As a general rule, a healthy food to eat is also healthy for your skin and we can find a way to use it in skin care. That certainly applies to peaches. Peaches are one of the great joys of summer and easily found at the Farmers Market now. You’ll want to enjoy them in every way possible, even on your face. Its a great way to get the benefits of Farm to Face.
Lets look at some of the nutrients in peaches and how they benefit skin.
Peaches are rich sources of:
Alpha hydroxy acids which are fruit acids that can help remove the dead skin cells that make your complexion dull.
Vitamin A related compounds that include beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene and lutein support skin cell regeneration and play a role in decreasing the risk of cancer. These vitamins also help smooth rough skin and improve its appearance.
Vitamin C supports collagen in the skin giving it more structure and reduces wrinkles. It also helps to fade sun spots.
Vitamin K can help fade dark circles under the eyes by supporting capillaries.
Vitamin B can help skin maintain moisture and decrease skin redness.
Flavonoids and chlorogenic acid are antioxidants to scavenge free radicals and reduce skin damage.
With all these benefits, peaches make a great addition to a facial mask. Try this simple recipe.
Into a food processor put:
1/2 peach – feel free to use a bruised peach for this
1 teaspoon honey (you can find this at the farmers market too)
1 tablespoon yogurt
Mix this together in a food processor until smooth. You can also add clay if it is an especially juicy peach and needs a little thickening. You can use our clay mask found here.
Using clean fingers, apply mask to the face and neck. Let the peach mixture set on your face for about 10 minutes while you enjoy a cup of tea. Rinse the peach mixture off your face well and pat dry. You’ll love how your skin is glowing now. You can save the unused portion of your mask for a few days in the refrigerator.
Try this facial, or another farmers market based facial and leave a comment below.