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Get Gorgous Summer Skin - Affordably - in the Produce Aisle of Your Nearest Grocery. FASHIONTRIBES BEAUTY & SKINCARE BLOG


Summer is all about digging into juicy, refreshing fresh fruit...but have you ever considered what an effective - and cost-effective - skincare solution it provides? Unlike many of the pricey department store lotions, face scrubs, cleansers and other beauty products, fresh fruit is budget-friendly and you know exactly what you're putting on your skin.  Raechel Cunningham, licensed aesthetician and director of New York Laser & Aesthetics Spa in New York City, has hand picked some of her favorite fruits for a medley of do-it-yourself, homemade skin-tastic remedies to treat, moisturize and rejuvenate all your skin care needs:

  • Aloe Soothing & cool to the skin, and stops pain & itching. High in AloeEctin B, which stimulates the immune system.
  • Avocado Hydrates dry skin; filled with natural fatty acids, protein, Vitamins A and C.   
  • Apples High in AHA’s and antioxidants. Great for dissolving flaky skin.
  • Baking Soda Neutralizes the Ph of the skin and pulls out excess heat.
  • Banana Contains Vitamins A, B, and C. Soothing and healing. The most beneficial part of the banana is the inside of the skin.
  • Blueberry High in AHA’s and antioxidants. Great for revitalizing dull skin.
  • Chamomile Soothes irritated skin.
  • Egg White Full of protein, eggs whites act as a tightening agent and is great for oily skin.
  • Garlic Purifying and antibacterial properties. Great for acne.    Beware if you are not a garlic lover!
  • Green Tea High in antioxidants. Stimulates circulation and has anti- inflammatory properties.
  • Honey High in Vitamins C, D, E and B complex. Honey has natural   effects on the skin and is known to be an antiseptic salve.
  • Lemon Packed with Vitamin C and AHA’s. Great for oily skin and acts as a natural skin lightener.
  • Milk Full of proteins, Vitamins A, D, & E. Has strong soothing properties.
  • Oatmeal Contains healing properties. Oatmeal serves as both an exfoliator and moisturizer. This is great for dry/sensitive skin.
  • Olive Oil High in natural fatty acids. This emollient is a moisturizing ingredient similar to avocado.
  • Strawberry High in AHA’s, BHA’s, and Vitamin C. This acts as a cleansing astringent for oily skin. Helps to even skin tone.
  • Sugar This is a natural AHA in which Glycolic acid is derived from. This is a great exfoliator for the skin.
  • Tomato Contains Lycopene which is excellent for the skin. This ingredient is great for oily skin. It removes surface impurities, exfoliates, shrinks pores and regulates skin tone.
  • Wheat Flour Thickening agent for skin remedies.
  • Yogurt Contains enzymes which aid in removing dirt and dead skin cells from the skin.

Raechel's Tips & Tricks for maximum fruit & veggie beauty benefits:

  • When selecting fresh fruit and veggies, it is best to use organically grown varieties. This will give you maximum benefits.
  • Fruit and veggie skin care is best used when prepared and applied on the same day. Avoid making more than you need for a single application.
  • Make sure you clean and sanitize all counter tops and mixing utensils before making any of the recipes.
  • Leave all ingredients out of the fridge for up to an hour before mixing. Don’t let the fruits get any warmer than room temperature.
  • Fresh fruits and veggies are very high in acids. Be careful not to overdo it. If you apply anything to your skin and encounter a burning sensation, remove immediately and apply cool water.

Beauty_6 CLEANSE:

  • Normal/Acne/Oily skin: Mix 1 tablespoon plain or vanilla yogurt with the juice of 1/4 lemon & massage onto skin. Rinse with warm water.
  • Dry/Sensitive: Moisten a chamomile tea bag with warm water. Gently massage moist tea bag in tiny circles around face to gently loosen dead skin cells.
  • Olive Oil makeup remover (all skin types): Take a paper towel and fold in half 3 times. Apply a drop of olive oil to paper towel. Keeping your eyes closed, wipe downwards from upper eye lid down. Avoid getting olive oil in the eye.

Beauty_5 STEAM:

After cleansing & before exfoliating, steam your skin to open the pores. Fill a 6 quart pot ¼ of the way full with water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. (For astringent and tonic properties, add lemon juice to boiling water.) Take the pot off the stove and place it on an oven safe surface where it is a good height to lean over the pot exposing your face to the steam. For best results sit down at a table with a small to medium towel draped over the back of your head to keep the steam localized to the face. Steaming can occur for 5-10 min. Exfoliate after steaming.


