In honor of Independence Day here in the USA, we thought we’d showcase some DIY masks to help perk up your summer skin, in very patriotic shades of red, white, and blue! Today we’ll be featuring a strawberry / raspberry red face mask, a white coconut face mask, and of course a blueberry face mask!
These masks utilize fresh fruits that are plentiful in the summer. Please use organic when possible, to minimize any pesticides on your delicate skin. Get your bowl, spoon, and a mixer and let’s get started!
The Red: Raspberry or Strawberry Face Mask
When we think of a skin-loving ingredient that is red in color, we immediately think of berries. Berries are full of antioxidants, contain some level of AHA exfoliation with their fruit acids, and are easy to find at this time of year. Please choose either strawberries or raspberries if you want it red, although blackberries would make a lovely purple mask.
- Approximately 8 fresh raspberries or 2 strawberries, pureed (you can use a mixer, or crush them with the back of a spoon for a while). We have used a mortar and pestle with success as well
- Seriously. That’s all you need. For some variations, however, consider the following:
- If you want to thicken it, you can add 1 teaspoon of white kaolin clay, which will be an exfoliating mask.
- You can add 1 teaspoon of honey if you would like a calming, soothing, and hydrating mask.
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (fresh) if you would like a mask that helps lighten and even skin tone, and help with pores.
Mix any of those optional additional ingredients to your crushed fruit, apply to face and wait for at least 10 minutes, then rinse. I like to take a damp paper towel and grab most of the clay and fruit off of my skin and toss it into the trash, then apply a warm washcloth and wipe off any extra mask, then rinse with cool water. Apply a good moisturizer like Ayr Skin Care’s Pure Moisture, or maybe our fair trade Marula Oil to soften and keep skin moist.
The White: Coconut Face Mask
When we think of summer in California, we think of coconuts: Coconut water, fresh coconut, and coconut milk. Coconuts are rich in vitamins and nutrients including vitamins B, K, C, zinc, selenium, manganese, and more. Drinking coconut water gives our body electrolytes (my favorite is a tall glass with ice and a squeeze of lemon or orange), and it has great benefits for the skin on the outside as well. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, and are naturally good at killing bacteria. For this reason, they are wonderful ingredients for hydrating dry skin as well as killing bacteria that cause acne. This skin-tightening mask utilizes white kaolin clay and fresh coconut water or coconut milk.
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut water or coconut milk (your choice).The water will make a thinner mask, so if you choose this, you will need to add slightly more thickener.
- 2 Tablespoons of white kaolin clay OR rice flour OR ground oats if you can tolerate them. This powder will act as a thickener. You could also use coconut flour or a mixture of coconut flour and arrowroot or tapioca flour.
To make your coconut face mask, blend the two ingredients together in a small bowl. I start with a spoon, and then use a cosmetic brush (fan-shaped) to apply the mask to your face. Leave mask on for at least 10 – 15 minutes. Use a damp cloth to remove the mask, and rinse until clean. Follow up with a moisturizing mask like aloe, if you like, and then finish with a moisturizer.
The Blue: Blueberry Face Mask
Nothing says a 4th of July BBQ like a blueberry pie, and while you are making this, we suggest you pull about 8 blueberries aside to make a nice relaxing blueberry face mask. Why blueberries? The clue is in the dark, bright color of the fruit, which generally means that a food is rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
Blueberries contain vitamins A and C, which both serve to brighten dull skin. Vitamin C, in particular, helps strengthen blood vessels, which can help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries, and is very popular in anti-aging skincare. These miracle berries have been shown to be quite useful in normalizing sebum and helping with acne or uneven skin tone, and work to soften the skin as well. These wonderful properties make a blueberry face mask especially delightful for the skin!
- 8 blueberries, crushed or pureed
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut yogurt (or plain yogurt)
- ½ teaspoon of manuka honey or other organic honey. (Heat it slightly to make it easier to mix.)
Mix well and apply to the face. Blueberries are notorious for staining clothing and bathroom rugs, so please use an old towel and old shirt with your blueberry face mask. Leave on face for 5 – 10 minutes. Some people are sensitive to blueberries, so if you notice too much of a tingle, then please remove. Like the other masks, use warm water and a washcloth to remove, followed by a cool splash of water, and then follow with a moisturizer or some Ayr Skin Care marula oil.
Happy Birthday, America!
We hope you try out and enjoy the blueberry face mask, the coconut face mask...all the masks! Please note that all of the above recipes are designed to be used in a single serving. Feel free to increase your recipe size so that friends can join in the fun, but please throw away any leftovers, as these mixtures instantly become “bug food” because there are no preservatives in the recipes. If you wish, you may keep it for a day in the refrigerator while you wait to give it to a friend, but encourage them to use it right away. Don’t take any risks by keeping it longer.
Have fun! Be safe on the 4th of July, and enjoy a clean, fresh face forward into summer!
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