Raspberries are mid-summer berries, and since it’s mid-summer, it is the best time to enjoy this healthy treat. According to the recent research, red raspberries contain antioxidants such as Vitamins C, B, E, quercetin, and gallic acid. This mix fights diseases and has high rejuvenating benefits. Not only raspberries are well-known for health benefits, but also for the ability to improve skin elasticity and brightness. So, that’s why these berries are often used in natural skin care products, especially in exfoliating treatments. Raspberries are very beneficial for oily skin, but using them under moderation or mixing with other ingredients, they are perfect for all skin types, even for the most sensitive.
A few famous raspberry facial mask recipes:
1. Raspberry and Yogurt Mask – this is the most basic raspberry mask I know, very easy to make. The main point of it is that raspberries work as the skin astringent, while yogurt gives some extra boost in moisture and helps to even out the skin tone. How to make: squash about 8 raspberries and mix them with 1 – 2 tablespoons of plain, natural yogurt. I read lots of reviews where a blender is recommended, but I tend to do it the old-fashioned way and simply squash the berries with a fork. Apply on a clean, damp skin and leave for about 10 – 15 minutes (my skin is sensitive, so I leave it for 5 minutes). If your skin is not sensitive, you can keep it even longer, just under moderation. Rinse it off with warm water and follow with your face cream, if needed.
2. Raspberry, Yogurt and Honey Mask – modifications can be made to previously mentioned Raspberry and Yogurt Mask by adding 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Honey helps to keep moisture close to the skin, so it is very beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin. But, please, bear in mind, that this mask is NOT recommended for easily irritated skin and skin with rosacea.
3. Raspberry, Yogurt and Green Tea Mask – I love this one! I feel like my skin is revitalized and toned after it. How to make: 6-8 crushed raspberries, 1 green tea bag (I use Simon Levelt organic green tea with lavender), 1 – 2 tablespoons of plain, natural yogurt. Steep a tea bag in hot water for just a minute, let it cool a little then cut the bag open and mix tea leaves with raspberries. Add yogurt, stir and apply to your clean, damp skin for about 10 – 15 minutes (remember, 5 minutes if you have sensitive skin). Rinse off with warm water, use your face cream, if needed.
4. Raspberry and red clay mask – another very simple recipe for gentle cleansing and purifying your skin. How to make: mix 1 tablespoon of any clay depending on your skin type with water (I use my awesome ready-to-use Cattier Pink Clay Mask for sensitive skin), add crushed raspberries (about 6-8), apply to clean, damp skin and wash off after 10 minutes.
5. Raspberry, Honey and Oats Mask – I heard some excellent responses about this mask, but haven’t tried it myself. Since I avoid honey, because of some signs of rosacea on my skin, I might switch it to yogurt or green tea. How to make: 6-8 crushed raspberries, 1 tablespoon of soaked oats, 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Mix everything together and apply to clean damp skin. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes (again, 5 minutes if your skin is sensitive), rinse off with warm water and apply your cream if needed.
Have you tried any of these DIY raspberry masks?