Looking out at your garden--whether it's a container garden, planted in the ground or just a few pots sunning in your kitchen window--you may see an abundance of berries. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are in season right now, and you may see blueberries too!
Many don't know that these fruits can be used on the skin and a natural and refreshing way to keep the face healthy and glowing. Strawberries contain salicylic acid that rids the skin of dead cells, makes your skin pores smaller and your face look brighter and shinier. They gently refresh and exfoliate the skin, remove impurities, and reduce redness and swelling, which is wonderful for a cleansing and skin softening facial mask.
Raspberries and blackberries are high in ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that may help prevent cancer, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and stop the growth of some cancers. Their seed oil has a natural sun protection factor. It contains high amounts of polyphenolic compounds known for their anti-cancer properties. They also contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid.
- For a stimulating and exfoliating facial mask, blend together one cup plain yogurt, one cup raspberries (or blackberries,) one half cup strawberries, and one teaspoon of honey. For oily skin, exclude the honey and add one tablespoon of cornstarch. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
After learning that the USDA identified blueberries as containing very high amounts of antioxidants, many five star spas have decided to put their anti-aging properties to work externally as well as internally.
- For a good, spa-quality facial mask that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, combine one cup blueberries, one tablespoon of cornstarch, the juice of one lemon, and one tablespoon of honey. Pulse together in a blender until it resembles a thick paste. Spread onto the face, leave on for 20 minutes, and rinse.
Although fresh fruits are best for these recipes, frozen berries may be used if needed.