Anyone who has ever experience an acne flair up knows that you do not want to irritate your skin anymore than it already is. That’s why, I believe, many men and women who have acne prone skin are turning to organic and homemade remedies to fight the problem. The strawberry acne mask – a mixture of strawberries and honey – can be found in one variation or another, all over the web, but I put a little twist (of lemon…) on mine that I think makes a real difference. The instructions are rather simple with only 3 ingredients and the time it takes to make the mask, from start to finish, is no more than 5 minutes.
What You’ll Need:
5 fresh strawberries, destemmed
1 tbls organic honey
1/4 fresh lemon (cut as a wedge)
Benefits of the Ingredients:
Strawberry – 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. Also used as a natural exfoliant.
Honey – The antibacterial properties in honey benefit acne-prone skin by 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.
Lemon – 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).
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.
How To Use:
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.
Strawberry face toner: If you have an remaining strawberries in your batch, mash them up and soak a cotton pad in the juice. Apply twice a day to the entire face as a toner. Keep this DIY strawberry toner (complete with seeds and pulp) in a closed tupperware bowl in the fridge and it will last for up to 5 days.
I hope you enjoy this anti-acne DIY mask and let me know how it goes when you try it yourself…