I remember reading a magazine article, back when I was a young or pre-teen, of an actress (don’t remember who it was) who kept her beautiful looks, in part, with the help of a fruit facial. The beauty of this garden facial is it’s simple, frugal, and the ingredients are all natural, and readily available. The only ingredients involved are strawberries, bananas, and cucumbers. (I only remember reading about strawberries and bananas, but figured I’d add the cucumbers to the facial.)
Just about anyone reading this can grow strawberries and cucumbers. Many of you can also grow bananas. So… it’s possible to walk outside, pick the ingredients out of your garden that are needed for your facial, and apply them to your face. Pretty cool!
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
My skin looks GREAT after one of these facials!
1 Strawberry (a partial strawberry about the size of a large grape)
1 Banana (3″ of a banana)
1 Cucumber (2 slices)
Rinse the partial strawberry and cucumber slices.
Set aside the cucumber slices.
With a fork, smash the strawberry.
With a fork, smash the banana.
Combine the strawberry mush with the banana mush.
With a fork, gently mix together the strawberry and banana mush.
Wash, rinse, and dry face.
Apply the strawberry-banana mixture to face.
Allow the fruit mask to set for 5 minutes.
Pat dry face.
You could lie on the couch and place the two cucumber slices over your eyelids; however, since it’s possible to get an eye infection from the clean cucumbers, you could just eat them and benefit from the inside out. I just stick with the strawberries and bananas, but I thought some might appreciate this additional ingredient.
If you have little ones, they’ll love to see you (mommy) rubbing food all over your face. They may want to participate in the fun.
I smash the strawberry and banana separately so that I can leave behind the excess strawberry juice. I don’t want a real liquidy mixture, but rather a more paste-like substance.
You can also add one more step to this process, right after you wash your face. Apply strawberry mush to your face, and rinse immediately. Then proceed with the strawberry-banana step.
You’ll probably have some leftovers. You can eat the extra, or let them start to decay, and feed them to your composting worms.
Because of the strawberries, you’ll want to wait at least 3 days before doing the facial again (see info below).
Did You Know…
Strawberries’ salicylic acids exfoliate the skin.
Bananas moisturize the skin.
Cucumbers are said to help reduce eye puffiness and dark circles. Again, since eye infections are possible from topical (skin) use, you can eat them and still enjoy skin benefits.
Do you have a food facial recipe you can share?