  • Normal/Acne/ Oily: Combine 1 tablespoon of tomato juice with 1½ tablespoon of sugar, and massage in tiny circles all over face and neck. Avoid using near eyes. Rinse thoroughly
  • Dry/Sensitive: Mix together 1 tablespoon of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of plain uncooked oatmeal, and massage into skin with tiny circles. Rinse thoroughly
  • Dry skin: Slice 1/2 an avocado. Use the inside of the skin with avocado residue & massage into small circles over skin. Once you have completed the whole face, turn the avocado skin to the rough side and gently massage in tiny circles. Rinse thoroughly & prepare to apply mask.


  • Acne: Whip together a clove of minced garlic, ½ tomato with seeds finely chopped, 1 tablespoon tomato juice & 1 egg white. Apply to skin, and to ensure the ingredients stay put, either lie down, or unfold a gauze pad, cut out holes for your eyes and mouth, moisten & press against skin over the mask.
  • Dry skin: Whip together 1 mashed strawberry, 1 teaspoon of honey,  ¼ avocado meat mashed &  1 teaspoon of wheat flour. Leave on 3-5 minutes.
  • Normal/Dry: Mash together  3-5 blueberries, 2-3 circular slices of a banana & 1 tablespoon of wheat flour. (If it's too firm, add a drop of apple juice.) Leave on 3-5 minutes
  • All skin types: Mix together ½ lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey & 1 tablespoon wheat flour. (If it's too soupy, add more honey or wheat flour.) Leave on 3-5 min. 
  • Puffy eyes: Moisten 2 green tea bags with warm water and apply over eyes for 5-10 minutes while you lie down & chill.

Beauty_2 BODY CARE:

  • Sunburn relief: Into a bath filled with tepid water, pour 2 cups of raw uncooked oatmeal, 1 cup of milk & 1 tablespoon of honey. Soak for 5-10 min. Alternatively, pour 2 cups baking soda into cool-tepid water & soak for 10 minutes. After you get out of the bath, apply 1-2 aloe peeled aloe leaves...slimy, but a huge relief.
  • Dry/Ashy skin: Pour 1 quart of apple juice & ¼ cup of olive oil into a warm bath & soak.
  • Rough hands: Chop 3-5 mint leaves in a mixing bowl, and squeeze in 1/2 a lime. Add in  1  tablespoon each of sugar & olive oil. Massage into the palm of your hand working the product around. This is a great cuticle treatment!

- Lesley Scott


(images: fruit - chezlatina2; olive oil -; steam facial -; avocado mask - cooking diva; facial mask -; aloe plant - scuttlebutt)

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It's great to know that your skincare needs can be dealt with during a trip to the health food store.

Posted by: Sharon | Jul 1, 2007 3:29:40 PM

One of the additions to my new site will be articles like this encouraging women to use their talents in the kitchen to increase their attractive aura. Great article!

Posted by: SageRave | Jul 1, 2007 3:31:53 PM

hi my name is tanyas and my friend, we were ugly becouse for all the acne and you know all the troubles that we had, you know no boyfriend o partys nothings becouse the acne so tired of this we looked into many sites and
where you can find more of the drug and cream for acne and other skin problems go there and see for yourselft
byeeeeeeeeee and luck

Posted by: mateus black | Sep 27, 2007 4:57:25 PM

Supplement for Dry Skin: Your Guide

Herbal and vitamin supplements supply a lot of benefits for your skin. If you suffer from a recurrent or stubborn dry skin condition, the answer to your skin woes might be found in vitamins and supplements for skin health. You see beauty and the health of your skin begin on the inside. If you are healthy on the inside, it will show on the outside. If you are struggling with exhaustion, a health condition, or lack of adequate nutrients, you will also be able to tell by the appearance of your skin.

This is why the first steps to curing your dry skin should involve some internal fixes as well as the obvious external fixes such as lotions and creams. If you fail to address your body’s nutritional and health needs, you will have a hard time curing your dry skin with lotions alone.

