BEAUTY BFF: Alex’s Homemade Beauty Recipes – Part 1


The BFF Beauty Gals are excited to announce…there is a new BFF Beauty Girl joining the team! This new guest writer will post, on a re-occurring basis, special features on skincare and beauty related topics.

We want to welcome the addition of Alex, our new BFF Beauty guest writer. She is one of our best friends who shares a common obsession with all things beauty. This is Alex’s first special feature post on ‘Homemade Skincare’ that is one, out of many of her favorite recipes for beautiful skin. She will be posting several more recipes throughout the month along with pictures of her concoctions…so make sure you check back frequently to see all of her fabulous homemade beauty recipes and more pictures of Alex “the organic skincare chemist” in action!

Okay if you’re on a budget and you can’t afford expensive skincare…it’s time to raid your fridge and cupboards and naturally rejuvenate your skin and hair!  Make your own beauty products…chemically free! 

Most beauty products contain pthalates, formaldehyde, parabens and other chemicals that have been shown to harm animals in lab tests, and which are being phased out in Europe in favor of less toxic alternatives. Prenatal exposure to pthalates, for example, has been linked to liver and kidney damage and effects on baby boys’ reproductive organs. 

So here is the first beauty recipe that I have tried and LOVE! Feel free to leave us comments, and let us know what you think…More recipes to come!

Papaya & Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

If you have visited spas and resorts in exotic locales such as Bali or Hawaii, you’ve probably seen a facialist select and mash fresh fruit in front of you for a fresh-on-the spot enzyme mask. Well it’s easy to recreate these masks on your own at home. This mask will leave you with a beautiful natural glow!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup fresh papaya, mashed
  • 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Scoop out the papaya fruit and mash it, eliminating all lumps.
  3. Beat the egg until it is frothy.
  4. Combine the egg with the papaya then add the pumpkin and whip together. You can also mix the ingredients in the blender or a food processor for an extra smooth mask.
  5. Prepare your face by washing with your daily cleanser and remove all residual makeup on your skin.
  6. Apply the Mask. Cover your entire face, being careful to avoid the immediate eye area. Another tip, in order to avoid getting the mask in your eyes, is to cover your eyes with a fruit like kiwi or with cucumbers.
  7. You’ll feel some tingling as the enzymes in the pumpkin go to work immediately, but it shouldn’t ‘sting’.
  8. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

…Then just rinse mask off with lukewarm water, apply your favorite moisturizer and enjoy how beautiful your skin looks!

About the ingredients:

  • *Papaya* has an enzyme called papain, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells. Unripe papaya has more papain, therefore those with sensitive skin would probably prefer using ripe papaya. Papaya also has vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene. It is anti-bacterial, making it good for acne-prone skin as it cleanses blemishes and it’s also good for wrinkles.
  • *Pumpkin* heals, soothes, softens and moisturizes dry skin. It’s also beneficial for damaged and sensitive skin and is rich in vitamins A and C and the mineral zinc.
  • *Egg whites* exfoliate and tone and firm skin. Include an egg white if you have oily skin.
  • *Egg yolks* contain vitamin A and moisturize and soothe dry skin.

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