Tropical fruits contain glycolic acid – one of many alpha-hydroxy acids – which is one of the best ways to quickly exfoliate skin. You can also find glycolic acid in all sorts of serums, face and body scrubs.
Glycolic acid is present in sugarcane juice. This tropical flavour will leave your skin feeling smoother and dewy. In addition to sugarcane, pineapple is also a great ‘cosmetic’ for the skin. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and is essential for the body to produce collagen. The combination of sugarcane and pineapple will not only make a great scrub, but will also stimulate collagen production throughout the body.
Citrus fruits contain enzymes called proteases, which create chemical reactions in the body and aid in biological processes. One of the best known fruit enzymes is bromeliad, which is abundant in pineapple and has been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation and aid in wound healing.
The way to make exfoliating masks from tropical fruits is extremely simple. Here are 4 recipes you can make yourself at home.
1. Exfoliating mask made from cane sugar and pineapple
Pineapple is great for both the inside and outside of the body, helping to reduce bloating, aid digestion, and brighten skin.
You just need to prepare 1/2 cup cane sugar, 1/2 cup walnut or coconut oil, 1/4 -1/2 pineapple puree. Depending on the size of the pineapple, you may need 1/4 to 1/2 part pineapple flesh to make 1/2 cup puree. Take the sliced pineapple and put it in the blender.
Blend until smooth, then place in a mixing bowl. Place cane sugar and walnut oil in a bowl. (If you are allergic to nuts, swap walnuts for coconut or extra virgin olive oil.) Use a spoon to mix the mixture. When you’re done showering, rub the mixture all over your body, focusing more on your knees and elbows. Wash off with warm water.
2. Mask from sea salt, kiwi and coconut
This exfoliator is great for days when your skin is irritated, itchy, or overheated. The high vitamin E content in kiwi helps to hydrate skin, while menthol is a refreshing addition to soothe irritation.
In addition, vitamin C and antioxidants in kiwi help boost collagen production, maintain elasticity and fight signs of aging. Combined with coconut oil will help increase moisture, reduce water loss and speed up wound healing, leaving skin smooth and flawless.
1 cup mineral sea salt, 1 kiwi, peeled, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 10 drops menthol. Use a spoon to mash and blend the kiwi flesh until smooth. Mix 1 cup mineral sea salt, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Add more coconut oil, if needed, to get the desired texture. To soothe irritated skin and enhance its cooling properties, leave the scrub on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
3. Mango, body scrub for sensitive skin
Mangoes are a rich source of vitamin A, which helps remove dead skin and helps new, fresh cells underneath the skin appear. Oats are also a great exfoliator for rough patches of skin.
You just need to prepare 1 mango, 2 spoons of oats, 1 spoon of honey. Cut the whole mango into chunks and puree in a blender. Add the oats and honey and stir with a spoon.
You can use this recipe as an after-shower scrub and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.
4. Body scrub with sea salt and papaya
Papaya is often called the ‘fruit of an angel’ because it can directly affect your skin. Topical papaya fruit is ideal for fighting blemishes and acne. Papaya is also the right exfoliating product for you. The vitamin C found in papaya also has anti-inflammatory properties, another reason it works great in fighting chest or back acne.
You just need to prepare 1/2 cup of finely ground sea salt, 1 papaya, 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cut the papaya and blend in a food processor until it becomes a puree. Mix half a cup of sea salt and use it as a body scrub.
In this case, we don’t recommend adding any oils if you’re battling blemishes, as oils can sometimes clog skin and create more breakouts. But if you’re just looking for a body scrub, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, mix well with a spoon, and then use as a scrub.