Spring is already knocking on your door – warmer weather pleasantly invites to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, yet winter isn’t ready to leave.
Cold weather can be really tough on your skin, and the negative effects are long-lasting. Does your skin still feel tight and rough? Or even flaky?
It’s caused by dehydration!
Cold weather, blistering winds, and central heating during the winter season dries out your skin. It strongly affects people who are prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions, and even people who typically do not have any skin problems can feel tightness during the cold months.
Dry, peeling skin and chapped lips are signs of water loss – the low humidity in the air has a significant effect on your skin. It is difficult to prevent moisture loss due to harsh weather conditions, but despite that, you can help your skin to heal.
You can do wonders to the skin by using only simple ingredients found in nearly every kitchen. Oatmeal, banana and coconut oil sound like a healthy breakfast option, nonetheless, all these products can be used as a part of a hydrating face mask.
Depending on your skin problems, you can choose the ingredients and make a mask that works best for you.
It’s quick and straightforward, even if a bit messy.
See it by yourself! Here are five easy homemade face masks recipes:
½ ripe avocado
2 tbs. olive oil
Do you love avocado on your toast? Well, you can put it on your face, too!
This fruit will make your skin feel amazing – it makes the face smooth by locking the moisture in and, due to a wide range of vitamins found in avocado, it also reduces acne symptoms.
A dash of olive oil can provide much-needed moisture and protect your skin from further water loss.
So, how do you prepare the mask? It couldn’t be easier!
Blend an avocado and olive oil together, and just put it on your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes or until it dries up, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
However, be cautious and stick to high-quality extra virgin oil. It’s the most nutritious and doesn’t have added vegetable oils.
Banana Oatmeal Mask
¼ cup ground oats
1 tsp. lemon juice
Banana and oatmeal is my favorite combination for breakfast porridge, naturally sweet and filling.
But banana has benefits for your body when used externally as well – high levels of antioxidants help to hydrate your skin and can even improve its elasticity.
Moreover, oats and lemon brighten the skin providing a healthy glow.
How to make it?
Mash a banana and mix it together with lemon juice and ground oats and let it sit for 10 minutes. Put the mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Coconut Oil and Turmeric Face Mask
2 tbs. organic turmeric powder
3 tbs. extra-virgin coconut oil
You probably already know that coconut oil is not only a perfect ingredient for baking but also has significant benefits when used on your body.
It helps to restore skin’s moisture by gently hydrating. Moreover, it creates a thin coat on your skin that stops further water loss. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil works exceptionally well on dry skin by reducing the irritation and redness.
Turmeric acts as an exfoliant by removing all dead skin cells while calming the skin and helping to fight acne.
The preparation of the mask is quick and easy.
Melt the coconut oil, then mix it together with turmeric powder. That’s it! Now you should have a thick paste-like mixture. Apply it on your face and after 15-20 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water.
Cucumber Face Mask
1 small cucumber
2 tbs. olive oil
Fresh cucumber during a hot summer’s day helps you to maintain hydrated – more than 90 percent of its composition is water!
However, cucumber has many benefits when used topically too.
To begin with, it contains a number of essential vitamins that help to draw moisture to the skin. It’s also known for anti-inflammation properties – cucumber can reduce irritation and leave your face feeling fresh and soft.
Olive oil has anti-aging benefits – high concentration of squalene promotes cell growth and helps to restore the skin’s natural moisture levels quickly.
To prepare this mask, blend a cucumber together with olive oil. Apply it to your face and keep it for at least 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
If it seems too tricky, you can simply slice the cucumber and put it on your face for 15 minutes. For a completely fresh feeling, don’t forget to cover your eyes too.
Oatmeal Agave Face Mask
1 tbs. ground oats
2 tbs. natural agave nectar
½ tbs. lemon juice
Agave nectar serves as a natural sweetener and is a popular culinary alternative for honey due to its similarities in consistency.
But did you know that it also shares healing properties similar to honey as well?
When applied to the skin, agave nectar reduces the redness as well as treats acne and wounds. Moreover, it hydrates your skin and leaves it glowing and smooth.
Oatmeal also has great benefits – it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and reduces irritation. Lemon has antibacterial properties and helps with acne as well as brightens the skin due to high levels of vitamin C.
But be careful and don’t put too much of lemon juice, it can dry out the skin!
How do you make this mask?
Just mix everything together and let it sit for 15 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for another 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
As you can see, making your own face mask is really easy – after 30 minutes you can already enjoy your softer skin.
Most importantly, you know what you are putting on your face. You can definitely buy great natural face masks, but you will have to spend some time looking, and it most likely won‘t be as cheap as a DIY alternative.
At home, you can use simple ingredients from your fridge anytime you want and customize the mask to your individual needs.
P.S. Always test a face mask on a small patch of your skin and see if it doesn’t cause any irritation. You may not be aware of your allergies to some ingredients.