Edible Beauty

Mango Beauty Madness

by Nana Photography FriedChillies on Thu, May 14, 2009

Mangoes are delicious! Sweet and tangy and luscious at the same time. But if you make a little effort, they can also be fantastically cheap and effective beauty treatments. Nana Zulkiffli gives you the lowdown

Lets get Mad about Mangoes!

Remember a time when our skin used to be soft & supple? We didn’t have to worry about which skincare products to use, as a matter of fact, we didn’t even use them at all! Ah, but that was back when we were little toddlers, with baby-smooth skin, and play-doh was all we thought about.

Now, things have changed. Our skin is dry, oily and sometimes both! We have pigmentation, blackheads, white-heads and the ever dreaded pimples polluting our skin. But did you know that most of our skin problems are actually caused by the skincare products we use, which contain harmful chemical substances masquerading as 'All Natural' products. And in an effort to fix our problems fast, we tend to cover up our skin problems with make-up and concealers, which clog up our pores and just make things worse!

So, the next time you have problematic skin, don't run to the nearest pharmacy, run down to your local supermarket and get yourself a few ripe mangoes instead. According to freshmangoes.com, mangoes are a great source of Vitamin A and C, Potassium and Beta-Carotene. These vitamins help to make your skin fairer & supple, as well as to reduce mild acne problems. But it doesn't end there. Mangoes can also be used in scrubs, masks and hair moisturisers! One afternoon I got mad about mangoes, and decided to try out these home-made Mango remedies for myself!

Here are some of my top picks for you to try at home too!

Anti Acne Mango Mask


Ingredients:

1 x Mango

Method:
1. Peel and boil Mango in a pan with some water.
2. Wait till the mango turns into a purée, and put aside to cool.
3. Apply all over face, leave it overnight and rinse.

*Do not use the remaining mixture after more than 3 days. Keep refrigerated.

Results:
After applying this mixture, my face felt very sticky but it dried up fast, so I didn’t have a hard time falling asleep. A plus was that the mask smelled so so good! When I woke up and rinsed my face, I saw an immediate result. Some pimples I had on my nose the day before had become smaller and less visible. And that meant less concealer for the day!!

Moisturising Mango Mask

Ingredients:
1 x Mango
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 tbsp almonds
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Method:
1. Blend the oatmeal and almonds in a food processor until it turns into a fine powder. This will be your the base for your mask.
2. Peel mango, cut it in half and remove seed. Use only one half of the mango for this mask. Cut it into 4 chunks and add to the other ingredients in the food processor. Blend for 1 minute.
3. Add whipping cream, blend for another minute or until mixture is smooth and creamy.
4. To start using your mask, apply mixture all over skin, let dry for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
5. Keep the remaining of the mixture in an air tight container and refrigerate.

*Do not use the remaining mixture after more than 3 days. Keep refrigerated.

Results:
This is the most delicious moisturising mask ever! Not only did my skin feel softer and more supple, but my face looked fresher and 'glow-y' too!

Sweet Mango Scrub

Ingredients:
1/4 mango (peeled & seed removed)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon almond meal

Methods:
1. Mash mango with a fork. Stir in honey and then add almond meal.
2. Mash again, till everything is well combined and has turned into a paste.
3. Cleanse face, pat dry.
4. Apply and spread scrub all over face and gently massage for 5-10 minutes, avoiding the eye area. Then remove with a warm wash cloth.

*Do not use the remaining mixture after more than 3 days. Keep refrigerated.

Result:
Almonds are great as a base for scrubs because it washes away dead skin as you rub it all over your body, but be gentle when using it on your face because you skin is very sensitive in this area.

After washing off the scrub, my skin was noticeably softer and smoother. The best part is, my hubby commented on how good I smelled!

Luscious Mongo Hair Moisturiser

Ingredients:
1 large ripe banana
1 small ripe mango (peeled and seed removed)
Oil from 1 vitamin E capsule
1 tsp cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
Plastic wrap or shower cap

Methods:
1. Peel and cut banana into large chunks and put them in a food processor.
2. Cut mango into big chunks and add into food processor.
3. Puncture and squeeze a vitamin E capsule, add to the mango and banana
4. Add the olive oil to the mix
5. Blend the mixture on medium speed until it is smooth and all the ingridients are well combined
6. Shampoo your hair and slather the moisturizer into your hair. To work the moisturizer evenly and thoroughly through your hair, use a large tooth comb. Focus on split ends and dry ends.
7. Wrap your hair with plastic wrap or use a shower cap to cover your hair and let the moisturizer remain on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes.
8. Rinse your hair with warm water till all the moisturizer is off your hair and shampoo it again.

* Please use the whole portion every time you moisturise your hair using this method

Results:
At first the thought of having blended banana in my hair wasn't very pleasing. Plus, the smell of the vitamin E oil while I was mixing the ingredients was not very pleasant. But once it was mixed thoroughly, the smell of the Vitamin E was hidden by the smell of the fruits.

I lathered the mixture on my hair, left it on for 15minutes, then I rinsed and shampooed again. To my surprise, it wasn’t hard to get off at all! I thought it would make my hair oily due to the vitamin E and the olive oil, but it didn't. Combing my hair was also easy because the tangles were not as bad as before. After I gave my hair a blow-dry, I also noticed that my hair had become smoother and softer. And guess what? The shine and softness lasted for up to one week! This is definitely my favourite treatment of the lot!

So the next time you want to give your skin and hair a little perk-me-up, go mad about mangoes and see the great results for yourself! Not only is it cheap and all natural, you can keep the balance of the mangoes chilled in the refrigerator and enjoy them as snacks or sweet additions to your smoothies! Now that's what I call value-added!

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