I bet you didn’t know that in Summer your kitchen is the perfect place to go shopping for a face mask. Tropical fruits and veggies from your garden offer incredible natural benefits to your skin and are inexpensive! Here are 5 of my favorite DIY fruit face masks for beautiful skin.
At Beauty by Biba, I recommend my clients do a face mask once a week. Along with providing your skin the nourishment, it needs especially in the heat of the summer it gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy easy self-care. All you need to do for the fruit face masks is to open your refrigerator!
Whip up one of the easy fruit face mask recipes below according to your skin type or concern. Remember to apply to cleansed skin, rinse with warm water, seal hydration in with your favorite moisturizer and bask in your homegrown summer glow!
Rich in lycopene tomatoes are beneficial for your skin by protecting it from UV rays, skin cancer, and it even delays skin aging. They also have cooling and astringent properties which are great for tightening large pores. Another cool benefit is the natural acids which help regulate oily skin.
Recipe: For simplicity, cut your tomato in two halves and gently rub onto your face and neck. Let sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse. If you want to go crazy, use 1 tomato, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Mix into a smooth paste. Apply. Leave for 15 min and then rinse.
A cool and mildly astringent, cucumber is especially soothing for irritated or sensitive skin. They also smell amazing and will leave your skin with a fresh glow.
Recipe: Peel and seed a small cucumber in a blender until smooth and place in the fridge for 25 min for an extra cooling effect. Spread over face and neck and allow to dry for 20 min. Then rinse.
With its high water content, watermelon is intensely moisturizing and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids to bring out your skin’s natural glow. It’s great to use on sunburned skin or for just cooling off after being in the summer heat for a while.
Recipe: Cut a small watermelon and use ¼ mixed with 1 tsp of honey until smooth. Apply the mixture and wear it for 15 min. Then rinse.
Strawberries have salicylic acid which helps to clear acne, AHAs which help to clear the very top layer of skin to promote skin cell regeneration, and tons of vitamin C which leads to reduced inflammation and promotes collagen increase.
Recipe: Mashup 2 strawberries with 2 tsp of whole milk or Greek yogurt and apply to the skin for 15 min. Then rinse.
Pineapple and Papaya
These delicious tropical fruits contain bromelain, a protein-digestive enzyme that provides incredible gentle exfoliation for the skin. They also help counteract histamines and have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a mild astringent and skin freshener.
Recipe: Peel and cut your pineapple or papaya. Then throw them in a blender and blend until almost smooth. Apply to face and leave on for 15 min. Then rinse.
As summer turns into fall you can still find the ingredients for simple DIY face masks and other items for self-care. Click here for additional recipes using items from your pantry.