When I was growing up we were taught that if you ate three cherries a day it would give you enough Vitamin C for the entire day.
West Indian Cherry (also known as Acerola) is commonly used in beverages, however many are not aware of its amazing skin care benefits. This fruit is high in antioxidant properties, placing it in the ranks of blueberries and pomegranates!
In fact the seeds of the West Indian cherry have been widely used in skin care products across Asia and now you can make your own DIY face mask to experience the benefits.
Commercially, West Indian Cherry extract is made by drying the fruit and grinding it into a powder. Here you will be making a mask out of the fresh fruit. The benefits of West Indian Cherry for skin care are numerous. It acts as an anti-oxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage which combats the effects of anti-aging. It also increases moisture retention and brightens the complexion, so say goodbye to dull, uneven skin tone. West Indian Cherry also boosts the production of collagen which is essential for youthful looking skin.
This mask makes enough to fill an 8oz jar, fear not you can store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. It is safe for every day use and after three applications you should see visible results.
Vitamin C West Indian Cherry Anti-Aging Face Treatment
1 cup of West Indian Cherries
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon coconut oi/ moringa oil/ passion fruit oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon lavender
Blend cherries, glycerin, agave, coconut oil and vitamin E until smooth. If mixture is too loose add in 1 scant teaspoon xanthan gum and blend again for another 6 seconds. Stir in lavender
Directions. Using an applicator brush apply mask to face and leave on for an hour. Should you experience discomfort, remove with warm water and pat dry.
About the Author: Taymer Mason is a Barbadian trained microbiologist and food scientist. A self-described bookworm growing up she spent her days reading scientific books, writing poetry and painting. In 2010 the vegan chef wrote Caribbean Vegan which is being released as a second edition in November 2016. In 2006 she started making products for her natural hair using Barbadian molasses, wild hibiscus flowers and forest made island oils. This bilingual globe trotter spends her days writing cookbooks on veganism, marketing artisanal small businesses and creating new hair and skin products. For more beauty secrets check out www.taymermason.com