Grapefruit contains large amount of Vitamin A and C, minerals and anti-oxidants that benefit the skin. The vitamin C in combination with the antioxidants protects the skin from environmental hazards by acting like a protective shield. It also stimulates the production of skin collagen that increases the skin elasticity and smoothness. The retinol antioxidant exfoliates the skin to brighten and renew damaged or aging skin.
The potassium in the grapefruit helps to smooth wrinkles and age spots and provides a protective shield against UV rays. While the amino acid present in the grapefruit makes the skin more firm and soft. Grapefruit also has a high water content, which helps keep the outer layer of the skin more hydrated.
Grapefruit is an excellent astringent and has great exfoliating properties that are perfect for oily or acne-prone skin, however it’s typically too harsh for sensitive skin. Before using it on your skin, test it on an area to see if it’s affected by the high amounts of citric acid. Also be sure to not be in the sun when using citric acid as a common reaction may occur to your skin typical to a burn. For this reason, using grapefruit in a mask is best practice in order to receive it’s many benefits without the risk of any adverse skin reaction when going outdoors.
Grapefruit Brightening Mask
- ½ large Grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon flour
Peel the Grapefruit and remove the outer skin of the Grapefruit. In a blender, combine the grapefruit, honey, egg yolk and flour. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and silky.
Before you apply the mask, ensure the face and neck has been cleanse properly. Apply the mask with clean fingertips but avoid the eye area. Allow the mask to dry for at least 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat the skin gently to dry and proceed with the moisturizer routine.
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