Buttery, ripe-for-fall pears are rich in sorbitol, a natural sugar compound that moisturizes hair and nourishes the scalp, says Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home." Try a simple pear-based treatment once a week to keep strands healthy.
Thanks to the soothing properties in pears, they're a great addition to lotions and other body care.
1. Nature's Gate Asian Pear & Red Tea Color Protecting Shampoo has sunflower seed extract for a vitamin- rich shine. $8, natures-gate.com
2. Organic Indulgence Orchard Pear & Fig Body Balm fights free radicals with a moisturizing superfruit mix of goji and ace berries. $5, myorganicindulgence.com
3. 100% Pure Organic Honey Pear Nourishing Body Cream hydrates with a blend of avocado and cocoa butters. $15, 100percentpure.com
Revitalize dull hair -- and give it that shiny, just-walked-out-of-the-salon look with this simple mixture. Combine 1 fresh pear, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and 2 cups water in a blender until smooth. (Pick darker pear varieties like red anjou for the most age-defying antioxidants to help the hair.) Strain the mixture and discard solids. To use, massage through your hair after shampooing and before conditioning. Rinse well.
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