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Strawberries and Cream Facial Mask Recipe

Updated on March 12, 2013

Strawberries & Cream

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Ripe Strawberry

a healthy lifestyle combined with a balanced diet will have a direct improvement in the skin.
a healthy lifestyle combined with a balanced diet will have a direct improvement in the skin. | Source

Strawberries and Cream ~

The juicy red strawberry is far more beneficial to us than you may think. As a child I have great memories of picking strawberries with my grandparents in their garden come the early days of summer. It still remains a favorite fruit of mine to this day.

Simply served with whipped cream is hard to beat for the taste factor alone never mind the long list of nutritional and health benefits of strawberries.

The sweet, sticky aroma and flavor makes it incredibly popular as an ingredient in skin care, bath products, lip balms, lip gloss and perfumes.

The little strawberry is one of the most effective fruits to use in homemade skin care products and is available throughout the world.

Lets take a look at the benefits to the skin that lie beneath this versatile fruit before moving on to a quick and easy facial mask using only three ingredients.

Antioxidant Rich Strawberries

one of the best fruits to include in your five a day recommended portion of fruit and vegetables.
one of the best fruits to include in your five a day recommended portion of fruit and vegetables. | Source

Skin Benefits ~

Extremely rich in antioxidants, makes it a power house in slowing down the ageing process.

The skin is daily under attack by free radicals (nasty molecules that arise from the environment and from a poor diet) if we are not consuming enough foods high in antioxidants.

This in turn may lead to skin problems so by introducing the antioxidant rich foods into our diet and onto our skin will make for a healthier body inside and out.

The next big plus for strawberries is its high level of Vitamin C, commonly found in skin care products. Vitamin C is important in producing collagen, treating acne, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and treating blemishes.

Along with Vitamin C, strawberries contain Vitamins A, E, B6 and B12, Minerals and nearly every nutrient possible, hence why it is classed as a superfood.

Fruit of Love

 strawberries are an aphrodisiac and commonly associated with love and Saint Valentne's Day.
strawberries are an aphrodisiac and commonly associated with love and Saint Valentne's Day. | Source

Chemical Free Skin Care ~

Strawberries and cream make an effective facial mask recipe which restores a natural glow to the skin leaving it soft, renewed, hydrated and the pores deep cleansed.

Homemade face masks may seem like too much hard work but they take virtually no time

.By making your own facial products, you are eliminating harmful chemicals and toxins that are regularly used in cosmetic and beauty products.

Being able to use your own fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs or even nuts has become increasingly popular as more alarming information becomes widely documented on the use and effects of commercially used ingredients.

The scary fact is that there are many ingredients that are banned or restricted in Europe and Canada for example but have been passed for use in America without any restrictions. The importance of this is that the skin acts like a sponge and will absorb anything put on it.

Benefits of Strawberries ~

  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Eliminates Free Radicals
  • Reduces Under Eye Puffiness
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Natural Skin Exfoliant
  • Repairs Damaged Tissues
  • Promotes Collagen
  • Improves Skin Elasticity
  • Whitens Skin
  • Lightens Freckles and Age-Spots
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Soothes Sunburn

The Star of The Show

you only a small handful of ripe strawberries for a face mask recipe.
you only a small handful of ripe strawberries for a face mask recipe. | Source

Strawberry, Yogurt, Oatmeal & Honey Mask

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Bill’s Strawberries and Cream Face mask ~

This gentle but indulgent mask is suited for a dry skin but may be adapted by switching the cream with natural yogurt for Oily complexions.

The strawberries provide a mild exfoliation, removing all the dead skin cells, dirt and grime by deep cleansing the pores. This leaves the skin renewed, improves circulation, evens out the skin tone and texture leaving the skin soft supple and radiant.

The cream is a natural skin softener and adds moisture to a dry or dehydrated skin.

Honey is a known Humectant which locks in moisture to the skin keeping it nourished, smooth and rejuvenates a tired skin.

