During the chilly winter months, the cold, dry air can make your skin feel flaky and dehydrated. Restore its natural moisture with one of these homemade face masks. Each recipe contains moisturizing and fragrant ingredients for an enjoyable experience that will leave you looking and feeling fresher.
Yogurt and Ginger Mask
Yogurt and olive oil are packed with moisture, and ginger contains important antioxidants that will increase blood circulation to your skin, promoting a fuller, more youthful appearance. This is a good mask to use if you are also prone to acne, since it helps clear out clogged pores.
To make this face mask, combine the following ingredients in a small bowl:
- 2 tablespoons plain, organic yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated finely
Wash your face thoroughly, and then apply the mask. Leave it in place for 5 - 10 minutes, and then rinse your face with clear water.
Honey and Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal is a classic ingredient in products designed to moisturize dry skin, but why buy an oatmeal mask at the store when you can make your own at home? A sprinkle of cinnamon gives this mask a wintery scent and also helps increase circulation by warming up your skin. Don't use more than a small sprinkle -- the mask may burn.
For your homemade honey and oatmeal mask, combine these ingredients in a small bowl, and stir well:
- 2 tablespoons plain, instant oatmeal
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 small pinch or sprinkle of cinnamon
Wash your face, and then apply the mask. This mask is messy and tends to drip, so you may wish to sit in a bath while it works its magic. Leave it on for 10 - 20 minutes for best results.
Cucumber Lime Mask
Citrus fruits like limes are full of antioxidants to help heal damaged skin. Cucumber also helps brighten your skin's appearance. This light mask is a nice one to use in the morning when your skin and mood need a quick pick-me-up. The refreshing scent will remind you that spring is just around the corner.
Combine the following ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth:
- 1 1-inch section of cucumber, with peel
- 1/4 of a fresh lime
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
The mask will be runny. Apply it to your clean face with a sponge or large makeup brush, and let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes, or until dry. Rinse it away with clean water, and wash your face with a mild soap before applying makeup.
Treating yourself to a face mask once or twice a week is a great way to pamper your skin and enjoy a little relaxation. With these mask recipes in your arsenal, the cold wind won't stand a chance of ruining your skin this winter. For more information about skin care, contact Waccamaw Dermatology & Plastic Surgery LLC or a similar location.