I love when I can feed my insides and outsides at the same time. It helps me remember how connected my skin health is to the food I eat and also how incredibly versatile the gifts of Mother Nature are. This easy and effective smoothie mask helps calm inflammation inside and out. With pineapple, aloe and turmeric it also helps to refine the skins surface while promoting good digestion & elimination on the inside. It's a two for one treat you and your skin will love. YUM!
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh aloe leaf (inner fillet) or same amount of food grade aloe juice
- 2 inches of fresh turmeric root or @ 1 tsp. powder
- 1 tablespoon of macadamia oil (coconut oil will also work well)
- 1/2 cup coconut water or plain water (for the smoothie)
Pulse pineapple, aloe, & macadamia oil in blender till smooth. Pour out about 1/4 cup into small dish for your face mask.*
Add coconut water to the remaining mix in the blender, with a touch of vanilla. Blend until combined. Pour into your favorite glass, add a paper straw for extra fun. Enjoy!
MASK: Can be blended with avacado or yogurt or used as is. Apply a generous layer to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding contact with the eye area. Rest with mask on for about 5-10 minutes, (less time for more sensitive skin, it will likely feel a little bit active) while you enjoy your smoothie. Cover your eyes with cucumber slices as desired. Rinse off mask with warm water, followed by a little cool water. Apply your favorite toner (try our essential toner), serum (turmeric serum) and moisturizer (daily moisture balance). Can be used 3 days in a row for oily/acne types or as an anti aging home treatment.**
Pineapple contains a natural enzyme (bromelain) that exfoliates & softens the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. This helps oil challenged skin to detoxify, and mature skin to become more radiant. It also has high amounts of vitamin C which assists in cell & tissue repair and protects form free radical damage. Pineapple has numerous historic uses topically for swellng and inflammation—likely from the high amount of antioxidants it contains.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It's perfect for skin that tends toward heat and redness, is a powerful anti oxidant—protects the skin from free radical damage, one of the major contributing factors to aging skin.
Aloe contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes that help keep the skin hydrated and elastic. With antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E aloe protects the skin and works to repair damaged tissue. Aloe actually contains 2 hormones Auxin, is known provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties and Giberellin, which stimulates the growth of new cells. Aloe the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. Fresh Leaf is preferred. Aloe internally is often used to treat ulcers, promote regularity and can act asa digestive aide.
Macadamia oil is nourishing, anti-inflammatory and regenerative. It has a chemical make up very similar to our body's natural skin oil, which means it will not clog pores and your skin will readily accept its nourishment. Macadamia Oil also aides against transdermal water loss—a contributing factor to premature skin aging, and an especially important feature for people in dry climates.
*If you're doing a multi day treatment you could just put this whole amount in the fridge, but likely it's better to make and drink the smoothie with it everyday so your insides can get the same yummy nutritional benefits as you skin, creating a lovely synergy between the inner developing layers of skin, and the already formed layers.
**It's not a bad idea to do this mask in the evening, turmeric does like to turn things yellow and depending on how yellow your root is, it could leave a yellow tint to the skin. I had no trouble with m skin staining and my root was pretty dark so this just serves as a heads up :-)