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angoes are a delicious and nutritious tropical fruit. These fruits are chock full of antioxidants, and can aid in digestion and in lowering cholesterol. They can alkalize the body, and because they contain high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A, mangoes can aid in boosting your immune system. In addition, they are great for keeping your skin vibrant and healthy, and can also be used as an acne remedy.

But on their own, mangoes don’t work well as a facial mask. They are inherently slimy, so if you try to use pure blended mango as a facial mask, it will simply slide off of your face and make a mess. In order to still seize the beneficial qualities mango can have on skin, I have added three additional ingredients that will help keep the mango mask in place. The added ingredients will also bring additional exfoliating, moisturizing, and cleansing properties to the facial mask.

Almonds – High in vitamin E and other antioxidants, almonds are nutrient dense and are part of the exfoliating element in this facial mask.

Oatmeal – Oats are anti-inflammatory, and can aid in soothing dry, inflamed, itchy skin. Additionally, they have moisturizing and exfoliating qualities, and are good for those who suffer with acne, because they can aid in absorbing oil and bacteria from skin.

Lemon Juice – The addition of lemon juice to the facial mask contributes to its cleansing and toning power. This is because of the antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties of lemon juice.

By combining all of these wonderful natural ingredients together, this facial mask has wonderful cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing properties!

Ingredients

¼ ripe mango, without skin and seed
2 tbsp ground almonds
4 tbsp ground gluten-free oats
1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients into a small blender, such as the Nutribullet, and blend until smooth. Larger blenders like Vitamix or Blendtec may not be able to handle this small amount as efficiently. If the mixture is too runny, add an extra 1 tbsp of gluten-free oats.

Apply to your face, and leave it on for 20 minutes. After the time has passed, rinse off the mask with lukewarm water, gently massaging it into your skin as you do so, and pat your face dry. Oh, and if you have any left over, you can always eat it 🙂

Mangos are on EWG’s Clean 15 list for fruits and vegetables, so if you can’t find any organic mangoes at your local grocery store, then it’s ok to purchase non-organic ones.

Also, if you have trouble cutting up a mango properly, or have never done so before, here is a helpful guide that includes 6 ways you can cut a mango.

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