Cantaloupe makes a delicious addition to your fruit salads and smoothies, but did you know it also holds the key to glowing skin? The summery fruit is packed with antioxidants that protect, repair, and brighten your skin, leaving you looking refreshed. So, treat yourself to these DIY cantaloupe beauty recipes the next time your skin needs a boost. Whip up a DIY cantaloupe face mask and smoothie for your next at-home spa day and soak up the skin-smoothing magic.
Read below to learn more about cantaloupe’s health and beauty benefits, or skip to the DIY cantaloupe beauty recipes.
Cantaloupe: Benefits for Your Skin and Health
Cantaloupe nourishes your skin and body, and you’ll enjoy the fruit’s benefits whether you eat it or apply it to your skin.
According to WebMD, cantaloupe descends from the same family as squash, cucumber, and pumpkin and is related to watermelon and honeydew. And like its relatives, cantaloupe is teeming with skin-friendly nutrients.
According to the nutritionist Joy Bauer, the fruit contains B vitamins, betaine, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. These nutrients hydrate your skin, speed skin cell turnover, and improve skin texture and tone.
Better yet, cantaloupe contains even more vitamin C than watermelon, supplying almost 100% of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin C brightens skin, evens skin tone, and boosts collagen, leaving your skin supple.
Another benefit? Cantaloupe is rich in phytonutrients, which calm redness and protect against diabetes and heart disease. The fruit also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect your eyes and skin from damage, according to the Times UK.
All these actions amount to youthful, glowing skin.
DIY Cantaloupe Beauty Recipes
Now bring the spa home to you with these DIY cantaloupe beauty recipes. First, make the anti-aging or anti-acne cantaloupe face mask, and then whip up the smoothie while the mask gets to work. You can even set the scene with a cantaloupe spa candle if you want to go all out.
These DIY cantaloupe face masks work for all skin types but talk to your doctor if you have sensitive skin. Also, patch-test the mask first and stop using it if irritation develops.
(Note: Feel free to use a blender instead of a fork to mash the cantaloupe if you prefer.)
DIY Recipe #1: Yogurt, Honey, and Cantaloupe Face Mask (Anti-Acne)
Start your spa day with this blemish-busting DIY cantaloupe face mask. All you need is yogurt, cantaloupe, and honey.
What it does: Yogurt’s B vitamins and lactic acid hydrate and exfoliate your skin, while honey blasts bacteria and calms inflammation, helping heal and prevent acne. (Also, see these DIY Manuka honey beauty recipes.)
Directions: Steam your face for one minute to open your pores. Then, scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons of cantaloupe into a bowl. Add a tablespoon of Manuka (or raw) honey, and 4 tablespoons of yogurt and mix. Then, apply the mask to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.
Another beauty tip: Pair this cantaloupe face mask with a DIY tomato or strawberry face mask to double the acne-fighting power. Then, follow with a blueberry toner or facial oil to add skin protection.
DIY Recipe #2: Pink Clay, Grapeseed Oil, and Cantaloupe Face Mask (Anti-Aging)
Next, pamper your skin with this DIY cantaloupe face mask whenever your face needs a pick-me-up. All you need is pink clay, cantaloupe, grapeseed oil, and honey.
What it does: Ideal for dry skin, pink clay contains magnesium and silica, helping hydrate skin and boost collagen. Plus, grapeseed oil repairs and protects your skin, while honey softens and locks in moisture. (Also, see these grapeseed oil beauty recipes.)
Directions: First, steam your face for one minute to open pores. Then, scoop the cantaloupe into a bowl, add the clay, honey, and grapeseed oil and mix. Apply the mask to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.
DIY Recipe #3: Cantaloupe Smoothie
Next, kick back and relax with this cantaloupe beauty smoothie, the perfect finale for your at-home spa day.
All you need is fresh cantaloupe, a banana, raspberries, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and honey or agave. But feel free to skip the sweet stuff and go the plain route.
Directions: Blend the fruit, yogurt, and milk until smooth. Then, pour the drink into tall glasses, drizzle honey on top and serve.
Another tip: Also try the passion fruit smoothie for another poolside beauty treat.
Break out the cantaloupe for your next at-home spa day to show your skin some love. After trying these beauty recipes, you’ll look so radiant your friends will beg to know your secret.
Make the smoothie as often as you’d like, and use the DIY cantaloupe face mask once weekly for the best results. Then, you’ll see smoother, younger skin in no time.
Now, enjoy your DIY cantaloupe beauty recipes—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips.
This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews. | Featured photo credit: Julichka/iStock
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