Fresh and Instant Pineapple and Yoghurt Smoothie Clay Mask (pictured above)
Feel free to raid the fridge – to make a simple, fresh face mask. The thick consistency of Greek yoghurt, which helps both to tighten pores and smooth fine lines, is particularly suited to a mask. Pineapple is excellent as a skin-brightening and exfoliating ingredient owing to the bromelain enzyme found in the fruit. However, it is very powerful and not recommended for sensitive skin.
Makes approx. 100g (3½oz)
5 x 2.5-cm (1-inch) fresh pineapple chunks
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp aloe vera juice
kaolin (white clay), to required consistency*
* Try substituting kaolin with coconut flour or, for drier skin, oat flour.
Make and use fresh. Keeps for up to 3 days when stored in the fridge.
HOW TO APPLY
It will smell deliciously of pineapple, but don’t be tempted to drink the mask! Use immediately. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eyes, and leave for only a few minutes, removing the mixture as soon as the skin feels tight or sensitised; 3–5 minutes will be enough for most normal to oily skins. Rinse off with plenty of warm water and pat skin dry. Any remaining mixture can be stored in the fridge, but should be used within a few days.
Peel and chop the pineapple into 2.5-cm (1-inch) chunks. Don’t worry too much about the precise size of the chunks, but make sure you chop off any tough core.
Place the pineapple, Greek yoghurt and aloe vera juice in a blender and blitz until smooth. Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a small bowl.
Add the kaolin to make a smooth, semi-thick consistency, stirring with a stainless steel teaspoon. The mask will be a soft yellow colour and resemble a smoothie.