A Sweet, Simple Farmer's Market Face Mask
Have you visited your local farmer’s market recently? If you have, then you’ve most certainly seen box after box of glistening, red strawberries and deep burgundy sweet cherries. The majority of these summer fruits will make their way into countless pies, salads and preserves, but don’t forget to set aside a cupful for a sweet, summer face peel.
After taking one look at the nutrients and vitamins in cherries and strawberries, you'll want to enjoy a serving of this antioxidant rich duo every day of your life. Cherries are an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C & E, while strawberries are rich in wellness favorite, vitamin C, as well as manganese, fiber, folate, magnesium, vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Imagine what a heaping handful of this combo can do for your overall health and skin if taken daily.
The Benefits of Cherries for Skincare
Being rich in antioxidants, cherries help slow down the signs of aging by fighting free radicals in the body responsible for oxidative damage to the skin.
Helps fight acne
Rich in vitamin A, red cherries are recommended in treating acne due to their antibacterial properties and their ability to remove toxins in the blood that are often responsible for acne breakouts.
Helps fight cancer
Cherries are a very rich source of antioxidants, known as Anthocyanins, which can reduce the growth of cancer cells in affected organs.
The Benefits of Strawberries for Skincare
Strawberries are excellent for eliminating blemishes and spots on your skin due to ellagic acid present in these berries, which helps lighten and brighten. Strawberries also contain vitamin B complex, carotene, and amino acids, all of which help improve the complexion.
Tones The Skin
The manganese present in strawberries, make them a great all-natural DIY skin toner, resulting in glowing radian skin.
Contains Antioxidants That Slow The Signs of Aging
Did you know that strawberries contain a higher amount of vitamin C than oranges? This antioxidant along with lycopene, fights free radicals, responsible for breaking down collagen and damaging cells that result in fine lines and wrinkles.
Sweet, Simple Farmer’s Market Mask
¼ cup cherries, organic, pitted
½ cup strawberries, organic, stems removed
1 tablespoon honey, (optional, eliminate if vegan)
In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Apply to clean skin with fingertips or a makeup brush. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. For the best results, steam your face for 5-8 minutes before applying the mask.
So get to your local farmer's market this weekend, pick up a couple boxes of strawberries and cherries, and give your skin a rejuvenating treat.