Fruits and vegetables are rich in proteins and minerals essential for the beauty of the skin. The skin is the biggest organ of the body that protects us against bacteria and other noxious external factors, and sets the temperature of the body. It's like the mirror that reflects our health. An attentive care could give the perfect results for a glowing skin. However, regardless of the quality of all beauty products we use, we sometimes feel like going back to the roots, to natural products, that can be a great source of nutrients for our skin.

An excellent glowing skin requires a lot of attention. Fruits and vegetables are the best solution when it comes to skin care. Not only they are a good source of minerals and nutrients, but they are easy to prepare and help you save a lot of money.

Cucumber
Its high content of vitamin E and water makes the cucumber one of the most effective foods for skin care and moisturizing. Crushed and applied on the skin it offers smoothness and freshness. It also has a calming effect after a long sun exposure.
Its juice has purifying and detoxifying properties, avoids hair loss, prevents wrinkles and helps in treating acne and arthritis. It's also useful in eliminating liquids and blemishes from the skin, in clearing freckles and fortifying hair and nails. You can apply slices on the eyelids in order to activate the micro-circulation and attenuate swelling.

Avocado
Originating from Mexico, avocado is rich in protein and vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, and beta-carotene making it helpful in skin regeneration and hair moisturizing.
Avocado flesh mixed with natural yogurt makes a wonderful mask for moisturizing dry skin, while mixed with yolks balances and smooths mixed skin. It can also be applied on hair as moisturizer.

Rice
Rice is the most consumed cereal around the world. Without proteins, low in calories and rich in carbohydrates, rice is ideal for minimizing gastrointestinal problems and is strongly recommended for those with high blood pressure, cholesterol or kidney infections.

Rice is valued for its healing and emollient properties, its capacity to calm epidermic irritations and pimples, and due to its content of gamma-oryzanol and antioxidants is used in anti-aging treatments.
In the beauty industry rice is used in many recipes due to hydrolat, a substance rich in antioxidants able to stimulate collagen synthesis. Rice oil is the perfect remedy for sensitive skin, while rice powder is the best ally for oily skin in order to give a matte and soft look.

Cocoa
Besides being a delicious treat, cocoa stimulates endorphins, the hormones responsible for generating happiness. Rich in flavonoids, natural ingredients that reduce the risk of heart diseases or cancer, cocoa, due to its moisturizing and healing properties, is strongly recommended in beauty treatments meant for softening and hydrating the skin.
Cocoa is rich in vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E and K. This helps the skin to restructure and fortify, but also to activate the micro-circulation and fight against aging. These amazing properties made beauty companies to include its benefits in masks and moisturizing treatments.
For a great cocoa facial mask, mix cocoa powder, honey, heavy cream and oatmeal powder.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a reat remedy for a healthy skin as they are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as B1, B2, B5 and vitamin E. They are low in fat and calories, therefore most diets include tomatoes in order to lose weight. Tomatoes help in purifying the organism, reducing cholesterol, calming down arthritic pain, boost the immune system, induce sleep and invigorate the nervous system.
Tomatoes are 90% made out of water, are rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iodine, zinc, iron, copper and fluorine. Among their multiple properties, tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant responsible for protecting the body against free radicals, the main factors causing premature aging. Lycopene is a natural pigment that improves the look of the skin saving the collagen. You can use tomato juice as facial tonic, while a mask made of its flesh is appropriate for dry skin.