Beauty Spotting: DIY Strawberry and Honey Face Mask for Acne

Randomly my skin will break out just because. I’m sure it has to do with my diet which is extremely consistent or when it’s that time of the month, but for some reason this week my skin is just not into being clear. I decided to try this fresh Strawberry and Honey DIY face mask. Apparantly these fruits and ingredients have a lot of great benefits that are pretty unknown.

Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid. SA is a common anti-acne ingredient used to clean out pores and get rid of blackheads without over drying the skin. It is also used as a natural exfoliant. Honey has antibacterial properties that reducing breakouts and healing current flair ups. It’s also a natural humectant so it locks in necessary moisture to keep skin hydrated and soothed. Finally, lemon is a natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion (because lemons are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants). Also an ingredient commonly used to even out skin tone (good for minimizing the appearance of acne scarring).

Ingredients:

  • 5 fresh strawberries, destemmed
  • 1 tbls organic honey
  • 1/4 fresh lemon (cut as a wedge)

Instructions:

  • Cut up the strawberries into fine pieces and place on a paper plate. Using a fork, smash the strawberries to excrete the juice. Do this until the strawberries are of a mushy consistency. Pour pulpy strawberry mixture into a bowl. Firmly squeeze your lemon wedge into the bowl and add your tablespoon of organic honey. With a spoon, stir quickly until all of the ingredients have combined together. You can also use a whisk to bind the ingredients together. If you’re mask is looking a bit too liquidy for your liking, add some more honey and stir again. If the mask is too thick for your liking, add more strawberry and lemon juice, and mix.
  • You’ll want to use this mask immediately because the ingredients are most potent within minutes of mixing them together making the benefits the strongest. You can either refrigerate for 10 minutes prior to applying so that the mask is cold and thus will feel more soothing on the skin, or you can apply straight from the bowl. Leave on skin for 7-12 minutes. Wash off with tepid water. Dispose of the any remaining mixture. You can use this mask 2x a week but you must make a fresh mask for each application.

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