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Food For Your Face

19 Nov 2017

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You don’t have to fork out on professional treatments for a glowing complexion. From banana to coconut oil, chances are your fridge and pantry are already stocked with ingredients that can benefit your skin!

When you need a quick skin pick-me-up, these natural ingredients can work wonders for your face.

Avocado

It’s not just for millennials’ toast, you know. Bursting with natural oils that penetrate deep into the skin, avocado helps inject moisture into dry skin, banishing flakiness for a softer, smoother face.

Best for: Dry skin.

How to use: Mash into a paste and apply a thin layer to your face and leave it to do its thing for around 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Honey

You’ll be looking sweet thanks to this magic spread. Honey is naturally antibacterial and deeply nourishing, helping to reduce breakouts and provide rich hydration.

Best for: Acne-prone skin.

How to use: Use raw, unfiltered honey as a facewash to remove bacteria.

Banana

A popular choice for DIY facemasks, banana is filled with potassium and vitamins A, C and E, and is a great natural cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturiser. It can even fade acne scars and dark spots and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Best for: All skin types – especially ageing skin.

How to use:  Mash into a paste and apply to your face as a mask. Mix in some honey for a stickier consistency that stays put. Leave for around 15 minutes then rinse off.

Coffee Grounds

Your favourite morning brew just got even better! Coffee scrubs have gained popularity in recent years. The rough texture is great for exfoliating dead skin cells and the caffeine increases blood flow for a more vibrant complexion.

Best for: Dry, bumpy skin.

How to use: Apply a handful of coffee grounds to slightly damp skin, gently rubbing in circular motions on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes to allow the caffeine to work its magic.

Papaya

Boasting repairing, hydrating, and exfoliating vitamins and enzymes, papaya is a multitasking natural skincare ingredient that packs a punch. People generally use it for its toning and skin-brightening properties.

Best for: Dull, uneven skin tone.

How to use: Most of papaya’s goodness comes from its skin, not its flesh. Gently rub the inside of the papaya skin on your face (including the wet pulp). Allow it to dry, then rinse off.

Coconut Oil

When you need intense all-over body hydration, reach for this magic oil. Organic, unrefined coconut oil makes a great moisturiser, hair mask, makeup remover… you name it! Just be sure to test on a patch of your skin first as it can clog pores and cause breakouts on some skin types.

Best for: Dry skin.

How to use: Warm some coconut oil between your hands, then apply to dry areas. A little goes a long way.

If you have some leftover bananas after making your facemask, treat yourself to an old-school banana split!