You know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?  Forget those expensive health and beauty concoctions in the mall and drug stores.  Come to the Farmer’s Market instead and find the essential ingredients to create your own treatments.  The nutrients that make fruits and vegetables good for you on the inside, can also be beneficial for skin and hair.   Here are several simple ones to try with your beauty routine:

  • Whip up a toner by mixing 1/4 cup  fresh apple or pear juice (no sugar added!) and 4 tablespoons of witch hazel.  Apply, as you would a toner, with a cotton ball.  Keep leftovers refrigerated in an air-tight container.
  • Create a deep-cleansing carrot mask with equal parts of fresh carrot juice and white clay (sold in the health-food section of supermarkets or a natural-food stores).  Spread the paste over your face and allow to rest for 15 minutes.  Rinse first with warm water, and then cool water, to help skin retain moisture.  Or try cooking 2-3 large carrots and adding them to 4 tablespoons of honey and also apply as a mask. 
  • A combination of one mashed avocado and 2 tablespoons of ripe banana help to prevent dry, frizzy hair.  Massage the mixture into clean, dry hair and cover with a shower cap for 10-20 minutes before washing out with a light shampoo.
   
  • To treat oily skin, slice a strawberry in half and rub it gently on your face, then rinse.  One half cup of fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon milk and 1 tablespoon rice flour or cornstarch make another useful mask (use as above).   Strawberries also serve as tooth-whiteners simply by eating a few!
  • Pineapples are another option to cleanse and freshen the skin.  Combining 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice (or purée pineapple in a food processor until smooth) with 2 cups of seltzer or sparkling mineral water and spritzing from a spray bottle after a shower can be very refreshing in the heat of the summer.
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