What is your skin saying? Is it complaining of flaking, peeling and cracking? These problems cause a lot of grief especially in the winter months and may cause premature aging, pigmentation and visible capillaries. The first step to control dry skin is to hydrate it well. Stay away from soap, harsh cleansers or alcohol based beauty products that strip the skin of essential oils. Apart from the regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine, a great way is to apply face masks that provides intense moisture.
You’ll be surprised to find some exotic recipes for masks coming out of your own kitchen. Use these special masks twice a week and see the difference!
The moisturizing and vitamin mask: One mashed kiwi fruit, a dash of yogurt and a bit of potato starch instantly lights up your skin. Mix all these ingredients to the consistency of sour cream and leave on for 15 minutes. Then wash off with a decoction of green tea and parsley or some chamomile tea. The kiwi provides the vitamins, the yogurt lends the moisture and the potato starch helps to tighten the skin. The green tea rinse is rich in anti oxidants and soothes the skin.
The intense moisturizing mask: Soft creamy avocados and warm golden honey come together to make an intense moisturizing mask. Mash half an avocado and gently stir in 1/4th cup of honey to make a smooth pulpy paste. Apply on your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with some chamomile tea and rub a rose water ice cube for that extra glow. Follow it up with a moisturizer meant for dry skin giving your skin the spa facial feel.
The revitalizing mask: Oranges and tangerines are delicious to eat and have amazing cosmetic and medicinal properties. These fruits are very high on Vitamin C and P, mineral salts and pro vitamin A, all of which help in improving and rejuvenating the skin. Air-dry the orange peel and grind it to powder. Add 1 teaspoon of this powder with 1 egg yolk and add another teaspoon of sour cream. Leave this mask on for 15 -20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Follow up with a light moisturizer.
Homemade facials are a great way to get that much desired glow. Homemade face masks are less expensive than the commercial ones. They are a healthier option being free from chemicals and preservatives.
What’s your secret recipe for a dry skin mask? Comment and tell us!