SUMMER-TO-FALL DIY PEACH-APPLE ENZYME MASK
As we transition from summer to fall, the needs of our skin can sometimes change drastically. One day, your skin is naturally glowing and dewy and then after a couple of days of consecutive cold temps, you’re experiencing a slight dullness or patches of dry skin. This can be frustrating, but it’s very common and you can fight the flakiness with a special enzyme mask. In the same way farm-to-table chefs use seasonal ingredients, we can do the same with DIY skincare by taking those end-of-summer peaches and autumn apples to create a restorative, transitional treatment. Read on for a fruit enzyme mask that acts as a home made facial peel.
Peaches are in abundance at the end of summer, so now is the time to take advantage of the last harvest. The sweet stone fruit contains large amounts of folates (which help replenish the outermost layer of skin), lutein (which promotes elasticity of your skin), vitamin E (useful in treating damaged skin due to its high antioxidant content) and potassium (which hydrates and moisturizes). Peaches are also a wonderful source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). These gentle exfoliants can function as an enzyme mask, and speed up cell renewal and aid with brightening ages spots, sun spots, blemishes and smoothing wrinkles.
Full of skin-friendly nutrients, apples are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as copper. Vitamin C helps restore the collagen content of the skin, providing elasticity to the outer layer, and preventing wrinkles in the future, thereby slowing down the aging process. Meanwhile, the copper content helps maintain the production of melanin, which helps to protect it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The vitamin A simultaneously helps repair damaged skin tissues and facilitates the growth of new cells. Apples also contain vitamin B, which helps reduce and control blemishes and malic acid, to brighten the skin and encourage it to absorb the other vitamins. That’s why some of your favorite skincare products, like One Love Organics Easy Does it Foaming Cleanser, contain cold-pressed apple oil.
As you can see, these two fruits have powerful properties that can help heal, protect and nourish your skin, both inside and out. When put together, they create a gentle yet effective fruit enzyme mask and treatment that can be done weekly with beautiful results over time.
Nourishing Peach, Apple + Nutmeg Fruit Enzyme Mask
1/4 of a ripe, soft peach
1/4 of an apple
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or smash with a mortar and pestle until smooth. Apply the mixture to clean skin (face and décolleté) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
Note: Do not save any of the leftover mask; it loses its efficacy over time. It’s most beneficial when you take of advantage of the fresh nutrients and enzymes. Also, as with most alpha-hydroxy treatments and enzyme face masks, the exfoliant will temporarily make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so apply this mask in the evening, and as always wear your sunscreen during the day.
What home made facial peel or fruit enzyme mask have you tried?