Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stocking Up on Fruity Beauty

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stocking Up on Fruity Beauty

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This Summer, get ready for a colourful explosion - as beauty gets fruity.

Shops are full of irresistible goodies that will help keep you uplifted and refreshed - whether you are washing your hair with fruity-scented shampoo, using oils in your bath or applying body lotion.

With Wimbledon arriving it seems almost rude not to indulge in strawberries - and while they're generally associated with cream rather than body cream, strawberries are excellent for cooling and soothing and improving the texture of the skin.

Or go for a pick-me-up citrus fruit, like lemons and oranges which are astringent and cooling, with a tightening effect on the skin. Products containing essential oils of citrus fruit tend to be zingy, to get you going when you feel a bit sluggish.

Exotic fruit such as mangoes and papayas are exceptionally nutritious. Mangoes are packed with antioxidants beta carotene and Vitamin E, while papayas contain a powerful enzyme called papain, which stimulates the circulation. Pineapples also have a natural enzyme action that gently deep cleanses the skin by removing dirt and grime.

First stop for luscious creations is Lush, one of the pioneers for fresh and natural skincare products. Their Bio Fresh range, from pounds 4.30, contains fruit so fresh the products have to be kept in the fridge, and used within a couple of weeks.

Or try Lush's Featherweight Fruit solid shampoo bar, pounds 2.95, with mango, as well as orange and tangerine oils to clean your hair thoroughly. And detoxifying soap, Temptation, pounds 2.50, is made with apple juice blended with myrrh, cinnamon and orange blossom.

Get a faceful of papaya, and help polish your complexion with skincare products like Never A Dull Moment, pounds 20, from Origins, and Papaya Enzyme Peel, pounds 23.50, from Elemis which will dissolve dead skin cells naturally, without abrasive rubbing.

If you prefer pineapples, perk up your face and brighten your senses with BeneFit's Pineapple Facial Polish, pounds 19. …

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