Papaya, Honey & Aloe DIY Mask

What are some of the benefits of using papaya, honey and aloe vera when doing a DIY facial mask? Besides keeping a few coins in your pocket, these natural pore-shrinking treatments are toxin-free and can be made with products you can easily find at your local farmers market or all-natural specialty store.

Pumpkin Papaya Facial Mask

Since the enzymes in pumpkin and papaya will already be working hard to break down skin’s top layer of dead cells, massaging this mask into the skin is not necessary. If you’d like a deeper exfoliating effect, gently and slowly massage mask into skin for 30 seconds before allowing to set.”

What you’ll need:

2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup diced fresh papaya
2 teaspoons fresh, organic coffee grounds
1 teaspoon jojoba oil

Mix pumpkin and papaya in a food processor on low until evenly combined.
Whisk in facial oil and coffee grounds until smooth and evenly dispersed.
Apply to face and neck, then leave on for 15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.
Orange-honey Facial Masks

Honey is naturally antibacterial. This is because it’s so full of antioxidants, the sticky substance is great for acne prevention and tissue regeneration.  The citric acid in orange juice aids in skin exfoliation and the sea salt preserves the mixture, so it will keep in your shower or bathroom un-refrigerated for at least 1 ½ weeks.

What you’ll need:
½ cup raw honey
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (the more pulp, the better)
1 tablespoon sea salt

Mix honey and orange juice to form a paste. If needed, add more honey to thicken.
Apply to dry, clean skin and leave on for about 15 minutes.
Rinse well with lukewarm water.
Aloe Vera Facial Mask

Aloe is amazing healing and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Aloe Vera also has natural moisturizing agents, which is a perfect solution for dry skin.

What you’ll need:
1 Tbsp  S.W. Basics Aloe Vera Powder
1⁄2 Tbsp Manuka honey
2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil

Place the aloe, honey, and lavender oil in a small bowl and stir well so that the honey melts into the aloe and lavender.
Apply with clean hands to entire face.
Leave on for a few minutes up to a half hour. Store extra mask in a jar with a lid—it will last a few months.
Rinse for a glow.

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