Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

This smoothie has many beneficial ingredients in it that will do wonders for your body, both inside and out.  It also has a sweet and tropical flavor to it (thanks to the mango) that makes drinking it enjoyable as well as beneficial.  This smoothie works to improve the health of your skin as well as to prevent acne breakouts and is suitable for any and all skin types.

Don’t let the fish oil ingredient turn you away, the other ingredients mask any flavor of it and fish oil provides your body with A LOT of benefits.  Fish oil can improve the look and health of your skin and aids in reducing redness or blotchy patches on your skin.  The benefits don’t stop there either.   Fish oil can strengthen hair and leave it looking healthier and shinier and also aids in reducing dandruff and dry scalps.  (I can speak from experience that fish oil really does do wonders for your hair.  I started taking fish oil gummy vitamins a couple of months ago and noticed my hair growing faster and looking much shinier and healthier.)  So, if it can provide you with better skin and hair, why not add a splash of it into your smoothie?

What you need:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. yogurt (plain only)
  • 1/2 c. mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. fish oil
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 mint leaf

What you do:

  • If your using a fresh mango, cut the mango into chunks and place in a blender
  • Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a glass and enjoy immediately

Comments:

  • Depending on whether or not you use fresh or frozen mango, you may need to add a couple extra ice cubes to your blender for a cooler smoother
  • You can always add more mint leaves to the mixture if you want a mintier taste (I tend to like to add a couple more and always enjoy the taste of fresh mint)

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe found at): Womenio

Picture from:  BestRecipes

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Mango and Aloe Toner and Exfoliator In-One

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Tone and exfoliate skin with this fruity toner and exfoliator in one!
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tbsp. mango
  • Juice from 1 lime
Directions:
  • Chop the mango; combine with remaining ingredients and put in blender; puree
  • Using a soft tissue of cotton ball, apply to face before bedtime and leave on
  • Rinse off in the morning with cold water
*If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this mixture can last up to 2 weeks

Creamy D.I.Y. Lip Balm

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Create your own lip gloss that will leave your lips feeling soft and smooth!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 3/4 tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 3 tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. mango butter
  • 1/4 tsp. essential oil (whichever scent is your preference)

 

Directions:

  • In a double broiler or a pan on the stove, melt all the ingredients except the oil over low heat
  • Remove from heat; add oil
  • Stir well
  • Transfer mixture into lip gloss containers
  • Let cool completely before using

D.I.Y. Moisturizing Body Exfoliator Scrub

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Rub away dead and dry skin with this moisturizing body exfoliator that will leave skin looking and feeling radiant and smooth!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  • Mash the fruit together using a fork until smooth
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients; mix until smooth
  • Apply and massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up with your favorite moisturizer

Coconut Milk and Ginger Body Scrub Recipe

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Slough off dry and dead skin with this Asian inspired body scrub which will leave you with radiant and glowing skin!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground rice (can be grinded in a blender)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground ginger

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix to form a paste
  • Apply to skin and gently massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Maui Sugar Body Scrub

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Escape to a tropical beach without leaving your house with this yummy Maui Sugar Body Scrub Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ripe guava (or ripe mango)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

Directions:

  • Mash fruit with a fork or place in a food processor until smooth
  • Add remaining ingredients to mixture; mix well
  • Apply and massage into skin for a couple of minutes
  • Rinse with water

Brown Sugar and Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

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Give your body a body scrub polish that will leave it glowing and smooth!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Combine the brown sugar and salt; mix well
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the brown sugar and salt mixture; mix well
  • Apply to skin and gently massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water