In this guest post natural beauty and wellness blogger Cari of Everything Pretty shows how to make skin brightening DIY pineapple face mask recipe that will put a glow on your face and make your skin feel rejuvenated.
Brighten your skin and moisturize with this DIY hydrating and brightening face mask recipe with pineapple, coconut, and clay.
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I live on a small farm in America’s midwest, so I spend a lot of time outside in the summer. Between our vegetable garden, my flower gardens, and playing outside with the kids, we are outside most of the day.
We love spending time outside, but it can be harsh on your skin. Between the sun and chlorine in the pool, my skin needs some extra love by mid summer.
This DIY hydrating and brightening face mask recipe is just what my skin needs. It gently exfoliates with kaolin clay and pineapple powder while the coconut milk powder adds some serious moisture for your skin.
This is based on a popular mask I saw in the store, but it had a hefty price tag and some questionable ingredients. I knew I could make one for a lot less with only natural ingredients.
This mask is made with real pineapple fruit and dried coconut milk, so it smells as great as it works. This is the perfect mask for summer, and it’s wonderful in the winter when you’re dreaming of summer.
DIY brightening face mask recipe with pineapple coconut, and clay
There are times that I don’t mind making a face mask just before I use it, but most times, I want to keep it simple and use one that’s premade.
If you make your own face masks, then you know that you either have to make a small amount and use it right away or use a preservative.
To avoid that, I premake the powder and reconstitute it later with water and other ingredients. I get the benefits of an amazing DIY hydrating and brightening face mask recipe, but I don’t have to worry about bacteria or mold.
This recipe is actually a two part recipe. First, I’ll teach you how to make the face mask powder. Then, I’ll teach you how to make the face mask from the powder, so you can make it very easily just before you’re ready to use it.
How to make pineapple powder
Fruit powders are wonderful for making DIY beauty recipes, but they are on the pricey side. In addition, you’ll have to buy a large bag of the powder, which is more than you’ll likely before it expires.
You can make your own fruit powders for a lot less by starting with freeze dried fruit. I use freeze dried and not air dried because the process of freeze drying removes more water. Air dried fruit can have up to 5 percent water, but freeze dried fruit has more like 2 percent water.
Because of changes in the cellular structure in both drying methods, freeze dried fruit can be reconstituted in just a few minutes, but air fried fruit can take up to half an hour to fully absorb added water.
Making a pineapple powder is very easy. Simply put the freeze dried pineapple in a blender or food processor and process until powdery.
That’s it! Now you have the exact same fruit powder for a much lower price.
I bought 1.7 ounces of dried pineapples for under $3 USD at Aldi in the United States. It made about half of a cup of powder, which is enough to make this recipe about four times.
Ingredients for a DIY brightening face mask
Kaolin clay, also known as white clay, is a mild clay. It’s generally tolerated well by those with all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Since the pineapple powder is full of enzymes and can cause some sensitivity, I wanted to be sure to use a gentle clay in this recipe.
Kaolin clay doesn’t absorb as much as bentonite clay, but it does still detox your skin by drawing impurities from your skin. It also helps absorb excess oil, so it can help clean out your pores so they appear smaller.
Kaolin is a gentle exfoliant. It removes dead skin cells for brighter looking skin, but it’s fairly gentle and won’t leave your skin red.
Pineapple fruit powder
Pineapples have bromelain, a powerful enzyme that helps chemically exfoliate the top layer of skin. This fruit enzyme also helps reduce inflammation and softens the skin.
Pineapples are also high in vitamin C to help reduce the signs of aging. With continued use, pineapples can help reduce uneven skin tone, prevent fine lines, and prevent sun damage.
Coconut milk powder
Milk powder is more common in bath and body recipes, but I wanted to use a gentler powder for this face mask, so I picked coconut milk powder. This powder also smells like coconuts, which combines nicely with the pineapple powder.
When you add the water to the powder to make the mask, the coconut milk powder is reconstituted to make a wetting agent, so you don’t have to add another liquid if you don’t want to.
Coconut milk powder is very moisturizing for your skin. It helps relieve redness and dry skin while it soothes.
Coconut milk is also high in vitamin C and copper to increase elasticity in the skin.
Arrowroot powder has a silky feel on the skin, so it feels great in this recipe. It also helps exfoliate and absorb excess oil.
Aleo Vera Powder
Aloe vera is soothing and has skin benefits, but we don’t want to use a liquid in this face mask. I used aloe vera powder instead. It has the same benefits, but it’s dry and won’t risk contamination.
Like regular aloe, it has minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that moisturize and soothe the skin. It can greatly help dry skin and is said to reduce the signs of aging.
Since it’s moisturizing, skin may feel firmer and more moisturized after using aloe vera powder.
You’ll add the carrier oil to the powder just before you use the mask. It’s optional, but you do need to use a carrier oil if you’re using an essential oil.
Since the ingredients in this mask are water soluble and you’ll be using water or a water based ingredient to make the mask, the essential oil won’t mix with the water.
You have to combine the essential oil with the carrier oil and then add it to the powder. If you don’t use a carrier oil, the essential oil can cause redness or irritation.
You can learn more about more than 40 carrier oils in my book Carrier Oils.
You don’t have to add an essential oil if you don’t want to. It’s still an amazing face mask without it.
Cari is the editor of Everything Pretty, a beauty and wellness blog for real women. She lives on a 12 acre farm with her family, a flock of chickens, and some goats. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, and her children. But not in that order.