Skin Clearing DIY Mango, Honey and Rice Flour Mask

Wendy_MangoHoneyMask1I am a huge lover of DIY beauty and skincare. There’s just something truly satisfying about combing whole, natural ingredients and slathering my self-made concoction all over my face, hair, feet or wherever. Not to mention, the fact that you made it yourself makes it that much more of a rewarding process.

Today I’m sharing with you a really great DIY face mask that’ll stop pimples from forming in their tracks, gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

This is a recipe I devised myself and I know you’re going to love it! I promise that you’ll look super glow-y afterwards.

Before I get into the how-to, let me first tell you what ingredients we’re using and what each item will do for your skin.

The Ingredients

Mango
I chose mangos for this DIY face mask for several reasons. First of all, they’re currently in season and you’ll be able to find them easily and inexpensively right now. Secondly, they’re delicious. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t snack on a few pieces while whipping this mask up. Mangos are loaded with antioxidants that purify the skin and keep it looking youthful and vibrant. They also contain vitamin C, which aids in skin rejuvenation and helps to cure and ward off acne.

Honey
Honey is a favorite in many DIY beauty recipes, and for good reason. It has natural antibacterial properties that help treat and prevent acne. While it gently cleanses the skin, honey moisturizes and leaves it feeling supple and radiant.

Rice Flour
The rice flour serves two main purposes here. First off, it acts as a thickening agent that holds the mango and honey together. Secondly, rice flour gently exfoliates the skin both as you apply and rinse away. Rice flour has been used in beauty ingredients for a very, very long time to treat blemishes, nix old scars and create a more even complexion.

The How-To

Let’s get started! Begin by gathering one medium sized mango and a jar of honey. Side note: The honey I’m using was a Christmas gift from someone who bee keeps. Isn’t that the sweetest gift?

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Next, you’re going to want to cut your mango and reserve roughly 1/2 cup for your mask. There’s a very hard pit in the center of a mango, so cutting it is a little tricky. This video teaches you how to cut one. Make sure you remove the skin. Then cut the pieces into cubes.

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Next, you’re going to want to mash or blend the pieces. If your mango is very soft, you may be able to do this with a fork. I prefer to use a food processor. Blend/mash until you have a pretty even consistency.

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Next, add about 1 Tablespoon of honey and stir well. You will have a somewhat runny consistency at this point, but that’s OK because we’re going to thicken it with the rice flour.

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Add 1 tsp. of rice flour at a time and stir until you get a consistency that you like. If you like a really wet mask, you’ll need less. If you prefer a drier, thicker mask, you’ll add more. I ended up with a slightly drier mask.

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Finally, it’s time to apply the mask to your face! Using clean fingers, gently apply the mask to your face. Let it set for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

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It looks a little funny, but your skin will look and feel marvelous afterward! I recommend doing this mask once a week, when in season.

About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies, corn fields and churches on every block, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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