Kiwi is one of the best sources of vitamin C in the world. This vitamin has many beneficial properties, one of which is keeping skin young and vibrant.
Kiwi has many amazing benefits for our skin:
– it rejuvenates: kiwi is rich in vitamin C, E, and antioxidants that all help rejuvenate your skin
– for cell repairing: high amounts of vitamin E moisturize and speed up the process of regenerations of skin cells. Cells are more flexible and less damaged.
– for firmer skin: firm skin is a sign of good collagen production (collagen is a protein that keeps skin firm).
– for controlling sebum production: using a kiwi mask for 15 minutes can (temporarily) reduce sebum production. Excess kiwi consumption or application can cause allergic reactions, so be careful. J
– fights free radicals: antioxidants that can be found in kiwi neutralize the damage of free radicals that speed up the process of aging.Use kiwi to delay the appereance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
– against acne: kiwi contains AHA and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying kiwi masks can prevent breakouts and acne spots, unless you have inrritated skin that could react to acids found in fruit. (Also avoid kiwi, if you have injured skin/acne.)
OTHER QUESTIONABLE PROPERTIES:
Prevents sun damage: amino acids in kiwi are supposed to neutralize the sun rays, but probably not only by applying a mask.
Lightening skin tone: a mask made of same amounts of kiwi, lemon juice and oatmeal is supposed to lighten your skin tone, but a) it’s probably caused by lemon juice b) is not good for your skin (pH levels)
Enzyme exfoliation: fruit enzymes helps remove dead skin cells, but it might be too harsh and even cause allergic reactions at people who don’t have other allergies. Use with caution or use a sugar/oatmeal scrub instead.
Against hair loss: for vitamin C and E found in kiwi to help against hair loss, we should probably eat lots and lots of kiwis. Eat lots of (versatile) vegetables and fruits and you’ll have enough vitamins and minerals (magnesium, zinc, phosphorus).
Prevents premature graying: copper is present in kiwi in high concentrations and this should prevent premature graying of hair, but it’s almost impossible to eat enough to meet this recommendation.
KIWI FACE MASKS
SIMPLE KIWI MASK
Mash the kiwi into a paste and squeeze out all the liquid. If you want a thicker mask that won’t drip off, add some plain yogurt. Apply for 10-15 minutes and rinse.
EXFOLIATING KIWI MASK
Grind oatmeal (or use corn meal or sugar for a gentler alternative) and mix with kiwi paste. Apply for 10-15 minutes and rinse.
CLEANSING & NOURISHING MASK
Mix 1 egg yolk with kiwi paste. Yolk will thicken the paste and make it easier to apply. For more nourishing add oils. Use for 10-15 minutes and rinse.