Dr. Trevor Cates, is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in skin care. With the rising pressure for women to look younger than their years, it’s no wonder women have a hard time ignoring the calls of the knives and needles. In an effort to stop the madness, Dr. Trevor Cates has made it her mission to help women feel beautiful from the inside out, in the most natural, gentle, and cost effective ways. Below you will find some of Dr.Trevor Cates’s recipes for DIY facials that women can not only use to treat wrinkles, sunspots, and other skin concerns, but that can also be eaten for breakfast! Yes, breakfast! Facials never tasted so good!

It’s 7:30am. You just finished your grueling morning workout, and the only thing keeping you going is the promise of your favorite morning smoothie: blueberries, bananas, almond butter, rolled oats, and a little bit of almond milk to finish it off. The taste was worth the wait…and weights.

The next time you find yourself standing in your kitchen, enjoying your smoothie making skills, try putting some of your smoothie on that wrinkle you’ve been cursing in the mirror for days (ok, years)! Yes, that’s right: your morning smoothie might just be your new favorite facial! I believe that beauty is created from the inside out. But we can also use nature’s spoils to heal our outer selves the same way they do our internal organs!

If vitamins and minerals can help our internal ecosystems to perform properly, why shouldn’t they be able to help our skin, which happens to be our largest organ? This is big news! What better way to celebrate than to host a DIY facial night with your girlfriends? Use these recipes to get the party started.

DIY Face Masks and Scrubs

5 DIY Face Masks and Scrubs Made Out of Fruit

1. Mango, Coconut and Oat Face Buff

Did you know that mangoes help to unclog your pores? That means they can help to fight acne! Score!

To make this mask, mash 2 tablespoons of mango in a bowl with ½ a tablespoon of rolled oats and 1 tablespoon of coconut water. Mix to form a paste, apply in a circular motion for 2 minutes, rinse with warm water, and let those pores unclog, baby! Clear skin is only a mango away!

2. Natural Beauty Smoothie and Face Mask

Ah, avocado. Nature’s butter! It makes everything better, including your face! Let it soften your skin in the most delicious way!

Blend ½ an avocado, ½ raw coconut water, 1 teaspoon of honey, ¼ cup of soaked almonds, ½ a cup of blueberries, ½ cup of chopped kale, 1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro together until smooth. Take a scoop out, apply it to your face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. To continue on to make your smoothie, just add ½ cup of coconut milk back to the blender along with some ice, blend, and enjoy!

3. Pineapple and Coconut Face Wash

Hop on the pineapple express, because these puppies are full of important antioxidants that work to prevent cell damage (aka the enemy of aging). By taking care of cell damage, this tropical fruit will leave your skin-feeling firm.

To make it, mix 2 teaspoons of fresh pineapple juice with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of warm organic coconut oil. Massage it onto your face and keep in on there for 5 minutes until rinsing with cool water. Let the firming begin!

4. Chia Seed and Strawberry Face Mask

Cha-cha-cha-chia your way to glowing skin! Chia seeds aren’t just fun to say – they are filled with inflammation fighting vitamin C and wrinkle fighting Omega 3.

Just mix 3 tablespoons of organic honey with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, ½ a cup of mashed strawberries, and ½ a cup of mashed blueberries in a bowl. Apply to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Try not to eat it off your face! Then rinse it off with cool water and watch your skin glow.

5. Papaya and Honey Face Mask

Papaya has forever had ancient healing properties, one of which is to combat uneven skin tone, pigmentation and sun damage.

Just take ½ a cup of ripe mashed organic papaya and mix it with 2 tablespoons of organic honey. Massage it onto your skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and let the healing overtake you and your beautiful face.

For more skincare tips and advice head to our Beauty section

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