A little while ago we made an easy coconut sugar scrub which is the best for soft skin all year round. Sugar scrub isn’t suitable for your face, so what are we to do? Well, that is where a pineapple facial treatment comes in.
My sister discovered this trick a little while back and the results I’ve gotten have been fabulous. This is the quickest facial treatment I’ve ever tried with the most dramatic results. Normally, a facial takes a good 45 minutes between the scrub, mask, steam, toner, and finally moisturizing.
For that reason, I can’t remember the last time that I did a full facial, I’m guessing it was somewhere around 3 years ago. Between then and now I have been relying on this pineapple facial and this baking soda treatment (we’ll talk about that next week). By combining these two treatments I have been able to keep my skin clean and exfoliated without soap for several years now.
Ever since I have started using this pineapple treatment a couple of times per week, my skin has become smoother, more even toned, and my pores have visibly shrunk. This treatment even makes discernable progress on the fine lines. I know this seems like a lot; I also have found this treatment to be the best thing that has happened to my skin in a long while. I was worried at first that it might irritate my skin because pineapple juice is acidic but the citric acid actually alkalizing.
I would recommend, as with all treatments, to do a spot test if you have troublesome skin. My skin is really sensitive to any store bought products and I’ve never had a problem with this pineapple mask, but this is a highly individual thing.
So why does this work?
The answer is bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple that is similar in characteristics to the papain enzyme found in papaya. These enzymes break down protein, this means that the mask exfoliates the dead skin from your face without the use of abrasive ingredients, leaving your face fresh and glowing. This treatment hinges on the live enzymes so the pineapple has to be fresh, canned pineapple won’t work.
Interesting Note: There are recent studies emerging about the potential anti-inflammatory effects of pineapple and I have found this to be the case with my skin. It has proved to be a gentle all around treatment from cleansing to exfoliation.
DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial
What to do:
Take a small piece of pineapple, 1″ by 1″, and rub all over your face, taking care around the eye area. Wait 5-10 minutes until the mask dries. Next, jump in the shower to rinse, and for a quick mini face steam. I usually follow the Pineapple treatment with a baking soda exfoliation (article to follow next week). When I’m in a hurry, one or the other treatment is still really effective on their own. When you get out of the shower, follow with your choice of moisturizer.
All in all this treatment requires no more than one minute to put on your face, making it the perfect solution to more time consuming treatments.