STYLE + BEAUTY
Food may be fun to eat but can smearing it on your face enhance the appearance of your skin?
Everyone has items around the house that can be used in more ways than one. Oatmeal, honey, bananas and strawberries are some of the regular food items we stock at home that can be used in more ways than one. They also make great excellent food facial products!
Food facials may be considered the best facials because they contain all natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin. Plus they are easy to do for a perfect mid-day facial.
Strawberries are delicious to eat on salads or alone as a healthy snack, but these red rubies are also beneficial for working as a great facial. Not only are strawberries rich in vitamin C—a great anti-aging agent—their mildly rough texture make them excellent natural exfoliators to scrub away dead skin cells.
Prepare: Mash 3 strawberries in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoonful honey in the bowl and mix together. Rub the mixture evenly on your face with your hands or beauty brush. Relax and leave the mask on for about 15 – 20 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water followed by a splash of cool water.
DID YOU KNOW? Strawberries are grown in Plateau State and farmers often have a surplus because they don’t have enough buyers. Depending on the season you can get 1kg for N700 – N1000. Next time you’re passing through Jos, don’t forget to load up on strawberries!
During those forceful dry weathers (harmattan, anyone?) give you a nice warm honey facial. Warm the honey in a small pot, apply a thin layer to your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. The honey acts as an antioxidant, antibacterial, cleanser and moisturiser. For the best results rinse your face with cool water.
It’s not just a breakfast food! If you need something to help with your oily skin or to fight wrinkles try smearing a banana over your face. Bananas are a great source of vitamin C and E as well as a good moisturizer for dry skin. Take a banana and mash it up in a bowl or blender, rub the mash evenly over your face and let it stand for about 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the with warm water and splash cold water on your face to reveal a softer skin.
Perfect for oily and acne-prone skin, oatmeal makes an ideal food facial mask. Oatmeal aids against inflammation and also absorbs the oil in your skin to reveal oil free skin. Be sure to use plain oats for this facial and not the instant oatmeal.
Prepare: Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of dry oats (ground or as is) and 1 tablespoonful of honey and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Remember to follow up your food facial with a good astringent and moisturiser to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant!