Monday, 13 April 2009

Kiwi and Papaya face mask

A couple of days ago I made the Kiwi and Papaya face mask that was featured on BBC's Grow Your Own Drugs recently. The only thing I changed is that instead of using vegetable gelatine such as you might find in a supermarket, I used xantham gum which I had in the cupboard (I have THAT kind of cupboard!).

It's a bit of a faff to make (papaya flying everywhere - I ended up blending it before trying to strain it through the sieve), but it smells lovely, and of course you get to eat the leftovers. :-) It made about enough for 4 face masks, so I've used one portion and frozen the rest in an ice cube tray to use later.

How is it supposed to work? Papaya contains proteolytic plant enzymes which help to remove dead skin cells. Apparently these are most potent when the fruit is green and unripe which, as you can see from the picture, isn't what I used! Kiwi is also supposed to be full of good things such as vitamins and organic acids to nourish and cleanse the skin

I only occasionally do a face mask and it always feels like a treat, especially if its homemade. The kiwi and papaya mask was pleasant and refreshing, but I didn't feel it had any particularly marked effect. I'll enjoy using up the batch that I've made, but won't be making it again (mostly because of mentioned faffy-ness).

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  1. Did you know that Papaya and Kiwi offers antioxidants and are rich in essential enzymes? For best results, cleanse your face first and steam to open pores. The skin will be moist and receptive to the peel.