Trying to save money and feel fabulous? Do-it-yourself is an excellent alternative if you’re willing to sacrifice your groceries and invest in some TLC. Plus, you have the perk of being able to quality control every aspect and avoid additives and other yucky stuff when you take things into your own hands – ideal for those of us on a mission to keep our health and beauty products as natural as possible.
With so many upsides, why not give it a shot? June is in full bloom and we’re in a fruity mood, so to get the party started here is a curated roundup of DIY fruit facials for a summer spa extravaganza from the comfort of your own home.
Very (Not) Scary Strawberry and Cherry Face Mask
Cherries are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, iron, magnesium, and potassium, that have skin lightening and anti-aging effects. For their part, strawberries are an abundant source of salicylic acid — which helps treat acne, fades blemishes, and exfoliates — as well as antioxidants like vitamin C, that hinder free radical damage and premature aging. Not to mention, honey is incredible for your skin – it’s antibacterial, brimming with antioxidants, it opens up pores making them easy to unclog, and it’s moisturizing.
- 3 strawberries
- 3 cherries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Crush the strawberries and cherries together in a bowl.
- Mix in the honey.
- Apply evenly to your face and neck.
- Wait 30 minutes.
- Rinse it off.
Voilà! For a half hour, you’ll look like Sissy Spacek in Carrie. Once you wash it off, the results are far from frightening. This fabulous face mask sloughs off dead skin and brightens your face, leaving you with a youthful glow.
Magic Wand Avocado and Honey Face Mask
These ingredients combine for a mild, yet effective means of getting rid of dead skin. The natural oils from the avocado and coconut oil can then penetrate deeply to hydrate and soften dry, scaly skin. On top of that, honey assists in the wizardry to mend raw, peeling patches. This combination is also a good salve to ease the pain of a sunburn.
This magic potion will restore dry skin to back to its former health. And the super green goopiness of this mask will conjure up relaxing spa vibes and guarantee a radiant afterglow.
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- Remove peel from half of an avocado.
- Mash the avocado.
- Combine the avocado, coconut oil, and honey and mix until creamy.
- Apply to your face for 15 to 20 minutes.
Glow Up Apple Face Mask
Apples are packed with a trifecta of skin-friendly nutrients. Vitamin C is crucial for replenishing collagen, and thus boosts the skin’s elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles. Vitamin A repairs damaged skin tissues and stimulates new cell growth. Cooper provides natural sunscreen by bolstering melanin production, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays.
- 1/2 apple
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Grate half an apple into a small bowl.
- Mix in a tablespoon of honey.
- Apply the mask to your face and neck for 15 to 20 minutes.
The upshot of this homemade facial is baby soft skin and a gorgeous glow. The old adage definitely translates to the skin, as well – an apple a day keeps the dermatologist away! If you like this one, here are some additional apple-based face packs to add to the rotation.
Michelle Williams’ Cherry Baby Face Mask
Cherries contain antioxidant-rich nutrients that naturally lighten the skin, clear dark spots, and turn back the clock on premature aging. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate acne and rosacea. Yogurt is another natural ingredient that works wonders on the skin. It’s loaded with face-friendly nutrients, including lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin, moisturizes, and tightens pores.
According to Bustle, this cherry-based concoction is the brainchild of Michelle Williams’ facialist. Try out this soothing face mask for supple, Oscar-winning skin.
- 6 cherries
- 1 teaspoon almond powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons yogurt
- Pit and puree the cherries.
- Mix together with almond powder and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- Add honey and yogurt, stir until well combined.
- Apply to clean skin.
- Gently scrub for 30 seconds (be careful to avoid the eye area).
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
Spa-worthy Pineapple Puree Face Mask
Pineapples have a wealth of vitamin C and other antioxidants, but they also have a special enzyme called bromelain that serves as a natural chemical peel. Bromelain eats through the dead cells that dull one’s complexion to reveal the softer, younger skin underneath, in addition to neutralizing skin inflammation and swelling.
- 1/4 pineapple
- If you’re starting with a whole pineapple, wash it thoroughly.
- Slice off 1/4 of the pineapple.
- Cut the rough skin off of this section.
- Chop it into smaller chunks.
- Blend it for 20 seconds, or until you get a frothy puree.
- Pour the puree into a small bowl.
- Apply generously to your face, careful to avoid the eye area.
- Wait for 5 minutes (remove sooner if you experience burning).
- Rinse off the mask with cool water, again careful to avoid the eyes.
Shoutout to Beauty Munsta for this indulgent at-home recipe. Seriously, this face mask is so good you’ll think you’re actually at the spa. Your face will feel completely reinvigorated afterward and best of all – you won’t have dropped a small fortune.
That concludes this edition of our Summer Spa Challenge. Hope you enjoy pampering yourself while saving a fat stack of hypothetical cash. We’d love to see how these recipes work out for you. (Not to mention, face masks are Instagram gold.) Tag us in your pics and let us know what you think!