Did you know that fruit can greatly benefit not only your health, but also your skin? These homemade organic facial masks are sure to please. Peaches are rich in vitamins and nutrients which provide the skin with a range of benefits. Remember to always use organic ingredients so that your skin is not absorbing more chemical toxins.
Now for the fun facts! When it comes to benefiting your skin, California peaches are an excellent source of antioxidants. Research shows that antioxidants can protect skin from damaging UV rays by counteracting free radical activity. Recent studies have also shown that the epidermis is able to absorb vitamins and nutrients from topically applied liquid juice solutions, greatly benefiting the strength, elasticity and general appearance of the skin. Facial formulas of olden days instinctively utilized this knowledge, and fresh fruits and vegetables were often included in recipes. In fact, the term “peaches and cream skin” came from a technique used generations ago by women who combined mashed peaches and fresh cream as a facial mask. The mixture made the skin lush and beautiful, and the term was born.
This peachy clean facial recipe a wonderfully refreshing and gentle natural skin care treatment that leaves the skin as smooth as silk.
Peachy Clean Facial
1 ripe peach
Sprig of peppermint
Peel and cube one peach. Mix with the juice of one lemon.
Add a sprig of peppermint. Simmer over medium-low heat until the mixture is completely soft and mushy. Mash into a very smooth paste. Cool until just barely warm then gently massage into the skin
Rinse completely with warm water, then gently pat the skin dry. Any remaining mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days or frozen for a few months.
Soft and smooth as silk right?
Peach Tightening Mask:
1 ripe peach
1 egg white
Peel and pit the peach. Blend until smooth, slowly adding your egg white. When ingredients are mixed, apply to face, let soak 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Peaches contain large amounts of alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHA’s. AHA’s are a buzzword in the world of exfoliants. The gentle exfoliation of fruit peels speed up cell renewal, leading to healthier skin tone. The AHA’s in peaches help to soften wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, blemishes and can even unclog pores.
For guests staying at Auberge du Soleil, the Auberge Spa is offering a 90 minute Peaches and Cream Body Masque. Indulge in one of our seasonal treatments during your next stay at Auberge du Soleil.
Source: Eat California Fruit/Skin Care Research Center/Diva Village