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Homemade Cherry Face Mask Recipes

Updated on March 17, 2015
Homemade Cherry Face Mask Recipes
Homemade Cherry Face Mask Recipes | Source

Fresh Cherries in Turkey ~

Whipping up a quick, fresh face mask using cherries as your main ingredient, is something we can all benefit from such is the world wide availability of this small but pack punching important fruit.

Funnily enough, cherries are a fruit I avoided for years as I did not like the maraschino cherries my mum used in making buns, scones or Christmas cake and invariably were picked out of her culinary delights.

It was not until I was in southern Turkey, wandering around the food market that fresh cherries caught my eye with their shiny blood red coloring, freshly cleaned and had droplets of water glistening in the bright Turkish sun.

As I stopped to view them closer, I was handed one to try by the vendor. I was hooked and dutiful left with a bag costing little or nothing, to eat as I continued around spying the mouth-watering fruits I wanted.

Thinking back to all my subsequent trips to Turkey, I was always saddened by the aged skins of women in particular. They spent long days tending fields, small patches or gardens and livestock out in strong sun with no sunscreen.

Many of these village women who became friends, appeared 10 - 20 years older than they were. Ironic to think they have all these amazing ingredients growing and could be utilizing them in different ways.

Face Mask Ingredient

there are two types of cherries, sweet cherries or sour cherries and both have health and beauty benefits.
there are two types of cherries, sweet cherries or sour cherries and both have health and beauty benefits. | Source

Summer Fruit Inspiration ~

Thinking of summer fruits brought me to the conclusion cherries must have benefits for the skin along with our health so decided to look into it and what a find they are.

Having done some homemade skin care using fresh fruit, face masks are one of those treatments I never tire of trying and using regularly.

All the ingredients used are edible and so much better for your skin than store bought as you are using them in the original form with no additives or preservatives.

These recipes I have included are using basic ingredients and very few per recipe to keep things quick and simple.

Masks are made fresh to have optimum nutrients so no keeping them, make as required. Equipment is kept minimal and should be easily doable in your home.

For a more detailed look at the health benefits of cherries and the different types, please check out my friend Rajan Jolly’s informative article to the right.


Skin Benefits of Cherries ~

  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Anti-Aging
  • Mild Exfoliating Properties
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Skin Lightening
  • Age Spots
  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • Rejuvenating
  • Rich in Vitamin A, C
  • Contains Vitamin E, K
  • Rich in Beta Carotene
  • Rich in Potassium, Magnesium & Iron

Basic Equipment Covering All Mask Recipes

Small mixing bowl

Fork

Spatula / Spoon

Blender

Sieve

Face Mask Brush (optional)

Muslin Face Cloth (optional)

Tips &Skin Preparation ~

  • Remove the cherry stones prior to beginning.
  • For cherry juice, press cherries through a fine sieve or mesh.
  • Thoroughly cleanse face of any makeup or daily grime with your cleanser or try a homemade cleanser such as mango butter and carrot face cleanser or aromatherapy cleanser.
  • When applying face mask, avoid the eye area at all times.
  • Check out how to correctly apply a face mask.
  • When your mask is applied, take time out and put your feet up. Pop a few chilled cucumber slices over your eyes to refresh, brighten, re-hydrate and remove any puffiness around the eye area. Take a glass of cucumber spa water with you and drink this while you are relaxing.
  • These face masks should not be overused, once a week is sufficient and best to do in the evening. Overusing may cause over stimulating the skin and lead to irritations, redness and skin dehydration.

The Perfect Skin Combination

cherries and strawberries two summer fruits that are full of antioxidants in a face mask.
cherries and strawberries two summer fruits that are full of antioxidants in a face mask. | Source

Versatile Summer Fruit

versatile, fresh cherries are used in smoothies, pies, sauces, baking and skin care to name a few.
versatile, fresh cherries are used in smoothies, pies, sauces, baking and skin care to name a few. | Source

Anti-Aging Face Mask

  • Mash together 5 – 6 cherries and 3 – 4 strawberries.
  • Apply onto cleansed face and neck with fingers or mask brush and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Remove with damp warm muslin or cotton face cloth.
  • Finish with a final splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
  • Follow with your regular skin toner and jojoba anti aging solution.

