What Does a Banana, Lemon and Honey got in common?

The answer is simple. They are all jam-packed with Mother Natures curative ingredients. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s been described by experts as the ‘painless free botox mask’. No needles needed to look amazing!

So What are some of the ingredients? 

Bananas are loaded with essential minerals including potassium and, contain a compound called alpha-linolenic acid, which demonstrates significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  It enhances blood circulation, which also makes them a perfect ingredient to add to a face mask.

Lemon contains Vitamin C, known for its anti-aging and skin rejuvenating properties. Using masks or face creams rich in vitamin C helps to boost collagen production.deborah leonard makeup artist blog

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the skin. It is well known for its curative and antimicrobial properties that help your skin to repair and protect itself.

Combine all three of these ingredients and you have a powerful, skin repairing antiaging and rejuvenating face-mask.

The Recipe

  • A small ripe banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1  tsp Lemon Juice

How to!

Mash your banana in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of natural honey and a teaspoon of lemon. Simply stir the ingredients together with your fork. Then the fun begins. You can put this on using your fingers or with a flat foundation brush (I use a foundation brush). Apply down T-zone, across forehead, cheeks, and chin.

Tip – Run a nice hot salt bath. Apply your mask before you sink into it. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes while you soak.  Keep your feet elevated whilst wearing it as this will increase blood flow to the face.  Increased blood flow delivers more oxygenated blood, promotes cell growth and eliminates toxins from the skin.

Additional Benefits to this painless botox treatment – Your skin will feel hydrated and soothed because of the antimicrobial and nourishing properties in the banana and honey.  Thanks to the lemon, this simple mask will have a deep cleansing effect, which aids desquamation (fancy word for shedding dead skin cells), pores will be refined, fine lines plumped out, and your skin will look bright and radiant.

This is great for women of all ages, especially the fab over forties. You can apply it up to three times per week at night and follow it with you night oils and moisturizers. Go banana’s and peel back the years.

Give it a go and let me know how your skin feels after?

6 Amazing Super Fruits with Super Powers

These six super fruit picks pack a super-hero punch of wholesomeness.  They are fully-loaded with powerful nutrients that will increase your energy, balance your blood sugar, help shed a few pounds, keep you regular (you get my drift) and boost up your immune system… and that my dears, is just for starters.

In the words of the all wise and ancient philosopher Hippocrates…

Let your food be your medicine

Blueberries

These delicious wee blue pearls pack a supersonic punch of healthy nutrients. They are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables. Blueberries boost your brain power and memory function (truly pearls of wisdom) and are rich in manganese which is good for your metabolism. The mineral content in blueberries is said to help maintain healthy bones. Studies have shown that consuming plant fruits like blueberries can help lower weight, decrease heart disease, lower blood pressure and promotes healthy skin and hair.

Reasons to eat – brain-boosting super power.

Nutritional info per cup (145g):

  • Fibre – 4g
  • Vitamin C – 24% RDA
  • Vitamin K – 36% RDA
  • Manganese – 25%

Apples

Apples are a family favourite.  Deliciously crunchy and a natural form of sweetness.  Howev’s this crimson globoid (new word) also contains a hit of pure antioxidant disease-fighting goodness.  Not only is it high in fibre, and we all know why we need fibre, apples also contain an amazing compound called quercitin. Querca-wha’? Quercitin is found in the skin of apples.  It is a powerful antioxidant that is jammers with anti-histimine and anti-inflammatory power, thus helping fortify your immune system.

There’s a reason behind the old saying… An apple a day keep’s the doctor away. Truth. Immune-boosting super power.

