Geeeeenius = Sophie Uliano.
About a year ago, I picked up her book “Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products” and you should see the dogears and post-it notes that decorate my copy. I have had a ton of fun making natural mouthwash, face balms, foot scrubs and more, naturally and inexpensively.
One of my favorite, simple concoctions is her Papaya & Pineapple Skin Lightening Mask—which is super for hyperpigmentation, a.k.a. freckle faces like me. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my freckles and have no intention of erasing them, but as us ladies gain wisdom and beauty with each passing year, taking care of our skin becomes more of a priority than an afterthought. Instead of shelling out a ton of dough for expensive chemical peels or laser treatments, let the natural exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids from pineapple and papaya show you that they can give you the same results—without the toxicity.
This mask is easy to make, smells fantastic and Sophie gave me the a-ok to share it with YU along with a copy of the book to pass on to one lucky fan of YU!
Mortar & Pestle & Cheesecloth or
Fork & Cheesecloth
Glass jar for storage
1 fresh, not canned, pineapple (you can buy already cubed)
1/2 fresh papaya
Let’s get started.
Slice your papaya in half and remove seeds and skin. Cut into pieces small enough to fit in the juicer, or if not using a juicer, just cut into cubes. If not already cubed, cut pineapple into cubes or pieces small enough to fit in juicer.
Process fruit in the juicer, and/or mash with a fork or mortar and pestle. Place mashed fruit in a cheesecloth to extract the juice.
Pour juice into an airtight glass container. Using a cotton ball, apply to your skin. You will feel a tingle—this is thanks to the enzymes—they are doing their exfoliating/lightening thing. You want to leave the juice on your skin for at least 15 minutes (if the tingle is too much for you, rinse your face sooner than later).
Rinse off with warm water and moisturize as usual. Use once or twice a week for 6 weeks. One batch usually lasts one week in an airtight jar in the fridge, and yields enough for a few people, so share! Psst: I sometimes put it on my neck, chest and arms before a shower.
Want a copy of Sophie’s book? I know you do…
Tell us what your favorite natural, or homemade, beauty products are with a comment below.
One winner will be selected at random May 30, 2011. Yay! Thanks Sophie.
Congrats to our winner, Dorothee!
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