Wrinkle Busting Face Mask

  • Mash 5 – 6 cherries with 2 tablespoons of organic honey and mix together.
  • Apply with the fingers or face mask brush to the face and neck.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes before removing with a warm damp muslin or cotton face cloth.
  • Finish with a splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
  • Follow with your skin tonic or toner, serum and face moisturizer.
  • This mask is wonderful for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, lightening any skin discolorations, nourishing the skin and has a mild exfoliating effect leaving the skin soft, smooth and supple.

Sweet or Sour

cherries belong to the genus Prunus of which there are many species. Many commercially grown are the sweet cherry variety such as Prunus avium.
cherries belong to the genus Prunus of which there are many species. Many commercially grown are the sweet cherry variety such as Prunus avium. | Source

Exfoliating Face Mask

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of fine or instant oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of cherry juice to a thick moist paste.
  • Apply to the face avoiding the eye area and gentle massage the face mask in small circular movements for a few minutes.
  • Leave for 5 – 10 minutes and remove with dampened muslin or cotton face cloth.
  • Finish with a final splash of cold water and or face toner.
  • Apply your normal moisturizer.
  • This exfoliating mask will remove all the dead skin cells revealing fresh healthy skin, improve the circulatory system and deep clean the pores preventing blackheads and whiteheads forming.

Farmer's Market

food markets are the best place to pick up fresh organic cherries whenever possible.
food markets are the best place to pick up fresh organic cherries whenever possible. | Source

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Skin Rejuvenating Face Mask

  • Take a small handful approximately 5 – 8 cherries, remove stones and mash up in your bowl.
  • Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt and mix together to form a paste.
  • Apply with the fingers or a face mask brush and leave for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove with a dampened warm muslin or cotton face cloth which has a gentle exfoliating quality.
  • By using warm water it will stimulate the pores enabling deep cleansing.
  • When completely removed finish with cold water splash and pat dry.
  • Leaves the skin soft, smooth, moisturized and brighter in appearance, with a healthy glow.
  • Follow with a homemade skin toner, anti-aging serum and moisturizer.

Dry Skin Face Mask

  • Pop the pulp of 8 – 10 cherries into a blender with the pulp of a ripe peach.
  • Blend together to a paste and apply to the face and neck area with your fingers or face mask brush.
  • If you wish to add more nourishment (dehydrated skin) add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil at blending stage.
  • Refines, hydrates and helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.
  • Follow with your skin toner and moisturizer.

A Handful

when making face masks make sure to have a good handful of cherries so you may add extra if needed.
when making face masks make sure to have a good handful of cherries so you may add extra if needed. | Source

Oily Skin Face Mask

Add an egg white to a bowl and give it a light whisk.

  • Add in 2 tablespoons of cornmeal, 1 tablespoon of organic honey and 8 – 10 mashed cherries.
  • Mix the ingredients together and apply to the face.
  • Leave for 20 minutes and remove with a warm damp muslin or cotton face cloth.
  • Slash the skin with cold water to finish and pat face dry.
  • Sweep over with your skin tonic and regular moisturizer.
  • This mask will tighten slightly on the skin and draws out impurities deep in the pores and leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and refined.

Acne Skin Face Mask

  • As for the wrinkle busting mask with one extra ingredient, a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
  • Mix the mashed cherries, honey and lemon juice together and apply to the skin.
  • Leave for 15 minutes before removing with a warm dampened face cloth or muslin cloth.
  • Do a final splash of cold water and pat the skin dry before applying your skin toner and moisturizer.
  • This ingredient combination will be nourishing, antibacterial, pore cleansing and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Luscious Moist Chocolate Cake

moist chocolate cake with a cream cheese frosting and cherry ganache filling
moist chocolate cake with a cream cheese frosting and cherry ganache filling | Source

Nostalgic Trip Back to 1976 with Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music White Boy

Small Fruit That Packs a Punch

remember when making that smoothie or cherry pie to keep a handful aside for your cherry face mask and enjoy!
remember when making that smoothie or cherry pie to keep a handful aside for your cherry face mask and enjoy! | Source

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Hopefully the markets may be a cheaper alternative as I know cherries are expensive in our part of the world (here they are pricey too) so don't buy often. The beauty is you don't need many for these recipes so when you do get a chance to indulge put a small amount aside for a mask! Appreciate your interest and support!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sounds glorious but expensive. Cherries are quite pricey here in the UK so I don't think this would be cost effective for me.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers Rose,

      It is funny how things happen and suddenly finding fresh cherries appealing was so good! They were a surprising fruit with their skin benefits and hopefully you will get a chance to try one out! Appreciate your consistent support!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I loved the backstory for this recipe. I'm sure that the mask is delicious smelling and amazingly rejuvenating!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Heather,

