Saturday, July 9, 2011

DIY Berry Bliss

Excerpt from American Spa Magazine, July 2011 by Jessica Lyons

Strawberries are a decadent summer staple that taste delicious. But they also provide a sweet treat for the skin. “Just the mention of a perfectly shaped, fresh, ripe strawberry stimulates the senses,” says Joan Southon, spa director at The Spa at Mt. Hood (OR). “Strawberries contain salicylic acid that rids the skin of dead cells, makes pores smaller, and helps the face look brighter and shinier. They gently refresh and exfoliate the skin, remove impurities, and reduce redness and swelling.”

Blend fruit in blender and separate the juice from the fruit.

Indeed, it’s an ingredient that smells good enough to eat.  The fruit works as a cleanser and astringent. Additionally, it enables the skin to absorb more moisture and provides antioxidants to fight free radicals.

Use the meat of the fruit as a cleanser and exfoliator, working in gentle circular motions around face for 2-3 minutes. Rinse. Drench your face with natural strawberry juice to hydrate the deepest layers by soaking a clean wash cloth in the juice and applying to your face. Pat soaked cloth into skin. Leave on for several minutes. Rinse and apply favorite toner and moisturizer.

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