Healthy baby food? Check. Au natural face mask for mommy? DOUBLE CHECK. Food not only nourishes the inside, it can nourish the outside, too! We’ve compiled a few baby purees that can double as face masks for when your skin needs a little R&R.
Pear Oat and Date – Oatmeal (chilled of course!) is the perfect fix to achieving nourished skin. It’s highly concentrated with amino acids, which are essential to rebuilding skin tissue. You can say ‘goodbye’ to those nasty blemishes and dark spots, too! Additionally, oatmeal has skin soothing properties that help alleviate rashes, allergic reactions and skin damage such as sunburn. Pears are also known to have anti-aging properties due to its high vitamin C content. Dates are a great source of vitamin P. Vitamin P enhances the skin’s elasticity. Nutrients in dates also increase the quality of the subcutaneous tissue, making your skin tender and smooth.
Pumpkin Banana Yogurt – As Gwen Stefani would say, ‘B-A-N-A-N-A-S!’ Bananas are not only delicious in smoothies and baked goods, they’re great for moisturizing the skin. Banana has a high content of vitamin A, which restores moisture and repairs dry skin. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties that can redness. Don’t slip on this bonus! Banana peels can also reduce puffy eyes. Pumpkin has a great source of Zinc, which aids in getting rid of acne. Like other orange-colored vegetables, Pumpkin also has a high dose of vitamin A and C, which boosts collagen production. Speaking of youthfulness, yogurt contains lactic acid Alpha Hydroxy which reduces premature aging such as fine lines and age spots. Yogurt also aids in acne and discoloration.
Honeydew Cucumber – This puree will make you cool as a cucumber (literally!) The natural properties in cucumber cool the skin and can be used as a natural toner. Antioxidants and silica work together to rejuvenate the skin, too. Tell your oil to move over, because cucumber takes away oiliness while making you glow in the process. Last call for those aboard to hydration station! Cucumber is 95% water so you can say goodbye to dry skin FOREVER (well, as long as you keep cucumber in the picture.) Honeydew contains vitamin C as well as copper, which aids in skin cell regeneration.
Butternut Squash – Did you know? Butternut squash contains almost half your daily dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases your skin cell turn over, which is ah-mazing because the likelihood of contracting winkles and dryness decreases. It also contains lycopene, a natural antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage. Tip: Need some brightening? Add a drizzle of honey!
Avocado Banana Flax Seed – We promise we are no avocado obsessed, it just so happens to taste delicious AND have tremendous skin benefits, too. It’s high fat content makes it extra moisturizing to the skin. Its vitamin and antioxidant qualities quite literally make your skin plumper. The banana in this puree will help your skin’s elasticity, too. Due its high omega-3 content, flax seeds help minimize rashes and redness. They also keep your skin soft, protect against skin damage and fight the production of sebum (which can lead to acne.) So basically, the ‘moral’ of this puree is that flax seed is all you really need in life.