Every type of skin comes with its own share of problems. Those of you familiar with the discomfort dry skin causes are also aware of its tendency to flake easily, of its loss of radiance and overall unhealthy appearance. The homemade facial masks using nothing but natural ingredients from your kitchen are the best way to add moisture and a fresh-looking glow to your dry skin, without burdening it with the chemicals and preservatives often found in the commercial facial products we spend our money on.
After the break, we introduce you to 5 homemade face mask recipes for dry skin that use only organic ingredients you can find in your pantry. Mix, stir and get ready to fully restore your skin’s healthy glow and moisture.
Aloe vera and avocado face mask for dry skin.
Hydrating and softening the dry skin, this aloe vera and avocado face mask makes the best use of those super-moisturizing and healthy ingredients your dry skin begs for:
- 2 tbs aloe vera gel
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbs runny honey
- 1 teaspoon almond or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tbs dry oatmeal
How to use: Start by cutting up the avocado into tiny pieces, and mash them in a bowl with a fork, creating a smooth paste without lumps. If it’s easier, you can also puree the avocado using a food processor or a blender. Add the aloe vera gel, the runny honey (you get the runny consistency by heating the honey for a few seconds in the microwave), the coconut oil and oatmeal, and mix everything together. Apply the mask to your freshly washed skin, allowing it to sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and a warm washcloth. On your still-moist skin, apply your favorite moisturizer.
Papaya and strawberry face mask for dry skin.
Probably just as delicious as it sounds, the papaya and strawberry face mask promises to use its loaded pack of vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate, improve, tone and rejuvenate your complexion:
- 2 large, fresh strawberries
- 1 cooked peach
- 1/2 ripe papaya
- 1 teaspoon organic honey
- 1 tbs oatmeal
How to use: Place the strawberries, the peach, the papaya and the honey in a blender and mix until all the ingredients form a smooth paste. Stir in the one tablespoon of old fashioned oatmeal, adding a little at a time, until the ingredient blends well into the paste. Apply the face mask on the clean skin, using your fingertips to gently massage the paste in circular motions, and leave it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the papaya and strawberry mask with lukewarm water and finish off by applying your everyday choice of moisturizer.
Coconut face mask for dry skin.
Seeing how the coconut oil is such an excellent natural moisturizer for dry skin, you won’t be too surprised to find it building the foundation for many natural face mask recipes, much like the one below:
- 2 tbs virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 of a small, ripe banana, mashed
- 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
How to use: Using a fork or a spoon, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Use your fingertips to evenly apply the mask to a clean face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water and a washcloth, followed by a cool water splash to close up your pores. Pat dry and moisturize.
Carrot and coconut oil face mask for dry skin.
Carrots are a natural antiseptic, full of Beta-carotene and iron, helping reduce blemishes and moisturize dry skin. Combined with the super hydrating coconut oil, it becomes the dry skin’s best friend, especially when used as it follows:
- 1 carrot, washed with top removed
- 1 tbs organic coconut oil
How to use: Roughly chop the carrot into 5 chunks or more. Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a sauce pan. Add the carrots, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and steam for about 10 minutes. After draining the water, add the carrots to a food processor or blender. Add the coconut oil and blend until the puree becomes smooth. Apply the mask to your face, after having previously washed it with olive oil, avoiding the eyes and the mouth. Allow the mask to sink in for about 15, 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Instead of a moisturizer, finish off the process by applying a little coconut oil or olive oil to your face.
Moisturizing orange face mask for dry skin.
This face mask recipe promises to add moisture and radiance to your dry skin using the zinc and antioxidants from orange juice, the moisturizing effect of yogurt and honey’s natural antibacterial constituents:
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal
- juice from 1 whole orange
- 3 tbs plain yogurt (Greek yogurt is ideal)
- 2 tbs honey
- 2 teaspoons dried orange peel
How to use: Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until you get a well-mixed, thick paste that will stay on your face. If the paste is too runny, you can always add extra oatmeal to thicken it up. Lay the mask onto your freshly washed and pat dried face in an even layer, being careful to avoid the eye area. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water and pat dry.
Particularly during summer, where skin is wont to get dry, these masks will keep your face hydrated and soft. While you’re at it: here are some DIY hair masks, also using all-natural ingredients.