Back to School Week! Strawberry Milkshake Masque for Acne & Teeth Whitener

Make a great first impression this school year. And I've got two beauty DIY recipes to help. Both recipes have strawberries, so if you're allergic, please avoid. There are also dairy products, so use caution. Let's get started!

T O O L S:
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2 c buttermilk or 1 container of plain yogurt (try Greek)
  • Fork & bowl
  • or mixer/blender for a very pureed masque

M E T H O D:
  • Cut off the strawberry tops & mash the remaining strawberries with a fork. 
  • Add buttermilk or yogurt and blend well. I like to use a small upright mixer to make it look more like a milkshake, with a thick consistency being best.
  • Apply to face or areas of face where needed and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off, dry gently, and apply moisturizer if needed.
  • Use weekly or as needed. Keeps for about a week in the fridge.
  • No buttermilk? Use yogurt or make your own buttermilk using 1 c of milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar mixed together.
  • The strawberries have salicylic acid, a common ingredient found in acne treatments. They're great for acne and for brightening skin.
  • The buttermilk has lactic acid, which softens and brightens skin.

Now that your skin is looking healthy, let's get those teeth whiter! You only need two ingredients. Here's how to brighten and whiten your teeth:

T O O L S:
  • 1-2 strawberries
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • bowl, fork
  • toothbrush (optional)
  • water for rinsing

M E T H O D:

  • Remove the tops of the strawberries. Mash the berries in a bowl.
  • Add baking soda and mix to a paste.
  • Apply to teeth with finger or toothbrush. 
  • Leave for five minutes.
  • Wipe off teeth and rinse with water--strawberries have natural sugars! You can also brush your teeth too.
  • Strawberries and baking soda are great at whitening teeth. Don't forget strawberries have Vitamin C and the acids help remove stains on teeth. No toothbrush handy? Use the strawberry top to apply the paste, as pictured below.


  1. confession: i would probably eat these before i can make the masque and the teeth whitener, haha! ;)

    <3, Mimi
    Win 3 kinds of truffles from The Madelaine Chocolate Company! :)

  2. You are so clever! And you put these DIYs out faster than I can try them. (That's not a bad thing.)

  3. How cool!


  4. Hi Elle, I am loving the new blog design, it looks so pretty! Wow, the strawberry masque sounds delicious enough to eat!

  5. Great ideas - especially the teeth whitening... but seriously how do you not eat this first :)


  6. Omg...I really, really love your new lay out. It's so pretty and fun! Perfect for your page :)

  7. Great DIYs! Natural, easy-to-find ingredients are always helpful. :)

    But I agree with some of the other girls- I'd be tempted to eat the berries before!


  8. Great tips. But honestly, I would likely eat the strawberries (or even worse use them to bake a pie) before making the mask or teeth whitener.

  9. hmm such a tasty way to get nice lips!



  10. Wow!! This seriously works??!

  11. knowing me I would eat the strawberries before I had time to make the mask. I love strawberries.

  12. great ideas....we've been eating a lot of strawberries lately. hope that aids in some way, too!!


  13. Love the new design!

    And I'm trying this TONIGHT! thanks for another great post love!

  14. what natural and yummy ways to use food for beauty :)

  15. what natural and yummy ways to use food for beauty :)

  16. AHHH I really want to try this DIY teeth whitener! It looks almost tasty though, minus the fact that there's baking soda in it!

  17. Love this and would have to take a taste while I was at it. Gosh I'm hungry now... :) xoxo

  18. I would have thought that strawberries stained teeth...So cool!

  19. I need to do that teeth whitening paste soon!

  20. oh wow..never knew about that natural beauty remedy! nice!


  21. I have got to try the teeth whitener!! And I LOVE your new blog design! So pretty! :)

  22. this is so smart! i've heard that strawberries whiten teeth and now i need to do this :) i seriously need to write this down - thanks girl!

  23. you make the best masks elle. will have to try!

  24. I never knew that strawberries can be used to whiten teeth! You have the most amazing ideas ! And I love a mask that you can eat too;) Susan


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