I have a brand new natural skincare DIY post for you all as the team behind the Love Fresh Berries Winter campaign – Berry Beauty – have given me three DIY berry face and hair masks to try. The recipes have been created by dermatologist Abigail James and feature different types of delicious berries that all have amazing benefits for your skin. There are two face masks and one hair mask that are made with all-natural ingredients that you’ll probably be able to find in your kitchen cupboard already.
I really enjoyed creating my own DIY recipes when I first got into green beauty so I’m really excited to bring you these berry-themed recipes…
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. High water content also adds hydration to the skin without contributing extra oil and their amazing blend of minerals are great for problem skin (especially zinc).
Honey has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects 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.
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large teaspoon honey
1 green tea bag
1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
- Boil the kettle and steep your green tea bag (white tea is also an option).
- 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.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons honey
1 egg white
1 sprig of rosemary OR 4 drops of rosemary/lavender essential oil
This recipe is to create a hair tonic mask for healthy hair and scalp. Use strawberries for their naturally high Vitamin C content and supporting iron absorption for healthy circulation, along with natural silica for healthy hair growth.
Blend all ingredients together thoroughly for 20 to 30 seconds. This can be a little messy to apply so best done in the bathroom over the sink.
Apply to dry hair; start in the middle of your hair at the root and apply small amounts down the parting. Massage in, then separate the hair and continue to apply all over the scalp massaging in each time. To cover the back of the head it is best to hang the head over the sink. Then, apply whatever is left and massage this to the lengths of your hair.
Give the scalp a good massage, pile your hair on top of your head and leave on for 20 minutes. I found using a clip to hold it all up was best.
Thoroughly rinse off then wash with your normal shampoo and a very small amount of conditioner.
I left this on for around 20 minutes whilst I made the final mask and then washed it off in the shower with two rounds of shampoo. I found my hair to be less knotty and I didn’t need to use conditioner. It was quite messy so probably not one I’d be desperate to try again but it did leave my hair looking shiny and soft.
How to make:
- Place all ingredients into a blender for 20 to 30 seconds until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Apply with your hands (it can be a little messy). Natural fruit acids in this mix may cause a mild tingling sensation.
Massage over your face and neck, working the mask into the skin to activate the exfoliating properties, avoiding the eye area.
Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes, remove with a warm damp flannel or cloth.
Overall I had a lot of fun creating all of these berry masks. The face mask recipes make enough for more than one mask so I’d say pop out and get your ingredients, get the girls round and have a fun night in with some berry masks!