Name any store-bought facial mask or scrub and chances are that it's derived from natural ingredients like pineapple and sugar. Besides, making a beauty treatment at home is way easier than you think.
In fact, fresh pineapple is ideal for cleansing your skin and getting it super clean and soft, says Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home."
Pineapple contains bromelain, a fruit enzyme that's known to be anti-inflammatory. The fruit contains high amounts of alpha-hydroxy acids, which are purported to slow down the skin's aging process. Pineapple is also known for its high concentrations of vitamin A, B1, B6, C and minerals.
"In addition, pineapple helps make your complexion look younger and brighter," she says. "Often our skin can look dull and in need of a good exfoliating treatment."
So the timing is perfect for creating a scrub at home!
If you have sensitive skin, use this scrub with caution as it may end up reddening your complexion. Before using this treatment, make sure to do a patch test first on the inside of your arm to see how your skin reacts.
Anti-Aging Pineapple Sugar Face Scrub
Yield: 3 ounces
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 /4 cup fine cane sugar
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Massage into damp skin and let sit for five minutes. Rinse well with warm then cool water and pat your skin dry.
You can double this recipe and use this scrub all over your body before showering. Just be careful as the coconut oil can make things a bit slippery.