When deciding what I will mush up to use on my face in any given week, I always try to use seasonal ingredients, especially of they are on sale at the grocery store that week 😉 This week it is strawberries and peaches, and right now the local strawberries are at their peak. I am planning to make a small batch of jam, and you can be sure that my cereal will be berried, but I think that I can abscond with a few berries for my face.
I am not particularly acne prone, but as I have mentioned, my skin gets oily in the summer, and I have had a small spot or two in the last few weeks. A strawberries and cream face mask might be just what I need, and it’s easy to make. Again, this recipe is customizable to suit your needs.
Start with 1/2 to 1 cup of ripe strawberries and mash them up well with a fork, you you can use a food processor or a blender. To this, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of milk, plain yogurt, or cream, and enough corn starch to make a paste. If you’re skin is quite acne prone, you can also put a drop or two of tea tree, or lavender essential oil at this point. Smear this goo all over your face, then leave it on for about 20 minutes or so.
Be sure and relax while letting this sit, as any excuse to relax is a good one, and if you truly want to send he message that you are “closed for business” for a bit, put a slice of cold cucumber over each eye. When you are ready to “open up” again, go rinse the mask off with warm water, and you will feel refreshed, and your skin will look the part, too.
Other variations of this recipe could include 2 tablespoons honey in place of the cream, and finely ground oatmeal in place of the corn starch. You can also add a beaten egg white, and if you want to use cream in the variations, do so, adding enough oats to thicken to the desired consistency.
So, how does this work? To begin with, as mentioned in the aspirin mask post, strawberries contain salicylic acid, this main ingredient in aspirin, and most acne creams. At the same time, the strawberries are packed with skin loving vitamin C, and those exfoliating alpha hydroxy fruit acids. With the addition of cream, milk, or yogurt, you are adding lactic acid, another natural exfoliating acid.
Should you choose to add honey, you will treat your acne and oily skin without drying it, as honey is a humectant-helps retain moisture, and the oats contain beta glucans used in many OTC skin care produces for their anti-inflammatory action, as well as their collagen promoting and wrinkle reducing properties. All of that good anti-aging stuff.
If you look at the ingredients in each mask, it would seem that the first mask is more suited to young, acne prone skin, while the variation is just made for pampering more mature skin, which is why I will be using strawberry mask number two. If you have some carrot seed oil, put a few drops of that into the mature skin mask, too for extra anti-aging benefits.
What a fresh and yummy way to make your face look fresh, and you feel yummy! Go forth and glow! Summer’s here!