Facial masks with fresh fruits
One of the unwritten rules of skin care says that we should use facial masks 2-3 times a week, and if you make them yourself, even better. And what ingredients are more suitable for the skin if not fresh fruits?
Facial masks have been very popular for several years, and the offer is more than generous, if you look at the shelves dedicated to them, full of colorful envelopes, which promise you the skin you have dreamed of... Just look at the packaging and you will see that most of the formulas of products of this type use the reputation of fruits, whose benefits for the skin have been scientifically proven time and time again.
Full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, fruit can compete with some of the most effective ingredients used in skincare products, whether it’s exfoliation, hydration, unclogging pores, brightness, or a rejuvenating effect. And since you never know how much fruit (and if) was used in the composition of a facial mask – or what other substances are hidden among the ingredients – it’s better to prepare it yourself. In addition, you can use it while enjoying a smoothie with the same fruits used in the composition of the mask, thus doubling the effect of the ritual.
There are plenty of recipes and, in general, the possibilities are limitless – basically, you can use any fruit you have around the house, but it is still important to know its properties, so that you can respond as faithfully as possible to the needs of your skin. Here are some magic “formulas”...
STRAWBERRIES + DARK CHOCOLATE + HONEY
A decadent “dessert” for your skin... Strawberries contain vitamin C, the superhero antioxidant that fights free radicals, tones the skin, and delays premature aging. It also has the effect of brightening the skin, due to ellagic acid, which helps to fade blemishes. Alpha-hydroxy acid removes dead cells, so they can also ensure exfoliation; they are also effective for acne-prone skin. And dark chocolate provides extra antioxidants and fatty acids that support hydration.
3-5 ripe strawberries
One teaspoon of dark cocoa (80%)
One teaspoon of cocoa butter
½ teaspoon honey
Indications: Mash the fruit with a fork, then add the melted cocoa butter to the Bain-Marie, and stir in the cocoa and honey. Apply the mixture to your clean face and wait 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Admire your skin in the mirror. It is... something else!
BANANAS + KIWI + LEMONS
Rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, silicon, potassium, and other nutrients, bananas hydrate, support elasticity, fade pigment spots, and restore the skin after sun damage, being effective for dry and sensitive skin. As to kiwi and lemons – rich in vitamin C and enzymes – let’s just say that they protect the skin from the effects of free radicals and exfoliate gently – but effectively – the skin.
½ ripe banana
½ kiwi, peeled, pitted
2 teaspoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon honey
Indications: Mash the fruits with a fork (the blender can make them too liquid), add the rest of the ingredients, and apply the mask on the face. After 15-20 minutes, remove it and rinse with plenty of warm water. Aren’t the effects visible?
MANGO + AVOCADO + YOGURT
The delicious mango contains antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, with an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to fight free radicals. Avocado has, among other things, a high content of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that strengthens the skin barrier and facilitates the permeability of the other ingredients in the mask. As for yogurt, it contains lactic acid, which helps remove dead cells.
½ ripe mango
¼ soft avocado
One teaspoon of fat yogurt
Indications: Crush the fruit and mix it with the yogurt, then apply the paste to your face with a wooden spatula. Relax for 20 minutes with the mask on your face, then remove with lukewarm water. Your skin is already smoother and brighter.