The benefits of a DIY face mask for dry skin include avoiding harmful chemical ingredients and saving money by using ingredients you have on hand in the kitchen. If you have dry, sensitive skin, a homemade facial mask will gently clean the pores while providing natural oils and other nutrients.
Dry skin may result from dry winter air, sun and heat exposure, or dehydration every now and then. For some people, dry skin happens because the skin needs an extra dollop of moisture. Get pampered using these five fresh, additive-free natural moisturizers.
1. Honey, Avocado and Banana Moisturizing Mask
Raw honey fights pimple-causing bacteria. It’s also a humectant. A bit of honey on your skin actually draws moisture to your skin. Combine honey with potassium-rich avocados and bananas to make an ultra-moisturizing DIY face mask for dry skin.
This recipe feeds your skin lots of healthy vitamin A, moisturizing lipids, and amino acids.
- Raw honey;
- Ripe banana;
- Ripe avocado half;
- Natural coconut, almond, or lavender oil.
Mash the avocado half with the banana in a bowl.
Add raw honey a tablespoon at a time. To add moisture, mix a tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil to the mixture. For an energizing DIY face mask for dry skin, add a teaspoon of lavender oil.
Rinse your face with warm water. Pat dry. Apply the fresh facial mask to your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the mask gently with a soft cloth and warm water. Finish with a cold rinse to close pores.
For a lighter moisturizing mask, mix the banana and avocado with plain yogurt instead of oil. Yogurt enzymes reduce skin flakes and clogged pores while providing a heavenly moisturizing treatment.
2. Soothing Raw Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal has been a secret ingredient of mothers for generations. A bowl of oatmeal is hearty goodness in the morning but it’s a delightfully rich moisturizing mask for skin as well. Mix ground almonds, whole milk or fresh yogurt, and a little honey to gently plump and exfoliate dry skin.
- Scottish or Irish steel cut oats (uncooked);
- Raw almonds;
- Whole milk or whole milk yogurt;
- Raw honey;
- Coconut or almond oil.
In a Vitamix or other blender, grind a few tablespoons of raw oats. Steel cut oats offer greater nutritional value than quick-cooking or instant cereal oats.
Combine six to eight whole almonds. Finely grind the mixture to create a fine salt-like consistency.
Add a tablespoon of raw honey plus one to two tablespoons or whole milk or yogurt to the dry mixture. To boost the moisturizing potential of this DIY face mask for dry skin, add a teaspoon of coconut, almond, sesame, or carrier oil of your choice.
3. Wrinkle-Smoothing Egg Mask
If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles plus dry skin, try this DIY face mask for dry skin. Think of lemon meringue soufflé.
- Whites of two eggs (reserve yolks for cooking);
- Juice of a fresh lemon;
- Fresh mini cucumber;
- Brandy or rum;
- Sodium benzoate.
Juice the cucumber and lemon. Put aside.
Beat two egg whites in a bowl with a hand whisk or mixer. Add lemon juice one teaspoon at a time until the mixture is frothy.
Add one teaspoon of brandy or rum (whatever you have on hand), plus 1-1/4 teaspoons of sodium benzoate. Fold together with the egg whites.
Apply the mixture to the skin. Allow it to dry. Wash gently with a light cleanser for dry skin.
Make a little extra fresh cucumber or lemon juice to sip while you’re using this mask. Enjoy the at-home spa experience.
4. Moisturizing Mung Bean Mask
If you like the idea of a deep-cleansing as you moisturize, try this deeply soothing DIY face mask for dry skin.
- Two teaspoons of your favorite day moisturizer or night cream;
- One teaspoon mung bean powder (find at your natural foods market);
- Coconut or almond oil;
- Rose water.
Mix two teaspoons of your moisturizer with one teaspoon of mung bean powder. This will form a thick paste.
Add a few drops of warm water at a time until the paste takes on a mud-like consistency. Add a few drops of oil if desired.
Mist your face with warm water. Apply the mask. Let it dry for 10 to 20 minutes.
Remove the mask with a soft, wet cloth. Rinse well.
5. Papaya Alpha Hydroxy Mask
Smooth and hydrate your skin with a luxurious alpha hydroxy DIY face mask for dry skin. Papain, an enzyme in this tropical fruit, removes skin cells as it deeply hydrates the skin.
- Half of a small ripe papaya *for sensitive skin (It’s ok to use a green papaya otherwise);
- One or two teaspoons of plain yogurt;
- One teaspoon of raw honey.
Cut papaya into small cubes. Mash together with the yogurt.
Add honey to the papaya and yogurt.
Blend in a Vitamix or food processor until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Scrape from the sides with a small spatula.
Use your fingers to apply the papaya mask to clean skin. Don’t put the mask around your eyes or near your mouth. Remove the mask in six to eight minutes with cool water. Pat dry.
This is a real alpha hydroxy mask. You may feel it tingling in a few minutes. If your skin is very sensitive, do a skin test first.
Try a different DIY face mask each week. It’s perfectly fine to make a double batch for tomorrow. Keep your homemade natural face mask in the refrigerator. Enjoy a cool, moisturizing facial treatment in the hot weather or anytime your skin needs extra moisture.
If these homemade facial treatments don’t do the trick to resolve your dry skin, seek out an experienced dermatologist.
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