Fruits for Beauty Care

By Shahnaz Husain

Fruits have been traditionally used for beauty care. Here are some benefits of fruits in beauty care:


Amla has the highest Vitamin C content that is not even destroyed on heating. It controls hair problems like hair loss and greying. To make amla hair oil, take a handful of dry amla. Grind coarsely and add it to 100 ml pure coconut oil. Keep in an airtight glass bottle and keep in the sun daily for about 15 days. Strain it and store to apply on the hair.



We all know that lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C. As a cosmetic ingredient, avoid using it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. However, on areas where the skin is thicker, like elbows and knees, rub lemon halves and wash off with water. Over a period of time, it cleanses and lightens skin colour. For rough hands, rub granulated sugar and the juice of a lemon together on the hands, till the sugar dissolves. Then rinse off with water.

Ripe Papaya

Ripe papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, like Vitamins A, C and B. These fruits also contains papain, a digestive enzyme, which helps to soften and remove dead skin cells, making the skin clearer and brighter. It also helps to lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Ripe papaya pulp can be applied on the face, or can be mixed with other ingredients like oats, curd and honey to make face masks. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash off with water. Papaya helps to cleanse the scalp and remove dandruff flakes.


Bananas are one of the richest sources of potassium and also contain Vitamin C and B6.  Bananas are beneficial for both skin and hair treatments. Its potassium content helps to soften both the hair and the skin. Bananas can be made into a pulp and added to both face and hair packs. Mix banana pulp with grated apple, ripe papaya pulp and oranges for a face or hair pack.



Apples contain Vitamins C, B6 and several minerals. They also contain pectin, which is said to have a soothing effect on sensitive skin. Apples help to tone and tighten the skin. Mix oats with curd, honey and apple pulp or grated apple into a paste. Apply on the face and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes.

About Shahnaz Husain

 Shahnaz Husain, pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement, heads the Shahnaz Husain Group, with a global network of franchise ventures and 375 Ayurvedic formulations. A Case Study at Harvard for Brand Creation, she is now a Harvard Subject for “Emerging Markets” She was honoured with the Padma Shri Award and is the first woman in 105 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. business magazine. Indeed, Shahnaz Husain is a leading international beauty icon.

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