The Power of Fruit Juice
Packed with nutrients, fresh fruit juice is great for making at-home skin care products like masks, toners, astringents, and cleansers. Below, you will find recipes for several homemade juice masks, as well as a homemade toner. These recipes are ideal for oily skin but also work for acne-prone, normal, and combination skin types.
While fresh fruit juice offers many benefits, it's important to remember that the acids in juice can make your skin photosensitive to sunlight. Stay out of the sun while wearing these masks (once washed off, it doesn't matter) and avoid using juice on sensitive, wind-burned, or sunburned skin. The acids can sting and dry out the skin even more. As always, you should seek professional medical treatment if you have any issues.
Strawberry Acne Mask
Strawberries are not only delicious. They can also be used as natural astringents. The juice contains a natural exfoliating acid that helps remove dead skin cells. Like most astringents and fruit juices, strawberries are best used on oily, acne-prone, and combination skin.
Strawberries are also a natural source of salicylic acid which is found in most over-the-counter acne medicines. This recipe is a good choice for people with acne.
This strawberry and lemon recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut the recipe in half for just you. This mask will keep 24-48 hours in a refrigerator.
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tsp honey
- 1 cup strawberries, de-stemmed
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until there are no clumps and the consistency is smooth. If you don't have a blender, you can mash up the strawberries with a fork and then add the rest of the ingredients, whisking them together. But a blender works best.
Smooth over face in a circular motion, allowing the sugar to exfoliate skin. Let it dry for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Refreshing Lemon Juice Toner
Using lemon juice on the skin is a controversial subject. Many skincare experts swear by the refreshing, antiseptic qualities of lemon, whereas others advise the juice is simply too harsh for the face.
We recommend using this recipe on the neck, back, and any area that suffers from oily skin. It's the perfect refreshing toner on a hot, summer day. And the witch hazel is a natural astringent which can be used on its own.
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
Juice the lemon and strain it. Add the witch hazel and stir together. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz on your face or chest, back and shoulders. Don't go out in the sun with the lemon mixture on your skin. You can also use a cotton ball soaked in the toner and apply to skin.
Lemon Whitening Mask
There's so much goodness in this mask. The lemon and yogurt both work as natural peels, while the honey nourishes the skin. Egg whites are a protein that helps strengthen the skin. I like to include a favorite essential oil because you can breathe it in as the mask cools.
- 1 egg white
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp runny honey (this means honey that easily pours. Melt honey in a warm bath or the microwave if need be)
- 4 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix ingredients together and smooth over face.
Papaya and Pineapple Glow Mask
Both papaya and pineapple are wonderful for evening out skin tone and leaving the skin glowing and fresh. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme which helps dissolve dead skin cells that tend to sit atop the skin. Pineapple also contains an enzyme that does the same thing called bromelain.
Both juices can lighten the skin a bit, so if you are in love with your tan, this might not be the mask for you. Definitely stay out of the sun with this mask.
- 1/4 cup diced papaya
- 1 tsp pineapple juice (not sweetened)
- 1 tsp cornstarch (acts as a thickener)
Put the papaya, the pineapple juice, and the cornstarch in a blender and blend until a smooth paste is formed. Apply the mixture to face and let it do its magic for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Peaches and Cream Facial Scrub
I had never considered peach juice for the skin until I came across an article touting its benefits. Mashed-up peach pulp can be super moisturizing and works on all skin types. This recipe calls for heavy cream, but you can also use full-fat yogurt.
- 1/2 of a medium peach, pitted
- 2 tbsp heavy cream or 1/4 cup of full-fat, non-flavored yogurt
- 1 tsp runny honey
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or flour (acts as a thickener)
Mash the peach into a pulp or throw it in a blender (my preferred method). Add the heavy cream and the runny honey. Apply the mask and let it sit on your face for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Raspberry Clay Mask
Many berries, including raspberries, are good sources of vitamin C. Raspberries also contain a small amount of vitamin A. These antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals, which lead to premature aging. Raspberries are also a natural sunscreen, so if you ever find yourself on an island without your SPF 50, you can smear yourself in raspberries.
If raspberries aren't in season, use frozen ones. Just make sure your raspberries are organic, you don't want to put pesticides on your skin.
This mask will leave your skin feeling super smooth. I love using fine almond meal flour in my masks, it's a great skin softener. But most people don't have it on hand, so I give oatmeal as an option.
- 1/4 cup fresh or thawed organic raspberries
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 tsp Bentonite clay
- 2 tsp fine almond meal flour or 2 tsp oatmeal
Mash the raspberries with a fork until smooth. Leave the seeds, they won't harm skin. Mix together the rest of the ingredients adding more water or clay as needed to create a spreadable paste.