Our weather has turned into a bit of a tease lately. We’ve been blessed with clear blue skies, blooming daffodils, and outspoken birds. Just when we think it might be spring, along comes a cold front to frost our lawns and ice our walkways.
I’ve been watching our grocery stores play similar tease games with their pints full of large strawberries. I’m just into the swing of great citrus and now my grocery store is trying to tell me its summer? While tempting, reading blogs like tana’s Small Farms has helped remind me to hold on till the real berries hit the markets.
With my supply of local organic frozen strawberries in the freezer, I’m able to tide myself over. Making strawberry facial masks is another great olfactory way to incorporate these great fruits into your day. The combination of eating banana ice cream while waiting for this mask to dry is out of this world!
Strawberry Facial Mask
adapted to be milk free from Janice Cox’s Natural Beauty for All Seasons
In her recipe preamble she states:
[strawberries] make an excellent skin-softening facial mask. A member of the rose family, strawberries contain salicyclic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries also have a mild bleaching effect on the skin and help heal blemishes.
For a single facial mask, thaw one whole frozen strawberry in a small cup in the microwave. Frozen strawberries are good to use for this recipe because they let off alot of juice when thawed.
Mash up the slightly warm strawberry to a pulp and stir in 1-2 Tbs of cornstarch to form a smooth paste.
Slather the paste on to your face and neck and allow to dry, 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.