I am a huge lover of DIY beauty and skincare. There’s just something truly satisfying about using whole, natural ingredients and slathering my self-made concoction all over my face. When you make something yourself, it makes the end result so much more rewarding, doesn’t it? Today I’m sharing with you a really great Mango and Honey Facial Mask that’ll stop pimples from forming, gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin.
- 1/2 cup of mango
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tsp of rice flour (or slightly more if you want a thicker mask)
WHY THESE INGREDIENTS???
- Mangos are currently in season and you’ll be able to find them easily and inexpensively right now.
- Mangos are 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.
- Mangos also contain vitamin C, which aids in skin rejuvenation and helps to cure and ward off acne.
- Honey has natural antibacterial properties that help treat and prevent acne.
- Honey gently cleanses the skin.
- Honey moisturizes and leaves skin feeling supple and radiant.
- Rice Flour acts as a thickening agent that holds the mango and honey together.
- 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.
- Remove the skin of your mango, then cut into cubes. Using a fork or food processor, mash the pieces until you have a pretty even consistency.
- Add 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. She was a member of the Somewhat Simple contributing team in 2014 but can currently be found sharing all things beauty and fashion on XO Vain
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in March 2014