      Delighted you gave this a go! Great idea adding some honey! That's the beauty with these recipes, eating is an option too! Thanks so much for taking time to try it out and report back, much appreciate it!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      I tried strawberry and cherry mask (added 2 tbs honey for good measure). I was surprised to actually feel a nice tingle while it was on! It was wonderful, this is a keeper. I even ate some that was left and it was absolutely delicious! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jackie,

      Lovely to know you are a cherry fan, hope you give a mask a go, appreciate your interest and comments!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Sexiest writer eh?? Absolutely, Joe was spot on! Bill will be wearing this cherry mask, one day so you better prepare yourself!LOL So glad you enjoyed this and continue to support this Irish lass, your words always motivate me onwards and comments like yours mean a great deal. Appreciate your votes, share and pin have a great weekend :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I so love cherries and I can believe it all. Would love to be in a cherry eating contest! Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Oh Leslie,

      I WISH!! LOL mind you about 4 years ago in an off-licence buying Baileys Irish Cream I was asked for I.D which made my day at age 42!!

      You are a hoot buying all the gear on ebay, good on you! I am thrilled to hear and look forward to your "review" ala ImKarn style in poetry! There's a challenge!

      Cheers for the comments, always a pleasure to see :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Suzie. This looks good enough to eat. I do love cherry's but I think I'll wait for Billybuc to give it a try first :)

      Another great addition here Suzie. You really do have this niche down pat. Your hubs are always so colorful and full of great info and easy to make DIY recipes for home care products. Great job. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc., etc., etc.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Suzie, i swear girlfriend - with all these lotions and potions- you must look 14 years old! LOL..

      you're absolutely incredible and - you make it look soooo easy..

      i've ordered the ingredients needed for the serum from ebay - right down to the glass containers and thing-a-ma-jig to get the stuff INTO it..

      lol

      sharing forward

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Great to see you pop in! There should not be any staining but like any face treatment or hair treatment it would be a good idea to have a towel around the shoulders for any "mask bits" or goo that may loosen or for hair treatments particularly if not wrapping the hair. Many thanks for visiting, comment and sharing on, I so appreciate all your support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well I would probably eat the cherries before I could make the mask! One question and I might have missed it, will the juice stain the skin at all? I'm guessing not because of the other things in the mask. Another great one, shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi agapsikap,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. It is amazing how ingredient prices vary depending on if the country imports or grows certain ingredients. Here certain things like tropical fruit can be expensive but in other places like Philippines, you homeland coconut for example is probably very cheap and even grown in your own garden. Appreciate your interest!!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      What a really wonderful ideas you have. This looks interesting but quite expensive here in my area. I'll try to have this on my list. Thank you for this .

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      Ah shucks . . . now you have me blubbering! Thanks soooooooooo much :-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Aw, what a sweetie you are Suzie! Thanks so much for the kind words. I've also learned so much from you. You're such a great member of the community and an awesome Hubber! Your Hubs just keep getting better and better--if that's possible! Have a great weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      So good to see it is a favorite fruit of yours! Next time you purchase them save a few for a face mask and see what you think! Thanks as always for your comments :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for popping by and commenting. Cherries are certainly a very healthy option which made me think they must be good on the skin too! I wanted to do another fresh ingredient recipe with summer here and more products coming into season. I have always believed in looking after your skin but exactly WHAT to use as changed with my interest and belief in making more chemical free alternatives or certainly cutting down. Thanks Rose for your votes and support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Natasha,

      A natural reaction when you see strong vibrant colored fruits, veg or even spices. It does not stain like beetroot or turmeric can on the skin so you are safe to give it a try. The warm cloth used for removing also is beneficial in preventing any chance of staining. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Wow, Suzie! So many nice recipes with my favorite fruit. I do love cherries but I have never thought of using them in a mask. A wonderful hub!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Excellent hub! Consumption of cherries in general is very healthy for your body. Your face masks look amazing and not complicated at all. I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin so I find your articles very insightful. (Voted up) -Rose

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I have such a fair complextion I'd be afraid to stain myself red permanently! I know logically that wouldn't happen, but that was my first through when I saw this hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi stacytm,

      Well if they are your favorite then you have to try them out! Have fun and thanks so much for commenting :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pinto,

      Many thanks for visiting and hope you give cherries a go soon! Appreciate your interest pinto :-)

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      stacytm 4 years ago from London

