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Natural Beauty At Home
by Janice Cox, LamasBeauty Correspondent

Here are a few of the more popular "Beauty Fruits" and their uses:

Apples: Apples have been used for centuries for their skin-healing powers. Apple juice makes a breath sweetening mouth rinse and can also be used as a skin toner. Add a cup of juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin. The juice contains malic acid, which acts as an antioxidant. Fresh juice can also be used as a hair rinse to control dandruff. Use as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

Banana: Rich in protein and natural fats this creamy tropical fruit can be used by all skin types because it is so mild and non-irritating. For an easy facial treatment massage mashed banana over your skin. Let sit for 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water and moisturize well. Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner mixed with a teaspoon or two of honey.

Strawberry: Perfect for troubled or teenage skin, strawberries are rich in salicylic acid an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams. Mix 1/2 cup fresh strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream for a weekly facial mask. Eating fresh berries will also help whiten your teeth and keep your breath fresh.

Papaya: Rich in natural enzymes papayas are good for deep cleansing your body and ridding your skin of surface debris and dead skin cells. (The greener the papaya the higher the natural enzyme content.) Mix together mashed papaya with several teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly. Leave on your skin for no more than five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Do not use on your face and avoid sensitive skin areas.

Peaches: Peaches are especially soothing for dry skin. Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste. Spread the mixture over damp skin and let sit for 15 minutes, rinse well with cool water.

Pineapple: Like papaya pineapples are also good skin softeners, especially for classic rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels. Pineapples contain an active enzyme called bromelain, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull skin. Use a slice of pineapple as you would a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower. To soften rough feet try a pineapple juice footbath. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse and follow-up with a rich cream.

Lemons: A classic home beauty ingredient, lemons are used to cleanse and freshen the skin and hair. Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows and heels. Lemon slices also help deodorize and deep cleanse your hands after a messy job, add a bit of cornmeal for extra cleansing power. Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp. For subtle hair highlights, comb some fresh juice through clean hair and sit in the sun for 15-20 minutes. (Make sure to condition your hair as lemon juice can be drying.) In the bath float fresh slices in your tub for an energizing start to your day.

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Fresh Strawberry Bath

This is a rich, fruit-scented bath that is perfect for dry, delicate skin. It makes the bathwater a creamy shade of pink and contains two natural emollients - fresh cream and castor oil. Fresh strawberries help deep cleanse and condition your skin leaving it super smooth and soft. A perfect way to pamper yourself with fresh berries - Enjoy!


1/2 cup fresh strawberries (you may use frozen)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups water
1 tablespoon castor oil


Place all the ingredients into a blender and process on high until you have a smooth, creamy liquid. You may strain this mixture if you like. To use: Pour the strawberry mixture into a warm bath and stir well.

Yield: 24 ounces, enough for one bath


If you have a question or topic you would like covered - please feel free to write to me. I also love hearing about your own "natural beauty" tips and treatments! Please email me here at lamasbeauty.com and I will post your questions and ideas in future columns.

Have a beautiful day!

Janice Cox

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Janice Cox has been making her own beauty treatments for over twenty-five years. She is the author of three books on Natural Beauty: Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, and Natural Beauty from the Garden, all published by Henry Holt and Company in New York. Her books contain over 600 recipes for Body, Bath and Hair Care products.

Janice writes a regular column for Natural Living Today magazine, "Recipe for Beauty." Her recipes and ideas have also appeared in Self, Shape, Fitness, McCall's, Country Living, Organic Gardening, Herb Quarterly, Herb Companion, The Natural Way, Health, Mothering, Fit Pregnancy, New Woman, At Home Mother, American Health, and Natural Way magazines. She has appeared on National television and radio programs discussing Natural Beauty. Mrs. Cox has turned her passion for home beauty into a full time career and has become a nationally recognized expert on Natural Beauty.

"We are all born with a natural beauty, it is how we choose to use it that makes us truly beautiful."

To learn more about Janice Cox, visit her website at www.janicecox.com.

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