Get Rid of Acne with Fresh Grapefruit

February 25, 2011 by  
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If you struggle to manage your acne you can use fresh grapefruit juice to gently control acne outbreaks and prevent acne flare ups. If you’ve had acne for awhile you’ve probably tried a lot of different products to try and get rid of it but many of those products are so harsh that they just damage your skin further. Many of them also have sulfates in them that can try your skin. Grapefruit juice is a natural antibacterial agent and can gently cleanse and heal your skin naturally. Plus the smell of grapefruit juice is very refreshing and a lot better than the chemical smells of acne fighting chemical based products. Here are some easy and effective skin care products you can make just using fresh grapefruit juice and a few other easy to find ingredients that will help you fight your acne and heal your skin:

Grapefruit daily toner – This toner is a key part of skin care if you have acne. Toning your skin after you wash it will get rid of any soap residue that could dry your skin and make the flaking and cracking associated with acne worse. The toner will also help shrink your pores and minimize the appearance of acne scars. To make this all natural toner you need witch hazel that you can purchase at any pharmacy, tea tree oil, and fresh grapefruit juice. Witch hazel is an astringent, so it will dry up excess oil on your skin. Tea Tree oil is a natural antibacterial and so is the grapefruit juice. Mix one part witch hazel with a few drops of Tea Tree oil and about a cup of fresh grapefruit juice. Use it every morning and evening after you wash your face.

Grapefruit cleanser – This natural cleanser will clean your skin without drying your face. Make sure you use the grapefruit toner after you cleanse with this to get the best possible effects from the grapefruit juice. Take a cup of fresh grapefruit juice and add a few drops of a natural liquid soap. Blend in the blender until the mixture has a frothy consistency. After you wash your face put this mixture in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. It will last for three to four days and then you should mix up a new batch. If you don’t like the grapefruit scent or if you want a change you can add some orange juice or tangerine juice to the mixture to get the scent you want.

Diet Friendly Grapefruit Desserts

February 20, 2011 by  
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Diet Friendly Grapefruit Desserts

Grapefruit is a delicious treat that can be incorporated into any type of diet because it’s low in calories but full of healthy fiber. Grapefruit also has a natural fat burning enzyme that will help your body burn fat for energy. The light taste of grapefruit can be blended with other ingredients to make low calorie desserts or it can be served on its own. If you’re worried about the sugar used to make some of these tasty and diet friendly desserts just substitute a low calorie sweetener for the sugar that is used.

Grapefruit ice – Remember the ice slush that you used to get at the fair when you were young? You can make a low calorie grapefruit ice that is full of flavor, cold and refreshing with less than 100 calories. This is a perfect summer dessert when you don’t want to have high calorie and high fat ice cream but you still want a frozen treat. Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together. Add a few drops of star anise flavoring. When they syrup is done blend it with one to two cups of fresh grapefruit juice. Pour into a shallow metal baking pan and freeze. After a few hours take the pan out and stir the half frozen liquid. Return it to the freezer and leave it for at least two hours or overnight if you can. To serve take a sharp knife and drag is across the frozen surface, which will shave off ice pieces. Pour the ice pieces into a dessert tumbler and garnish with some grapefruit slices and you’ll have a refreshing frozen treat.

Grapefruit meringues – These delicious and flavorful cookies are great when you want something sweet but don’t want to cheat on your diet. They are easy to pack in your purse or keep in your desk drawer at work too. Mix six or seven egg whites and the zest of half of grapefruit with cream of tartar and salt. Use an electric mixer and a chilled stainless steel mixing bowl for best results. When the meringue stiffens into points spoon the mixture into a frosting bag and drop dollops of meringue onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Put the meringues into an oven that is preheated to 250 degrees until they are dry, which usually takes an hour and a half to two hours in most ovens. Let them cool and they are ready to serve.