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Local Produce - Not Just For Your Belly

We’ve all heard of using cucumber slices on our eyes to treat dark circles, but did you also know some folks say it can be used to treat discolored arm pits?!


I scoured the internet to find ways to incorporate local, seasonal vegetables and fruits into your beauty regimen. Check it out, and feel free to email me your tips on using produce to keep yourself so fresh.


Apples
Grate one medium peeled apple and combine it with 5 tablespoons of local honey. Apply the facemask to your skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Add uncooked oatmeal to exfoliate if you have combination skin. [Source: livestrong.com]


Watermelon
Use watermelon juice to treat sunburn! Soak a cotton pad in the juice and pat affected areas. Let juice sit on your skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. [Source: The Beauty Bean]


Cabbage
Allegedly firming! Three tablespoons of finely chopped cabbage, 2 teaspoons of rice flour, and 1 egg white. Simply apply this homemade face mask for about 20 minutes. [Source: Pinterest]


Carrots
Steam and mash 2-3 large carrot. Add 4 1/2 tablespoons of honey with the carrots, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has reached a smooth, creamy consistency. If you prefer a slightly different consistency, simply adjust the amount of honey to suit your preference. For a thinner mask, add a little bit of olive oil. Blend the oil in a bit at a time until the mask consistency suits you. Allow to cool, then smear all over your face. [Source: livestrong.com]


Eggplant
Moisturizing! Apply thin strips of eggplant to your face, avoiding the eye area. Cover with paper towels or cheesecloth—leave on for 15-20 minutes. [Source: girlslovestyle.com]


Celery
Nourishing! Two stalks of celery, grated, 1 teaspoon walnut or almond oil, 1 teaspoon plain yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of oatmeal. Combine, apply to face, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. [Source: girlslovestyle.com]


White Beans
Smoothing! Combine a few tablespoons of delicious white beans with a little lemon juice. Apply to face, leave on for 15-20 minutes. Source: girlslovestyle.com


Tomatoes
Don’t throw away that tomato top! Sprinkle some sugar on it and use it to gently exfoliate your clean face. Let the juice sit for about 10 minutes, and then rinse off. [Source: iloveindia.com]


Lots of great ideas here! We have talked before about your skin being your biggest organ—so local, pesticide-free produce would always be my first choice. Make sure you wash all produce before you use it. So, before you give up on a veggie, do a quick googling to see if you can make a facial out of it. Chances are, you can!


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