Beauty Tips from Moldova: Fresh Fruit for the Skin

I knew there were more reasons I loved summer in Moldova. I was with my host family recently at their village house where the fruits and vegetables are plentiful. My host mom told me to try something new and create a natural face mask.

Cherries from the trees surrounding the house.
Cherries from the trees surrounding the house.

With the plethora of sour cherries falling from the trees, I gathered up a handful in order to try this new beauty tip. My host mom is a “life professional”, remember?  The directions are oh, so simple.

Fresh cherries all smashed up for the natural face mask,
Fresh cherries all smashed up for the natural face mask. It can get a bit messy, watch out (don’t wear white).

1. Gather cherries.
2. Take out their pits and smash them up.
3. Spread on your face.
4. Wait about 10 minutes.
5. Then, wash the cherry smutz from your face.
6. Ta-da! Fresh, smooth feeling skin!

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Just spread cherries on your face… it’s normal and healthy too. Why has this taken me over a year to find out??

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. After trying it, I can say it really works! I wish cherries were available all-year round, so it looks like this beauty treatment is only a summer thing. My host mom told me this can be done with many of the other fruits available in the summer as well. See, now you know what you can do with some of those fruits that may have gotten a little too smooshed for consumption or left too long in storage – instead of throwing them away, put them on your skin! Poftim!

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