Nov 27, 2008

Carrots: protection against UV rays and free radicals

Wassup Doc!

You will not want to overlook carrots; they help us stay wrinkle-free.

Carrots prevent wrinkles because they have high amount of Vitamin A such that are good antioxidants and promote skin cell renewal, resulting in a clear and well-toned skin.

Carotenoids in carrots fight against free radicals and harmful sun rays. If you are an active person under the sun, carrots will reduce skin damage caused by UV rays.

For those who want to restore the firmness of their skin, consider carrot seed oil. It contains Beta carotene and vitamin A which maintains the elasticity, firmness and radiance of your skin.

Off the Kitchen
Carrot juice mask
1. Prepare a cup of carrot juice
2. Dip pieces of cotton pad into carrot juice
3. Place the damp cotton pad onto the face where blemishes are found
4. Remove cotton pad and wash face with cold water after 5 mins

Glowing carrot mask
1. Mix 3/4 cup carrot juice with 1/4 cup pineapple juice
2. Dip cotton pads into the juice and leave on the face for 10-15 mins
3. Wash off with water

Nov 24, 2008

Blueberry: Say goodbye to wrinkles

Keep blueberries away from your Burberry!

Blueberrres have high concentrations of vitamins and antioxidants. They are very useful when combating your wrinkles.

In case you are not aware, antioxidants eliminate free radicals that willfully destroy your skin's elasticity.

To stay youthful, we recommend that you consume high antioxidant foods because high concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients delay your aging process!

Use a blueberry mask, look young and flaunt your beauty with your burberry.

Off the Kitchen

Blueberry anti-aging mask
1. Mix 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries, 3 tbsp of honey, juice of half a lemon, 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch
2. Stir until a creamy paste is formed
3. Apply to face and leave on for 20-25 mins
4. Rinse off with warm water

Nov 21, 2008

Red tomatoes full of anti-oxidants

Tomatoes, not tomatos!

Did you know that rich antioxidants give tomatoes radiant red color?

Antioxidants in skin care are critical to any anti-aging routine. Including antioxidants in your skin care regimen increases your skin's ability to protect and heal significantly.

Tomatoes also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C which help to cleanse the face. Thus, they are helpful against oily skins, open pores and blackheads.

Off the Kitchen
Tomato facial oil buster
  1. Rub a sliced piece of tomato on your skin for 15 minutes.
  2. Spread the pulp of tomato on your face. Keep it for 30 minutes
  3. Wash it off with warm water. If done regularly the results will be seen.
Tomato-skin dirt removal:
  1. Wash your face of all dirt and grime. Apply the tomato skins, flesh side down for 30 to 40 minutes
  2. Wash your face.
The Tomato juice:
  1. Add pulp, ice cubes into a mixer.
  2. Add sugar for sweeter taste.
  3. Blend and drink.

Nov 20, 2008

Spinach: Good for Oily and Blemished prone skin

Popeye the Sailor Man has oily skin !

If you have oily skin, you might want to be best friend with Popeye.

Spinach is an excellent astringent which minimizes pores; thus, it is perfect for people who want oil control for their oily complexion.

We introduce the spinach oil control facial mask. Sweet pea~
Off the Kitchen
Popeye’s favourite mask
1. Mix a cup of raw pureed spinach and one tablespoon of fresh cream
2. Spread the mixture onto skin
3. Leave on the mixture for 20-30mins
4. Wash off with water

Nov 19, 2008

Sour Lemon

Did you know lemon means Citrus limon?

Lemon juice contains citric acid that flushes out pores and keeps your skin feeling fresh and bright. This is because fruit acids' have exfoliating properties.

Lemon facial peels are great for your skin as they loosen dead skin cells and improve the skin's texture, transforming dull appearing skin into soft, smooth and vibrant skin !

Applying lemon juice to facial blemishes is a popular way to treat acne. Mix it with honey, egg white and yoghurt to get a potent mask.

Honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent that causes bacteria to implode, egg white tightens the skin when it dries up and yoghurt has gentle acids that help restore the natural acid balance.

Off the Kitchen
Lemon Peel Mask
  1. Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  2. 1 egg white
  3. 3 teaspoon plain or Greek-style yogurt

Nov 18, 2008

Banana: Cure for Dry Aging Skin

Who says bananas are only for monkeys?!

Bananas are good anti-aging ingredients; they contain high amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, Vitamins A and E.

Bananas are also suitable for dry skin. Each contains approximately 75% water, which is a good hydrating fruit.

If you are experiencing a dry climate or work in an air-conditioned office for long hours, the following moisturizing and cooling banana mask is just right for you!

Before we move on to the recipe, do note that consuming banana is healthy for the body and skin. Do include it as part of your daily fruit intake.

Off the Kitchen
Banana miracle mask
1. Mash 1 medium banana with a fork/spoon
2. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix well
3. Then add ¼ cup of original natural yoghurt and mix well
4. Apply mask over face and leave the mask on for 15-25 mins
5. Rinse off the mask with water and follow by dapping some rose water onto the face

Nov 16, 2008

All-in-1: The Avocado

Avocado: Choose to eat it or apply it

Avocados are rich in vitamins which are essential for healthy skin such as
  • Vitamin B which maintains healthy skin tone
  • Vitamin E as an antioxidant which fights off harmful free radicals and prevents aging
  • Vitamin K that maintain skin elasticity
At the same time, avocados have very high amount of potassium, approximately 60% more than bananas. Potassium has hydrating effect, that is why avocadoes are also rich moisturizers useful for curing dry skin.

We encourage you to have avocados as one of the fruits you consume regularly for its high nutritious contents. Try the mask below too for a soft and smooth skin!

Off the Kitchen
Creamy avocado mask
1. Mash one avocado till a creamy mixture is formed
2. Apply the cream your face
3. Leave the cream on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with water