You guys, cranberries are my ultimate favorite right now! I recently did some serious research on the benefits of cranberries, and let me tell you… cranberries. are. awesome. I literally eat at least one handful of them daily (usually in my delicious vanilla-cranberry breakfast smoothie)! Knowing all the nutritional benefits, it seems only natural that I would want to put them on my face, right?! Am I the only one who thinks like this? Our skin is our largest organ after all, and readily absorbs the good (and bad) that we put on it! That’s why I came up with this DIY face mask, with the star (of course) being Cranberries… along with other key ingredients (honey, gelatin, & lemon juice) which I will get to!
Here’s a breakdown of the benefits of cranberries for quick reference, and the rest of the reasons why this mask is extra awesome…
- Antioxidant-Rich (second only to blueberries!) – helps to reduce signs of aging and prevent disease
- Anti-inflammatory – helps to reduce swelling and redness from acne and other skin issues
- Anti-aging – the antioxidants and other phytonutrients in the cranberries lend a hand for fighting the signs of aging, and the gelatin also gives facial tone a boost
- Acne-fighting – the subtle exfoliation of the lemon and cranberry help to remove dead skin cells that can increase blemishes, plus the honey has antibacterial properties to fight bacteria on the skin
- Complexion-smoothing – a gentle acidity helps to get rid of dry skin on the surface, and honey and gelatin help to moisturize and smooth the skin on a deeper level
For a more in-depth look at the nutritional health benefits cranberries have to offer, check out my Real Remedies post on Cranberries here.
DIY Face Mask with Cranberries
1. Puree cranberries as best as you can in high-powered blender (I used my Ninja for this).
2. Add in the lemon juice, gelatin, & honey and blend until completely combined.
3. You will probably have to stir a little bit more after the blending process.
1. Cleanse face before applying mask.
2. Apply mask to face (it may be a little drippy, but apply as thick as possible).
3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness). You will feel the mask begin to tighten.
4. Gently rinse mask off with a washcloth, and pat face dry.
5. (Notice how clean your face feels, and just a little bit of tightening?) Apply moisturizer to seal in the goodness… I personally like using my tallow facial cream)
*The best part… you get to eat the leftovers! 😉 No joke… it’s really good! Tart, but good! You could also store it in the fridge and use it in your next smoothie. 🙂
FYI, the mask is a little creepy to a two-year old… maybe you can try to do it during nap time, instead of like what I did and almost had my son in tears because he couldn’t figure out what was all over momma’s face!