cucumber and oatmeal with mortar and pestle
Natural Skin Care,  Recipes & How-To's

DIY Antioxidant Face Mask

Besides eating them, the best way to benefit your skin with antioxidant vitamins is to use them topically as facial treatments. Masks and scrubs made with antioxidant-rich fruit and veg can help give you a brighter, smoother complexion.

Mash the fruit or veg and use alone or with a little olive oil as a facial mask, or add oatmeal, cornmeal, clay, or rice powder to make it a scrub.

Look for:

  • vitamin A: Encourages healthy skin cell production. Smoothes wrinkles.
  • vitamin C: Evens skin tone and contributes to collagen production. May help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.
  • vitamin E: Moisturizes and softens.

Try these:

Banana: Emollient, cleans pores. Vitamins A, C & E

Cucumber: Refreshes and hydrates. Vitamins A &

Mango: Prevents collagen damage. Vitamin C & E

Melon: Moisturizing. Vitamins A & C

Orange: Exfoliates. Helps dry out acne. Vitamin C

Strawberry: Removes excess sebum. Vitamin C

Tomato: Unclogs pores and balances oil production. Vitamins A & C