4 Beauty DIYs to Make With Your Leftover Cranberries

Updated 09/23/16

Cranberry sauce was always my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner (well, besides the pie, for obvious reasons). But, cooking/baking/making food that tastes delicious has never been my forte. So instead of helping out with the food prep this year (I'd just be in the way), I thought I’d pay homage to my favorite Thanksgiving dish by whipping up these beauty DIYs made with cranberry. They're great for getting smoother, brighter, prettier skin. But the best part: No taste test required!


Read on for 4 cranberry-inspired beauty DIYs.

Cranberry Yogurt Mask

This simple recipe combines the skin-brightening benefits of cranberries with Greek yogurt, which contains lactose enzymes that help dissolve dirt and grime and nourish skin. You can also add in a tablespoon of honey for extra hydration.

You'll need:
*1/2 cup pureed cranberries
*1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
*1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Mix all ingredients together, then apply the mixture all over your face (avoiding your eyes) and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cranberry Body Scrub

Get softer, smoother skin with this moisturizing homemade body scrub.

You'll need:
*2 cups granulated sugar
*1 cup cranberries
*1/2 cup coconut oil

First off, puree the cranberries. Add in the coconut oil and sugar, and blend until it's evenly mixed. Put the mixture in an airtight container to store.

Cranberry Exfoliating Face Mask

This recipe includes a bonus holiday feast leftover ingredient: sweet potato. They're rich in vitamin A, which makes skin glow and boosts the production of collagen and elastin for anti-aging benefits.

You'll need:
*1/2 cup boiled sweet potato
*2 tablespoons pureed cranberries
*1 tablespoon honey
*1 tablespoon brown sugar

Mash the sweet potato in a bowl, then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until fully blended. Apply generously over your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. As you rinse, rub in circles with your fingers to help exfoliate.

Cranberry Face Scrub

No time to sit around with a mask on? Try this DIY scrub instead. The cranberries brighten skin, while honey moisturizes and sugar gently exfoliates.

You'll need:
*1/2 cup cranberries
*1 tablespoon sugar
*1 tablespoon honey

Puree all ingredients together in a blender until they become a thick paste. Apply to your skin and gently rub it in to exfoliate, then rinse with warm water.

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