My skin this week has been very problematic due to stress, being sick, having poor sleep and maybe even due to the change of weather. I usually use products high in salicylic acid to control a breakout but I thought I would make a mask to use regularly so I don’t overuse skincare items that can be quite harsh on my face.
So first this is what I found out: salicylic acid is naturally occurring in fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Some of the foods with the highest amounts of salicylic acid are: almonds, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe and dates.
I happened to have blackberries so I decided to use that for my DIY mask. I also know that a good way to extract things from foods are by heating them. So I heated my blackberries and stirred them regularly so they didn’t burn. I then mushed up the whole fruit through a sieve to extract as much liquid as possible.
I also soaked some almonds for 1-2 hours in warm water and then removed the water and blended the almonds until I got a paste like consistency. I added my blackberry juice to this and I let the mixture sit on my face for 30 minutes.
I definitely feel like this helped get rid of redness and shrunk spots. I also liked this mask because it’s natural so I feel like it’s non-invasive to my already jam-packed skincare routine. This is also a very easy and cheap alternative to the ones that I usually buy, I will definitely use this again and I highly recommend for you to try it (test out on small patch of skin first).
If you do try it, please let me know what you think!