I picked up a “honey pineapple” the other day, a type that is smaller than the usual ones I have been used to eating. I had heard that this type of pineapple had a special kind of sweetness.
I cut out a piece and bit into the most delicious pineapple I had ever tasted. Juicy, sweet nectar, truly the elixir of the gods! As I ate more, it filled my body with such a sweet sensation. I wondered if something this scrumptious might also be good for facial skin. So, not wanting to waste any of this wonderful fruit, I scraped out what was left in the peel and smeared it all over my face. I knew that certain fruits such as pineapple contain AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) a chemical used extensively in the cosmetics industry and I was not surprised at how invigorating it felt on my skin. As I licked the few drops that landed on my lips I thought that this ‘kitchen spa’ treatment was not only economical but clearly good for me.
People often comment on how youthful and glowing my skin is. A few weeks ago, I decided to optimize the nutritional content of every meal and snack I have, in order to help heal my body. I have been drinking copious amounts of green tea, and ginger tea made with freshly grated ginger. I also increased my intake of green juices (a potent combination) which I drank faithfully twice a day. Yes, I doubled my pleasure by sipping it from a beautiful long stemmed crystal wine glass!
Since my recent experience with melanoma (I will go into greater detail in my next blog) I have decided to use only natural products on my face and body. I have always subscribed to the principle that you nourish your body from the inside out, that’s why my refrigerator is always full of beautiful, fresh, colorful and highly nutritional foods. I have also been researching the benefits of fresh natural ingredients on the skin. So I thought: ‘’You nourish your body from the inside out…why not also nourish it from the outside in!’’ That’s when I decided to give ‘’my face a snack”, which I now do on a daily basis.
Here are some of my delicious “face snacks”, and their health benefits:
Pineapples are nutritionally packed members of the bromelian family. This delightful tropical fruit is high in the enzyme bromelain and the antioxidant vitamin C, both of which play a major role in the body's healing process. Pineapples provide an ample supply of vitamin C too, a commonly known antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and helps the immune system. Vitamin C helps build and repair bodily tissue and promotes the healing of wounds. Since I recently had surgery on the side of my neck, I make sure I put a generous layer on that spot.
I like organic papaya in my smoothies, which I obtain from one of my friends who owns a ranch here in the Cabo desert. Once I have finished scooping out the meat, I use the peel itself as a face cloth, along with a few remnants of the fruit, and rub it all over my face. I leave this ‘’mask’’ on for about 5 minutes, then rinse it all off with lukewarm water.
Papaya is very rich in vitamins A, B and C. The juice of the papaya contains papain, a protein splitting enzyme which is often used as a meat tenderizer, and also as a valuable aid for protein digestion. Where the skin is concerned, papaya is a natural exfoliant to cleanse the skin.
- Papaya has been shown to be very helpful for healing wounds, healing inflammation, for treating skin problems and even for treating certain cancers.
- Papaya contains important minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium and is also the most alkaline fruit.
- Papaya contains vitamin A which accelerates the formation of new cells, protects the external layers of the skin; it is also an important source of vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, and helps build capillary strength, improves smoothness, softness and resiliency.
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I love avocado and always have a few slices of this healthy oil with my eggs in the morning. I am a busy person, so I like to keep things real simple. As I slice some avocado for my breakfast, I use a small piece of it and rub it all over my face, and around my eyes. Then I leave it on as a mask until I am finished breakfast. (You’ll fit right in with Shrek!:)).
Native to Central America, and cultivated for thousands of years, the creamy rich avocado is considered the world's healthiest fruit because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and copper. Avocado is used not only as food, but a great anti-oxidant also used traditionally to heal skin disorders and soothe sunburns. The pulp is also believed to be both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
I like to use fruits in season, and I am starting to experiment with mangos. I will let you know the results of that in a future blog. But this is just the beginning! For me, the simplest way is best…as I eat it, so I apply it!
I now use organic, 100% virgin coconut oil at night around my eyes, and on my lips and I have noticed a difference already! Coconut oil has become my “body oil” of choice, which I also apply once a week as a hair mask.
I believe that we all have a resourceful streak in us and that we all want to become fully alive. The first step in achieving this is to get in touch with our body. From that point we must learn to become sufficiently connected to it to know what it needs. Interestingly enough, the fruits I intuitively chose to apply on my face, were exactly what I needed. It is only after researching their benefits when applied to the skin that I discovered how powerfully healing they are.
Here is a useful website with enough natural recipes to replace most of the chemically filled, expensive products we keep on the bathroom shelves.
A Hollywood aesthetician, Raisa Ruder has written a new book with co-author Susan Campos titled ‘’Babushka’s Beauty Secrets’’ that is full of cheap concoctions using fruits, vegetables and juices that they claim ‘’work better than Botox, you just have to be patient’’. Check out the reviews on Google or purchase it from www.amazon.com or www.amazon.ca
I love what all this healthy snacking has done to my face. It’s the best and healthiest I have seen in years! So go ahead, try it!! Give your face a snack , have some fun with it and watch it glow!!
Yours in vibrant health,
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