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Natural, Cheap Mango Facemask: Fruitilicious!

Posted Jul 26 2008 10:14am

Mango Face

Starre with mango on my face (and in yummy chunks in the bowl)!

The big cosmetics companies have been slapping the “AHA” label on skin cleansers, creams and masks for a few years now, but translate that sciencey-sounding name (AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acids) and you getsimple fruit acids, which you can find in high concentrations in the skin and meat of a variety of fruits, andwithout the preservativesbeauty products usually use.

At therecommendation of a natural facialist, I’ve been giving myself my own AHA facials with mangoes, a much-beloved fruit around my house. And I can report much smoother, softer skin after I do my routine (detailed below). Also, you get to eat the mango and it smells delicious on your skin! (Unlike my other fave all-natural beauty routine-my avocado hair mask- but hey, it works great…)

How To Make Your Own AHA Mango Facemask:

1. Start with anorganic, fair-trade mangoand rinse it well under the tap (you can use a teensy bit of all-natural soap if it’s sticky from other-mango juice).

2. Holding the mango lengthwise,cut the skin(but not deep into the mango) in four or five long cuts, from the top where the mango would have attached to its tree to the bottom.

3. Gentlypeel the skin awayfrom the mango fruit (kinda like peeling an orange except the skin is thinner so you have to be more gentle).

4. Do what you will with the mango body- I usually justeat the whole thing from off the pit in a frenzy of mango-lovebut some more civilized people will cut them into chunks to eat in a fruit salad or use them in a smoothie.

5. Turn the skin inside-out so the soft yellow inside of the mango faces out, andrub all over your face(bonus! you can nibble on it as you spread it around; goofy but fun and the very definition of natural luxury- haven’t you always wanted to eat a yummy-smelling facemask?).

6. Letdry for 15 minutesor so, then rinse off using a mild facial cleanser. Moisturize as usual. Make sure to use sunscreen as the natural fruit acids leave your skin more prone to sun damage.

7. Touchsuper-soft skinand rejoice!

How It Works: AHA’s (fruit acids, found in high levels on the inside of mango skins and other fruits) break down the bonds between dead skin cells, so they get washed away more easily when you rinse the mask off. See Care2 formore info and ideas/recipes.

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