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Beauty / Claire Blackmore

The Superfood Solutions We’re Loving For Seriously Spotty Skin

For PMS break-outs, hormone-related spots or ongoing acne, you don’t always have to reach for chemical loaded products to sort your skin out  – the superfoods can deliver too. Get to know these wonder-ingredients from the kitchen that can be used to blast your breakout.

Papaya

Not only does this fruit look super-pretty, papaya is a potent spot buster as it contains two anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral enzymes – called papain and chymopapai. These can reduce those big, ugly zits you get on a breakout and also act as exfoliation agents on skin, removing dead skin and accelerating the turnover of skin cells. Vitamin A B and C, are also found in papaya which can soothe the skin and prevent the production of excess oil. We’re totally sold.

Try it…

  • Cut a papaya into chunks, removing the seeds.
  • Whizz in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
  • Spread over your face and leave for 30 minutes or until it dries on the skin.
  • Rinse off with warm water, pat the skin dry and then use your usual moisturizer.

Tomatoes

The best thing about finding out that tomatoes are a top skin treatment is there’s *always* one rattling around at the back of the fridge, huh? For skin that’s suffered from a particularly bad breakout, tomatoes are a natural and effective way to reduce blemishes and scarring – they contain lycopene as well as being rich in vitamin A which promote regeneration and helps speed up skin cell turnover.

Try it…

  • Wash a tomato and slice into thick chunks.
  • Lie back and place the tomato slices directly onto acne scars.
  • Leave for up to one hour (you might want to take a very still nap at this point!).
  • Remove the slices and wash your skin with warm water.
  • Repeat every other day for a few weeks to see an improvement.

 Apple cider vinegar

This makes a great facial toner to use on spotty skin due to its astringent properties. Apple cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acid from apples that get to work on those yucky sebum plugs that are responsible for blocked pores. ACV is anti-bacterial so helps to prevent acne as well as balancing and restoring your skin’s natural PH levels. Who knew?

Vinegar

Try it…

  • Decanter some apple cider vinegar into a container.
  • Dilute with water ­– roughly one part vinegar to two parts water (use slightly more water if you have extra sensitive skin).
  • Pour onto a cotton pad and swipe over the skin after cleansing, just like you would use a toner.
  • Wait until the skin is dry and then moisturize.

Note: As you’d imagine, apple cider vinegar does smell quite strong, so it might be best keeping this as a nighttime treatment only.

Eggs

Eggs are an old, but gold, D.I.Y beauty hack for both skin and hair and they’re especially good for oily, problem skin. Egg whites can tighten and close pores and dial down the over production of sebum just before your period. Get cracking then, yeah?

Try it…

  • Whisk up an egg white until fluffy.
  • Apply to your skin and wait for it to dry fully.
  • Wash off with warm water and then moisturize.

Lemons

Ah lovely lemons. This zesty fruit has to be one of cheapest and effective ways to treat pimples, due to its natural citric acids that act as mighty disinfectant for bacteria build-up. The best way to use them is no-frills and neat on the zits – easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

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Try it…

  • Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl.
  • Dab a cotton pad into the juice and apply directly onto spots before you sleep.
  • Leave on overnight and wash skin with warm water in the morning.
  • Moisturize well as lemon can sometimes dry out the skin.

Mint

Mint can be magical when it comes to managing PMS skin. Its natural antiseptic and cooling properties can control bacterial growth and soothe irritated skin. Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves and you’re go to go.

Try it…

  • Pick the leaves from a mint plant or bag/bunch of fresh mint.
  • Grind in a bowl until you have a paste.
  • Apply directly to your skin and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Wash off the skin with warm water and apply a gentle moisturizer.

Turmeric, yogurt and honey

Turmeric is the wonder spice that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine, for years and years and is loved for its super-power properties – it contains curcumin which is an ass-kicking anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Mixed with anti-microbial honey and soothing natural yogurt and you’ve got yourself fierce beauty combo for attacking acne. Ps: There’s no need to be scared of the bright orange color of the turmeric ­– it *does* scrub off so you won’t be left looking like an Oopma Loopma. Promise.

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Try it…

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with one teaspoon of honey and stir well. Add the natural yogurt to soften the mixture until you have a spreadable paste.
  • Smooth onto the skin, avoiding your eyes.
  • Leave for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
  • You can finish with a sugar and coconut oil scrub to make sure you’ve really shifted all of the turmeric.

Avocados

We all know that avos are packed with goodies that are AH-mazing for our health, but did you know they’re great for treating severely spotty skin? This time you don’t get to eat it though (sorry!) – by using directly on your face you can tap into their powerful skin-saving anti-oxidants such as niacin, riboflavin, biotin, thiamine acid, b-vitamins, vitamin A, and C. Avocados also contain anti-inflammatory linoleic acid, so can help calm down acne that’s angry, red and sore.

Try it…

  • Cut an avocado in half and remove the stone.
  • Scrape out the inside and mix in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey and stir in well.
  • Slather over your skin and leave for 15 minutes for the mask to do its work. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry and moisturize.

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