Say bye-bye to blemishes with the pimple popping powers of fruits!
I’m sure you already knew that the types of foods you eat influence the quality of your skin, but you should know it’s not just about what you eat; it’s about what you put on your face!
That’s right. I have 3 amazing acne face masks that are made solely from the produce you already stock in your refrigerator. Curious to know what they are and how you can make them yourself?
Good. Read on…
Pumpkin and Papaya Mask
For this blemish battling DIY all you need is 1 cup of Canned Pumpkin and 2/3 cup of mashed Papaya.
- In a bowl, mix together your pumpkin and papaya. It might take some time and elbow grease to get a smooth consistency, but that’s what you want.
- Next, on a clean face rub your mask all over your face, however, be careful not to get any in your eyes.
- Allow your mask 10-15 minutes to sit on your skin then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a fresh, clean towel.
What makes this mask so potent is the Vitamin A and C content. Both pumpkin and papaya are full of these beneficial vitamins.
The zinc content of pumpkins help absorb the vitamins which in turn balance hormonal changes. Keeping your hormones in check will help prevent acne breakouts.
Vitamin C is also responsible for reducing the likelihood of scarring, which can sometimes occur after acne flare-ups.
Papaya on the other hand also contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) which slough away dead skin cells and promote healing from acne scars deep within the epidermis.
Reparative and Preventative; I like it!
Tomato and Avocado Mask
Big zits are annoying, but blackheads can be downright frustrating. This next mask helps combat both at the same time.
- Start by mashing one small skinless tomato with a ripe avocado in a bowl. Use a fork to help you press out any clumps to ensure a nice smooth consistency is achieved.
- After cleansing your skin, gently rub your mask all over your face. Spend a little extra time massaging the mask into areas where you frequently breakout or suffer from blackheads. My most common regions are the nose and chin.
- Let your mask absorb for 30 minutes then rinse off using warm water and pat your face dry.
Tomatoes contain an amazing antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene regulates chemical and biological balances which helps maintain clear skin and also neutralizes free radicals to protect your skin from future breakouts.
The vitamins in this mask act like as an antiseptic astringent to help reduce blackheads while the avocado locks in moisture to keep your skin looking supple and fresh.
Banana Peel Mask
This final mask is probably the easiest acne-fighting mask you’ll ever come across because all you need is one very ripe banana.
Did you know that banana peels are ripe with potassium and antioxidants? What these do is drastically reduce skin inflammation and redness that is caused by acne. Not only that, but they can help prevent acne scarring.
- To make this mask buy a banana, eat it and keep the peel. When the peel begins to turn black-ish you will know it is ready for use.
- Scrape out the pulp of the peel using a butter knife and put in a bowl. Give your pulp a quick stir then apply it to your clean face.
- By allowing the banana peel pulp to absorb into your face for 10 minutes you will get the most beneficial results from the vitamins and antioxidants.
- Once your time is up, rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
And to think you only need to go as far as your local fruit stand to blast those blemishes clean off your face. I don’t know about you, but grocery shopping has never sounded so appealing! But what about you? Do you have any acne face mask recipes you use to zap zits? If so, share them in the comment section below!
AUTHOR BIO: Vanessa is the chief editor for BesSkincare.com – a site that deals with all things skincare! From product reviews to quick and dirty DIY tricks, such as how to make your own homemade acne spot treatment, she aims to help her readers look and feel their very best!