A post-Jubilee beauty treat!
If you have a glut of Strawberries and Cream you can make this Eton Mess Parfait:
Thank you BBC Good Food for the image and recipe, sounds Deeelish!
Then if you are not yet tired of strawberries and cream, why not put some aside to revive your skin and ‘feed your face’ in a different way!
You will need two-three strawberries, some double cream and egg white:
Strawberries are rich in Vit C, but also have a naturally exfoliating and brightening effect on the skin, so suitable for normal, oily and dry skins. The double cream contains lactic acid, again a gentle skin exfoliant but also lecithin and vit D, which are skin-friendly buddies for nourishing and hydrating the skin. Double cream provides a lovely tactile, rich creamy mask and feels luxurious on the skin. The egg whites provide a temporary tightening effect – so a mini uplift for tired, puffy screen sore eyes.
- Take two-three clean and hulled strawberries (organic if possible)
- Mash or blitz to a pulp
- Strain off excess juice
- Whip 2 tablespoons of double cream until thick
- Now add the drained strawberries to the thickened cream and combine
- Now attack the egg white, whip up a little until it thickens slightly but don’t make it into meringue!
- Apply a small amount of the egg white around the eye area, pat with middle finger – a little under the brow, following eye socket out and round to the outer eye where crows feet might appear (like in a crescent moon shape), avoid applying to inner corner of eyes.
- Apply the strawberry and cream mixture to the skin, avoiding eyes and mouth, you can take the mask under the chin and cover part of the neck too!
- Leave products on for 5 minutes.
- Rinse gently with warm water, pat dry and apply a fine layer of Jojoba oil in upward sweeping strokes.
- This is a fresh mask so use up immediately – apply to back of hands too if there is any excess
This basic recipe can be tailored in so many ways. I like to add a level teaspoon of ground almonds to the Strawberries & Cream mix, or if you are allergic to nuts add fine oatmeal instead. This gives a thicker mask and is helpful for a more physical, but gentle exfoliating effect; an extra bonus is that almonds and oats are quite soothing so helpful for dry/sensitive skins. If adding either of these ingredients allow the mask to dry for 8 mins and then gently rub in small circular motion around chin and nose to loosen the mask – these areas get very congested, then remove with luke warm water or a cooled herbal tea – such as green tea or chamomile! Pat dry and moisturise if necessary.
Voila – your skin will look more even, brighter and clearer.
Oilier or problem skins can use this mask twice a week, and you could add or replace the Strawberries with Raspberries.
Drier/combination skins can use as a weekly treat during the Summer – when soft fruits are at the best.
* Strawberry & cream on spoon picture credit: www.jonesandjonesfashion.com