Using Fruit or Alpha Hydroxy Acids in mask
Fruits can be very beneficial for helping the skin renew itself, Long hair v cut before and after since the naturally occurring acids help to chemically exfoliate the skin in a gentle way. For some people, this natural form of chemical exfoliation is preferable to mechanical scrubbing. Fruit acids have been popularized by the cosmetics industry, and are usually referred to as alpha hydroxy acids. The fruit acids responsible for this gentle stripping action are found in citrus fruits such as grapefruits, limes and oranges; berries such as strawberries and blackberries; and in other fruits, including apples, tomatoes, kiwis, peaches and grapes. Citric, malic, lactic and glycolic acids are the components of the fruits that are believed to be responsible for the exfoliating action. Using fruits in mask is especially well suited for oily, wide-pored and blemished skin. However, fruits can be quite drying and irritating to already dry and damaged skin especially the citrus fruits. For dry skin, you may want to add a bit of oil or cream to moderate the effects of the fruit. Keep in mind that many people who are allergic to fruits will also have an allergic response to topical fruit preparations.
To use fruits in mask, extract the juice and use it to moisten the mask, or mash or grate the fruit and apply it directly to the face. If using mashed fruit, it may be necessary to add clay or cornstarch to help the fruit adhere to the face. You can also experiment by combining the fruit mash with any of the mask formulas offered here.
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