Supplements for Dry Skin

If you do not already take vitamins and supplements, you might want to consider taking them to combat your dry skin. Just as there are no miracle diet pills, there is no miracle pill for your skin. Vitamins can only enhance the other efforts that you are making to beautify your skin. Here is a brief guide of the vitamins that you should be taking for your skin health:

Multivitamin – If your body is dehydrated and lacking in nutrients, your skin will suffer. You need to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and take a daily multivitamin to optimize the health of your skin. Even if you eat a healthy diet, your diet may not supply all of the vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Be sure to take a multivitamin for the health of your body and the health of your skin.

Vitamins A and B – If you do not have enough Vitamin A and B in your body, your skin will appear dry and sallow. This is because these vitamins are essential for combating dry skin. To get these vitamins in your diet, you will need to eat common foods such as fish and leafy vegetables. If you’re diet does not include these types of foods regularly, you may want to consider taking a vitamin supplement.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is responsible for making your skin look bright and rejuvenated. This vitamin is abundant in olive oil, a food that is great at eliminating dry skin. Vitamin E is also one of those few vitamins that can be absorbed by the skin so look for lotions, creams and spot treatments containing this essential vitamin.

Antioxidants – A lot has been said about antioxidants lately. This is because scientists have discovered what vital role they play in the health of the body and skin. Dry skin and aged skin is caused by cell mutations that occur as a person ages. These mutations occur when healthy cells reproduce. As skin ages, the cells do not reproduce exact replicas of themselves which results in aged and dry skin. Antioxidants help cells create healthy replicas of themselves which results in youthful, healthy skin.

Why Vitamin Supplements are Important

Many people try to treat their dry skin externally only. While this method often yields results, an approach that involves a healthy diet and vitamins often does a lot more for your skin than any lotion or cream could. This is because the moisture that is held in your skin tissue comes from the inside of your body and is not absorbed through the surface of your skin.

The oils and moisturizers that you put on the outside of your dry skin help heal your skin by creating a protective barrier that helps to hold your skin’s natural moisture inside. To replenish this moisture, you need to drink plenty of water, take vitamins and address any underlying medical issues that you may have.

When you take vitamin supplements, you create a healthy and balanced body. A healthy body is able to heal and replenish dry skin once it occurs and may even prevent it from occurring in the first place. This is why it is so important not to leave supplements out of your approach to curing dry skin.

In addition to taking vitamin supplements, you also need to address any medical concerns that you may have such as diabetes and Thyroid disease. Keeping these conditions under control is vital for curing dry skin. Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions for treating these conditions.

Posted by: Della Franklin | Dec 1, 2007 9:56:33 PM

Antioxidants – A lot has been said about antioxidants lately. This is because scientists have discovered what vital role they play in the health of the body and skin. Dry skin and aged skin is caused by cell mutations that occur as a person ages. These mutations occur when healthy cells reproduce. As skin ages, the cells do not reproduce exact replicas of themselves which results in aged and dry skin. Antioxidants help cells create healthy replicas of themselves which results in youthful, healthy skin.


Posted by: Claude Fullinfaw sharing Nutritionals Supplements You Can trust | Dec 13, 2007 8:56:50 PM

Take trouble over finding the correct exfoliating products it can take some time to find ones that are compatible with your skin type.

Get advice from people who understand the various requirements of different skin types and then test small samples of these products to see how they react with your skin.
If you have sensitive skin then you will need to be particularly careful with the products that you choose.
Avoid the eye area where your skin is more delicate there but don't neglect your neck.

Your skin changes as you age. Your skin-care
products and habits should change, too.

By caring for your skin when you are younger you will save a lot of money on more expensive treatments to repair damaged and premature ageing skin later in life.

Posted by: B. Potter | Dec 19, 2007 7:35:28 AM

i would like to know ...what is the best for skin that has blemishs. i used to have acne...the ance has stopped (new pimimples dont come on a daily bases though when under stress or once in ablue moon i will get one here or there) my question is what ingrediant i.e fruit is best for the blemishs....

ive tried yoghurt on my face..and it feels great actually..very refreshing nad i notice a better complexion ...i put it on for about half an hour.
i would like to try other things as well. another question is fr acne stopped so will it still be beneficial for me if i use it? wil it help rid me of hte blemishes? and odes it make a difference if i use the powder garlic?
please do answer my questiosn im very eager on trying these new home remedies they are all natural and inexpensive:)

Posted by: saba | Jan 4, 2008 1:56:53 PM

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