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It’s mango time!

A mango a day keeps a plethora of diseases at bay! The salubrious and succulent golden pulp of mango has lured millions into the sin of gluttony. This moniker ‘king of fruits’ is justified by its numerous health benefits.Inn addition to being sumptuous, pulpy and amazing, mangoes have now become a “go-to” ingredient in skincare products because it works as a wonder for your skin too. Try these simple hacks to brighten up your skin.

Nutritional ingredients in mangoes

* A mango serving size is equivalent to 3/4 cup of sliced mangos and is just 70 calories, so it’s a satisfyingly sweet treat.

* There are 202 calories in one whole mango (without refuse and 336g).

* Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.

* Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping to make them a superfood.

* 3/4 cup of mango provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin C, 8 percent of your daily Vitamin A and 8 percent of your daily vitamin B6.

* One serving (3/4 cup) of mango contains 7 percent of your daily fiber. It’s a delicious and fun way to get some fiber in your diet.

* 3/4 cup of mango is also a good source of folate, making up 15 percent of your daily requirement and also of copper, making up 15 percent of your daily needs.

* There are 19g of carbohydrates in a 3/4 cup serving of mango, making up 7 percent of your daily value. Give your body a delicious and super fun super fruit!

Use mangoes to maintain beauty

The mango pulp, extracts, butter, and even the skins, are used as natural skincare ingredients to protect, revitalize, and smooth your skin. Most often, you’ll see mango extract and mango butter in products.

Mango beauty benefits

After using mango butter, the pulp from a mango, or a mango-containing moisturizer, you’ll notice your skin is clean and healthy with a distinct glow. Mango skin benefits include the AHA’s and antioxidants in the fruit which can clear pores by removing dirt and oil, fight against the damage of free radicals, protect against premature aging, and boost cellular transformation to make collagen.

It’s safe to say the mango fruit has enough vitamins, minerals, and other powerful compounds in it to create a nourishing, natural beauty treatment for your skin. With so many benefits of mango for skin health, you need to look no further for an effective moisturizer and skin protector.

Mango health benefits

The nutritional values of mango are in abundance, from vitamins to minerals to antioxidants. It’s a harmless (unless you are allergic) and natural approach to use mangoes to care for and maintain healthy skin. So, what’s so healthy about a mango?

* Vitamin C – This important vitamin reduces the damage induced by the sun’s UV rays, although it’s not a sunscreen, it protects against free radicals. Administering vitamin C topically (through the skin) has a better effect for this than taking it orally. It can likewise reduce inflammation caused by acne and lighten the skin.

* Vitamin A – Also known as Retinol, diminishes fine lines by stimulating collagen production and lightening dark patches on the skin.

* Vitamin B6 – A water-soluble vitamin that reduces sebum on the skin (oily skin).

* Copper – Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lightens the skin and fights against damage from free radicals.

* Potassium – Keeps cells hydrated to moisturize the skin.

* Magnesium – Helps to reduce oily skin, acne, and rosacea.

* Beta-carotene – Boosts immunity and protects the skin against bacteria and toxins.

* Vitamin E – A fat-soluble vitamin that’s famous for hydrating the skin.

* Vitamin K – A fat-soluble vitamin that helps to reduce stretch marks and spider veins.

Selecting mangoes as a part of a beauty treatment

You should choose mangoes that are full, plump and rounded, especially around the stem. Sometimes ripe mangoes will have brown spots or speckles, which is perfectly normal. Do not pick flat or thin mangoes because they are likely to be stringy and won’t be easy to mash up.

Mango beauty treatments

Various treatments from, exfoliating treatments, moisturizers, body butters, hydrating treatments to face packs include mangoes.

Side effects

Overeating mangoes may cause diarrhea. So, it is always recommended to have a moderate consumption of this fruit. Mango is rich in fiber and high consumption of fibrous fruits may cause diarrhea problem.

Since it has high natural sugar content so it may be harmful to diabetics.

So, if you also have diabetes then consult your doctor before having them.

Mangoes can be allergic to some people and they may experience watery eyes, runny nose, breathing problems, abdominal pain, sneezing etc. So, if you face any one of them, stop your consumption of mangoes for some days to see if there happen any changes in the symptoms.

Mango contains a chemical called urushiol. People sensitive to this chemical may experience dermatitis on them. It’s a skin problem where people have inflamed skin which becomes flaky, itchy and blistery.

Growing mangoes for beauty treatments

Place the seed, rounded side up, in a dish of water. The dish should be placed on a windowsill in a warm, sunny place.

Leave the seed in the water until it starts to sprout. This can take anywhere from one to three weeks. After this transfer this to soil and plant the seed.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

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Mango Home remedies

For exfoliation

As we all know that exfoliation is extremely important for our skin, as it helps to remove the dead cells from our skin. Using a mango scrub will help us in doing same. All you need is one tablespoon mango pulp, one teaspoon of organic honey and one tablespoon of milk. Mix these ingredients well and apply it on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water and feel the softness in your skin’s texture.

For glowing skin

Mangoes have natural anti-tanning properties and vitamins that fight against inflammation and sun burns. For this face pack, you will need one tablespoon of mango pulp, two teaspoons of wheat flour and one teaspoon of organic Honey. Mix all the ingredients together to make a thick paste. Apply it on face and sun-affected parts. Let it stay on for 15 minutes and wash with normal water.

For soft skin

This face pack will give your skin nutrients of oats, mangoes and almond and will act as organic scrubbers. All you need is two tablespoon of mango pulp, one tablespoon of oats, two teaspoon raw milk and three to four grounded almonds. Apply this face pack on your face and scrub it off after 15 minutes. Wash your face with water.

For acne

Mango pulp with curd and honey can be a great aid for people with oily skin. It will help you to fight with pigmentation and acne by shedding off the excessive oil from face. Extract pulp from a ripe mango; add two tablespoon of curd and two teaspoons of honey. Apply this face pack on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes.

For anti-aging effects

Whisk an egg white and add the mango pulp to it. Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste. Apply the face pack and let it dry. Wash with cold water. Repeat this thrice a week for better results.