Benefits of pineapple for skin:
Pineapple is not only delicious to eat, but is a wonderfully effective natural ingredient for use in homemade peels and masks.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, but also fruit acids and proteinases, or proteolytic enzymes that help to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate new skin growth.
This sweet tropical fruit also has anti-microbial and anti-ulcerative properties making it excellent as a base for acne prone skin.
It also lightly bleaches skin removing age spots and freckles.
If you want to make a really strong acid peel with pineapple and papaya, another fruit that is rich in papain enzymes with the addition of sugar or molasses which are high in glycolic acid.
Glycolic acid is used in many skin peels, it is one of the strongest naturally occurring acids in food that can be applied to skin.
Making your pineapple facial peel:
When you combine different fruits with pineapple to make a pineapple facial peel mask, you can apply it to specific areas or to your whole face.
What you will need:
2 tablespoons of crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons of papaya or cantaloupe or pawpaw
1 tablespoon of mashed banana
1 teaspoon of brown sugar, demerara sugar or molasses
1 teaspoon of yogurt (optional)
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
Blend these ingredients together into a puree. Apply to a clean face. Leave on for a MAXIMUM of ten minutes as this is a VERY potent recipe blend and it really works fast. Wash off and apply your favorite moisturizer.
If you have sensitive skin: Patch test first for 2 minutes to check for irritation.
For acneic skin add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil, lemon juice, aloe vera and/or a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil.
For very dry skin add a teaspoon of olive oil, Almond oil or cream.
For sensitive skin you can add aloe juice or gel and a little lavender oil.
There are many more ingredients you can add to face masks for skin conditions like:
- Red veins
- Flaking skin
- Saggy or ageing skin
There are countless recipes you can make once you know what different ingredients can be used for your specific skin type and condition. Natural masks, serums, cleansers and moisturizers are easy to make and leave your skin feeling wonderful.
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