Using raw mango can be good for skin – here’s how!

Raw mango face masks can help to give you radiant skin. Here are the potential benefits of raw mango for skin, and how to use this summer fruit in skincare routine.
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Raw mangoes are beneficial for skin. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Shruti Bhattacharya Published: 22 Jun 2024, 12:00 pm IST
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Mangoes are widely consumed during the summer season. You can wait for it to turn yellow and juicy or enjoy it in its raw form. Raw mango is not just delicious, but can also be used in skincare routine. That’s what my mom says! It is used as a home remedy for beautiful and clear skin, thanks to its nutrients and antioxidant effects. My mom believes that raw mango can help in getting rid of numerous skin problems such as fine lines, tanning, dryness, and loss of skin radiance. It contains adequate amounts of vitamins A and C, which aid in reducing the signs of ageing. Here is a complete guide on how to use raw mango in your beauty regime.

What are the benefits of raw mango for skin?

Here are some of the benefits of raw mango for glowing skin:

1. It is a collagen booster

Raw mangoes contain a high concentration of vitamin C, according to a 2017 study published in the Nutrients journal. It is essential for the production of collagen, which is the protein that gives your skin structure and suppleness, making it appear plump and youthful. Consuming raw mangoes may provide your body with the building blocks necessary to retain a robust, young appearance.

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Raw mango provides hydration to skin. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

2. It provides hydration

Raw mangoes contain a good amount of water, which is essential for maintaining skin hydration. Dehydrated skin appears dull and flaky, while well-hydrated skin looks plump and radiant. “Eating raw mangoes or using it as a face mask can contribute to your overall daily water intake and potentially improve skin hydration from within, says Ayurvedic expert Dr Arathi Vasudev.

3. Raw mangoes may fight free radicals

Raw mangoes are high in antioxidants, including vitamins A and E, according to a 2022 study published in the Antioxidants journal. These antioxidants combat free radicals, which are unstable chemicals that harm skin cells and contribute to wrinkles and premature ageing. Raw mangoes may help protect your skin from environmental aggressors by neutralising free radicals, promoting a healthy glow.

4. May combat skin imperfections

Raw mangoes have astringent characteristics that may help with oily skin. “The astringent property helps to tighten pores and regulate sebum production, which may reduce the development of pimples and blackheads,” explains the expert.

5. May give glowing skin

Raw mangoes contain malic acid, which may have a subtle glowing effect. Malic acid can assist in eliminating dead skin cells, resulting in a radiant, more even-toned complexion, as per a 2013 study published in the Journal of Drugs Dermatology.

How to use raw mango for skin?

Here is how to use raw mango for radiant skin:

1. Raw mango, oats, and almond face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 pulp of raw mango
  • 1 tablespoon of oats
  • 1 tablespoon of almond powder
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

Method

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  • In a bowl, mix 1 pulp of raw mango, 1 tablespoon of oats, 1 tablespoon of almond powder, and 2 tablespoons of milk.
  • Gently apply it over the face.
  • Leave the mask for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with plain water.

2. Raw mango, besan, and honey face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 pulp of raw mango
  • 2 tablespoons of besan or gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of curd
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

Method

  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix it well until it is thick in consistency.
  • Gently apply the pack to the face.
  • Leave the face pack for 10-15 minutes until it dries up.
  • Rinse the pack off with plain water.
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Mix raw mango with other natural ingredients for healthy skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

 

3. Raw mango and yogurt face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 pulp of raw mango
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • 1 tablespoon of Multani mitti or fuller’s earth

Method

  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients.
  • Apply the mask all over the face.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water.

4. Raw mango and egg face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 raw mango
  • 1 egg white

Method

  • Simply mash the raw mango and add egg white in a bowl.
  • Mix it until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Evenly spread the mask to the face.
  • Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water.

5. Raw mango and avocado face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 raw mango
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Method

  • Mash 1 raw mango and add 2 tablespoons of avocado and honey to prepare a thick paste.
  • Simply apply the mixture to the face for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.

Are there any side effects of raw mango face masks?

Raw mango has potential benefits for the skin, but there are some possible side effects to consider while using it in face masks, especially for those with sensitive skin, says the expert.

  • Irritation: Raw mangoes contain natural acids like malic and tartaric acid, which can be irritating to some people’s skin. This can lead to redness, stinging, or burning sensations in some people.
  • Dryness: The astringent properties of raw mango, while helpful for oily skin, might be too drying for those with normal or dry skin. This can lead to tightness, flakiness, and worsening dryness.
  • Allergic reaction: It is possible to be allergic to mangoes, even if you can consume them internally without issues. Patch testing the mask on a small area of your inner arm before applying it to your entire face can help identify any potential allergies.

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Shruti Bhattacharya is a content writer and editor for over 2 years. She specialises in writing on a variety of topics such as wellness, lifestyle, beauty, technology and fashion. Her current focus is on creating factually correct and informative stories for readers. ...Read More

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