As I have said, when it comes to my kitchen cupboard skin care, a lot of what I choose to use in any given week–from the produce section, anyway, has to do with what is one sale that week. You may have noticed by now that I am a tad frugal. It is a frugality born out of circumstances, but it has become second nature, and when I think of all of the money that I have wasted on OTC skin care and beauty products, I am quite comfortable being cheap 😉
This week kiwi fruit are 3 for 99 cents and I cannot pass that up! Some for a salad, some for my face. If you look online, you will find a bunch of kiwi fruit skin care products, all hailing from New Zealand, the home of the fuzzy kiwi fruit. Well, there is no need to send to another continent for kiwi fruit natural skin care products, when you can reap the benefits of the modest kiwi fruit after a trip to the grocery store.
Today, we are going to whip up a little kiwi fruit enzyme face mask that is simply packed with vitamin C and alpha hydroxy fruit acids. First the simply recipe, then the science behind it. For this natural enzyme face mask, I suggest that you use a blender or food processor for the mixing, as crushing up those little black seeds is something that you want to do. So, toss a peeled kiwi fruit into the blender, or food processor, and add 2 tablespoons of honey, and an egg white to hold the mask together.
Process the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency, then apply it to your face and let it work it’s wonders for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and then stand in front of the mirror and admire your fresh faced, glowing skin. If you want a thicker mask, and the benefits of anti-aging beta glucans, you can add a couple of teaspoons of finely ground rolled oats to the mix. You can also toss in a strawberry or two if your skin is oily or acne prone, or some pineapple if you are feeling especially tropical.
Kiwi fruit are loaded with vitamin C–the highest vitamin C containing fruit. As we know, vitamin C is a superior antioxidant, and it plays a big role in supporting healthy collagen production-that all important element in the skin that decreases as we age. Kiwi fruit is also a great source of potassium, and those little black seeds contain the omega 3 acid, alpha lipoic acid, which is a big name, and much used ingredient, in the skin care world. Now you see why you want to crush those little black seeds!
At the same time, kiwi fruit is chock full of the protein dissolving enzyme, actinidin, which like the enzyme papain in papaya, acts as a chemical exfoliant to remove those pore clogging dead skin cells, which are protein, of course. Actinidin is an alpha hydroxy fruit acid, as well as an enzyme. Add to all of that great stuff, high concentrations of vitamin A, and vitamin E and kiwi fruit is an absolute antioxidant super power!
Use this multi-functional kiwi fruit vitamin C enzyme mask and your friends will be green with envy over radiant skin, all done for less than a dollar!
I am off now, I have some samples to try 😉 I also will have some information regarding the amazing coffeeberry coming soon! Goody, goody!