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The Queen of Easy Green™: Be a fruity beauty!

facemnaskFollowing on from my fruity frugal spring cleaning article, this week I want you to get au naturel with fruit again, but this time with your beauty regime.

Rather than toss those bendy cucumbers or squishy strawberries in the bin, I’ve got some great ways for you not only to save waste, but save money and look gorgeous too.

Here are my top 3 fruity beauty tips to keep you looking really tasty!


cucumber1Cucumbers
Did you know that cucumber, when applied to the skin can help reduce heat and inflammation? If you’ve tired or puffy eyes, just take a couple of slices and place them over your eyes. The cucumber slices will not only soothe them, they will also reduce the swelling too.

When applied to the skin, cucumbers also act like an astringent (i.e. it draws together/constricts soft tissue) giving the appearance of tighter, firmer skin. So next time your heading off to the beach, don’t to forget to pop a couple of extra slices of cucumber in your lunch box, so you can give those problem areas a little natural TLC.

My final tips for cucumbers (for now) is to remind you to eat plenty of cucumbers, as it is wonderful for your digestive system, it is said to promote hair growth and it is a natural diuretic, meaning it promotes the flow of urine and helps the body get rid of excess water.

Did I mention it was rich in minerals and can help prevent splitting of finger and toe nails too?


strawbsStrawberries
An English summer would not be the same without strawberries and cream. But did you know as well as being delicious, strawberries are great for your skin too, and I don’t mean just by eating them?

Strawberries are fantastic for conditioning and toning skin, as they are rich in salicylic acid, the ingredient most of us are more used to finding in commercial acne cream. So, if you are prone to a little acne, why not give you face a treat and make a homemade strawberry face mask. Here’s one for you to try:

Take a couple of fresh strawberries and mix with a tablespoon of natural yoghurt – spread on face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.

Regardless if you have acne prone skin or not, strawberries are a super treat for your skin, they help tone the skin and can lighten any pigmentation problems, as well as keeping the skin smooth and supple.


avocadoAvocado
Known as ‘the fertility fruit’ by the Aztecs, the avocado is a super fruit – yes fruit, not vegetable. Rich in folic acid, fibre, potassium and vitamins, it can help prevent prostate cancer and also contains monounsaturates, the ‘good’ fat that helps lower levels of  LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, while maintaining or even increasing levels of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol.

As well as all of this, because of the healthy fats in avocados, they are a superb moisturizer for dry skin and hair. Their natural oils gently nourish both skin and hair and are also helpful for tackling skin problems such as eczema.

Researchers have found that the reason why avocado oil is a more effective moisturizer than almond or olive oil, is that it has excellent absorption qualities meaning that it penetrates the skin more deeply, transporting active ingredients deeper into the layers of the skin where cellular renewal takes place.

Avocado oil can also trigger the production of collagen, which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles and enhancing your skin tone!


So next time your tempted to ditch the fruit just because it’s a little past it’s prime, just think how good you could look with a little fruity beauty magic. If you’ve any fruity tips that you use, please leave me a comment below because I‘d love to hear them.

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The Queen of Easy Green™: Half term ‘grow your own’ fun with kids  
The Queen of Easy Green™: Fairtrade for mums around the world 
The Queen of Easy Green™: Recycling love on Mother’s Day
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About the author
Lyndsey Young, The Queen of Easy Green™, is a busy working mum and inventor. Her passion is eco easy design, inventions, innovative products and ideas that can help save time, money and waste in the home. Every fortnight, Lyndsey will be sharing her fun, practical easy-green tips and advice, as well as reviewing her latest green-living product finds. Eco-curious? To find out more, pop over to her website at www.queenofeasygreen.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @mummypreneur, become a fan of Queen of Easy Green on Facebook or visit www.countonit.co.uk.



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