AD Homemade Berry Hair & Face Mask Recipes

8 Mar 2019

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...


Recipe 1 - Balancing and Brightening Face Mask - Perfect for skin prone to breakouts/blemishes

This mask is suitable for all skin types, however Abigail James has specifically tailored it to be suited to skin that might be prone to spots, breakouts and blemishes which is perfect for me so naturally I tried this one first.

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.

Ingredients
15 blueberries
8 blackberries
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large teaspoon honey
1 green tea bag
1 tablespoon natural yoghurt


How to make:
  • 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.

This mask is a little runny in texture, so I found it easier to apply with my mask brush (you can also use a foundation brush or an artists paint brush). Apply one layer evenly over the face, it will tighten slightly on the skin as it dries so you can apply a second and even third layer. Leave to dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove with a with a warm flannel or cloth. As it has a strong colour it does require wiping off a few times with the flannel - I'd recommend using a dark colour flannel to avoid stains. 

I tried this mask first and I was really impressed. I had a small spot on my chin and this mask bought it out into a whitehead straight away so I was able to cleanly pop it and it completely disappeared. My skin was red for a little while but that went down after using another mask afterwards and it did soften and brighten my skin too. I loved the scent of the cinnamon coming through in this one!


Recipe 2 - Hair Restoring Strawberry Mask - Perfect for healthy hair & scalp


Ingredients
3 strawberries
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. 

Olive oil is included to nourish the hair and scalp whilst egg white is full of natural proteins and great for giving hair a natural shine. Plus, it helps support the scalp preventing excess oiliness. Apple cider vinegar is perfect for giving the hair a glossy finish and supporting scalp health. Honey strengthens the hair follicle and rosemary (picked fresh from my garden) stimulates blood flow for a healthy scalp - I use a rosemary shampoo all the time so I know it has great benefits for your hair.


How to:
  • 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 found this one a bit difficult to apply as it's very runny. I found that it was best to just slather some on my hands, not too much and then press my hands onto my hair. If I put too much on my hands then it just fell off when I tried to tilt my hands - definitely best to do this over the sink, bath or in the shower!

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.

Recipe 3 - Mixed Berries Ultimate Face Mask  - Perfect for a glowing complexion
Natural Berry Face Mask Recipe
This mask is the perfect blend of ingredients to brighten your skin thanks to the Strawberry AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) which has a brightening and exfoliating effect. There is an amazing blend of antioxidants from all the berries especially with the high levels of Vitamin C and A. There is also Vitamin K for supporting blood vessels, an amazing blend of essential minerals for skin health, notably magnesium, zinc and potassium. 

Oats give a soothing and healing benefit when applied topically to the skin, honey has incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and healing properties, and natural yoghurt is added for its probiotic effect balancing the skin acid alkaline balance and it also has soothing benefits. Coconut oil acts as a beautiful skin hydrator as it's nourishing, anti-inflammatory and is packed with vitamin E. 

Ingredients

1 large or 2 small strawberries
4 blackberries
8 blueberries
7 raspberries
2 heaped tablespoon oats
1 teaspoon of honey
1 large tablespoon yoghurt
1 table spoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground almonds (optional)



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. 
I used this mask after the balancing & brightening mask which had left my skin a little red and it was lovely and soothing, but it also softened my skin and left it looking brighter and clearer. It was easier to apply than the hair mask as it was thicker and I even made my husband use it afterwards as I had some left. I would definitely try this one again if my skin was looking dull.

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!

Amber

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