When there is a change in season, it’s good to take those changes in your stride into your lifestyle. Just like the summer calls for more sun protection and fluids, the winter has its share of demands too. Along with the season come skin issues especially for sensitive skin. The best way to take these skin troubles in your stride is to make the most of what the season offers i.e. strawberries. Not only do strawberries taste great in a smoothie but they are also a solution to many skin related problems. Take a look at our DIY strawberry facial recipes made to banish your winter skin problems…
Brightening strawberry mask for acne-prone, blemished skin
 

Brightening strawberry mask for acne-prone, blemished skin

What you need…

White of 1 egg, beaten until foamy

½ cup of finely sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon of honey

½ teaspoon of lime juice

How do you make it?

Combine the liquid elements of the egg white, honey and lime juice together in one container. Then add the strawberries and mix together until it forms a paste. Apply it on your face and after leaving it on your face for 15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

What good is it?

Strawberries are one of most potent producers of essential fruit acids like AHA’s and salicylic acid, both of which are ingredients in a variety of acne-fighting products. When combined with the antibacterial properties of honey, they fight bacteria and reduce breakouts. The astringent properties of lime juice fade blemishes while egg whites curb oiliness to prevent flare-ups in the future.

Exfoliating strawberry mask for dull, flaky skin
 

Exfoliating strawberry mask for dull, flaky skin

What you need…

¼ cup of finely sliced strawberries

1 tablespoon of oatmeal

2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth (aka multani mitti)

½ teaspoon of rose water

How do you make it?

Mix the dry oatmeal with Fuller’s earth and then add the sliced strawberries. Complete by adding the rose water until it forms a slightly thick paste. Gently rub the mask into your face in circular motions and let it sit for 30 mins until it hardens and begins to crack. Once it does, wash your face thoroughly with a gentle face wash.

What good is it?

Strawberries naturally contain folate and ellagic acid, which are antioxidants that aid in cell regeneration and healing of damaged skin. Oatmeal serves as an exfoliant that rids the skin of dead cells, which in turn, helps the production of new cells. Fuller’s Earth is like a sponge to impurities and sucks the toxins right out and combines well with rose water, which soothes the skin.

Moisturizing strawberry mask for dry, damaged skin
 

Moisturizing strawberry mask for dry, damaged skin

What you need…

3 strawberries, mashed into a pulp

1 tablespoon of raw milk

1 teaspoon of honey

How do you make it?

Combine all the ingredients together to form a wet paste and apply on your face and neck. Leave the mask on your skin for 20 minutes and proceed to wash it off thoroughly with a face wash.

What good is it?

Honey, being a humectant, will give life to the skin by adding moisture to it in abundance.

Milk is chock-o-block with nutrients and its potassium, protein and vitamin B12 heals dry skin and repairs damage. The star of the mask, strawberry, aids in achieving soft, supple skin.

Image Credits: Delta Food, The Blonde Vegan, The Guardian, Mother Earth Living