‘All heads must bow, and every tongue must confess’- those who love mangoes know Mike Tyson was probably not only complementing Muhammad Ali. The best thing about summer is mangoes. And if you think we are exaggerating, here is a fact check; mangoes are grown in more than 100 countries all over the world, and it is one of the most consumed fruits. These juicy yellow fruits are not only sweet and savory but are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that improve your overall health. Being such a highly nutritional and beneficial fruit, it has become a 'go-to' ingredient in skincare products because it works as a wonder for your skin too. From reducing acne and premature aging to brightening skin to reducing dark spots, the king has got you covered. Let us have a look at the nutritional profile of this fruit.
Vit C: Protects the skin against UV rays, reduces inflammation from acne, and lightens skin.
Vit A: Diminishes fine lines via collagen stimulation.
Vit E: Hydrates the skin.
Vit K: Helps in reducing stretch marks and spider webs.
Vit B6: Reduces excess sebum on the skin.
Copper: Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
Potassium: Provides moisturization to the skin.
Magnesium: Reduces excess oil production, thus preventing acne.
Beta Carotene: Immunity Booster and protects the skin.
Now let’s see the ways you can extract all this good for your skin
1. Mango Cleanser
Starting with a simple mango skin care recipe that everyone can grasp easily. To reap the benefits of the mango cleanser, you have to
- Take a bowl. Into it mix 2 tbsp of raw milk and 1 tbsp mango pulp. Mix well.
- Take a cotton swab and make sure you rub the mixture all over your face in circular motions.
- After 5 mins, wipe off using a cotton cloth or towel.
This simple yet effective mixture will remove all dirt, sweat, impuritāies, and excess oil from your face and give a fresh radiating look to it.
2. Mango Scrub
Scrubs are great exfoliators and extremely beneficial to your skin. You might have tried coffee scrub before, but now is the time for this excellent natural scrub. For this, you have to
- In an empty bowl, take 1 tbsp of oats powder (blend your regular oats grain, and viola! You have oats powder), 1 tbsp of mango pulp, and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
- Apply on your skin evenly and massage your face for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
This targets all your blackheads and opens up your blocked skin pores. This natural scrub exfoliates your face and makes your skin naturally tender and radiating.
3. Mango Facial Cream
This homemade cream is the best hydrating cream you will ever find for your skin. The steps involve
- Take 1 tbsp of mango pulp along with ½ tbsp honey and ½ tbsp olive oil.
- Mix the paste and massage it all over your face.
- Leave for 8-10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
As said earlier, this cream is a great hydrating cream and besides its moisturizing properties, it helps in reducing acne and black spots. Your dull skin will rejuvenate gradually and have a natural glow to it.
4. Mango Mask
With these simple steps, you can prepare your mango mask:
- Mix ½ tbsp rice flour with 1 tbsp mango pulp. For a good scent, you can add a bit of rose water.
- Apply this mask evenly all over your face and leave for 20-30 minutes. Wash off the dried pack with cold water.
This mask helps you brighten and hydrate your skin naturally making it smooth and vibrant.
If you are too busy to prepare it the natural way, here are some products filled with the goodness of mango that you can purchase online:
5. Mango Soaps
Ditch your normal soap this summer and let’s go mango. Enriched with the goodness of vitamins A and C, these soaps will protect you from sun damage, help you balance sebum, and protect you from sun damage, and signs of aging. These are best for both dry skin and oily skin as they balance sebum production and are hydrating in nature.
6. Mango Body Yoghurt
Wouldn’t be it too good if we were able to go neck-deep in a mango? But that’s not possible, so we present you with the goodness of mango body yogurt. A good mango body yogurt is infused with Mango Juices to deliver intense hydration and radiance. Super absorbent and non-sticky, use this on damp skin post your shower, and spend the rest of the day glowing with mango goodness.
7. Mango Seed Butter
Upgrade your hydration game with mango Seed Volume Butter – a rich, intensely nourishing formula made with extracts of Mango and Mango Seed that deliver moisture and quality. In a quality mango butter from a top company, in addition to the star ingredient – Mango Butter, your skin is also treated to Hyaluronic Acid, Sunflower Seed, Adenosine, and some other essential skin goodness elements that combat dullness, aging, and flakiness to give you your best skin yet.
Also, while purchasing online, you need to look carefully for the ones that are free from parabens, paraffin, colorants, and talc.
For people who are thinking of using mango butter for managing acne, they are making a grave mistake. It can clog your pores and can make acne worse because of its high-fat content.
Although uncommon, some people may experience an allergic reaction when they touch mangoes. Mango skins contain a chemical called urushiol that’s also found in poison ivy and poison oak. So if you are allergic to these, using mango products can worsen the rash. So, it is always good to do a patch test before applying any kind of skin product and regret it later.
THE POTENTIAL OF MANGO FOR YOUR SKIN
There are multiple ways in which mangoes are beneficial to your skin
- Reduces Sun Damage
Mangoes are rich in antioxidants, Magniferin, which are known for reducing sun damage by oxidizing your skin cells. A recent Korean study with rats has shown to prove this statement. So, yes they help you both inside out.
- Supports Collagen Formation
Vitamin C is the chief element of collagen formation. Collagen is the most common protein in your skin which gives your skin its structure. And guess who has a lot of Vit C, yes the mangoes!
Collagen formation helps in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. A mango a day keeps those fine lines away. It is also effective against several skin diseases which are related to reduced collagen formation.
- Reduces Acne
Mango contains a lot of vitamin A. This vitamin is also essential for vision. A vitamin A deficiency may increase the risk of acne by increasing your body’s production of protein Keratin. The overproduction of Keratin leads to clogged hair follicles and sweat glands that ultimately lead to acne.
- Reduces Aging
Vit E and C act together to protect your skin from environmental damage. These two vitamins are present within you. But with the increasing pollution, the content of these two is reduced on your skin. And if you don’t replenish these vitamins, then your aging process speeds up. As we have discussed earlier, Vit C is essential for collagen formation. It not only fights signs of aging like fine lines or wrinkles but also helps you deal with sun damage.
- Reduces Chances of Cancer
The polyphenol present in mango, also known as mangiferin is a strong antioxidant. Studies have shown that mangiferin can reduce the chances of certain types of cancers like skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and cervical cancer. Mango kernels, seeds, and peels contain the highest concentration of mangiferin. The leaves, stalks, and bark of mango plants also contain high levels of this chemical.
Hope we have cleared all of your doubts regarding how this delicious fruit can treat your taste buds and your skin with its goodness. This summer, utilize the most mangoes for your skin and rejuvenate your skin’s potential with our simple homemade facial recipes. Stick to this routine till the end of summer and you will see the results for yourself. For more such homemade tips and facts follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Join our Whatsapp community for more such interesting content and be a part of the largest grooming platform for men in India.