I love mango! This delicious tropical fruit is in season right now and it is just as sweet for your skin as it is in your morning smoothie.
Mango contains Vitamins A, B and C as well as powerful antioxidants to protect skin from inflammation and free radical damage. It’s brightening and softening for the skin as well. Although the fruit is beneficial for the skin when used topically, the skin can be very irritating, so do not use the mango skin – stick with the fruit!
Papaya contains enzymes called papain that break up dead skin and debris from the very surface of the skin without disrupting or causing inflammation. Papain is used in many popular professional skincare products, like Osmosis Purify Cleanser and Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask. The papain in these products is slightly more concentrated, but the whole fruit makes for a great homemade alternative. (After all – it is the actual source.) Read all about papaya here!
I use raw organic honey all – the – time and I’m constantly talking about it with my clients. As long as you are not allergic, raw organic honey is one of the BEST ingredients you can put on your skin. It aids in hydration, boosts healthy circulation, gently exfoliates with natural enzymes and provides your skin with B vitamins (yes, pun partially intended.)
This mask can be used once or twice a week, depending on your current masking schedule. Enjoy!
Mango Papaya Honey Mask Recipe
cut up mango and papaya
mash together ¼ cup papaya and mango chunks (equal parts) in a small bowl
add 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
stir until honey is completely incorporated
cleanse skin and leave damp, pull hair away form face
apply thick layer of the mask and massage in gently
leave on skin for at least 15 minutes
rinse thoroughly (warm compressing optional)
apply appropriate serum or moisturizer
Use your leftover fruit in this delicious smoothie to enjoy while masking:
½ cup organic mango
¼ cup organic papaya
3-5 organic strawberries
½ cup ice
½ cup purified water *add more as needed
proteinpowder of choice / or banana to thicken