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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Simple Beauty | Pineapple Papaya Facial Mask


The last time I had a facial (thank you Groupon) my aesthetician told me I had a lot of sun spots on my cheeks and recommended laser treatments to remove them. Yes, I admit sunscreen was not really a priority as a teenager. My cheeks would ALWAYS burn.

And we won't even discuss the burning/peeling on my chest. What was I thinking??

Before signing up for lasers I did a little online research and found a lovely all natural solution to minimize those blotches and freckles.

Why Pineapple & Papaya?
  • Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells.
  • Pineapple has lots of the enzyme bromelian, which helps remove the outer layers of skin to reduce age spots and wrinkles.
  • Used together, the enzymes and AHAs in papaya and pineapple naturally exfoliate and lighten skin color. Yay!

How to Make Your Own Pineapple Papaya Facial Mask

You'll need:
  • 1/2 fresh papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

1. Juice papaya and pineapple in juicer if you have one. If you don't have a juicer, you can mash the fruit together or put it in a blender. Strain out the pulp with fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

2. Gently wash your chest, neck and face.

3. Use a cotton ball to apply juice to chest, neck and face. Avoid the eye area - yeah, it stings. You can also do the backs of your hands at the same time.

4. Lie down and let it work for 10-15 minutes. It will tingle and itch. This is the AHAs working so try not to scratch.

5. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. Again, I highly recommend coconut oil.

You can do this mask 1-2 times a week. And if you have extra juice, it will keep in the refrigerator in a closed container for a week.

If you want to try another easy mask (also from the kitchen) try this one with turmeric.


At April 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

Love this natural option...great research :) I need to start collecting all of your great beauty recipes and have a pampering day for myself! XO brynn


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