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A lot of DIY face masks look wonderful and moisturizing, but I wanted one that's specifically target for acne-prone skin. I've found that working out a lot = sweating a lot = weird skin breakouts sometimes, especially in places like, say, my forehead, which is often covered with a hat during runs. Hats are great for keeping me warm and protecting my head from the rain, but not so great for keeping my skin clear.
Per usual, my criteria was to keep things as natural as possible and to use as few ingredients as possible. I was happy to stumble across this DIY Stawberry-Honey Mask from healwithfood.org. That's right: Three simple ingredients.
First up: five strawberries. Strawberries contain salycilic acid, a key ingredient for clearing blocked pores.
After cleaning your face in preparation for the mask, wash and destem your strawberries. Cut them up and place them in a bowl.
Mash them up. Use a fork or potato masher.
Next ingredient: Lemon. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and skin-nourishing antioxidants. It also helps tighten pores.
Add the juice of a quarter of a lemon to your mashed strawberries.
Our final ingredient is honey. Honey locks in moisture and is also antibacterial. Honey also adds the essential stickiness we need to keep the mask together.
One tablespoon of honey is the final ingredient.
Mix everything together. Use your fingers to apply to your clean face. Warning: it gets messy. I applied mine with a towel around my neck as I stood over the sink.
Wait 10-15 minutes and wash the mixture off. Be sure to apply an oil-free moisturizer after removing the mask. To find out more about why this step is so important, read the full article at healwithfood.org.
So there you have it: an all-natural face mask made with three simple ingredients. I have to admit: I thought this DIY lifestyle would be a lot more difficult than it is. I could get used to this natural, simple way of doing things.