Homemade Beauty: Pineapple Yogurt Face Mask

Have a little spa day using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

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I'll be the first to admit, I don't use all-organic everything. When it comes to the food I put in my body and beauty products, however, I make sure to use homemade products or ones with natural ingredients . According to The Huffington Post, the average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day, and 60 percent of that is absorbed into the skin.

Handmade Beauty Book Cover

Handmade Beauty Book Cover

Get natural recipes for your face, body and hair in this book by Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton.

Photo by: Jacqui Small ©Quarto Publishing Group

Jacqui Small, Quarto Publishing Group

Enter the book Handmade Beauty by Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton, which consists of natural recipes for your hair, body and face. You can find most of the ingredients in your kitchen, and the recipes are as easy as making your favorite sauce. I had great success with the scalp oil treatment, so I decided to give another recipe a try. The pineapple yogurt mask caught my eye because the yogurt tightens pores and smooths fine lines while the pineapple exfoliates and brightens the skin. Plus, it only requires four ingredients.

Photo by: AMANDA HEYWOOD

AMANDA HEYWOOD

From start to finish, it took me less than 30 minutes and the smell alone felt as if I was at the spa.

My takeaways:

  • This doesn't store well, so only make the amount you want to use immediately.
  • It smells delicious, but don't eat it. Trust me.
  • Twelve hours later, and my skin was still glowing and moistured.

Get the full recipe below, and try it at home.

Fresh and Instant Pineapple and Yogurt Smoothie Clay Mask

Courtesy of Handmade Beauty

Ingredients:

  • (5) 1-inch pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
  • kaolin (or substitute with coconut flour or for drier skin, oat flour)

Yield: 3 1/2 ounces

Instructions:

1. Peel and chop the pineapple into 1-inch chunks, making sure to chop off any tough core (you can also buy pineapple chunks from the grocery store). 

2. Place the pineapple, Greek yogurt and aloe vera juice in a blender, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small mixing bowl.

3. Add kaolin or flour to make a smooth, semi-thick consistency, stirring with a stainless steel teaspoon. The mask should be a soft yellow color and resemble a smoothie.

4. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eyes. Remove as soon as the skin feels tight or sensitized, about 3-5 minutes. Rinse off with plenty of warm water and pat skin dry. Store any remaining mixture in the refrigerator and use within a few days.

Note: The bromelain enzyme found in pineapple isn't recommended for sensitive skin.

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