Friday, 2 August 2013

#FashionableFruitFriday - DIY Fruit Face Masks for Oily Skin & Acne

Summer can play havoc with our skin - the most common complaint being sunburn leading to dryness. But what about us oily/combination girls?! The summer months make us want to hide away inside for fear of blinding people with our shiny faces or giving someone a shock with our sweaty spots. But, I feel for you, as I can proudly say I'm an oily/acne prone gal. So, why not give yourself a summer night treat? Order some fruit from your office fruit supplier and mash it up into a great mask to help ease you on your way to less angry skin.

Disclaimer! Just because your tastebuds enjoy these ingredients, doesn't mean your especially sensitive skin will! Always do a patch test before applying to make sure any of these masks won't make your skin any angrier. And remember, these are just short term treatments - if you have severe acne, make sure to see a dermatologist or your GP and get those bad boys sorted by a professional!

(Top tip: Store your DIY Fruit For the Office mask in the fridge for a half hour before using to cool that hot, sweaty skin! And make sure to use right away, as these fresh ingredients will perish fast.)

Lemon and Honey
  • Tightens + unclogs pores
  • Fades acne scars and aging spots
  • Honey's natural antibacterial properties stops spots and blemishes
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Leaves the face glowing and radiant

- Half a lemon
- 2 tbsp organic honey

How to Make:

Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl, add 2 tbsp of organic honey and mix until combined. Apply over a clean face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10-15 mins, rinse away and apply moisturiser.

Strawberry and Yogurt

  • Moisturises skin
  • Seeds exfoliate
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Fades acne scars 
  • Leaves skin smoother

- 5 fresh strawberries
- 1/2 tbsp plain greek yoghurt
- 2 tsp organic honey

How to Make:

Mash 5 fresh strawberries with a fork, in a bowl, until smooth. Add 1/2 tbsp of yogurt and 2 tsp of honey and mix until combined. Apply mask to clean face, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse away and apply moisturiser. 

Banana and Oats

  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Oats exfoliate
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Moistures and improves skin tone
  • Smoothes skin and reduces inflammation from angry spots

- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp organic honey
- 4 tbsp of porridge oats
- Mineral water

How to Make:

Mash 1 ripe banana with a fork in a bowl then mix in 1 tbsp of honey. Stir in 4 tbsp of oats and then add small amounts of mineral water until the mixture has a creamy consistency. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing away and applying moisturiser.

Let us know in the comments how this helps your skin issues and if you have any home remedies of your own!

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