If you’re out having fun in the sun this summer – especially with the long holiday weekend just ahead – you’re most likely giving serious thought to protecting your very precious skin. In the spirit of the season, I’m sharing a guest post from Michelle Pino, manager at a New York luxury spa, who focuses on creating beauty recipes that are made from natural ingredients, easily found in your home. Enjoy!
Hydration Mask for Glowing Summer Skin
When temperatures run high, skincare can become a challenge. All the fabulousness of being outdoors in the hottest part of the year can take its toll on your skin.
Sun, wind, heat, and sweat can cause dullness and dryness. If you don’t take extra special care of your skin during those crucial summer months, you may find yourself suffering from wrinkles, premature aging, and blemishes. You don’t want to attend those 4th of July social events with lackluster skin!
Today, you are in for a treat, because we have a fun July themed DIY Red, White, and Blue, all natural facemask recipe inspired by Skana Spa of New York resort, Turning Stone. It’s sure to brighten and replenish your skin and have you lighting up the atmosphere like those 4th of July fireworks!
Red, White & Blue Face Mask
• Plain yogurt
• Mixed berries
• Lemon juice
In a blender, combine 2 tablespoons plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons honey, and pulse until fully combined.
Add 1/4 cup mixed berries, pureeing until smooth, then add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Using your hands, apply the mixture to a clean, dry face. Let mask sit 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse face thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.
“What makes this mask so fantastic?” you may ask.
First this all-natural recipe is safe and free from chemicals. Second, this red, white, and blue mask has an amazing ability to brighten skin. And who doesn’t want soft, glowing skin to meet family and friends at that 4th of July BBQ!
How do these ingredients work to brighten skin?
Berries are not only great on the inside but have beneficial antioxidants for the skin topically, as well. Blackberries deliver even more antioxidants than blueberries do.
The vitamin C and natural enzymes in fresh citrus help brighten the skin.
A mild antiseptic, honey gently exfoliates, promotes tissue growth, and seals in moisture.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which acts as a gentle exfoliant, stimulates collagen production, and moisturizes the skin.
One of the most important aspects to care for skin during the summer months would be to use sun protection every day, even if it’s overcast skies. Here are some helpful tips to consider when choosing a sunscreen:
- SPF in your moisturizer: There are so many mild moisturizers and lotions out there that contain sunscreen that you can use whenever you apply it to your skin.
- Avoid fragrances and dyes: Try to look for lotions that are free of fragrances and dyes so that you can also avoid acne lesions after applying the product.
- Watch out for chemicals: Most of what you will find on the shelf for sunscreens contain chemical filters, containing three to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. (Source)
So don’t let dull skin ruin your BBQ fun! Put on that mask, play some summer tunes, and enjoy the radiance!
For more great foods you should be using on your skin, check out this list of 10.
Michelle Pino is a Spa Manager at Skana in Verona, NY. She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. Her hobbies include crafting, reading and learning about healthy lifestyles. She loves sharing her homemade tips with others.
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Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave me your thoughts on the DIY facial mask in the comments!