22.09.2015
Apple time is here again - thank goodness
A bumper crop with bumper health benefits

All this goodness can do great things for your skin too. Of course good skin is a product of healthy eating and exercise but there are many things you can do to improve it from the outside too. At this time of year, your skin has probably had a bit of a bashing from all the heat and holiday fun, so find a few minutes to replenish and give it a proper chance of healthy survival through the tougher months to come.

A deep clean and exfoliation is an excellent start.† Grab an apple. Grate half of one (peel on) and mix with a spoon of honey and some ground oats. Make a paste to spread on your face and neck, leave it for 5-10 minutes while you sit and listen to a favourite track. You could do a whole body exfoliation with the same mix (although greater quantities of course) but you might want to add a couple of large spoons of sugar and a little oil Ė sunflower or olive is perfect.† That way you can get to grips with the inevitable rough patches on bum and thighs.† Donít forget your upper arms.

If your skin suffers frequent dry patches, you might want a richer, more hydrating mask: again, half an apple, grated finely;† now add an egg yolk, a tablespoon of warm milk and a tablespoon of ground oats if you like. Mix and apply as above.

If your skin is oily, then try half a grated apple, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of cornflour. Again mix and apply as above.

When youíve washed if off, dried and felt the wonder of your new skin, use a good face and/or body oil (Great Elmís are superb, of course:† www.great-elm.com) to give your epidermis a deep-down feed of fabulous nutrients. Geranium and mandarin oils are known for their revitalizing, nourishing and healing properties, and can improve the skins elasticity and ease dryness. If you have oily skin, it may seem counterintuitive to use oils but there are plenty Ė like rice bran and borage oils, along with camellia and juniper - which can works wonders in rebalancing those over-active sebaceous cells.

You can of course devise far more complex masks, scrubs, spritzes, creams and oils but Iím always looking for fresh, easy , time-minimal but highly effective methods.† Simplicity works best, for me anyway:† could anything be simpler than an apple?† You could say itís the apple of my eye, the core of my being Ė if you liked bad puns as much as I do.

   

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