      Cherries are my favourite fruit!!! Will most definitely be trying this out :) Thank you!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice Suzie! This is really going to work well with all of us.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Billicious,

      Back to normal I see oh wise one! If Bev is willing to pour go for it! Somehow I seriously doubt you would sit there long enough for a drop to leave the glass! LOL

      Now to the subject of Mickster wearing a cherry mask, have you learnt NOTHING about my Mickster????? Here is a clue, better go the farmers market this weekend and stock up on cherries and goodies for homemade delights because Mickster (and I) rises to challenges!!!!! LOL

      BTW, he LOVES lippy so you may be making a lip balm sooner than planned (i.e NEVER)

      Oh how you will be eating your words . . . LITERALLY!!

      Appreciation and respect always :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well let's see: I love cherry smoothies....so how about I make one of those and then have Bev pour it over my head? As it is dripping down I can receive all the benefits for my skin....what say you oh Mistress of Facial Care????

      I will take this under advisement, Suzie! Maybe I should say, the day you post a picture of the Mickster with a cherry facial mask is the day I'll wear one. LOL

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      My desert Queen! I have to say the photo gets me every time, simply heavenly! Delighted you enjoyed the hub and like the sound of a few recipes. Decided to include a number as they are all so quick and easy to make. The video was something I fancied putting in as the fun factor and a bit of nostalgia (for those of us old enough to remember it!! LOL) down memory lane. Thanks so much for linking back to your gorgeous recipe and for the lovely comments. You are a hubber I have so much respect for and from whom I have learnt a great deal from.

      Cheers for all the thumbs up in votes, shares and pin - have a great weekend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Yep, 7 masks to keep it fresh and simple so enjoy when you get the cherries and strawberries!. Glad you appreciated the links to Rajan and Vespa, two of my favorite writers here. I hope you give Vespa's desert a go I drooled when she posted it and you would adore it! The video was some walk down memory lane! I could not think of a song with cherries and when this popped up I thought gotta include this one as I remember it well :-) I have used music videos in a number of hubs for a bit of fun as I don't have a video camcorder but it is on my list with a new camera (I stupidly dropped my excellent one MJ gave me :-( and have not been able to replace for the moment). I look forward to doing videos though in Italy in my outdoor kitchen (MJ will be building!) which most rural homes there have (along with an indoor one) as eating outdoors is the norm in good weather. Definitely take a trip to your farmer's market, we have here and I love going to big ones to buy homemade goodies and fresh produce.

      Thanks so much for all the votes, shares I appreciate your great support Kathryn!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      That is the beauty of cherries being small, always keep a handful aside to eat as you make and relax with your mask doing its magic on the skin! Cheers so much for the votes and share, much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Heather,

      So lovely to receive your comments and hear that you found useful - it really does make me smile! Thank you and have fun trying one out!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I had no idea that cherries were so beneficial to the skin. This is another great addition to your DYI skin care series. I like how you've adapted the mask to every different skin type...I want to try several of them! : ) I appreciate your warning about not overusing the masks and the links to your other fabulous Hubs for cleanser, anti-aging serum and other recipes. Thanks so much for featuring my cherry chocolate cake recipe! I'll link back to you. I had no idea that song is sung by a group called "Wild Cherries". What a cute addition to the Hub. Another beautifully formatted and informative Hub, Suzanne. Thanks so much! I've shared, pinned and voted it up up up!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I think I counted 7 different masks here, enough for every possible skin type and/or problem. Best of all, they use very few ingredients!

      The next time I buy cherries and maybe strawberries, I'll try either the anti-aging kind, or the rejuvenating variety.

      As usual, great hub, and wonderful idea! I like the photos, the link to Rajan's article (he is one of my very favorite writers, and he always does such a fantastic job), and also a link to Vespa's recipe, which I will check out next.

      I didn't know that the group that sings the above song is called "Wild Cherry"! It's clever of you to include that. I need to read up on using videos, because I don't have videos on any of my hubs, and I think they add interest to many articles.

      You reminded me that we have a Farmer's Market (or more than one, even) in Boston that is quite huge. Andy and I went there in the Autumn, and enjoyed buying fresh and inexpensive produce there. Now that the weather is warmer and he is (hopefully) done working on his "warm weather" car, maybe we can actually go there on weekends again.

      Voted up and sharing on HubPages and Google +.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I love cherries and would have a hard time not eating them. Voted up and shared.

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      LOVE this and am going to try one. Your hubs are so useful!