#CarveCrunch: Zodiac Sign Inspired Fruit Smoothies & Face Masks | CARVE AFRICA

#CarveCrunch: Zodiac Sign Inspired Fruit Smoothies & Face Masks

Curious to know which fruit is connected to your zodiac sign? Lets have some fun and make a smoothie that you can turn into a face mask with the main ingredient. 
Aquarius ♒ (Jan 20 -Feb 18): Persimmon

Aquarians pride themselves on being original and mysterious. So it’s only fitting for them to try some persimmon exotic fruit when they are taking a break from being analytical and playing with those tech toys. Persimmon increases your metabolism and improves eye health.

Persimmon & Honey as Brightening Mask:

Apply your mask either with a mask brush or hands. Leave on skin for 15-20 minutes and wash off.

Spiced Persimmon Smoothie:

1 Banana – Frozen
1 Persimmon
1 tsp Honey
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
Almond Milk (as much as you like)

2. Pisces ♓ ( Feb 19 – March 20): Papaya

We know Pisces are full of dreams just like papaya is full of antioxidants. For a pisces to continue chasing those dreams, they can use Papaya to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.

Papaya Cucumber Banana Face Mask: Hydrate ageing skin and lightening

1/4 ripe papaya
1/4 cucumber
1/2 banana

Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

Papaya and Turmeric Smoothie:

1 Medium Papaya – peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Banana
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 tbsp ground Turmeric
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
2 tbsp honey
1 cup ice

3. Aries ♈ (March 21 – April 19): Orange

People born under Aries are adventurous, outgoing, and enjoy being leaders. Oranges are full of Vitamin C, a whole 130% is contained in it which helps you stay healthy even on your next adventure.

Orange & Banana Mask:

Recommend for acne and oily skin or just for the glow because it’s full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.

1 ripe banana
1 tsp honey
1 orange

Mash a banana and mix it with the honey. Add few drops of fresh orange juice. Leave in face for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Orange Smoothie:

Stress Buster

2 ripe bananas ( preferably frozen)
1 carrot, peeled and cut
1 orange, peeled and cut
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup almond ( or low-fat milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Ice ( add more if you used fresh bananas)

4. Taurus ♉ (April 20 – May 20): Mango

Mangoes have a bitter skin that gives way to sweet, juicy centre much like Taureans who like to keep their true emotions hidden by projecting a reserved appearance. Mangoes keep your blood pressure under control and improve skin health. Now we know why this sign is able to keep calm.

Mango & Avocado Face Mask:

Extra Hydration

1 ripe mango
2 tbsp mashed avocado
2 tbsp honey

Apply on face until dry. Wash it off

Mango Smoothie:

2 Fresh mangoes
3 Frozen Bananas

5. Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Pineapple

Of course pineapple will go well with Geminis because they multifaceted just like the pineapple. They are very curious and are always looking for new experiences. The spiky, sweet duality of the pineapple is perfect for the Gemini.

Pineapple Slices:

You can rub slices of pineapple on your face for all skin needs. Just use a fresh pineapple cube slice and rub on your face and neck, leave the juice to dry for 3 minutes.

IMPORTANT ! Be careful not to rub the pineapple slices on your face too harshly or for too long as the high acid levels of the pineapple juice can irritate sensitive skin types.

Rinse with lukewarm water and apply your face toner and moisturizer.

Pineapple Smoothie:

1 1/2 cups of pineapple juice
1 banana
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup Vanilla Yogurt
Fresh pineapple wedges and mint sprigs for garnish

A great smoothie for breakfast or snack time!

6. Cancer ♋ (June 21 – July 22): Peach

Cancers are the nurturers and protectors with a soft side, sensitive and usually seen as emotional. Like Cancers, peaches are soft both outside and inside which can make as a great comfort food. Peaches can help prevent stress and anxiety for the Cancerians who always seek safety.

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Peach and Egg white face mask:

For skin tightening

Blend half a ripe peach and 1 egg white into fine paste. Spread the paste on your face and neck. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.

