EAT, DRINK AND SLATHER YOURSELF IN CRANBERRY!
Cranberries help to rejuvenate the skin and are rich in antocianos, caroteinoids, vitamin a which are the pigments responsible for its color and very high antioxidant properties. They are also rich in vitamin c , helping with collagen production, and delaying cellular oxidation. This helps to delay the aging process.
The perfect solution to unwelcome breakouts? Cranberries. The infection fighting, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging fruit is full of Vitamin-C. The moment you step out of your door your skin has to defend itself against the elements, stress, pollution and the occasional looming cloud of cigarette smoke.
If you can get your paws on some organic cranberry oil, HOARDE IT! Cranberry seed oil penetrates the skin with ease and is highly moisturizing. It is rich in tocopherols (vitamin E) and other antioxidants that I named above. It possesses the highest quantity of tocotrienols of any other vegetable oil. It also has a unique balance of Omega 3, 6 and 9, that are not found in any other oils. This will most certainly aide in the relief of itchy, scaly,irritated skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. With it's high levels of vitamin A, it is also a excellent choice for acne suffers.
This is why I call cranberry the ninja fruit. It quickly, quietly and effectively does everything you need for super-fab skin. It is sort of like Mother Nature’s apology for the cold air, harsh winds and your in-laws being stuck in your home for another 4 days due to their flight being cancelled. This season, the remedy for blah skin comes from the rich antioxidants and awesome enzymes found in fruits like pumpkins, pomegranates and cranberries! All of which I will be covering in the weeks to come!
All-In-One Cranberry Facial:
Makes a face mask, toner, and eye treatment
1 cup of fresh organic cranberries (you can use a whole 12 oz bag if you want to make a larger batch.)
2 green tea, teabags
2 cups of distilled water
Add the cranberries to the water.
Bring to a boil and then quickly reduce your heat to a simmer.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat.Add the tea bags.
When at room temperature, remove the tea bags. Place in freezer until thoroughly chilled but not frozen. (This is your eye treatment). Strain berries and add to food processor. add some of the liquid. Puree until you get a smooth consistency. Add more liquid if needed., but it shouldn't be. Store remainder in an air-tight tupperware container and refrigerate.
After cleansing your skin, hang your head over the pot for a proper facial steam. 7 minutes. Then apply the cooled, pureed berry mixture evenly. Go lay down somewhere comfy with a towel under your head so you don't stain anything if this facial drips.... Apply chilled tea bags to eyes. You can then take a soft paper towel or cheese cloth and dip it directly into the remaining solution and then apply over your face. (don't forget to tear a little hole so you can breathe). Chill out for 15-20 mins. Rinse your face with cool water.
When you strain out the berries from the solution, pour the liquid into an airtight container. Place in fridge. (This is your toner, use as much as you wish) You can do a compress of this on freshly cleansed skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes or apply as a toner, then apply your moisturizer over it. You'll actually feel the skin tightening slightly with the solution on your skin. Try doing this after you wash your face in the morning or before going to bed. Great antioxidants for your face! Your pores will be less noticible and your skin will feel great! If you don't have green tea, white or red tea is fantastic too!