Cherries not only make delicious Valentine’s Day desserts; they also make delightful ingredients for a DIY cherry mask. In fact, cherry offers many beauty benefits. In recent years, cherries and cherry extract have exploded onto the skincare market, appearing in cherry face masks, serums, and other skin potions.
But after discovering cherries’ skin-healing powers, it’s easy to see why. Cherries contain oodles of nutrients that fight acne and aging, making them your skin’s fiercest allies.
Now, cherries might not cure acne or erase 20 years, but they do have their perks. And a DIY cherry face mask can help.
Better yet, cherry contains polyphenols and vitamins A, B, C, and E. These nutrients protect and hydrate your skin, fight redness and wrinkles, improve skin tone, and brighten tired skin.
So read below to learn how you can add cherry to your skincare routine. Then make the DIY cherry mask for acne or aging below.
Cherry Skincare Products for Acne and Aging
Although many skincare products contain cherry, you might not see it on the labels. According to Elle Magazine, you’re more likely to see cherry listed as acerola or Prunus Serotina, another term for wild cherry extract.
Cherry isn’t only for dry skin, though; it works for all skin types. However, in her interview with Elle Magazine, Aesthetic and Dermatology Nurse Emma Coleman says the trick is to find the right cherry skincare products for your skin type.
Coleman recommends rich, creamy cherry moisturizers for dry skin and lightweight cherry serums for oily or acne-prone skin.
Farmacy’s Very Cherry Bright Serum ($62) is one cherry skincare product to try. Made with acerola cherry extract, hyaluronic acid, and 15% vitamin C, Very Cherry serum fights inflammation and brightens your skin.
To boost radiance, you can also pair this cherry serum with a DIY cherry mask or Farmacy’s Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask ($41).
However, hyaluronic acid hydrates skin and locks in moisture, and vitamin C brightens skin and boosts collagen. Together, these ingredients make a powerful anti-aging team.
To use, apply the cherry serum morning and night. Visit Sephora for details.
Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum ($33) is another way to fight aging and get your skin glowing.
This nutrient-rich serum contains acerola cherry, black currant seed oil, and 11 other berry extracts to hydrate skin and restore — or preserve — skin’s radiance. In addition, this serum protects against free radical damage and fights inflammation.
To use, apply morning and night. See the website for details.
DIY Cherry Masks for Acne and Aging
A DIY cherry mask is another fun way to add cherry to your beauty routine.
These DIY cherry masks brighten and revive your skin, and they take just a minute to make. Make an anti-aging or anti-acne DIY cherry mask, depending on your skin type.
DIY Banana Cherry Mask for Dry Skin (Anti-Aging)
To make this DIY cherry mask, all you need is a ripe banana, some cherries, and Manuka honey. You can use any type of cherries you like, but tart cherries do contain the most antioxidants.
However, blend all the ingredients, apply the cherry mixture to your skin, and rinse after 20 or 30 minutes.
Cherry brightens skin and calms inflammation, banana hydrates, and honey nourishes and boosts hydration. Use this DIY cherry mask twice per week for best results.
DIY Cherry Oil Mask for Dry Skin (Anti-Aging)
Another option? Make a cherry face mask with cherry kernel oil. Use cherry kernel oil alone as a serum, or mix it with grapeseed or argan oil to soften and hydrate dry skin.
However, cherry kernel oil is a powerful anti-aging remedy. According to the all-natural skincare line Naturally Thinking, cherry kernel oil is rich in vitamin A and essential fatty acids.
Vitamin A improves skin’s texture and tone, while essential fatty acids hydrate skin, strengthen your skin’s barrier, and lock in moisture. All these actions keep your skin looking youthful as you age.
Visit Naturally Thinking to learn more about using cherry oil for your skin.
DIY Cherry Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
To make this DIY cherry mask, all you need is Manuka honey, a banana (optional), a few cherries, and a tablespoon of yogurt. Remove the cherry seeds, mash the cherries in a bowl, add yogurt and honey, apply to your skin, and rinse after 20 to 30 minutes.
Cherries brighten skin and fight inflammation, and yogurt contains exfoliating lactic acid and acne-fighting antibacterial agents. In addition, Manuka honey blasts bacteria, helping keep skin smooth and clear. Use this DIY cherry mask once per week for best results.
Cherries make nourishing additions to your skincare routine. So, try the cherry serum or whip up a DIY cherry mask to fight acne and aging and brighten your skin. Use the DIY cherry mask twice weekly for dry skin and once weekly for oily or acne-prone skin. Then, the more often you use the masks, the brighter your skin will look.
Now, enjoy your DIY cherry masks—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips! Next, see three pineapple beauty products you can use to boost your glow.
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Note: The ideas here do not replace your doctor’s advice. Talk to your doctor before trying new products or starting a new skincare routine. Also, wild cherry can be toxic in large amounts, so use caution when consuming it as a food, drink or supplement (WebMD).
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