June 28, 2013

Easy DIY Patriotic Face Mask: Protecting your Skin from Harmful UV Rays

Michelle Pinto works at Skana Spa in Upstate New York and she was nice enough to want to share with my readers this easy, all-natural, do-it-yourself hydrating mask recipe to keep our skin nice and moisturized in the summer. Take it away, Michelle!

Perhaps you have noticed that Summer and the change in weather can reek absolute havoc on your skin. I find it can truly be a shocking affair for my delicate dermis!  Suddenly there is more exposure to the suns UVA and UVB radiation, more sweat means more dirt and oil trapped in the pores, elevated body temperature means blood vessels are working overtime to send more blood to the surface and cool you down, then you splashing around in the pool or at the beach and strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture; next thing you know, you are a red hot mess!  

I have found that attentive skin care during the summer months really pays off. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a “summer glow”, but damage from the elements, no thank you. By the 4th of July (and for us Canadians July 1st), summer is reaching its climax.  No longer just warm, it is hot, family and friends are gathering for BBQ’s, swimming and fireworks and a lot of pictures are being taken.  I want beautiful, hydrated and glowing, soft skin at our Independence Day BBQ! Is that too much to ask? I deserve to have control over my skin at this point in the summer and so do you.

Here is a great DIY hydration mask recipe from the experts at Skana Spa of New York resort, Turning Stone with some patriotic flair that might just save the day, or maybe at least save our skin for all of those photos with family and friends at the big Patriotic Day BBQ.

Red, White & Blue Face Mask
Ingredients:
• Plain yogurt
• Honey
• Mixed berries
• Lemon juice

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Directions:
1. Combine 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey, and pulse with a blender until mixed evenly.
2. Add 1/4 cup mixed berries and puree until smooth, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and mix until the ingredients are evenly combined.
3. Using your hands, slather this hydrating face smoothie all over your clean, dry face. Grab a book and let the mask sit 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

This all-natural recipe is safe from chemicals, nourishing for the skin and deliciously delightful for the summer months!  These mother nature inspired ingredients help brighten and care for the skin by delivering a healthy dose of antioxidants through the berries, by the way, blackberries deliver even more antioxidants than blueberries. For extra brightening, lemon juice provides fortifying vitamin C and natural enzymes with a fresh citrus scent. Yogurt is a great hydrator that will moisturize your beach ravaged skin while the honey is a mild antiseptic that gently exfoliates, promotes tissue growth, and seals in moisture. Voila, gorgeous skin at the height of summer!

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you try this mask out! :)
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