It’s no secret I love a good face mask. They have been one of the main things that have helped my skin look and feel better when dealing with hormonal acne. Even since it’s calmed down a lot, I still love trying out new masks and seeing how they perform. Some don’t really make a difference, some on the other hand make a huge chance in my skin’s appearance, tone and texture.
So when Love Fresh Berries contacted me, saying they had worked with the *incredible* Abigail James on some fab DIY face masks using fresh berries, I had to give them a whirl! I normally stick with my honey and oat face scrub and mask because it works so well, but trying out berries in a mask was a bit of a new one for me, so here are a couple of things I learnt in the process, but here’s the recipe first of all so you can see what ingredients I was getting to grips with.
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large teaspoon honey – I used Manuka honey because it has higher antibacterial properties than normal honey and is uh-mazing for the skin.
1 green tea bag
1 tablespoon natural yoghurt – I used coconut yoghurt as dairy plays havoc with me.
So as you can see, some pretty awesome ingredients that for me, are in my cupboard already, which meant the mask was super affordable and was a nice change from forking out for some of the face masks I regularly buy which are £70 and upwards! Don’t hate on me here, the luxury masks I buy have transformed my hormonal acne and you can’t put a price on confidence peeps! 😉
So here are some interesting skin facts for you from the ingredients above:
- Blueberries contain salicylates (the salt aspect of salicylic acid), a widely used antibacterial ingredient found in many skincare products to target spots, large pores, acne and general breakouts.
- Blackberries are particularly high in Vitamin A which is an essential vitamin when treating breakouts.
- The high water content in the fruit also adds hydration to the skin without contributing extra oil and their amazing blend of minerals (especially zinc) are great for problem skin.
- Honey (particularly Manuka honey) has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties whilst cinnamon has antibacterial and soothing benefits.
- Green tea is included for its really high levels of antioxidants and soothing properties. Natural yogurt is used to help restore the skins flora and acid alkaline levels.
How amazing is that?!
So I know you’re asking, well what did I think? Did it actually do anything? Should I really bother going to the effort of blending everything together and putting it on my face? Here’s the how to and then the down low…
(I made it look like a desert for the pic only – #bloggerlife)
Boil the kettle and steep your green tea bag (white tea is also an option) and place all the other ingredients into a blender. Remove the teabag and cut open, add the tea leaves to the ingredients in the blender. Blend for 15 to 20 seconds.
This mask is a little runny in texture, so I much prefer applying it with an artist’s paint brush. Apply one layer evenly over the face, then a second and possibly a third if required. Leave to dry on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes. It will tighten slightly on the skin as it dries.
Dampen with a warm flannel or cloth before removing. As it has a strong colour it does require wiping off a few times with the flannel. It’s really lovely to finish with a tiny amount of almond oil (very tiny!) or your normal facial serum or moisturiser.
It literally took me all of 3 minutes to put all the ingredients together (bar extra time for attempting to take some cute shots for you guys, thank me later) and make into a mask. It was super easy to put on with a brush I had lying around and did dry a little after about 5 minutes. It smelt DIVINE, it also tasted divine, because you’ve got to taste test these things as well right?! (only me?!). I left it on, using a bamboo muslin cloth to take it off and was left with visibly brighter skin. I used a toner to wipe away any excess and had a little chuckle because a load of pinky purply colour came off my face, even though you couldn’t see anything left. I really actually loved the way the mask felt, how it smelt (makes a change from apple cider vinegar right!) and made my skin feel afterwards.
I would absolutely use this face mask again and will definitely add it to the repertoire of DIY things that are super easy to do and fun when the girls come round. So what’s your favourite DIY berry face mask you’ve made? I’d love to know!
This post was sponsored by Love Fresh Berries #ad