Has your skin had enough of the dry summer days and hazy ozone? Australian Mangoes are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and more, which all promote glowing skin and antioxidants which protect against anti-aging.
Mangoes are packed with Vitamin C to supplement your beauty routine for healthy, supple glowing skin! Nothing feels better on your skin than a cool mango facemask perfect for hydration.
Or better yet to eat!
Question: Why do you love mangoes?
Jemma O'Hanlon: By enjoying a mango a day over the summer you'll boost your skin with vitamin A, C and E. One mango contains almost double your daily intake of vitamin C - which boosts the collagen in your skin. Coupled with providing over half your daily intake of vitamin A, it's nature's retinol & vitamin C serum in one!
Question: Can you tell us about the vitamins in a mango?
Jemma O'Hanlon: Vitamin C –reduces the damage induced by the sun's UV rays, although it's not a sunscreen, it protects against free radicals.
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.
Vitamin E – a fat-soluble vitamin that's great for hydrating the skin.
Question: Why should we be adding mangos to our skincare and meals, this Summer?
Jemma O'Hanlon: Not only do mangoes taste amazing and give you that summer vibe, they enrich you from the inside out. Here's a rundown of why they are so good for you:
They're rich in dietary fibre (4g per serve!) – fibre supports a healthy gut and keeps us fuller for longer
They smash it out of the park for potassium (450mg per serve). Potassium is important for healthy muscles and a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin A – no surprises here but 1 mango provides over 50% of the RDI for vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for our eyes and healthy glowing skin.
Folate – 1 mango provides a giant 47% of the RDI. Folate is not just a woman's best friend, it's important for brain function and a healthy immune system.
Vitamin C – 1 mango provides 176% of our daily Vit C! It keeps our skin healthy by supporting natural collagen formation. So say no to botox and pick up a mango instead!
Vitamin E – a protective antioxidant which helps to reduce free radical damage.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – great for our brain and mental health.
Question: How do you enjoy your mangoes?
Jemma O'Hanlon: There is nothing more that I love than tucking into a mango cheek, freshly sliced and ready to eat. It really is the taste of summer and the perfect go to snack!
Question: How can we create a cool mango facemask?
Jemma O'Hanlon: Cooling Australian Mango Facemask recipe:
1 tablespoon Australian mango mashed
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon yogurt
Combine the ingredients well in a mixing bowl.
Store in the fridge for 30-40 min for a cool application
Apply mixture onto a makeup free face in a circular motion.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes to set.
Once the mask has dried, remove with a damp wash cloth.
Rinse with water and pat face dry with a hand towel.
This facemask promotes moisture to the skin by keeping your skin cells hydrated in the harsh summer heat. Australian mangoes contain properties that enrich and bring life to skin with a healthy and lustrous finish good enough to eat!
Question: Can you share a mango recipe, with us?
Jemma O'Hanlon: Mango Paletas
Paletas are a Mexican frozen ice pop made from fresh fruit
Prep time 15 mins + overnight freezing
Cooking time 0 mins
3 large Mangoes
1 tsp dried chilli flakes, optional
1/2 cup coconut cream
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
Cut the cheeks from 1 mango. Carefully scoop out the flesh. Dice. Place into a bowl. Sprinkle over the chilli flakes if using. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Peel and chop the flesh from the remaining mangoes. Place into a blender or processor with ½ cup coconut cream and sweetened condensed milk. Blend or process until smooth.
Spoon the mango coconut cream mixture and diced chilli mango alternately among 10 popsicle moulds. Insert paddle pop stick and freeze overnight.
Interview by Brooke Hunter