Blueberry Beauty—Spa Days at Home

I watched Willy Wonka over the weekend. Not that newer Tim Burton mess. Nah. I watched the classic, y’all. The Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder and the incredibly macabre songs. Yep. That’s the one. I just love those strangely sinister children’s stories a la Edward Gorey.  Anyway, I’d just gotten to the part in Willy Wonka when Violet Beauregard turns into a blueberry and I got all déjà vu all over again. I love blueberries, and when I was a kid, my mother used to say that if I wasn’t careful I’d turn into one. Ha!

I guess I proved Mommy wrong because I’ve been eating, drinking, and most recently smearing blueberries all over my skin and I still haven’t suffered Violet’s fate. Seriously, blueberries are the incredible, edible, antioxidant rock star of DIY beauty. Internal and external, that tiny purple giant is a beauty powerhouse. There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of blueberries that I couldn’t settle on just one, so I decided to share a few ways to reap their rewards with you.

For Snacking

Blueberries are an excellent source of fiber, they’re low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. They’re also jam packed with vitamins. So if you find yourself a little peckish between meals, grab a cup of blueberries and nom nom away. One cup of blueberries is an energy boosting and filling snack at just 84 calories!

For Breakfast

One of my favorite breakfasts is this super simple blueberry banana smoothie. Just blend together 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla whole fat yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/2 of a medium sized banana. Add a little ice to the blender to make it extra frothy.

For Beauty

Harnessing the antioxidant power of blueberries and coupling it with the antibacterial power of honey, this face mask is easy to whip up and the results amazing. In a blender, mix about 1 cup of blueberries, 2 tbsp raw honey, and 2 tbsp raw sugar. Apply this mixture to your clean skin and allow it to work magic for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Eat, drink, and bathe in blueberries, y’all! I promise you won’t turn violet.

Homemade Anti-Aging Red Wine Facial Mask

Remember when I put red wine and cherries in my yogurt? Mmm. Totally necessary, because wine for breakfast. Anyway, you know me, it was only a matter of time before I decided to whip up a face mask inspired by that deliciousness. Before you get concerned like you gotta plan an intervention for me, I have to tell you that wine is not only delicious, it’s actually really good for your skin.

Wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that fights signs of aging. I like to call it reverse-it-all because when applied topically, resveratrol virtually erases wrinkles and sun damage. You can read more about the benefits of resveratrol here.

The best thing about this beauty recipe is that after you make it and apply it to your face, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine while you wait for the mask to work it’s magic. Win-Win!

Anti-Aging Red Wine Facial Mask

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup kaolin clay (find it here)
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp oat flour

Directions

  • In a glass bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Apply to your face and neck
  • Let the mask dry (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Rinse with warm water

Just a couple of notes on this mask…

  1. I used CK Mondavi red wine because it’s what I had on hand, but I’m sure any red wine will do
  2. It felt a little drying to my skin the first time I made it so the second time around I added a little bit of honey and a little bit of plain, whole fat yogurt (I’m guessing about 2 tbsp of each, but I didn’t measure, I just tried to keep the same consistency as the original mask)