In the past, I used honey for my face if I got a pimple here or there. It was truly an exceptional solution and never failed me. Obviously since going vegan, I am not eating or using honey. And on top of that, my skin is worse than it has been in MANY years. (I’m pregnant, and thankfully other than my skin I am in TIP TOP health and still full of energy!)
THE ULTIMATE MASK FOR CLEAR SKIN
- 5 small-medium strawberries
- 1/4 cup papaya seeds & meat
- 1″ chunk of medium cucumber
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
How to prepare:
- DO NOT remove the leaves from the strawberries.
- Scoop the papaya seeds out of the center of a papaya. A small papaya will yield just about double the amount of seeds. You will find you’ll accidentally grab some of the papaya meat with the seeds. This is totally fine!
- Cut off a 1-inch chunk of a medium cucumber, and chop into smaller chunks for easier blending.
- Juice the lime.
- Add everything except the cornstarch to your blender. Blend until smooth, then add the cornstarch powder and continue to blend until well mixed.
EXTRA RECIPE INFO
- Approximately 5-10 “servings”
- Keeps for up to 7 days when refrigerated
- The papaya seeds will not blend perfectly and will be almost like ground peppercorns. That is totally OK!
- As always, it is wise to check for allergies by using a patch of skin such as the back of your hand before covering your face.
- (Optional step) First, use a soft washcloth moistened with very warm water. Wipe your face with the cloth to open your pores.
- Gently using your middle and ring finger, rub the mask on your whole face. (The papaya seeds will gently exfoliate as you rub this into your skin.)
- Let the mask sit on your skin for 10-60 minutes. It will start to cake up and dry out, which is perfectly fine.
- When you are ready, use your dry hands to rub off the mask. This will be another form of exfoliation!
- Finally rinse your face with clean water and then use a clean washcloth to remove any last bits and dry your face.
- Strawberries (like most berries!) contain naturally occuring salicylic acid and many phytonutrients. In fact, manufacturers for commercial acne products extract the salicylic acid from strawberries!
- Papaya seeds have incredibly effective antibacterial properties (they can even kill Salmonella or E. Coli!). In FACT, papaya seeds help to kill intestinal parasites when ingested, as well. (My mother-in-law comes from a long line of Native American Indians here in Brazil, and she educated me about this recently!)
- Cucumbers are well-known for their skin-soothing and healing properties.
- Limes (and lemons as well) are natural astringents and help to lighten spots and skin discoloration.
- Corn starch powder can be replaced with ANY thickening agent, such as arrowroot powder. Its primary purpose is to thicken the mask.