Homemade Fruit Facial Masks & Scrubs

Nope, it's not a smoothie; It's a fruit-powered face mask.

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Fruit isn't just healthy and delish, it's also fantastic for your skin! The vitamins, antioxidants and natural acids found in most fruits are total rock stars when it comes to keeping your skin in tip-top shape. Homemade fruit-based recipes can solve tons of skin issues, without harsh chemicals or a trip to the spa. Start whipping up these easy masks and scrubs and treat your face to some fruity pampering.

Peaches And Cream Facial

Nothing says summer like ripe peaches, and this mask will leave your skin feeling summer-ready and oh-so-soft. Remove the skin from a very ripe peach and mash the fruit with a fork. Stir in 1/4 cup heavy cream. Apply the paste to wet skin and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water. To turn this mask into a scrub, add 1/4 cup steel cut oats and massage into skin for two minutes before letting the mask dry.

Strawberry Apple Mask

This mask is full of antioxidants and oil-zapping starch, making it the perfect mask for combination skin. Place 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, one half sliced ripe apple (with the peel) and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a blender. Pulse until the mixture is pureed and well blended. Spread the mask over clean, dry skin and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. You can turn this mask into a scrub by swapping the cornstarch for gritty cornmeal.

Lemon Papaya Mask

This mask tingles as it dries, so this is one beauty treatment you can really feel working! Slice a papaya and mash it with a fork until creamy. Add 3 tbsp. lemon juice and 3 tbsp. orange juice and stir the mixture. Apply the fruity goop to clean skin; this mask is acidic, so steer clear of your eye area! Let the mask dry for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Cocoa Banana Scrub

Be sure to eat breakfast before you try this delicious-looking facial, or you might end up eating the ingredients! Mash one half banana with 2 tbsp. cocoa powder and 1/4 cup milk. Massage the mixture gently onto dry skin, then let it dry for 20 minutes. The cocoa powder acts as a gentle exfoliant, while the potassium in the bananas is thought to plump up skin cells.

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