It is a known fact that fruits/fruit juices are excellent options not only for overall good health, but also for the skin. Earlier, spa treatments involved use of expensive imported creams, made of exotic ingredients. This trend is now changing, as the spa owners have now realized that fresh fruits can render an equally refreshing appeal, while also offering the relaxation that you well-deserve.
Several newly-opened skin spas in India, for instance, offers natural beauty fixes made out of fresh fruits and vegetables. Each part of your body is treated with different fruit/vegetables in various therapy rooms designed for the purpose.
For instance, a face dessert is made available with papaya being used as cleanser; mango mousse cream, honey and oat scrub; and avocado face pack. Spas are also offering other natural treatments such as clay treatments and acupressure massages.
A masseuse when speaking to a leading daily in India, said â€œOur skin is exposed to growing pollution levels our everyday. It is therefore better to stop feeding our skin on daily basis, with synthetics that come in a bottleâ€.
In fact, the spa owners are collecting fresh and natural ayurvedic ingredients during the right season, from the remotest corners in the country to provide the best Ayurvedic herbal spa. For instance, to make apricot body scrubs, the apricots are directly sourced from the farmers.
When you undergo a spa therapy, the therapists use fresh fruits like papaya, apple, banana and oatmeal, along with other special herbs, to make a body scrub. The kind of therapy you are offered will depend on the type of skin that you have.
For instance, those with normal skin are offered treatments with avocado, strawberry and papaya; those with dry skins are treated with banana, chickoo, unpasteurised full fat milk and honey; for oily skin it is a pack of lemon, orange, tomato, and tangerine, while mature skin is treat with banana, primrose, egg whites and crushed egg shells.
Fruit facials were done since ages. But, the noteworthy trend is that people are now more cautious when dabbing chemicals onto their skin, with majority of them now opting for alternate natural skin therapies, rather than blindly using chemicals that are harmful to the skin.
Apart from hydrating and rejuvenating the skin, the smell of fruits helps in de-stressing. Fruits are also cost-effective and natural. Mentioned below are few natural properties of fruits, based on which, you can choose what is appropriate for your skin condition.
Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B, F and E, and contain potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and iodine, and works well as an anti-ageing agent. A fresh mashed banana facial can work wonders on your skin.
Banana anti-ageing face mask
To make a banana face mask, mash a banana, add about 2 tablespoons of fresh cream, 1 tablespoon each of organic honey and oat floor, rose hydrosol and bottled water. Blend well and apply on clean face, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse well with water.
Hydrosols (floral waters) are created while extracting essential oils, and are made using steam distillation. They have properties similar to that of related essential oils, although in less concentrated form. Being good toners, they are usually used as final cleansers/toners after cleansing.
The high vitamin C content in lemon helps in keeping skin beautiful. The astringent properties of lime helps in lightening skin tone and reducing acne scars. The inside of a lemon peel can be rubbed on to the body to remove dark spots. A mix of lemon and honey acts as a natural bleach for skin.
Being a great anti-oxidant, apple helps prevent cell and tissue damage. The abundant levels of elastin and collagen present in apple helps in keeping skin youthful.
A great exfoliating mask on your skin can be made with mashed apple, oatmeal, and rosewater.
Orange is another great fruit with anti-ageing properties. The abundant vitamin C in Orange helps improve skin texture and clears skin blemishes. Rub the inside of orange on your skin to tighten the skin. Oranges can be dried and powdered and used as natural scrub.
Mix Â¼ of orange juice and a teaspoon of plain yogurt. Apply on to face, and wash after five minutes. The yogurt helps in cleansing and nourishing your skin, while orange is full of vitamin C and AHAs.
Papaya contains papain, a special enzyme capable of killing dead cells and curing skin impurities and is highly rich in anti-oxidants, Even just applying the flesh of papaya on the skin can do wonders. Papaya facials are much in demand during summer months, as it also helps in removing tan.
Papaya summer mask
Mash a slice of papaya, and blend it with 1tablespoon of sandalwood powder in it. Mix both ingredients and apply on face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with water. Both papaya and sandalwood powder blend together to remove dead cells and give healthy skin.
Being rich in Vitamin A and anti-oxidants, the king of fruits has amazing effect on skin, as it fights ageing and restores skin elasticity and regenerates skin cells.
Mango-Honey face mask
Mix 4 tablespoons of finely chopped mango pulp, 1 to 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon of almond oil and apply on clean face and neck. Leave the mask for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water. Honey helps in retaining moisture so that your skin feels fresh and hydrated. This mask is effective in removing skin impurities and treating acne.