I'm all for natural beauty masks, and more often than not, I'll treat myself to a lovely homemade face mask made with fresh ingredients. I always feel like I'm doing my skin a ton of good when I choose to do a natural face mask instead of using chemical cleansers and face washes. Today, I made a kiwi face mask, and I'm going to take you through the steps.
This kiwi face mask nourishes, gently exfoliates, and moisturizes skin, making it soft and supple. You can use this face mask every other day if you have oily, acne-prone skin. For dry skin, use it once a week, because this kiwi face mask is a great exfoliant, and you don't want to over-exfoliate your skin.
What Makes Kiwi Beneficial for Skin?
Kiwi is an antioxidant-laden fruit that provides numerous benefits to skin, and you can use this face mask for all skin types! It is rich in vitamin C and E, which are both powerful antioxidants that nourish, moisturize, smoothen, brighten, and exfoliate skin. Kiwi also contains a hefty serving of dietary fiber, which is essential for proper bowel movement, hence keeping your skin acne-free.
|Nutrient in Kiwi||Benefit for Skin|
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Powerful nutrient for skin. Used for treating acne and lightening acne scars. AHAs also improve the appearance of aging skin.
For skin repair and maintenance. Protects the skin from UV damage. Vitamin A is proven to minimize age spots and smooth out rough dry skin.
Combats free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy skin cells, thereby causing wrinkles and skin sagging. Evens out skin discolorations and brown spots.
A natural sunscreen, vitamin E protects skin from UV damage and also waters and moisturizes dry, withered skin into supple, soft skin.
Proven to lighten under-eye circles.
How to Make a Kiwi Face Mask
Let's make this super simple exfoliating kiwi face mask that will leave your face feeling fresh, hydrated, and soft. Only two extra ingredients are required: yogurt and olive oil. Let's take a look at the benefits of these ingredients in this face mask.
Yogurt: This superfood contains lactic acid, a powerful nutrient that smooths out rough skin, moisturizes, and nourishes dry, withered skin. The zinc found in yogurt is beneficial in that it soothes inflammations caused by acne, thereby making them less visible. Applying yogurt to the skin regularly also diminishes dark spots and acne scars and brightens skin complexion.
Olive Oil: Rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, olive oil is an excellent exfoliant and moisturizer. Olive oil also protects skin from harmful UV rays and cancer.
- 1 pureed kiwi
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Note: Remember to use extra virgin organic olive oil and plain unsweetened yogurt. The use of refined olive oil and flavored yogurt can irritate your skin.
1. Collect the ingredients you need to make this kiwi face mask from your kitchen. Puree 1 kiwi in a food processor before use. Let the refrigerated yogurt warm up first before you can apply it on your face.
2. In a small mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well with a spoon.
3. Your final mixture should look like this! Not too drippy and not too thick. Don't add any more yogurt or olive oil because this will make the face mask drippy.
- First check if you might be allergic to any ingredient in this kiwi face mask by rubbing a small portion of the mixture onto your inner elbow, which has sensitive skin.
- Before applying the kiwi face mask, gather your hair into a ponytail behind your head. Put on a hairband to keep the bangs away. Wear an old T-shirt or an apron over your clothes so that the mask doesn't drip onto your clothes. Remove any makeup on your face.
- Steam your face or have a quick splash with warm water to open up your pores and pat dry with a towel.
- Use clean fingertips to slather a thick coat of the face mask onto your face in a circular motion.
- Wait for 15 to 30 minutes as the face mask settles and sinks into your pores. You can use this time to soak in a bubble bath or read a chapter of a book. When the time is up, gently scrub off the dried-up mask with your fingertips. Splash your face with cold water after rinsing to close up your pores. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- You can store any excess mixture in the refrigerator for up to a week. If it starts smelling funky though, it's time to hit the trash.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
mariyn on January 02, 2015:
i try for the first time,very good result
ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on January 07, 2014:
This one looks soothing and refreshing! Very nice content and layout ... UP
Neha on January 02, 2014:
Good useful hub for great skin. I will definitely try this out for my skin which shows some blemishes and shades which i never like.
I have also read that if we are apprehensive about any of the constituents of the cream that we have bought from the market, we should never apply it on your face.
We can instead try the products like these which are purely natural and can help a lot.