"Beauty from the Inside Out"

Double Duty Beauty

I regularly try to use the foods in my refrigerator as beautifying agents for both the Inside AND the Outside. So, before you purchase your next fancy miracle cream or spa treatment, try some of these easy-to-do favorites.

1. Mangoes. Mangoes are chock full of vitamin A and Beta Carotene, which restore, revive, rejuvenate skin, leaving a magnificent glow. (These properties also make it the perfect addition to your morning smoothie.) This power fruit also contains powerful natural acids, which help to exfoliate and prevent breakouts.

SImply scoop out some fresh mango pulp and massage in to clean, damp skin “as is”. Let sit for 20 minutes or so, then remove with cool water. OR, mix in a tablespoon or two of raw sugar for an exfoliating scrub, or add a little olive or coconut oil for an amazingly moisturizing mask! Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2. Cucumbers. I eat cucumbers constantly in the summer, as they are very hydrating and effective at helping the body to maintain alkaline levels. SImply cut into slices and add to a pitcher of cool water, drinking throughout the day.

They are also phenomenal as a topical treatment. Long known to soothe swollen eyes, the mighty cukes anti-inflammatory agents also work beautifully to brighten, hydrate, and tone skin. For a simple yet effective mask for all skin types, simply peel a cucumber and mix in a blender with about a half cup of raw oats. Massage into clean skin, let dry slightly for about 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water, follow with moisturizer. Mixture will keep up to 3-5 days in the fridge.

3. Epson salt.

While I don’t normally store Epson salts in my fridge, it’s something I use frequently and for many uses. Of course, nothing beats a soak in and Epson salt tub after a long day of sports activity. The salts contain magnesium, which many of us are deficient in. Soaking in Epson salts is one of the easiest ways to get a “boost” of this essential mineral. This helps flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, reduces inflammation, and relieves stress.

I also like to use it as an exfoliante. (I will try almost anything to exfoliate! :)) Epson salts are very gentle, but do be careful not to get into eyes or any open skin wounds. Just pour a little in your hand and add a few drops of cool water, massaging wherever needed. I use on face and entire body, as it rinses easily.

(Summer is the perfect time for the freshest and healthiest concoctions. Experiment away!)

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