Herbal Face Mask
will show you how to make a cheap face mask which is good for the skin using
ingredients you can pick up at your local fruit and vegetable shops, kiwis and
papayas. What I find fascinating is that from shelves of just a regular fruit
and vegetable shop you can find all sorts of very interesting pharmaceutical
chemicals and one of them is found in Papaya. It is enzyme called papain and
what it does is that it helps breakdown proteins. So it is used in everything
from speeding up digestion to being used in a commercial meat tenderizer.
I am going to pair up exotic papaya with a very familiar fruit kiwi. Once
upon a time kiwi was known as Chinese gooseberry because they taste like
gooseberries and surprisingly come from China. But farmers from Kiwi hijacked it
and named it after their national bird because of its fuzzy texture and it looks
a bit like their feathers.
You canít grow papaya in Britain but you might be surprised to learn that you
can grow kiwis. Most people think of them as rather exotic but they actually
come from a climate very similar to the UK. Loads of nurseries sell kiwi plants.
Go for a hardy self fertile variety like Jenny. Growing Kiwi in the UK really
basic, all you need to do is plant it against the south facing wall just so that
it benefits from that little bit of extra heat in summer but they will survive
anything the UK winters can throw at them. It needs a decent bit of space with
some hooks and wires so that it can scramble its way up and in just three to
four years you will eventually end up with a plant which is covered with fruits
This fleshy kiwi fruit also contains an enzyme very similar to the one thatís in
papaya called papain so it breaks down protein but it does it in a slightly
different way. So by combining them together you have got a double hit but they
act in different ways.
Kiwi is also full of alpha hydroxy acid which you might have heard of in
various beauty commercials. They are basically chemicals that exfoliate to get
rid of all the dull stuff from the top layer of the skin. This lets the
younger skin layer shine thorough.
make natural chemical free face mask we will start with our star ingredient;
kiwi. Mash two kiwis to get rid of all the seeds and then squeeze the juice of
two limes with mashed kiwi. Take a papaya and scoop out the flesh and mash into
a separate container. As the mashed fruits are in liquid form and will be
dripping off the face, you need to add vegetable gelatine.
Stir one packet of vegetable gelatine into mashed papaya bowl and put the
bowl on top of a pot filled with water and begin boiling the water. Make sure
the papaya bowl does not touch the water underneath. As it starts to thicken it
will form a gel like consistency and then it's ready. Pour the mashed kiwi over
papaya gradually whisking all the time so that mixture does not set. When it's
all mixed in and it's cool enough to touch, then it's ready to apply.
You can leave this from about ten minutes to an hour on the skin. The
chemicals in them will break down some of the cells but in a very mild way. As
it's made from fresh ingredients its best applied immediately or will keep in
the fridge for up to two days.
Although this face mask is very mild you should always do a skin test on your
wrist 24 hours before to check any allergies.
Enjoy this lovely textured face mask with natural ingredients.
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