Natural, Cheap Mango Facemask: Fruitilicious!

Mango Face
Starre with mango on my face (and in yummy chunks in the bowl)!

The big cosmetics companies have been slapping the “AHA” label on skin cleansers, creams and masks for a few years now, but translate that sciencey-sounding name (AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acids) and you get simple fruit acids, which you can find in high concentrations in the skin and meat of a variety of fruits, and without the preservatives beauty products usually use.

At the recommendation of a natural facialist, I’ve been giving myself my own AHA facials with mangoes, a much-beloved fruit around my house. And I can report much smoother, softer skin after I do my routine (detailed below). Also, you get to eat the mango and it smells delicious on your skin! (Unlike my other fave all-natural beauty routine- my avocado hair mask– but hey, it works great…)

How To Make Your Own AHA Mango Facemask:

1. Start with an organic, fair-trade mango and rinse it well under the tap (you can use a teensy bit of all-natural soap if it’s sticky from other-mango juice).

2. Holding the mango lengthwise, cut the skin (but not deep into the mango) in four or five long cuts, from the top where the mango would have attached to its tree to the bottom.

3. Gently peel the skin away from the mango fruit (kinda like peeling an orange except the skin is thinner so you have to be more gentle).

4. Do what you will with the mango body- I usually just eat the whole thing from off the pit in a frenzy of mango-love but some more civilized people will cut them into chunks to eat in a fruit salad or use them in a smoothie.

5. Turn the skin inside-out so the soft yellow inside of the mango faces out, and rub all over your face (bonus! you can nibble on it as you spread it around; goofy but fun and the very definition of natural luxury- haven’t you always wanted to eat a yummy-smelling facemask?).

6. Let dry for 15 minutes or so, then rinse off using a mild facial cleanser. Moisturize as usual. Make sure to use sunscreen as the natural fruit acids leave your skin more prone to sun damage.

7. Touch super-soft skin and rejoice!

How It Works: AHA’s (fruit acids, found in high levels on the inside of mango skins and other fruits) break down the bonds between dead skin cells, so they get washed away more easily when you rinse the mask off. See Care2 for more info and ideas/recipes.

About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.


  1. Gustavion says:

    Cool! Thanks. I general, I think it is important for us individuals to support ideas like this and especially business ideas that benefit the environment. For example, I came across a website that stops your postal junk mail and benefits the environment.

  2. WOW! That sounds like a great idea..Im going to try it. Thanks for the info. p.s. I am a new reader who found your blog through someone else’s page. I have really enjoyed reading through your posts.

  3. lol – Gustavion, you are one busy guy.

    Mango is sooo good I can hardly resist eating it when I’m trying to make a face mask like this! It works great when you can manage, though 🙂

  4. You can totally eat all the mango fruit- I just use the inside the skin to rub on my face, which usually gets tossed (I mean composted!) So it’s using something that might go to waste anyway…..:)

  5. Very freaking cool! And the fruit acids can really make you more suspectible to burns? Good to know!!!

  6. this mango facial was refreshing it remove bumps n make skin smooth

  7. If you are allergic to poison ivy…do not rub the inside of the peel on your face..the inside of the peel has a chemical called urushiol(might have spelled it wrong) which causes rashes and blisters ONly for people who suffer allergic reactions from poison ivy, for more on this subject. I applied it yesterday and did not really have any problems. Buy my mom for years have complained about getting blisters in her mouth after eating a mango. I love mango by the way:)

  8. Parveen Choudhary says:

    Cool. Thanks for the great facial tips and info.


  9. Thanks for the info. Its great to know something so common can be used to look beautiful :))
    definitely tryin this

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