Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Well sure, but did you know that the same apples can keep your acne away too? If you’re sick and tired of your toxin-filled face packs, it’s high time you switch to these awesome fruit-based masks that you can make at home. Filled with minerals and vitamins, the papayas, oranges, and bananas that you consume can help nourish and replenish your skin in no time!
Know Your Fruits
Before you start whipping up a DIY fruit face mask, it’s important to know what you’re actually putting on your face. Hence, it is very crucial for you to choose the fruits that serve your skin’s needs. So before you begin, here’s what science has to say.
Bananas: If you have dry skin and you’re looking for hydration, bananas are the answer for you. Rich in potassium and moisture, bananas can repair dry and damaged skin and the Vitamin A in bananas can restore the moisture content. Bananas are also great if you have acne-prone skin.
Mash a medium-sized banana and, 1/4th cup of yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon honey for the perfect banana face pack. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off once it’s dry.
This pack will give you oil-free and visibly clearer skin that’ll keep the acne at bay.
Oranges: High in citric acid and Vitamin C, oranges make a great exfoliator, keeps the skin glowing and remove tan. It also helps the skin in collagen production which keeps wrinkles at bay, making you look younger. The natural oils in orange also work as a great moisturiser, leaving the skin soft and supple.
Method: Peel an orange and mash it into a pulp, add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric to it and make it a thick paste. If you want to make it thicker, add ½ a teaspoon of gram flour. Apply it on your face and neck and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water once it’s dry.
You can use powdered orange peel with a tablespoon of yoghurt for an instant glow.
Papayas: If you’re struggling with dark circles, the power of papayas can work wonders for you. Papayas are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and Vitamin C, and can fight free radicals that can damage the skin. The enzyme papain found in papaya destroys dead skin cells and helps the renewal of the skin.
Crush 1/4th of a papaya into a lump-free mix, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey into the mix. Once you’ve created a smooth paste, apply it on your face and neck and wash it off with cold water once it is completely dry.
This pack will deeply cleanse your skin and remove all the dead skin.
Strawberries: If you have severely sensitive skin and are prone to allergies, strawberries are the way to go. The Vitamin C content in strawberries won’t cause any sort of inflammation and can give you healthy and glowing skin. The salicylic and ellagic acid present in the berries can also reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Use 5-6 strawberries and crush them in a mixer to create a puree. Add 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of honey to create the perfect strawberry face mask. Apply it on your face and neck, once it has dried, wash off with mildly warm water.
Apples: If your skin is getting damaged by the constant exposure to pollution and sunlight, turning to apples for help might be a good option. The copper content in apple produces melanin that can brighten the skin and also prevent it from the harmful effects of the UV rays. It also helps revive dying skin cells.
Crush half an apple in a mixer and add 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of oats to the mix. Use it as an everyday scrub to remove the dirt stuck in the pores of your skin.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)