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FRUITY FACE PACKS

Biting into an apple? Plopping a strawberry into your mouth? Wait, try putting them on your face instead. Fruit masks are an age-old recipe for good skin and many of the best ready-to-use skin products use some fruit extract or the other. So, why not try some 'fruity' beauty treatments? Fruit masks or packs may be divided into two - those that serve the purpose of an astringent and those that nourish the skin. But before you start applying pulp on your face here are some ground rules:
  • Before the application of any face pack, rinse your face with lukewarm or cold water.
  • In the context of application, face refers to facial and neck regions.

Astringent facemasks
Citrus fruits are generally used to make astringent fruit masks as they have good cleansing properties because of their acidic content. Most citrus fruits also have high vitamin content, which nourishes the skin. So the net effect of astringent fruit masks is to clean and tone the skin without stripping it off its moisture content. Here are some you can try.

Tangy Toner

Mix two tablespoon of lime juice with two tablespoons of orange juice. Apply and leave it for 15 minutes and then wash it off. This can be done twice or thrice a week in a month. If you wish, you can also store the mask in an airtight bottle and refrigerate it.

Wine and women


Grape pulp is an excellent skin toner. Liquidify a few grapes. Apply and leave for 10-15 minutes and then wash off.
Caution: These astringent masks should not be used on skin that is irritated or has rashes. It can however be used on acne prone skin as it absorbs excess oil.



Berry Berry nice

Mash two berries and apply on your face for 10 minutes. Not only does this pack clean and tone, it also provides nourishment as strawberries are rich in both iron and vitamins.

Nourishing fruit masks
The main purpose of these masks is to provide nutrition to the skin. Fruits that have a high content of vitamins provide good nourishment to the skin. Banana and papaya masks for instance applied twice a week over five to six weeks leaves your skin noticeably healthy and glowing.

Paw powder
Mash two tablespoons of ripe papaya and apply on your face and neck. Rinse off after 10 minutes with lukewarm or cold water. To remove traces of characteristic papaya smell, splash a dash of lime juice on your face and wash away after five minutes. Note, this pack should not be applied on acne prone faces.


An apple a day

Mash half a peeled apple and leave for 15 minutes before washing it off. This leaves an after glow because of the high iron and vitamin content in the apple. This mask can also be used in extremely hot climate because it has an astringent property.



A plum job

Mash two plums and apply on the face for 15 minutes. This usually works wonders with acne prone skin. If plums are ripe you can mash them, if they aren't skin them.

All these masks should be applied twice a week and within a few weeks you can surely notice a glowing healthy skin!

-Aditi Kumar


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