Take hold of what the earth is offering you this summer and create some of your very own at-home skincare remedies with blueberries.  From May to October, blueberries are in season and can be found fresh and ready to use in your local grocery store or farmer’s market.  Scoop up a bushel, peck or basket to exfoliate, fight the signs of aging and more. Use any extras for some weekend blueberry pancakes.

Loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals and environmental damage, blueberries also pack a punch with Vitamin C and A. You can repair your skin, scrub away dead skin cells and even whip up a refreshing eye mask.

Blueberry-Aloe Eye Mask

Ingredients: 1/3 cup cold blueberries (ripe is preferred), 1 tbsp. aloe gel (use it straight from the plant or from a natural gel).

Mash the chilled blueberries up in a small bowl and mix in the aloe. Apply around your eyes and lay back. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Your eyes and skin around them will feel renewed.

Blueberry Facial for Oily Skin

Ingredients: 1/3 cup ripe blueberries, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1 tbsp.  , powdered oats (you can grind up oatmeal), 1 tsp. ground almonds.

Mash the blueberries and mix in the remaining ingredients. Apply the mask to a clean face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Use once a week for a less noticeable shine on your face.

Blueberry Acne Face Mask

Ingredients:  ½ cup blueberries, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, ¼ tsp. turmeric.

Mash the blueberries, ripe is the best kind, and mix in the last two ingredients. Apply the mask to your clean face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water. This mask can be used once a week to help ease acne.

Blueberry Repairing Mask

Ingredients: 1/3 cup mashed blueberries, 1 tbsp. organic plain Greek Yogurt.

Using the mashed blueberries mix in the yogurt. Apply the mask to a clean, dry face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Mask will begin to dry a bit in the process. Take a warm washcloth and wipe off the mask.  This mixture helps to ease and repair sun-drenched summer skin and gently exfoliates it too.

Blueberry Skin Softening Mask

Ingredients:  ¼ cup ripe, mashed blueberries, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. oats, 1 tsp. lime juice.

Take the mashed blueberries and mix together with the rest of the ingredients.  Take this fragrant mask and apply it with your fingertips to your clean, dry face.  Scrub it on gently in circular motions.  Let it sit for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.  Skin is smooth and soft after each use.