Ingredients:

5 Fresh Strawberries

½ tbsp Heavy Cream (Double Cream)

2 tsp Honey

Bowl

Fork

Face Mask Brush (optional)

Face Cloth or Face Sponge (optional)

Method:

  • Mash the strawberries in the bowl until smooth and add the cream and honey.
  • Mix the ingredients together to an even consistency.
  • Apply to a cleansed face with either a sterile facial mask brush or your clean fingers.
  • Apply from the neck upwards onto the chin and face. Avoid the eye area completely.
  • Relax and chill for 15 minutes. Pop a few cucumber slices on the eyes which will soothe and hydrate the delicate eye area and reduces any puffiness, particularly under the eyes.
  • To remove, rinse off with tepid water using your fingertips, warm face cloth or damp facial sponge.
  • Do a final splash with cold water to tighten up the pores and pat the skin dry.
  • Follow by applying your skin toner and/or your regular moisturizer.

Punets of Strawberries at Market

go for organic strawberries at the local market or many local producers sell them by the side of the road.
go for organic strawberries at the local market or many local producers sell them by the side of the road. | Source

Suzie's Tips:

  • If possible use organic strawberries and ingredients.
  • Always give the berries a light wash and pat dry.
  • All readers with sensitive skin should do a small patch test on the skin first as strawberries contain salicylic acid, a natural fruit acid which may be too abrasive. Any skin care recipes with citrus fruit in particular should be tested first as they may prove too harsh for sensitive skin.
  • Avoid using strawberries if you have sunburn it will only aggravate the skin.
  • Do not use if you have an allergy to strawberries without first consulting your doctor.
  • For sensitive skin or anyone allergic to strawberries, replace them with raspberries which are less likely to cause a skin irritation.
  • A facial mask brush is worth buying and great for applying all types of masks, particularly smooth or thin consistency facial masks.
  • No cucumber? Soak 2 pieces of cotton wool pads in rosewater, lavender water or cold chamomile tea, lightly press out excess and cover the eyes with it. They are soothing and hydrating to the eye area.
  • Treat yourself afterwards by making a bowl of strawberries and cream with a drizzle of honey to eat! No point excess ingredients going to waste, right?!!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am fascinated by the notion of putting edible stuff on the face.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi StylingsByLJ,

      Delighted you stopped by and added this information, greatly appreciated it. Organic is always what I recommend and I have made mention of the dangerous chemicals, toxins and other nasties frequently but equally I can appreciate budgets may be tight for many. I try to be honest in all my writing but I value your knowledge in the organic growing and it is good to know about the apple too. I will take note and look to amend any previous works I feel need it with your info, so thank you again. Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for commenting!

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      StylingsByLJ 4 years ago

      Hi Suzie,

      Using non-organic strawberries (no matter how well you wash them) would be a recipe for disaster since they are saturated with pesticides and no amount of washing would completely remove the pesticides. In fact, on the list of this year's dirty dozen, they rank second on the list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides (apples are number 1).

      Unless you grow them yourself without the use of chemicals, or buy organic, I would not recommend spreading non-organic strawberries on your skin.

      I realize you made note of this as well as the other ingredients being organic whenever possible, but, unless they are all organic I wouldn't put them on my skin. Our skin is a giant sponge and would absorb the pesticides (found in strawberries), hormones and antibiotics (found in dairy). It would be counterproductive to any nutrients these food items may offer.

      Although it may not appear so, I did enjoy this hub - very thorough and informative. I just wanted to add that tidbit as many people are not aware of the amount of toxins on/in our non-organic produce.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Marcy,

      So nice to receive your comments. Strawberries are a great skin ingredient used topically that are ideal in a face mask so hope you give it a try out when you have a few strawberries to spare! Many thanks for your interest I always look forward to hearing from you!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm afraid I'd end up eating all the ingredients here! But I can definitely see the value of using these to give your face a healthy glow. I knew strawberries were loaded with Vitamin C, but I hadn't thought of the antioxidant elements - good idea!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vocalcoach,

      How lovely to receive your comments here! I know the temptation to scoff the lot, believe me it is a desert I love, plain and simple! Hopefully you will get to sample this as it only needs a few sacrifices (less than 10 strawberries) thanks very much for all the votes, shares and pins so kind of you! Yep Bill is a great supporter and one i treasure also!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Many thanks, I know strawberries and cream is lush for our insides, I love it! As this recipe only needs a small quantity, it is good to forfeit a few for the wonderful benefits it has and now we are coming into the season, it is even more easily to do! Appreciate your interest, shares,pins and thumbs up! have a great weekend!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      The minute I saw your photo of the strawberries and cream I said to myself "To heck with the face mask, I sure would like a bowl of this to eat! "

      But then I looked in the mirror and it was clear that I needed the strawberries and cream on the outside more than the inside. :)

      Being a woman that usually gets what she wants, I'm doing both. Thanks Suzie for this delicious face mask and anything with "Bills" name on it comes with my seal of approval!

