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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
Mango is one of my all-time favorite fruits for two good reasons. First it’s so refreshingly
delicious to eat on blistering hot summer days. And second, mango is a real delight
for the skin. I just love smearing the pulp on my stressed and tired-looking face
to give it a much needed “skin-plumping” overhaul every now and then.
The beautiful thing about using mango for skin care, aside from its rich Vitamin
C content, is the mango pulp also contains high amounts of beta-carotene, which is
a powerful antioxidant that fights premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. Dermatologists
use beta-carotene in retailed skin care products to promote cell turnover, and enhance
overall skin appearance by increasing skin suppleness.
In addition, the natural fruit enzymes found in mango also help address a variety
of common skin problems ranging from healing chapped skin, soothing irritations,
lightening of skin pigmentations (age spots, liver spots and freckles) to moisturizing
and protecting dehydrated sensitive skin from free radical damage while immersing
you in a heavenly halo of sweet scent.
You don’t have to fork out hundreds of dollars for a pampering spa treatment to look
good and feel great. These wonderfully decadent yet super affordable mango-infused
home facials instantly restore healthy cell vitality and will leave your skin feeling
super soft with a rosy radiance that glows for days. It’s delicious natural skin
care good enough to eat!
But wait, allow me to say a bit more on how to get your skin ready for facial so
that it can receive all the nutrients it needs to repair damage and regenerate faster.
The usual practice is to deeply clean your face by steaming over a bowl of hot water
for a good 5 minutes or so to open up pores. But instead of using hot water, I highly
suggest hot milk. The reason for this is lactic acid present in milk acts as a natural
exfoliant that gently removes the dead skin cells that makes you skin look lifelessly
dull without stripping its moisture and protective oils. Moreover, lactic acid helps
loosen blackheads as well as whiteheads, leaving your skin looking spotlessly clear
Mango and Honey Face Mask Recipe
Honey retains moisture so your skin feels hydrated and fresh all day. It also absorbs
impurities from the pores in the skin, making it a very effective chemical-free remedy
to clear skin blemishes like acne and pimples.
4 tablespoons finely chopped mango pulp
1-2 teaspoons honey
1½ tablespoons almond oil
Place all ingredients in a bowl; mix well.
Apply on your clean face and neck. Leave the face mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse
off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Good for all skin types.
Homemade Mango Mud Facial Mask
This mango “mud” mask is a great way to get spa quality facial on a really tight
budget. While the fruit is slightly astringent, the combined action of oats, almonds
and whipping cream in this homemade mango face mask gently cleanses, smooths and
exfoliates your skin.
¼ ripe mango (peeled and seeded)
2 tablespoons finely powdered oats
2 tablespoons finely powdered almonds
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream*
Place all ingredients together in a small blender, and blend until you get a smooth
and creamy mixture.
If the mixture is too thick to spread on your face, you may want to add a few tablespoons
of distilled water or hydrosol. If it’s too runny, simply add 1 tablespoon of finely
Apply the mask on your clean face and neck. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
Gently massage your skin while washing it off with lukewarm water.
Suitable for normal to dry skin. *If your skin is not so dry, you can use whole milk.
Homemade Mango and Yogurt Face Mask
Dry skin tends to be prone to sensitivity and allergies. This homemade facial is
ultra-soothing, highly nourishing and moisturizing, even for the most sensitive skin.
And did I mention it’s incredibly simple to make?
½ ripe mango
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
Place mango pulp and yogurt in a food processor, and process until smooth. Apply
on clean face.
Leave the face mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Perfect for people with combination or oily skin.
Mango and Olive Oil Home Facial Recipe
Olive oil has been used for centuries to naturally beautify and rejuvenate skin as
it helps destroy free radicals that cause premature skin aging such as fine lines
and wrinkles. The Vitamin E rich oil also helps sun-damaged skin renew itself, giving
you awesomely beautiful younger-looking complexion in a matter of minutes!
½ ripe mango
1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon starch
Puree mango in a food processor, and then add olive oil. Transfer mixture to a small
Stir in starch, and mix well until you get a smooth paste.
Spread mask on your clean face and neck, and relax. Wash off completely after 15-20
minutes. Suitable for all skin types, especially good for dry sensitive skin.
Note: Do not use these homemade mango face masks if you’re allergic to the ingredients
used in the facial recipes.
Looking for a rejuvenating, anti-aging honey facial that restores a baby soft feel
and glowing radiance to dry mature skin? Find out what kitchen ingredients work best
with manuka honey and make your skin complexion look years younger.