Grabbing a face mask doesn’t always have to involve a trip to the beauty counter. Your supermarket or local green grocer will have everything you need to clear away all your skin woes. You just need to know the right ingredients to buy!
Fresh fruit comes with many skin healing properties. Armed with a fork, a bowl and 15 minutes of peace and quiet you can bring the beauty parlour right into your kitchen. So if you are looking for a face mask to tackle acne and soothe irritation why not take a trip to the fresh fruit aisle and grab yourself a punnet of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
You’ll find the recipe for the berry face mask below, even if your skin isn’t acne prone you it may benefit from the gently exfoliation. However, if you want to customise your face mask to work with your skin type then I’ve compiled a guide to 10 beauty ingredients that you’ll find in your kitchen. There’s a recipe for each ingredient so you’ll be on your way to making your own face masks, hair rinses and exfoliators.
Strawberries, rich in vitamin C, salicylic acid and , not only taste great but they are great on the skin too. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s) found in strawberries will gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells.
Raspberries act as a gentle exfoliator to revive tired looking skin.
Blueberries are also rich in vitamin C which helps to support the collagen production, keeping our skin looking and feeling firmer. Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants attack free radicals (which cause wrinkles) therefore are helpful in anti-ageing products.
Oats are probably one of the most under-rated ingredients. They gently soothe and nourish dry and irritated skin. Ground oatmeal can be used as a cleanser and exfoliator.
How to make a fresh fruit face mask
120g strawberries (hulled and washed)
60g raspberries (washed)
85g blueberries (washed)
Mash to a pulp all the fruit
Add the oats and combine
Apply to cleansed skin for 10 minutes
*Always patch test any recipe prior to use
Using fresh fruit in other recipes
With so many wonderful ingredients to choose from why not create your own combination. Try mixing 4 mashed strawberries with 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt for an exfoliating mask. Perhaps you’re after a moisturising face mask? Blend half an avocado with 1 teaspoon of honey to rehydrate the skin. Avocado’s are also full of antioxidants which protect the skin from signs of ageing.