Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer

Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try these homemade skin care recipes, featuring ingredients like blueberries and cucumber, which are in season all summer long.

*Note: As with all skin products, do not use any of these recipes if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients, or have very sensitive skin. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or questions. In case of a rash or reaction, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.

Blueberry Smoothie Face Mask
Blueberries have been making headlines recently for being one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the fruit and vegetable kingdom. Antioxidants are compounds that help keep your cells healthy. Of 40 fruits and vegetables analyzed for their antioxidant activity by the USDA, the blueberry ranked No. 1 in the fruit category, earning blueberries the title "super food." And the antioxidants that benefit your body when you eat them can also benefit your skin when applied topically, revitalizing the skin and hastening healing.
  • Small handful blueberries, fresh (or unsweetened frozen berries, thawed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened plain yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons raw almonds
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to clean face, and leave on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Blue Oatmeal Face Mask
Blueberries pack antioxidants (see above), while oats gently exfoliate the skin.
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, old-fashioned or quick
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh (or unsweetened frozen berries, thawed)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 5 raw almonds
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to clean face, leave on skin for 15-20 minutes, or until set. Rinse with warm water. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cucumber Cleanser for Dry Skin
The following recipes call for organic cucumbers. Besides being sprayed with pesticides, conventional cucumbers are coated with wax, which may contain synthetic chemicals that you probably don’t want on your skin—let alone in your body. Organic cucumbers, especially the ones you can buy at your local farmers market, are free of pesticides and wax. In lieu of organic, peel conventional cucumbers to cut down on unwanted wax and chemicals.
  • 1 unpeeled organic cucumber, grated
  • Plain, unsweetened yogurt
Place cucumber in a bowl, and add just enough yogurt to form a paste. Wet face with warm water, and apply cucumber cleanser, in gentle circular motions, over entire face. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. If desired, allow to remain on skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cucumber Mask for Sensitive Skin
Cucumbers contain nutrients like vitamin C and caffeic acid, which help soothe the skin and can reduce swelling.
  • 1 unpeeled organic cucumber, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast (available in the bulk foods section of your local natural food grocery)
  • 1 Tablespoon rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Blend cucumber and yogurt in a blender until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients blend just until mixed. Apply to clean face and leave on skin for up to 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Aloe Vera Gel
Although the juice and gel of aloe vera can be consumed, aloe vera is not usually considered a food. But the gel of this desert plant is a super-beneficial substance, especially for sun-exposed skin. You don't have to buy bottles of aloe from the store, though. The plant itself is hydrating, healing, and very easy to use. Simply buy a small aloe vera plant, keep it in a sunny window, and water it when it gets dry. After you cleanse your skin in the evening, break off a small piece of the plant, open it up to find the gel, and pat it onto your skin.

Remember that no matter how nourishing and revitalizing these homemade skin care products are for your skin, nothing can completely undo the damage of too much sun, so always wear sunscreen when you’re going outside.
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Member Comments

Great! Report
Love the beauty tips ideas during summer, Thank you so much for valuable homemade suggestions on beauty. Surely gonna try this out.
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I am natural. Don't use anything on my face far as chemical goes. Report
I have heard blueberry masks can stain the skin. Did they try these first? Just curious. I read an article elsewhere where the blueberry mask was a fail because of this. Just warning in case you try it!
I do love natural products. Report
It's goes against the grain to rub food all over our bodies when people are starving in other countries. Report
I like the cucumber mask for sensitive skin.... Report
i love blue berrys i have a punnet in the freezer at all times and will snack on a handfull often. Report
I don't like the feel of blueberries in skin products.

I do make scrubs from salt, sugar, honey, and a few drops of essential oil. A treatment for soft skin is heavy cream, whipped, and then drizzle in fresh lemon juice. Not only will it make your skin soft, but the lemon juice will make your skin brighter.

My face cleaner is a mix of castor & almond oils. I apply it in the shower and then use a hot cloth over my face...this draws out the impurities. I've never had smaller pores or softer skin. Report
Yeah I agree I would rather have eaten some of these- not to mention what you EAT affects not just your health but also your appearance.... Report
I love to put the cucumbers in the freezer and almost freeze them (just till their a bit stiff) and then put on my eyes. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh feels so good! Report
Like the other commenters, I would more likely eat these ingredients! Report
sounds like a waste of good food . . . Report
I come home from blueberry picking with purple stained fingers every time.... Wouldn't the blueberries turn your face purple too? I guess maybe next time I get some that are a little too ripe for optimal snacking I could try wearing them, but honestly, I'd rather eat them. Yum!
A summer lede in a story running in November? Seriously? Report
I don't think I'll be using the blueberries at all first because they're really expensive (organic blueberries) second I think it's a waste of a perfectly good snack, lol. I'll stick to my Beauti Control products for my face. ...I may have to try the oatmeal though. Report


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Liza Barnes
Liza Barnes
Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.