      Votes up, sharing and pinning to my board.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the awesome info! I voted up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a tasty looking Hub. I need berries and cream on the inside and the outside after seeing this.What a pretty Hub! Shared all around, pinning, and all votes up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rosemary,

      LOL . . . . nough said alright!! Glad you enjoyed this indulgent face treat which could be used in many creative ways for the so inclined! Appreciate your votes and sharing on, hope you give this a go in beautiful Hawkes Bay! I have such found memories from my time living in NZ!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      One more reason to love strawberries. What an indulgence, a face mask, delicious dessert and if you have a partner who loves strawberries and cream.... nough said.

      Voting Up and sharing

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Lovely to have you stop by! A day or two in the fridge in an air tight container is all I would keep it for as it is best applied immediately. It is an indulgent one that's for sure as it is so delicious for eating! Many thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      How long would this keep if I did not use all of it at one time. Sounds like a divine facial mask!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks very much for your comments, much appreciated! It is such a tasty face mask it is hard to resist!

      Appreciate your votes and pin!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Your was so right on! I want to try it, but I'm afraid it won't make it to my face as it goes past my mouth! It's good to know though; all the reasons why it's good for your skin. I especially like the part about using the rest as a treat. You are so very right; we would definitely not want to be wasteful! Yummy hub, voted up, and pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Cheers for that, Appreciate your support! :-)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and so very useful Suzie.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gypsy,

      Many thanks my friend! It is a toughy I know but just think of the glow it will bring to the skin . ...if that doesn't work eat it! LOL It will be healthy while you ponder on it some more!! Cheers as always!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. Wonderful tips on skin care. I was undecided whether to feel hungry or start thinking of making up a batch and trying it out. Passing this on.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      There are so many variables, varieties and mixes you can make for masks and other skin care products. Many ingredients will work well even on their own, including strawberries. Mashed up alone and applied is great for an acne prone skin. Cucumber works great for hydrating and reducing puffiness. There are endless possibilities! Glad you enjoyed!!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The scope of your facial mask articles is outstanding! There is so much information here. My mouth is watering now. :) I'm sure that one of the hardest parts about using a strawberries and cream facial mask is resisting the temptation to eat it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      LOL, yep Bill deserved his very own facial mask and what better than strawberries and cream?!! I look forward to his comments so much, he really ticks my boxes. Glad you enjoyed this luscious mask, it is hard I freely admit, to trying this out instead of eating it. The trick is to have enough of the ingredients to indulge in while your mask is "cooking" - then you get the benefits from internally too!! Thanks as always Kathryn!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Haha, I noticed you called it "Bill's Strawberries and Cream Mask". That is too funny! I always like hearing his responses to your article. He is a trooper.

      Now I am in the mood to eat strawberries.

      Thanks for another wonderful mask recipe!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks so much, This was an exclusive title i felt would be fun! It is really hard to resist this as i love the 3 ingredients for eating but . . . . .at least you only have to use a small amount of strawberries! Appreciate all your continuing support on these skin care recipes. Great to feel they are beneficial! Cheers for voting and pinning!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Good enough to eat for sure. I am sure everyone's first thought. Great hub and I love your beauty works. Keep em coming...Voting up and pinning.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You did notice the recipe was called BILL's Strawberries and Cream Facial Mask . . . . didn't you???? In honor of you my friend! Yep, that's the idea the lovely fruit and cream in a mask you could always remove from Bev yourself!!

      Many thanks Bill for insisting I submit your recipe into the mix! LOL

      Always a delight and pleasure!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So, let me see if I understand correctly. I should go out and buy some strawberries and whipped cream. I should put them on a plate and offer them to Bev....and then I should smash the whole concoction on her face and tell her how great it is for her skin? Did I get that correct? I would be in divorce court so fast it would make my head spin. LOL

      I'm sure glad you have a sense of humor and don't mind me stopping by.

      hugs

      bill