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Make Your Own Christmas Gift Ideas: Fruit Infused Facials

Just about now, as the kids head back to school and the stores are putting away their summer toys and bringing out the Halloween decor, are you having those first few thoughts about Christmas?? Come on, 'fess up - you know you are!!

Well, I know I am, and I so do not like to be the only one out here already 'panicking' over the upcoming holidays.

But really, now is the perfect time to start  putting together ideas of presents you can make yourself at home. If making your own lotions, soaps, perfumes etc. is something you love to do, then you might want to test out these two do-it-yourself facials that use yummy fruits as their main ingredients, and decide if you want to add them to your holiday gift giving list!

Papaya Facial:

Papayas have loads of vitamin A, a natural antioxidant that promotes skin regeneration. Slough off old skin cells, and freshen up your face with this homemade facial.

Blend 1 1/2 cups of ripe papaya with 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Smooth the mixture over clean damp skin. Relax for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse your face with warm water. Refrigerate in covered container for up to two weeks.

Kiwi Face Wash:

Kiwi is rich in Vitamin C - good for brightening your skin and giving your skin a more even tone.

Blend 1 kiwi with a tablespoon of almond oil in a blender or food processor until you get a paste (small lumps are ok.) Massage some of the paste into your skin. Rinse. You can use this several times a week to help keep your skin glowing. This should be kept in the refrigerator in a covered container for about a week.

So, come on, please tell me I am not the only one singing Christmas tunes in my head already!


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