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Homemade Mango Face Masks



By Tiffany Moore

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 and revitalized.



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 powdered oats.   


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 bowl.


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.



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