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Berry nice! Make your own anti-ageing face mask

Vitamin C is your secret weapon when it comes to health AND beauty. It’s an essential element in any detox, to help the body and skin fight free radicals and nasties in food, the environment and all the sun’s rays. It aids cell repair and skin regrowth, helps boost bones and keeps you looking radiant.

As well as a multi-vitamin, berry infused recipes and treatments can help you fight the hands of time.

Love Fresh Berries has teamed up with dermatologist and skin guru Abigail James to describe the benefits of berries.

Vitamin C: “This is a mega anti-oxidant and great when eaten and applied topically to the skin. Our bodies constantly need Vitamin C to be replaced as we don’t create it ourselves in the body. It’s essential for a healthy immune system, growing and repairing tissue, wound healing, healthy bones, strengthening blood vessel walls, staving off damage from the sun’s harmful rays and is an essential ingredient to help support pigmentation issues, too.”

Vitamin K “prevents our arteries from calcifying and supports the blood clotting process, all essential parts of maintaining a healthy circulatory system. If our circulation is working well, our skin is being fed by fresh nutrients and oxygenated blood efficiently from our internal circulation supply.”

Vitamin A “is essential for boosting cell turnover, which helps combat the ageing process, reducing the appearance of acne, pigmentation, fine lines… the list goes on.”

What’s more, there are many minerals in berries to aid healthy skin formation and collagen production. Magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, iron are all found in different strengths across berries and can balance out oily skin, too.

Try this at-home facial tonight and wake up to fresh, berry nice skin. Keep packs of frozen berries in the freezer and you can make this weekly treat a budget friendly part of your beauty routine.

Mixed Berries Ultimate Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small strawberries
  • 4 blackberries
  • 8 blueberries
  • 7 raspberries
  • 2 heaped tablespoon oats
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 large tablespoon yoghurt
  • 1 table spoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground almonds (optional)

This mask is the perfect blend of ingredients to brighten (it will give a radiance!) with the Strawberry AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) which has a brightening and exfoliating effect. There is an amazing blend of antioxidants from all the berries especially with the high levels of Vitamin C and A. There is also Vitamin K for supporting blood vessels, an amazing blend of essential minerals for skin health, notably magnesium, zinc and potassium.

Oats give a soothing and healing benefit when applied topically to the skin, honey has incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and healing properties, and natural yoghurt for its probiotic effect balancing the skin acid alkaline balance and soothing benefits. Coconut oil acts as a beautiful skin hydrator with nourishing, anti-inflammatory rich oil, packed with vitamin E, an oil soluble antioxidant along with ground almond which is also rich in antioxidants. Natural oils give a mild exfoliating effect along with the slightly softer oats to further smooth and refresh the surface of the skin.

How to:

Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and blend for 20 to 30 seconds until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Apply with your hands (it can be a little messy). Natural fruit acids in this mix may cause a mild tingling sensation. Massage over the face and neck, to work the mask into the skin and activate the exfoliating properties, avoiding the eye area. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes, remove with a warm damp flannel or cloth.  The skin can feel zingy and has a lovely glow afterwards.

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