Peach and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie:

1 cup Almond milk with honey
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup frozen peaches (for fresh peaches add more peaches and ice)

7. Leo ♌ (July 23 – August 22): Grapefruit

The explorers and adventurers of the world. Leos work hard to reach their goals and the contrasting sweet and sour flavors of a grapefruit could remind them of themselves. Grapefruit can relieve fatigue and various illnesses like flu and fever. A nice pick-me-up for the busy Leo.

Grapefruit Face Mask:

For Oily or Acne-prone skin

1 egg white
1 or 2 tsp grapefruit juice
1 tsp sour cream

Apply mask using fingers or face mask brush onto face and neck avoiding eye areas. Leave for 15-20 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply moisturizer.

Grapefruit Ginger Smoothie:

The immune system booster smoothie perfect for waking up your body and energizing.

1 Grapefruit
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 inch knob of fresh ginger
Grapefruit segments, berries and granola (for topping)

8. Virgo ♍ (August 23 – September 22): Litchi
The considerate and creative Virgo, with a strong moral compass and self-sacrificing tendencies goes well together with the delicate litchi, which has a soft and pulpy inside. Litchis help you by strengthening your immune system, has an antiviral properties and can protect your skin from UV rays.

Litchi Face Serum:

To fight wrinkles and blotchy complexion you can use litchi juice with a few drops lavender essential oil, and by few drops we truly mean the tinniest amount as lavender essential oil can be a highly reactive essential oil for people who are allergic to the plant. Apply this mixture to your face.

Litchi Smoothie:

10 litchis, peeled
2 frozen bananas
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 cup ice

9. Libra ♎ (September 23 – October 22): Watermelon

Librans seek balance and harmony in their lives. They are consistent and enjoy living uncomplicated lives. The watermelon is balanced, like Libras with 92% water and full of electrolytes. Watermelon also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Watermelon Juice & Lemon Juice:

For Dry Skin

This is the mask you use when you have dry skin. Lemons will gently exfoliate your dry skin and dead skin cells, whereas honey and watermelon juice will moisturise and hydrate your rough skin. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off.

Watermelon Vegan Smoothie:

1 1/2 Cups of seedless watermelon
1 cup of ice cubes
1 tbsp sugar
4 mint leaves – optional

10. Scorpio ♏ (October 23 – November 23): Passionfruit

Scorpios are the most intense of the zodiacs, scorps are passionate, resilient and strive for power. Passion fruit is the perfect match for this sign when they need to take a break from emotional intensity. Eating the fruit will help lower your blood pressure and improve circulation.

Passion Fruit as Healing Tropical Mask:

Slice a passion fruit using a sharp knife. Use half, scrape off the delicious passion fruit pulp and apply onto clean face. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

Vitamin Boosting Passion Fruit, Mango and Orange Smoothie:

3 Oranges, peeled and cut
2 passion fruit, scrape off the pulp
1 mango, peeled and cut

11. Sagittarius ♐ (November 22 – December 21): Guava

Sagittarius are very fun-loving and optimistic sign, they enjoy jumping into adventures and ideas, which can be a little too much. The guava is perfect for the busy Sagittarius because it will help to stay energized and also promotes a healthy digestive system and increase brain function

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Guava – To treat acne scars and pimples

1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Guava
1 tsp Honey

Guava fruit contains antioxidants to protect your skin from damage, can slow down it’s ageing process and helping prevent wrinkles.

Pomegranate Guava Smoothie:

1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup frozen raspberries – or fresh
1 guava – medium
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup ice

12. Capricorn ♑ (December 22 – January 19): Dragonfruit

Capricorns are known for being patient and have a good work ethic. Ambitious and high-achieving, capricorns have tough exterior like the dragon fruit. On the path to success, stop and make a smoothie from dragon fruit to boost your immune system and your metabolic rate.

Dragon Fruit – Soothes Sunburned skin

Scrape all the pulp from a whole dragon fruit, and mash it into a smooth paste. Apply on affected area with the help of a cotton ball. Make sure to use a different cotton balls to apply it on another area, as it may help prevent more breakout.

Exotic Kid-Approved Dragon Fruit Smoothie:

1/2 dragon fruit
1/2 banana
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp raw honey
1 cup ice


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