Brighten Up

kiwi

Between the all the crazy at my retail job, to the horrible ups and downs with the weather, to just not getting enough good sleep, my skin has definitely seen better days.  Despite trying my best to stick to a routine, which I’ve been doing damn well at lately, I still can’t avoid the “Wow Megan you look so tired” at work.  My face needs a quick pick me up and one that does not include makeup.  I’ve tried a few scrubs and potions but they either caused a breakout or significantly dried out my skin only to then cause a breakout.

In an effort to avoid another skin eruption I’ve opted to go the natural route and with fruit being a food group finding its way into my diet more frequently I decided to look there first for a cure.  It also helped that I saw a commercial for L’Oreal’s new line of targeted face scrubs featuring different edibles that looked all too easy to recreate for much less.  Although many fruits and vegetables offer a wide array of benefits for our skin, the kiwi was most intriguing to me.  It’s been years since I’ve tried kiwi and as a child, it was one of my favorites.  On one silly sandwich day in elementary school, I paired the fuzzy alien fruit with cinnamon raisin bread and peanut butter.  Today it doesn’t sound all that good but I absolutely enjoyed then….and no I did not stand a chance against some of my competitors who concocted meals so outrageous they had to stay home the next day for eating it.  The real contest should’ve been who can create a crazy sandwich that doesn’t send them to the toilet for 12 hours.  But outside of the benefits of eating kiwi fruit, it also happens to be pretty freaking amazing for your skin.

kiwi

REJUVENATION, REGENERATION & ANTI AGING

Deep within the pulp of a ripe kiwi fruit lies a potent mix of vitamin C and vitamin E.  A single serving of the fruit has over 200% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C which helps the production of collagen keeping skin soft and wrinkle-free.  The vitamin E helps everything stay moisturized and aids in cell turnover, two very important steps in a youthful appearance.

FREE RADICAL FIGHTER

The antioxidants found in the kiwifruit are hard working free radical fighters that help prevent sun damage and repair any that may already exist.

ACNE SUFFERERS REJOICE

Thanks to the lycopene found in kiwi fruit, those suffering from acne or blemished skin may find refuge in the seeded pulp.  What is lycopene you may ask?  It’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps prevent clogged pores due to those dreaded free radicals and other environmental assassins.  We all know that clogged pores lead to breakouts and with powerful antioxidants, your skin can better defend itself.  You may be thinking, isn’t that the ingredient that gives food its red color?  Well yes, it is.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene but so are asparagus, mangoes, and of course kiwis.

All 5 of these amazing benefits have the power to improve my current situation and hopefully keep my coworkers from reminding me I look like shit.  Now its just a matter of harnessing them and finding an easy way to use.

Enter that beautiful DIY moment

SAF (Simple as fuck) KIWI SCRUB DIY

BUY THIS

  • 2 plump Kiwis
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP white sugar
  • 3 TBSP blonde sugar (Sugar in the Raw or other raw sugar brand)
  • 2-3 TBSP Oil (coconut, olive, avocado, almond…dealers choice)
  • Air tight container (plastic or glass)
  • Fork or muddler

NOW DO THIS

  • Cut your kiwis in half and scoop out the pulp discarding the white inner core if possible and put into a bowl
  • Mash up using a fork or muddler
  • Add sugars and oil
  • Mix together until well blended.  Do not use to much force so as not to break down or dissolve sugar.
  • Scoop mixture into air tight container
  • When you’re ready to use just massage this bad boy on your clean face with wet fingers and rinse with warm water.

The scrub will last for a few weeks in the fridge so plan on making small batches when needed.  Also note that in this recipe we opted for more kiwi than sugar.  Usually in homemade face scrubs the exfoliant is sugar but kiwis are chock full of seeds which also do the trick and since its the kiwi that holds the power were after I figured it would make sense to us as much of it as possible.

 

 

 

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