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Did you know that some of your farmer’s market staples can double as extremely affordable, effective and natural skin care solutions? Why not spice up your beauty routine by incorporating these easy to find all natural cures for some of your toughest skin woes. Not only will you feel great about putting something so fresh and natural on your face but your skin will thank you when it’s beaming from all the nutrients it just soaked up. Here are three of my favorite farmers market facial finds and ways they can clear up your complexion either on your face or in your food!
PEACHES MAKE YOUR SKIN LOOK SO CREAMY
Pick up some of those delicious peaches at the farmer’s market this weekend, get a couple to eat and one to mash up and put on your face. That’s right, cut the skin off that peach and then take the chunks of moist flesh left minus the seed and mash it up in a small bowl. Once you’ve got a nice pulpy paste rub it all over your face and lay down for a few minutes. When you wash it off your skin should be singing. The vitamin C in peaches really wakes up the skin and gives you a fresh, glowing complexion.
Peaches are also great for your skin when taken in the form of food, luckily, because if you’re anything like me grilled peaches with some creamy coconut yogurt is a summer must-eat! Peaches contain lots of good for you fiber and vitamin C. Our friend vitamin C not only reduces wrinkles but helps us out during these hot summer months by helping to fight overall skin damage from sun and pollution. In fact, a recent study at Texas A&M showed that peaches (and other stone fruit) contain compounds with anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the level of bad cholesterol associated with cardiovascular disease. So don’t pass these sweet little stone fruits by at the farmer’s market this weekend.
I’M BERRY HAPPY TO GET RID OF THESE PIMPLES
Strawberries + apple cider vinegar or lemon = bright, glowing skin without acne, or at least that’s what I’m told. All you need to do for this berry face mask is mash up 1/2 cup strawberries, or better yet, stick them in a blender or food processor with either 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (for more intense break outs) or the juice of 1/2 a lemon (for mild, to little flare ups). The strawberry seeds also serve as a natural exfoliate brushing away any dead skin cells, to reveal your freshest, brightest looking skin. The combination of the acid in the lemon or apple cider vinegar that will dry up your trouble zones with the antioxidants in the strawberries that will nourish your skin back to vibrant health!
If you’re not quite ready to put this bright red concoction all over your face, you can still do your body some good by throwing a handful of strawberries on top of your smoothie bowl in the morning or in your salad at lunch. Strawberries also have a ton of vitamin C, one bowl is the equivalent to your daily value of vitamin C, so bring these babies with you to the beach! Just like peaches, the vitamin c helps fight sun damage and reduce environmental damage to your skin. It also helps raise your immune system and sharpen your eyesight. Oh and as an added bonus, strawberries are a natural anti-inflammatory so they can reduce redness and puffiness caused by your skin troubles.
CALLING MRS. POTATO HEAD, I WANT YOUR SKIN
Making under eye circles disappear and removing oil, potato slices may just be the most affordable natural alternative to those expensive oil blotting papers and putting on spa-like masks that you refrigerate overnight on your eyes in one handy little spud. I’m a huge fan of potatoes in general- french fries, roasted potatoes, hash browns, you name it- I love me some potatoes but I was absolutely floored when I found out my delicious buddy was also a skin superstar. Simply use sliced raw potato on those mornings when you wake up with bags under your eyes that make it look like you either cried yourself to sleep or didn’t sleep at all and you’ll be good as new in no time. Plus, while you have some raw potato slices laying around you can also use them to remove excess oil from your face or to soothe any areas of sun burn or irritation.
More of a mask girl? No problem, I’ve got you covered! Wash and chop up raw potatoes along with cucumbers. Make sure both are skinned and throw them into a blender or food processor (hey, you could even mash them up if you have some aggression to release in a healthy, productive way!). Now wrap up your mushy potato-cucumber concoction in the center of a washcloth, gather the ends and rub the washcloth with all the juices seeping through allow over your face. Once your face is fully covered go lay down for 5-10 minutes and relax while the mask is working it’s magic. When finished wash your face to reveal a softer, tighter and brighter complexion, courtesy of little miss potato.
Potatoes are also great to eat during the summer months because we naturally tend to gravitate towards the strawberry and peach end of the spectrum once the temperature rises and we need the grounding properties of a root vegetable to balance us out. I love slicing potatoes thin, roasting them in the oven on 400 degrees with a dash of olive oil, salt and garlic and tossing them into all of my favorite salads. Potatoes are also way under-rated when it comes to the power punch of antioxidants they contain per serving. Did you know that regular potatoes have double the amount of antioxidants as a sweet potato and almost three times as much as raw carrots? Moral of the story, potatoes are great for your body and your beauty routine!