Winter weather can be very harsh on our skin. Snow and hail lash on sensitive cheeks and foreheads, cold winds chafe at us, and indoor heating systems can leave us dry and itchy. These face masks can do wonders for your skin. Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible, as the skin on your face is thinner than other parts of your body and can soak up toxins easily.
Below is a list of 7 DIY face masks that can help you keep your skin healthy.
Avocado and Honey Mask for Dry Skin
This is a great mask for dry, scaling and peeling skin because of the moisturizing properties of avocado and healing properties of honey.
- 1/2 a very ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Mash the avocado until it gets creamy, and then blend in the rest of the ingredients. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wipe your skin clean with a damp, warm cloth, or rinse your face with warm water in the shower.
Soothing Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal has a soothing effect on rough skin and can help the healing process from eczema and/or acne. Paired with honey and yogurt, it’s a calming and revitalizing mask for all skin types.
- 1/3 cup instant oatmeal
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt
Add the water to your oatmeal and stir for a few minutes until it’s plumped up nicely. Add the honey and yogurt, and put through a blender to smooth and combine it well. Apply the mask on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes, and then just wash it off with warm water.
Antioxidant Mask to Brighten Aging Skin
Papaya is rich in antioxidants, and its enzymes can help you get a glowing, healthy skin. Jasmin Fiore of The Deva Life swears by papaya masks as part of her healing regimen and sings the praises of this rejuvenating wonder-fruit.
- 1/2 of a peeled, seeded and sliced papaya
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
Mash the papaya in a blender until it’s mashed evenly, and then blends in the other ingredients by hand. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe or rinse your face with warm water.
Detoxifying, De-Puffing Mocha Mask
The caffeine from coffee grounds in this mask helps reduce swelling and puffiness while the antioxidants help slow aging, and the yogurt serves as a moisturizer.
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
- 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream
Blend all of the ingredients together to make the mask. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. After that, wash it off with warm water.
Brightening Strawberry Lemon Mask for Oily/Problem Skin
Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which is great for acne-prone skin. Lemon juice helps tighten pores and remove dead skin cells. Yogurt and honey have antibiotic properties, and this entire blend is not only good for your face but for your overall health as well.
- 1/4 cup mashed strawberries
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
Mash all of the ingredients together, but do not puree in a blender. You want this to be spreadable, not a liquid. Apply evenly all over your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe it off with a warm, damp cloth and then rinse with cool water.
Redness-Reducing Mask for Rosacea
Cold weather can cause reddened and blotchy, and sometimes bumpy face. The apple cider vinegar helps stabilize the pH levels of your skin while the oatmeal eases the irritation and the other ingredients soothe and moisturize the skin.
- 5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Strong-brewed green tea
Blend the first 4 ingredients in a dish, and then add 3 tablespoons of strong green tea. Stir regularly for few minutes while adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply the face masks on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wipe it off with a damp cloth or rinse with cool-to-warm water. Repeat twice a week for best results.
Soothing Manly Mask
This mask can soothe both razor burn and over-weathered winter skin. The yogurt acts as a moisturizer while the cucumber eases the redness and provides moisture to the dry and sensitive skin.
- 1/2 of a peeled and chopped cucumber
- 1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt
Put the cucumber through a food processor until it’s pulpy, and then mix the yogurt in by hand. Apply it on your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.