I’m not sure about you, but every year the best part of summer is the mango season, and inspite of my diabetes, there is absolutely no way that I shall be dissuaded by any doctor to not eat this humble, luscious fruit! Versatile in nature, mangoes can be used to make many interesting dishes, desserts and drinks, including sweet spicy chutneys, pickles, ice-cream, fruit yoghurts, et al. There is another question that pops up in our mind: should mangoes be soaked and eaten? The answer is, yes! Due to warm in nature, mangoes should be soaked for at least half an hour and then washed again before we eat them. It’s a misconception that mangoes are bad for our health in summers; on the contrary, this humble fruit is full of vitamins and minerals that are not only good for our body but also amazing for our skin. Loaded with vitamin A, mangoes are great for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body. But, that’s not it. This fruit is a power hub of multiple vitamins like C, K and B 6; minerals like potassium, calcium and phosphorous; and other nutrients like fibre, carbohydrates and protein. The anti-oxidant present in mangoes, beta carotene, helps fight free radicals that cause heart diseases. With so many health benefitting properties in mango, did you know that mangoes are also great for our skin? Yes, that’s right! Mango is loaded with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects on our skin. Moreover, mango prevents collagen damage. Collagen is a protein that keeps our skin elastic and prevents the signs of aging. The fruit is known to prevent a wide range of bacterial, fungal and microbial attacks on our skin, which is great for monsoon. Since it becomes nearly impossible to use lotions and moisturisers in monsoon, these mango packs will not only bring a glow to the skin but will also help moisturise it naturally. Mango Monsoon Mask. Ingredients: Pulp of half a mango, 1 tsp honey, 2 tsp whole-wheat flour. Method: Mix the above ingredients and apply all over face and neck. Leave it for 20 minutes and then scrub it in a gentle circulating motion. Wash off with cold water.