Homemade Grapefruit Face Mask
Grapefruit is a fruit I think of as a breakfast fruit. Half a grapefruit was something I often had as my start to the day. It was refreshing, though sometimes a bit bitter, but it always gave you that boost for a busy day ahead.
Grapefruits are much more than a breakfast fruit. Many commercial brands now cite grapefruit extract in their ingredients. It is a popular essential oil in aromatherapy and both the oil and the fruit have many benefits.
I have put together two recipes showing how to use all the fruit. No special equipment is needed and they only take minutes to make up in your kitchen. You are in control and know exactly what ingredients are going in to your skin products. No hidden nasties - how cool is that?
The face mask is best suited for an oily or acne prone skin and a bonus body scrub utilizing the beneficial grapefruit peel so let’s get started.
Benefits of Grapefruit
- Vitamin C
- Lycopen (phytochemical)
- *Contains Naringin (phytochemical)
- Citric Acid
Can be used as:
Can help with:
- Jet Lag
- Muscle Fatigue
- Oily hair
- Oily Skin
When on medication, it is best to seek advice from your doctor as to whether or not it is okay for you to take grapefruit as the *naringin can prevent the liver from breaking down aspirin, calcium channel blockers, cholesterol lowering drugs and other forms of medications.
Face Mask Recipe for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 tsp grapefruit juice (1 small grapefruit)
- 1 tsp sour cream
- 2 small bowls
- Hand whisker
- Small airtight container
- Face mask brush (optional)
- Beat or whisk the egg white until fluffy.
- Cut the grapefruit in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl until you have the 1 or 2 teaspoons.
- Add the grapefruit juice and the sour cream to the egg white and stir, whisk or beat well to combine the ingredients to a creamy consistency.
- Start with a thoroughly cleansed face.
- Apply the mask with fingers or a face mask brush, to the face and neck area, avoiding the eye area.
- Leave for 15 – 20 minutes and remove with tepid water.
- Do a final splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
- Follow with your regular moisturizer or face balm.
- Any excess face mask may be stored in the airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.
- Use maximum twice a week.
Use any excess grapefruit flesh in a fresh fruit salad, or a side salad of rocket, fennel, grapefruit and a homemade dressing.
Don’t throw out the peel but use that in the next recipe!
Easy Grapefruit Face Mask
Grapefruit Peel Body Scrub
- 1 tsp grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp grapefruit zest
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 -3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 capsule or 1/2 tsp vitamin e oil (optional)
- Mixing Bowl
- Airtight Sterilized Container
- Spoon / Spatula
- Combine the sugar, salt and zest together in your bowl.
- Add in the coconut oil and mix together.
- Pierce the vitamin e capsule (if using) and squeeze out the oil into the bowl and mix it in.
- Drizzle over the grapefruit juice into the bowl and mix until fully combined
- Transfer to your container and pop on your lid.
- Apply to dampened skin in the shower and massage into the body (not the face, it may be too abrasive), paying particular attention to any excessively dry patches of skin.
- When massaged in well, rinse off.
- Clean, refreshed, rejuvenated, smooth and supple skin will be yours!
- Use this twice a week and store in the fridge in between use for up to 2 weeks approximately.
- If you have no fresh grapefruit, use a few drops of grapefruit essential oil.
- As grapefruit is a citrus fruit avoid using on the skin if going out into the sun for extended periods of time as skin may become irritated. It is best to use this scrub in the evening.
- Use the peel directly on the face as a cleanser or rub on itchy skin, mosquito bites, inflamed skin or psoriasis to alleviate any itchiness.
- Have fun experimenting with other citrus recipes (check some out below) by substituting fruit with grapefruit.
Did You Know Grapefruit Peel . . .
- Contains pectin
- Contains bromelain
- Extracts and essential oils are made from the peel
- Can be candied
- Can be used to make tea
- Can be used in sauces and grapefruit marmalade
- Makes great potpourri or air freshener
Face Mask or Body Scrub, which takes your fancy?
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