Nutritional Info per Cup

  • Fibre – 3g
  • Vitamin C – 9% RDA
  • Potassium – 3%
  • Vitamin B6 – 5%

Bananas

Banana’s are loaded with essential minerals.  Potassium for one, helps lower blood pressure.  it is also a healthy and necessary carbohydrate to help boost your metabolism. It is rich in natural fibre and in addition the potassium helps maintain proper fluid balance in the body.  This curvy yellow fruit also contains a compound called alpha linolenic acid¹ (soz about the tongue twisters); which demonstrates significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  This versatile fruit is also known to enhance blood circulation.  Athletes have long known about the super powers bananas provide.  They supply a steady release of sugar throughout the day for a sustained boost of energy. Besides eating them, bananas are also a good ingredient in a hydrating face mask.  Click here for the banana botox mask.

There’s nothing ‘bananas’ about eating bananas. Nope. Super Power to oomph-up your beauty and stamina.

Nutritional Info per Cup

  • Fibre – 3.9 g 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 21% RDA
  • Vitamin B6 – 30% RDA
  • Potassium – 15%

Cranberries

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These sour little rubies are great for us women.  They help prevent  UTI’s (urinary tract infections) for one and it’s always good to have a litre of this bitter-sweet juice in the fridge. According to a recent study, cranberries can boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs used to fight ovarian cancer². In addition to their anti-cancer properties, cranberries are also rich in nutrients such as Vitamin C, E, K and are a good source of manganese. And if you are unsure why you need manganese then let me explain. This mineral plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and it regulates blood sugar levels. For better absorption of all their ruby goodness, cranberries are best eaten in their natural form. Add some dried or fresh to a tub of natural yoghurt.

Reason to eat – super Power fat-buster

Nutritional info per cup:

  • Fibre – 4.6 g 18% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 22% RDA
  • Vitamin E – 8% RDA
  • Vitamin K – 7%
  • Manganese – 18%

Kiwi Fruit

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What’s so special about this furry little antipodean fruit.  Something we could all do with for sure.  A good night’s sleep.  Kiwi fruit has been linked to better sleep patterns in adults. My powers of telepathy show me a bunch of knackered mums scribbling addendums to their shopping list now. And nor for even more reasons to eat. It is rich in potassium (helps regulate body fluid and maintain normal blood pressure) and fibre. They also have an amazingly high Vitamin C content which helps the skin’s support system.  And this furry fruit is an amazing source of dietary fibre, studies have shown consuming two kiwi fruits a day can help reduce IBS symptoms.

Reason to Eat – super power – colonic-vacation – a treat our bowels can do with on a regular basis.

Nutritional info per cup:

  • Fibre – 5g 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 278% RDA (eh, wow)
  • Vitamin B6 – 5% RDA
  • Vitamin A – 3%
  • Potassium – 16%

Grapes

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There’s more to these purple jewels than just turning them into a bottle of wine. Did you know that grapes, in particular red and black grapes, eaten with the skin, contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Let me break this tongue-twister down. Resveratrol promotes a healthy heart and a clean and well functioning brain. Studies at the University of Switzerland discovered the resveratrol mopped up brain damaging plaques and free radicals linked to Alzheimer’s.  It has been nicknamed ‘reverse-it-all’ by medical practitioners due to this amazing compound. On another and totes random note the natural malic acid in grapes eliminates stains on your teeth. Grapes, my dears, like all yummy fruits, are best eaten just ripe. There’s always a good reason behind bringing in someone in hospital the traditional ‘bunch of grapes’.

Super Power – hop into the chronokinetic-combat machine, twist a few nobs, eat tons of grapes and “reverse it all” (sorry geeked out a bit there).

Here’s some brain-boosting food for thought. Nutritional Info per small bunch (150g):

  • Fibre – 6%
  • Vitamin C – 27%
  • Vitamin K – 28%
  • Potassium – 8%

Images, Credits and Research: PixabAy and Pablo for Images. ¹Singh, A, et al. Cranberry proanthocyanidins are cytotoxic to human cancer cells and sensitize platinum-resistant ovarian cancer cells to paraplatin. Phytother Res. 2009;1,066-74. ²Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is plant-based essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that must be obtained through the diet. Click link here for ALA Research.

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