What do Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rita Ora have in common? It’s their love of dressing in food. Meat, pizza, fruit and veg – you name it, these gals have worn it. Just search #fruitdress on Insta. It’s megalolz.
But while we’re not ready to cover ourselves in Bernard Matthews’ finest sliced ham just yet, the apples and pears got us thinking – they might be onto something. No, we don’t mean we’re going to wear a bunch of grapes as a bikini this summer and we also don’t mean we’ll be spending our Friday nights like a Katy Perry music video (Dad would ground us FOR LIFE) but the good stuff does have some pretty decent body benefits.
Before you pour your fruit salad over yourself at the dinner table, check out our handy guide for the DL on what fruit is good for where.
1. Coconut oil as shaving cream
It’s a lot of fun creating snow/pretending to spray paint the bathtub with shaving cream, but did you know you can actually use coconut oil instead? Not only will you smell absolutely delish, but it will leave your skin super soft and it even has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties incase you have any pesky skin problems.
2. Orange and kiwi as face masks
The revitalising properties of oranges and the energisin g vibes of kiwis make fab face masks, especially for tired skin and eyes. The acids in the fruit will sting your eyes when applied directly though, so instead try out the Vitamasque pads in your January bettybox. Inspired by Korean skin care (which is A+), they use fruit extract instead. No one will suspect a thing about your late night Netflix/book binge.
3. Orange as a stress reliever, too
Well, isn’t orange just super helpful! Breathing in sweet orange essential oil is a great way to calm any nerves and boost your mood, thanks to it’s zesty scent. It is also known to help ease muscle cramps and spasms, which is good news if you’re on your period.
4. Lemon as a nail saviour
If you’ve caned the dark red nail polish over the Christmas season and the remnants are still left behind, the alpha-hydroxy acid (ask your chemistry teacher) in lemon will brighten your nail fibres and break down any gunk on the nail, leaving with you will clean, strong nails.
5. Avocado as a hair mask
This superfood was first used on hair by the Egyptians and, looking at those history books, Cleopatra was #hairgoals. Avocado is high in vitamin B, which is essential for hair growth, and vitamin E, which helps your scalp. The fattiness of avocados (good fats, dw) makes your hair more elastic and less prone to breakage, too.
6. Olive oil as a frizz tamer
Okay, so it may not smell the best, but olive oil is great for controlling those annoying flyaways and split ends. Olive oil contains squalene, a natural fat which moisturises and penetrates the hair cells, so rub a teeny tiny bit into the offending strands, or incorporate an olive oil leave-in conditioner into your shower routine.
7. Pineapple as an exfoliator
Head to the bathtub for this one, otherwise this could end in a very sticky mess. Pineapples contain something called bromelain, which is a fantastic natural exfoliator. Use the peel of the pineapple (not the super spiky side though – ouch!) and add a little coarse salt or sugar and scrub across your bod for soft, smooth skin.
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