Give your messy beauty packs a rest. If you want to own gorgeous skin and look beautiful, it's time you pack your diet with a lot of fruits. With a host of vitamins and anti-oxidant properties, fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty. Not only your mother, that's what beauty guru Shahnaz Hussain says too.
Check out her beauty dossier of the best fruits to help you get your glow on:
Mangoes help to tone and rejuvenate the skin. They also help to delay the visible signs of skin ageing. This luscious fruit is a rich source of vitamins like A, C, E, K and minerals like phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also contains bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants and help to neutralise free radical damage. They have a softening effect on the skin and hair.
Citrus fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C and minerals. As a cosmetic ingredient, lemon can be used in various ways, but avoid using it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. However, on areas where the skin is thicker, like elbows and knees, rub lemon halves and wash off with water. Over a period of time, it cleanses and lightens skin colour. Lemon can also be used as a hand lotion. Mix it with rose water and rub it into the skin of the hands. Add lemon juice to "tea water" for a hair rinse, to make the hair silky and shiny.
This "food of the angels" is a rich source of antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and B, folate and pantothenic acid, and minerals like potassium, copper, and magnesium. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that helps to soften and remove dead skin cells, making the skin clearer and brighter. It also helps to lighten skin colour if used regularly on your face mixed with curd.
One of the most common fruits available round the year, the banana packs quite a punch in terms of nutrition and health benefits. It is one of the richest sources of potassium and also contains Vitamin C and B6. Bananas are beneficial for both skin and hair treatments. Bananas can be made into a pulp and added to both face and hair packs. Bananas help hair that has been damaged by repeated colouring and other chemical treatments. Egg yolk or curd may be added to mashed bananas and applied as a hair pack. If the hair is very dry, add one teaspoon pure glycerin or honey to the banana pack. Almond oil may also be added to the banana hair pack.
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away". It contains a wealth of nutrients, like Vitamins C, B6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. It is also packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids. Apples contain pectin, which is said to have a soothing effect on sensitive skin. They are wonderful skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface.
Apples also have anti-oxidant properties that delays visible ageing signs on the skin. They contain fruit acids, which have a powerful cleansing effect on the skin, removing dead skin cells. This helps to brighten the skin and gradually clear away blemishes like dark spots.
Raw apple pulp or apple juice can be applied on the skin daily and then washed off with plain water after 20 minutes. Grated apple can be added to face masks. Mix oats with curd, honey and apple pulp or grated apple into a paste.
(With inputs from IANS)