Every time I read something about a June Jacobs Spa line products I get hungry–both in the tummy sense, and in the sense that I am hungry to buy and try the product. The June Jacobs Spa line has so many fruity skin care conncotions using ingredients like pumpkin, cranberries, pomegranates and papayas to work miracles. However, were I to spend to $60 to $125 on a single products, my family would be the ones to go hungry, in the real sense. Who can afford that price tag in this economy?
The good news is that summer is here, even if it has rained to 8 straight days where I live, so the summer fruits are entering the produce section of the supermarket at fairly reasonable prices. Strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and papaya make wonderful summer skin revival masks. They are simple to make, and if you are already making a fruit salad, all that you need to do is to set aside a small portion to put onto your face, rather than in it 😉
If you’d like to take a crack at a papaya enzyme mask like the one June Jacobs makes, here is a simple recipe. As with most DIY skin care recipes, it is highly customizable, but let’s keep it simple to start. You will need a small portion of ripe papaya, a small portion of fresh pineapple, and egg white, and some finely ground oatmeal, if you’d like to add a thickener that will soothe and hydrate your skin, too.
Just plop all of the ingredients into a food processor, or a blender, and process until the mixture is smooth. Once you are finished cleansing your face, apply a thin layer of the papaya-pineapple mask to your face, then relax and enjoy the tropical scent for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your skin with warm water, then say hello to bright and sunny, smooth summer skin.
The science behind this delicious mask is simple. Both papaya and pineapple contain powerful enzymes. For instance, papaya contains papain, an enzyme that assists proper digestion. These enzymes from both the papaya and pineapple will dissolve dead skin cells and clean pores naturally. At the same time you will be getting a large dose of antioxidants. Vitamin A is a retinoid, and vitamin C helps to promote collagen production. Of course, there are tons of alpha hydroxy acids, those fruit enzymes that are natural exfoliators. The addition of the egg white and finely ground oats will increase skin hydration.
This tropical treat of a facial mask is appropriate for all skin types, but is especially good for exfoliating senstive, acne prone skin, and for soften wrinkles, and hydrating mature skin. Use it two to three times a week for the best effect. Aloha!