Strawberries are one of those foods that elicit childhood memories. Whether it be from picking wild strawberries or just enjoying a fresh bowl of strawberries with whipped cream. While they are delicious they eat, they also serve another purpose, as a brightening, cleansing face mask! Strawberries are packed vitamin C and are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which helps brighten the skin and exfoliate it. Below, we'll share some of the best and most popular strawberry face masks recipes you simple HAVE to try!
These strawberry face mask recipes are quick, easy, and even good enough to eat! A strawberry face mask is great for anyone with oily, acne prone, or combination skin. If you've got dry skin, you can still use a strawberry face mask, just make sure it doesn't dry out your skin too much, and only limit use to once a week. Those with combo/oily skin, can use any of these masks 2-3 times a week. For best results, try to use ripe strawberries, as they are easier to mash and blend. So how do you make a strawberry face mask? It's actually super easy so long as you have fresh strawberries. So easy in fact, it's a very fun project to do with your kids or a for a girls spa day!
Honey & Strawberry Face Mask
This honey and strawberry face mask is perfect for those who suffer from recurring acne and breakouts. Strawberries gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin, while the honey gets deep into the dermis to kill off bacteria and also moisture.
- 6-8 fresh strawberries (the riper they are, the better)
- 2 tbsp honey
In a small bowl, food processor, or blender, add the strawberries and the honey. Mash until a smooth paste forms and apply to dry, cleansed skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes to rinse off with warm water. Pat dry and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Strawberry Lemon Face Mask
This strawberry lemon face mask also incorporates a carrier oil to soothe and moisturize. The addition of lemon helps to brighten otherwise dull skin and also kill bacteria which forms breakouts.
- 6-8 fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp carrier oil of your choice, such as extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil
- freshly squeezed lemon juice – those with dry skin should use less, while those with oily and acne prone skin can use more.
In a small bowl, mash the strawberries with the back of a fork. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir until a smooth paste forms. Alternatively, you can also pulse all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Apply the strawberry paste to dry, clean skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Strawberry Yogurt Face Mask
This strawberry yogurt face mask is quick and easy to make, and the addition of yogurt helps to remove dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin. This recipe also contains honey, but you're welcome to leave it out if you don't have any!
- 6 fresh strawberries
- 1/2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 tsp honey
Place the strawberries in a small bowl and mash using the back of a fork. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir until a smooth paste forms. You can also dump all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Apply to dry, cleansed skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Strawberry Gelatin Face Mask
The addition of gelatin to this strawberry face mask makes it thicker, which means it goes on your skin easier and also gives it a really smooth texture. Additionally, gelatin also adds collagen to the skin, meaning it will help smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, as well as prevent them.
- 1 fresh strawberry
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp clear, non flavored gelatin
Use the back of a fork to mash the strawberry well and add in the honey and gelatin. Stir well until a smooth paste like consistency forms. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin, and leave on for 10 minutes or until you feel the mask starting to dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Strawberry Rice Flour Face Mask
This strawberry rice flour face mask works to slough off dead skin cells, and reveal super smooth and glowing skin. The addition of the rice flour acts as a natural exfoliant, so before you rinse off the mask, you should give your skin a little massage in slow, circular motions.You won't believe how soft your skin will feel afterwards!
- 2 large fresh strawberries
- 1/2 tsp freshly squeeze lemon juice – leave out if you have really sensitive skin
- 1 tbsp brown rice flour
Use the back of a fork to mash the strawberries and add in the rest of the ingredients. Then, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Open up the pores by placing a warm towel onto your skin for 5 minutes. Remove the towel and apply the mask. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Before removing, scrub the skin using your fingertips, in slow circular motions. Rinse off and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have sensitive skin. How often should I use these masks?
Every skin type is different, so there's no telling what an ingredient might do. For best results, we always recommend you test a small patch of skin before using. If you see an adverse reaction, stop using immediately. Those with sensitive skin though should not use a strawberry face mask more than once a week. After about a month, your skin will build a tolerance to the strawberries (which are high in alpha hydroxys so they might sting for a few seconds), so you'll be able to use it twice a week.
Can I use “bad” strawberries in a face mask?
Yes, you can use strawberries that are ABOUT to go bad in a face mask. In fact, they're even better, because they're very ripe and will actually blend easier into a face mask. Of course, use your judgement here – if you see mold, that's a no-no!
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries in a face mask, but we always suggest fresh strawberries. If you don't have any on hand though, go ahead and throw a few frozen ones in a blender and add the rest of your ingredients!
What else can I mix with strawberries to make a face mask?
The possibilities are endless! You can add just about anything you can think of, provided it's good for your skin. Think about aloe vera gel, your favorite carrier oil, or even another pureed fruit or vegetable would work great!