Pineapple & Papaya Facial Exfoliating Mask

Create your own facial scrub using fresh pineapple and papaya

Pineapple can be used in an exfoliating mask.
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Kiehls makes an amazing Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub that will set you back $28. You can make a similar scrub using these ingredients for much less.

Pineapple and papayas are not only delicious to eat (oh how I miss my beach vacations), but the juice from both are a natural exfoliant. The honey calms the skin. This isn't a scrub, as much as it is an exfoliating mask. Enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup of cubed fresh pineapple, the hard stems cut off and discarded
  • 1/4 cup of cubed fresh papaya. 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp manuka honey (or regular honey if you don't have manuka).


Mash the fruit together until it's in a pulp. Add the other ingredients and combine well.

To Use

Apply mixture to skin and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and press skin with a warm washcloth (my favorite part of a mask or scrub).

Apply moisturizer to cleansed skin.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

Use this scrub once or twice a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It's important year-round to exfoliate both your face and your body, but I find in winter it's even more important.

Get more tips on exfoliating in How to Exfoliate: Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face & Body.

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