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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DIY Delicious Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Scrub

DIY Delicious Oatmeal Coconut Body Scrub

Treat your skin to this delicious body scrub that will exfoliate skin and leave it glowing (and not to mention, smelling delicious!)

What You Need:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil

What You Do:

  • Combine all ingredients (oil last) in a bowl and mix well
  • Use immediately or transfer mixture to an airtight container or jar for storage
  • When ready to use, apply and gently massage into skin for a few moments and rinse well with water

Soothing Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Treat the delicate area under your eyes to this soothing tropical scented eye cream!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil

 

Directions:

  • If the cocoa butter is not already grated, go ahead and grate it
  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave bowl and heat until melted
  • Carefully removed the melted mixture from the microwave and stir well
  • Transfer the mixture from the bowl to a container for storage
  • Let cool completely before using
  • Apply under eyes at night

Baking Soda and Orange Juice Facial Mask for Blackheads

Baking Soda and Orange Juice Facial Mask

Banish pesky blackheads and tighten skin with this facial mask!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Gently massage into skin
  • Let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Cucumber and Parsley Facial Mask

Parsley
Treat your skin to this refreshing and revitalizing facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp. yogurt
  • 1 tsp. cucumber
  • 1 tsp. parsley
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender; puree until smooth
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Pineapple and Olive Oil Facial Mask

Pineapple
Treat your face to a refreshing facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 4 large pineapple chunks
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
  • Combine the ingredients in a blend; blend until nearly smooth
  • Apply mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Grapefruit and Parsley Facial Mask for Oily Skin

Grapefruit and Parsley Facial Mask for Oily Skin

Refresh and calm oily skin with this facial mask!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 2-3 drops olive oil

Directions:

  • Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit into a bowl
  • Combine the remaining ingredients with the grapefruit juice; mix well to form a paste
  • Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes in the fridge
  • Apply mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 15 minutes (or until dry)
  • Rinse with warm water