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Spice up your day with a DIY dragon fruit mask and smoothie. Dragon fruit is nature’s sassiest superfruit, and it’s packed with nutrients your body and skin will love. Plus, a DIY dragon fruit mask is the perfect way to fight acne and aging.
Dragon fruits are hard to miss, with fiery pink skin and white speckled flesh that distinguish them from their fellow fruits. But dragon fruits are both elegant and fierce, with scales and spikes resembling the dragons from which their name derives.
Still, don’t be fooled by the tough façade because the fruit inside is sweet. The succulent fruit contains antioxidants that brighten skin, fade fine lines, and more.
So, read below to learn more about dragon fruit’s health and beauty benefits. Or skip to the DIY dragon fruit mask and smoothie recipes.
Dragon Fruit: Skin and Health Benefits
Dragon fruit is bursting with nutrients that benefit your skin and health. According to StyleCraze and Organic Facts, dragon fruit contains fiber, beta carotene, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, magnesium, betacyanins, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide).
These nutrients may lower cholesterol, boost brain function, reduce cancer risk, and help weight loss. Better yet, they fight acne and aging, keeping your skin smooth and youthful.
Another benefit? Dragon fruit’s polyphenols and flavonoids protect against free radicals and may slow the spread of some cancers. Plus, dragon fruit’s fiber helps with weight loss, making you feel full sooner and for longer.
In addition, dragon fruit contains more than 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C, making it the perfect addition to your diet and skincare routine. Vitamin C brightens skin, improves elasticity, boosts collagen, and fights free radicals. The result? Skin looks healthy, bouncy, and young.
Dragon Fruit Mask: Safety
Side effects are rare, but allergic reactions are possible, says WebMD. So consult your doctor before adding dragon fruit to your diet or skincare routine.
Also, perform a patch test before making your DIY dragon fruit mask. Dab the dragon fruit mask mixture on your inner wrist, wait 24 hours, and discontinue if redness or irritation develops.
Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging DIY Dragon Fruit Face Mask Recipes
So now that you know about dragon fruit’s health and beauty benefits, it’s time for your DIY dragon fruit face mask and smoothie. Make the DIY dragon fruit mask for acne or aging, depending on your skin’s needs.
So head to the kitchen, grab a bowl and get ready to get gorgeous. Make the DIY dragon fruit mask first if you’d like. Then, whip up your dragon fruit smoothie while the mask gets to work.
DIY Dragon Fruit Face Mask for Acne
Now, whip up this DIY dragon fruit face mask for acne. Dragon fruit brightens skin and controls acne-causing oils, making it a potent anti-acne aid.
All you need is a mixing bowl, matcha powder, honey, dragon fruit, and yogurt.
Dragon fruit and matcha brighten your skin and fight acne and aging. Meanwhile, honey blasts acne-causing bacteria, and yogurt softens and exfoliates your skin to prevent breakouts.
So gather the items below to begin.
Items / Ingredients
- a mixing bowl
- 1/2 fresh dragon fruit, chopped and peeled
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1-2 tsp Manuka (or raw) honey
- 1 tsp plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- a blender
First, slice the dragon fruit in half and remove the pulp. Next, blend (or puree) the dragon fruit until it’s smooth. Then, transfer the contents to a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
Next, apply the dragon fruit mask to your face, massage gently for 10 to 15 seconds, and wait 20 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water and apply serum and moisturizer.
Another beauty tip? Alternate between this DIY dragon fruit mask and a DIY Manuka honey face mask to double your acne-fighting powers. Nutrient-rich Manuka honey kills acne-causing bacteria and helps your skin shed dead cells, keeping your skin clear.
However, use the DIY dragon fruit mask once per week for best results.
DIY Dragon Fruit Face Mask for Aging
Another option? Try this anti-aging DIY dragon fruit face mask to restore your glow. This mask leaves skin looking radiant and rested. All you need is dragon fruit, Manuka honey, and grape seed oil.
Dragon fruit protects and brightens your skin, while Manuka honey softens skin and fights bacteria. Meanwhile, grape seed oil nourishes skin, locks in hydration, and adds a layer of skin protection.
So, gather the items below to begin.
- 1 tsp Manuka (or raw) honey
- a mixing bowl
- 1/2 fresh dragon fruit, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp grape seed oil
- a blender
First, peel the dragon fruit and remove the pulp. Then, blend or puree the fruit until it’s smooth.
Next, transfer the contents to a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and mix well. Then, apply the dragon fruit mask to your face and neck, massage gently for 15 seconds, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Next, rinse with warm water, and apply serum and moisturizer.
Use this DIY dragon fruit mask once per week for best results.
Another beauty tip? Follow with a hydrating sheet mask or apply orchid oil to boost hydration and radiance. (Or try a pre-made Origins dragon fruit mask if you want to skip the DIY route.)
After rinsing your dragon fruit mask, apply pearl serum to boost radiance. See Klavuu’s White Pearlsation skin and makeup prep tutorial.
Then, get ready to make your dragon fruit smoothie if you haven’t done that yet.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie for Acne and Aging
After your DIY dragon fruit mask, whip up this dragon fruit smoothie. A dragon fruit smoothie is the perfect treat after a long day, or when you just want to enjoy a special spa day. Plus, a dragon fruit smoothie is another healthy way to fight acne and aging.
But this no-fuss recipe is easy to make, and you can even add collagen or pearl powder.
Many smoothie recipes use unsweetened milk, but feel free to sweeten your dragon fruit smoothie with vanilla milk, honey, or coconut.
So gather the items below to begin. And see the video to learn how to slice dragon fruit.
- 1 cup chopped dragon fruit, fresh or frozen
- 1-2 fresh bananas, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup of vanilla (or plain) almond milk
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 fresh apple, chopped and seeded
- 1/2-1 scoop of collagen or pearl powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of agave or honey (optional)
- 1/2 cup plain (or vanilla) nonfat Greek yogurt (optional)
- A sprinkle of coconut flakes (optional)
First, peel, slice, and chop the dragon fruit and remove the pulp. Then, add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add milk to thin or yogurt to thicken the mixture if needed.
Then, pour the dragon fruit smoothie into tall glasses, sprinkle coconut on top, and add a dragon fruit or pineapple wedge to garnish. Refrigerate the dragon fruit smoothie leftovers for up to 24 hours, and enjoy!
Dragon fruit is packed with nutrients your body and skin will love. Plus, dragon fruit fights acne and aging, brightens skin, and more. So treat yourself to a DIY dragon fruit mask and smoothie to get glowing skin.
You can eat dragon fruit whole or add pitaya powder to your smoothies. However, make the dragon fruit smoothie as often as you’d like, and use the DIY dragon fruit face mask once per week for best results.
You’ll see continued improvement with regular use. So, enjoy your dragon fruit face mask recipes—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips.
This article first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews. / Featured photo credit: tilialucida from Getty Images via Canva
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