Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tropical Fruit Skin Care

Mangoes, papayas and pineapples--oh my!

Tropical fruit seduces the senses. It tastes and smells luscious, and the eye candy colors almost always lift the spirits.

Best of all, citrus provides lots of health benefits. Antioxidants, minerals and vitamins serve as powerful immune system boosters. Plus, when used in skin care, natural fruit enzymes help remove dead skin cells, prevent premature aging and restore a youthful complexion.

November marks National Healthy Skin Month. As we celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest, take a moment to nourish your skin with healing tropical fruit extracts.

SHINE: 100% Pure Pineapple Juice Facial Scrub utilizes pineapple and papaya enzymes, and vitamins C and E to exfoliate skin and provide antiaging benefits. BEAUTY: Blackberry, blueberry and strawberry extracts also help brighten dull looking skin. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Also contains no synthetic chemicals or artificial fragrances.

SHINE: Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser washes away impurities with pineapple, papaya and awapuhi enzymes. BEAUTY: Aloe and jojoba butter beads hydrate skin to give it a glowing complexion. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Also contains no sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or phthalates.

SHINE: Burt's Bees Mango & Orange Sugar Scrub exfoliates dead skin cells with sugar crystals and orange peel powder. BEAUTY: Mango seed and coconut oils soften skin to help it look radiant. BEACON: No animal testing, and contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. Also supports The Greater Good Foundation.

SHINE: Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Thermaj Self-Heating Total Body Polish reduces inflammation and removes dead skin cells with pineapple and papaya enzymes. BEAUTY: Jojoba butter beads and vitamin E help keep skin supple. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Lavanila The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave hydrates the skin with coconut oil, hyaluronic acid and noni juice. BEAUTY: Soothing aloe, calendula and white tea extract help prevent irritation as you shave. BEACON: No animal testing. Also contains no mineral oils, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetics dyes, sulfates or silicone.

SHINE: Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter deeply moisturizes with coconut oil, shea butter, and passion fruit, papaya and pineapple extracts. BEAUTY: Pearl powder, and vitamins A, C and E add shimmer and glow. BEACON: Donates products to local women’s shelters. 

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