Every morning, after his workout, Honey Bear eats a wedge of grapefruit, two hard boiled eggs, and a cup of green tea for breakfast. And each day, he tosses the grapefruit rind into the garbage, without either of us giving it a second thought. On a recent morning, the phone rang, distracting him from the task of clearing away his breakfast dishes. As he chatted on the phone, I decided I’d do it for him. As I carried his plate to the kitchen, a citrusy scent wafted about the room, filling my senses with tiny auditory notes of joy. A voice in my head said, “make something with this grapefruit peel.” Not yet sure what I would do with it, I grabbed my citrus zester and grated off the skin of the grapefruit rind.
I spent the next two hours in an internet rabbit hole, researching ways to use grapefruit peel in a homemade beauty treatment. I found that most of the beauty benefits of grapefruit are contained inside the peel, providing rich sources of vitamins and anti-oxidants to our skin.
When I finished researching, I looked to see what else I had in my fridge to build my grapefruit mask. I found half of an avocado leftover from breakfast that was perfectly ripe. I decided I’d make an avocado, honey, and grapefruit zest face mask.
- Half of one ripe avocado
- Grapefruit peel – 1 teaspoon
- Honey – 1 teaspoon
Using a kitchen zester, peel off the outermost layer of skin off the grapefruit. Do not peel down to the pith. Set aside.
Mix half of a ripe avocado with one teaspoon of honey and the grapefruit peel in a clean bowl. Add more honey, if you feel it’s needed. Try to mash the avocado as much as possible. A blender will give a smoother result, but a fork or spoon works just fine if you mash the mixture thoroughly.
Using your fingers, apply the mixture to your skin. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and apply your favorite moisturizer.
My skin immediately felt softer and more moisturized, which I credit to the avocado and honey in the mask. The next morning, my skin was still glowing. After a few days, the acne spots on my skin seemed a tiny bit lighter, presumably from the grapefruit rind. Overall, I found this mask to be effective, although I have to attribute partial credit to eating cleaner and increasing my water intake. It’s now one week later and I haven’t had any new breakouts, so I consider this one a success.
Do not plan to go outside immediately after using this mask. The vitamin C in grapefruit makes your skin sensitive to the sun. Also, beware of any allergies to citrus, honey, or avocado. Always remember to spot test prior to application.