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Passion Fruit Facial Exfoliant Cream

Kitchen skin care time! This is a powerful exfoliant with an exotic scent, perfect for brightening up dull late-summer skin. Papaya contains the enzyme papain that dissolves dead skin cell build up, leaving it smoother and more radiant.

And mango should be used more often in skin care, in my opinion. It's super high in vitamins A and C, and is rich in antioxidants. Plus it smells sweet and tangy.

The honey helps balance the skin's pH and repair the acid mantle. Add in a dollop of Greek yogurt for a bit of skin smoothing proteins and you've got a fabulous exfoliating mask straight from your kitchen. It's, literally, good enough to eat.

Passion Fruit Facial Cream Exfoliant
    1 tablespoon diced mango
    1 tablespoon diced papaya
1 teaspoon plain Greek yogurt
    1/2 teaspoon honey

In a small bowl, mash mango and papaya with a fork until smooth (or as smooth as you can get it). Stir in yogurt and honey. If you have one of those tiny food processors or Magic Bullets, you can simply pour all ingredients into it and blend until smooth.

To use, massage onto the face, neck and chest. Let set three to five minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Some fruits are juicier than others, so your mask may be a bit runny. That's OK, just a thin layer will do. If it's simply too thin to use, stir in one to two teaspoons of oatmeal powder to give it a bit more body.
This recipe makes just a single "serving" of mask. Since it has no preservatives, it really should be made fresh and used immediately. If you must, you can keep leftovers in the refrigerator but use it within three days.