watermelon (Source)
Helps tissue regeneration thus is good for healing sunburns And here are my personal favorites, tested over and over again and proven to be magical; a couple of simple yet extremely effective recipes with some of the above listed fruits and vegetables: Lemon cleanser What you need:
  • 1/8 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbs milk or cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
What do you need it for: Combine all the ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Apply to face and neck by gently massaging with your fingertips. Rinse off with cool water. Carrot facial mask What you need:
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 4 1/2 tbs honey
What do you need it for: Mash the cooked carrots and mix with honey. Apply to face and neck, allow 10 minutes to take effect and rinse off with warm water.