Serengeti, The Ultimate Illuminating Mask | #GLOWBABYGLOW


By Alexa Santory
This week’s Beauty School lesson is all about getting the glowiest, cleanest skin with our new GLOWBABYGLOW kit. Today we're exploring the ingredients of the second mask in the regimen-- Serengeti Papaya Ultra Illumination Face Mask! Keep reading to get a full breakdown of the ingredients and how they work together to reveal your glowiest skin ever.

Let’s talk papayas!

Aside from being a super pretty fruit, papaya has some amazing skin benefits. Nature’s skin brightener papaya contains BHA (beta hydroxy acid), a chemical exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin cells. It’s also an antibacterial that helps remove the dirt and oil that cause breakouts. Papaya is super rich in Vitamin C, another natural skin brightener, and it's an antioxidant that helps ease any hyper pigmentation. Careful, though! BHA can make your skin more photosensitive and more prone to sun damage. Be sure to apply some SPF after using chemical exfoliants like BHA. Serengeti also uses papaya seed oil, which is rich in vitamins A and E. It’s a great antibacterial and natural exfoliant that helps fight acne and reveal brighter skin.
Rice Flour
Another great skin brightener, rice flour can also help reduce dark circles and discoloration. This stuff is high in minerals that work just as well outside the body as they do inside. Rice flour is made from finely milled rice and is often used as a substitute for wheat flour, making this a vital ingredient if you’re gluten free or vegan! It has a ton of magnesium, which is great for fighting breakouts and reducing oiliness on the skin’s surface. It’s also a great physical exfoliator, meaning it adds a nice scrubby feeling to the mask. Rice flour acts as an oil absorber and acne reducer, so it’ll help your skin look matte without feeling stripped. It also provides some UV protection!
Sweet Almond Oil
Great for skin and hair, sweet almond oil is packed with vitamin E, fatty acids, and proteins, which all help support supple skin. It’s hypoallergenic, making it a great option for sensitive skin types. Almond oils antioxidant properties also help build a barrier from UV damage. Since it’s also packed with vitamin A, it pulls deep rooted dirt and oil from the pores, which prevents future breakouts while also keeping the skin soft and supple. It’s also pretty thin, so it absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse it. Unlike most oils which clog the pores, sweet almond oil does the opposite by unclogging the pores and preventing acne and breakouts.
Rosehip
This is one of my absolute favorite face oils. It has tons of fatty acids that make it a great moisturizer. It’s been a remedy for centuries, originally used by ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Native Americans. Rosehip oil comes from the seeds of rose hips, AKA the fruit that’s left behind after a rose has dropped its petals. It has a ton of vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants that are vital for the skin’s health and appearance. It contains beta carotene (you know, the stuff in carrots!), and vitamins A and E, which help cell turnover and protect the skin from free radicals. This is especially helpful for people with oily skin and if you want to you use it on it’s own, you don't even have to add face lotion after. It’s anti-inflammatory and helps reduce wrinkles. It has lots of vitamins A and C, which support bright, supple skin. It’s also probably the best oil for acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
Turmeric
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to treat gut health and blood circulation. This is because of a compound found in it called curcumin that’s antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric provides UV protection, just like rice flour, which is great in a mask like this where BHA-rich papaya is the star of the show. It also helps balance out oily skin which also helps prevent breakouts. It’s also a bomb treatment for hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Turmeric is an essential part reaching your glowy skin goals. It makes food taste really good too and who doesn't want that?
Ground Almonds
They’re a great source of vitamin E and antioxidants that help keep the skin healthy, nourished, while slowing down signs of aging. Almonds have a high catechin content, an antioxidant that helps fight certain skin cancers and reverse potential cell damage. Almonds also help improve blood circulation. We use them as a physical exfoliator to scrub off dead skin in our mask, which helps reveal a natural glow. You’re also getting a lot of same benefits as sweet almond oil, like fatty acids and proteins which help keep the skin youthful and elastic.
Lemon Peel
These are great for treating acne. Lemons are one of nature’s antibacterials, as well as being super rich in vitamin C, which is necessary for protecting the skin from free radicals. Vitamin C also helps the skin produce collagen. Collagen keeps our skin elastic and strong. Their acidity helps get rid of bad bacteria that causes breakouts. Lemons have been used since forever to lighten hair (omg remember Sun-In?!), so naturally it can be used to lighten dark spots on the skin and fade acne scars. A study also found that it can help prevent certain types of skin cancers. Pretty cool, huh?
Tomato
Another great ingredient for those with hyperpigmentation. Tomatoes are full of an antioxidant called lycopene which has been connected to preventing heart diseases and certain cancers. They’re also packed with vitamins C and K, two vitamins that are great for the skin’s health and protection. Tomato helps fade dark spots and is another effective solution for acne. If visible pores are an issue, sadly there's nothing that can close them up, but tomato is great for shrinking them. Tomatoes balance the oil production on your face because it has astringent properties. They also have a nutrient called lycopene that helps prevent UV damage.
Carrot
This veggie is good for your eyes and your skin. Carrots have an antioxidant called beta carotene that turns into vitamin A when it gets in your body. Beta carotene increases the body’s immunities and protects the skin and eyes from free radical damage. Carrots have a ton on vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, and magnesium, all of which are crucial to the skin’s health and appearance. They’re great for acne scars and blemishes and can help reveal brighter skin.
 
Every single ingredient in our Serengeti mask has been carefully chosen by keeping bright, glowing skin in mind.
Be sure to check out our Instagram stories every Thursday to catch up with Jeanette during her #GLOWBABYGLOW challenge, where she shows us just how well the bundle works for her! Adding these masks to your routine is a sure fire way to achieve the glowiest skin of your life, without any harsh chemicals! And don't forget to share your experience on our skin care Facebook group, #FarmToFace!

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