We all know that fruit has lots of benefits for our health, but did you know it can also give your beauty regime a boost? In this article, we take a look at what makes fruit so good for our bodies, inside and out, and also at some spa treatments that harness its goodness.
Visit any health spa and you’re likely to find plenty of fruit on the lunch menu! Fruit forms a key component in most healthy eating regimes as it’s a great source of valuable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre that are essential for the proper functioning of our bodies. While it has quite high levels of natural sugar (fructose), fruit is low in fat, salt and calories. In order to gain all the goodness from eating fruit, stick to whole fruits, as opposed to juices and smoothies.
In addition to gaining the health benefits, when you consume different fruits as part of your daily diet, your skin and hair benefit too. For example, blueberries, strawberries and oranges are among the fruits that can give you a vital boost of vitamin C, which promotes glowing skin and collagen production to keep your hair healthy, while the omega 3 found in avocados can help keep the skin and hair supple.
As well as providing benefits from the inside out, fruit can offer some great beauty benefits when applied directly to the skin and hair. Take the humble banana, for example. It can reduce puffiness around the eyes, minimise oiliness, help with healing acne and detangle the hair! Other simple ways to incorporate fruit into your home beauty regime include:
When it comes to beauty, fruit can be found in numerous spa products and treatments.
Fruit acid facials and facial peels: Acids and enzymes from various fruits are believed to stimulate the production of collagen, improve the appearance of scars, age spots and wrinkles, and improve skin’s tone and texture. So, you will find many spa products that incorporate different acids from such fruits as lemons, apples, pears, oranges, and grapes. You might see these types of treatments listed as glycolic acid facials.
Fruit body scrubs and polishes: Fruit oils are popular ingredients in spa body scrub and body polish treatments as they can address various skin issues, as well as smelling divine. Popular fruits used in body scrubs include passion fruit, grapefruit and tangerines.
Fruit-based aromatherapy: Essential oils have unique properties and multiple uses. They can be added to a bath or diffuser, or diluted with a neutral base oil and applied directly to the skin. In the spa, you can enjoy an aromatherapy massage or facial. Fruit-based essential oils include:
The Holiday Inn Reading offers a Spa Day with Aromatherapy Facial tailored specifically to your skin. Alternatively, you could opt for the Spa Day with Aromatherapy Massage, which includes a 55-minute full-body massage.
Cedar Falls Health Spa in Taunton offers an Aromatherapy Day, which includes a massage, facial and relaxing dry float.
If you’d like to create some home spa treatments that are good enough to eat, we end with a few easy recipes to try:
Honey and banana face mask: Mash one ripe banana with one tablespoon of honey and 10 drops of lemon juice. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes before removing with a warm, damp cloth. This mixture will hydrate and nourish the skin while also helping to reduce blemishes.
Banana and wheatgerm conditioner: Take a ripe banana and purée in a blender until smooth. Add a few drops of wheatgerm oil (available from health food shops). Apply the conditioner to your hair and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash your hair as normal. This mixture will deeply condition dry hair.
Avocado hair mask: Blend an egg yolk with half a mashed avocado and a spoonful of honey. Massage through your hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing. This will help to nourish, moisturise and strengthen the hair.
Mango body scrub: Blend the mashed flesh of a mango with a teaspoon of honey and some oats. You can use this as a scrub or leave it on for up to 10 minutes as a body mask. This mixture will help remove dead skin cells and sooth the skin.
If you’re ready to book your next fruity spa break, why not give our experts a call?