Is your skin more prune than plum these days? Do you wish you could regain a bit of that youthful elasticity of your younger years? Are you wondering how to counteract dry skin when even the weather seems to be working against you? If dry Summer days are getting you down, don’t waste another minute worrying. That furrowed brow needs a mask with some moisture! Sometimes we forget that weather changes can wreak havoc on our skin’s health. All it means is that we must step up our game and double down to defend our skin.
In addition to making sure we’re drinking healthy helpings of water and consuming food that is rich in nutrients, fatty acids and the like, we may need to pay more attention to our beauty routine.
The skin you live in doesn’t ask you to pay rent, but it does expect a little something in return for all that work it puts in protecting you from the elements, and you know, just being the largest organ in your body (you’re welcome for that fun fact that you can use to trick the kids!). Our skin does so much for us, so the least we can do is remember to exfoliate, moisturize, and tone. Every beauty regimen needs to include these elements, and you can adjust as necessary to deliver the desired results.
When the wind kicks up, or the air seems to suck the moisture right out of you, try one of these 6 simple solutions. These are the best homemade face packs for dry skin this summer:
1. Sweet Green Moisturizing Machine Face Pack
You love it on trees, you love it on toast, now it’s time to try some on your skin! It’s the delicious, green, giving machine: the avocado. If you’re not a fan of the taste, first of all how in the world?, and second, no worries! Your skin can still soak it all in, and you won’t even consider it a waste of a meal. And if you do love it, then you’re free to accidentally eat a bit before it makes it all the way into the mix. Maybe it’s best before you add the honey, unless you’re into combining the savory and sweet. Either way, these ingredients are great for your face.
Simply combine a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of avocado oil, and half a small avocado, or about a quarter of a large avocado. The manuka honey can help heal skin wounds and has antimicrobial properties. If you struggle with rosacea, it may be particularly soothing and helpful. Avocado can reduce inflammation and increase collagen production, which keeps the face youthful and firm-looking. The outer layer of the skin – the epidermis – easily absorbs nutrients like potassium and lecithin which are found in the avocado and avocado oil. The vitamin E it contains helps with healing and soothing, so there’s really no going wrong with this one.
After you mix and mash the ingredients, then spread it on, and let it set for 10 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.
2. Breakfast is the Most Important Mask of the Day
While oatmeal may awaken images of Wilford Brimley or the Quaker Oat man in your mind, don’t relegate this natural resource to your breakfast bowl. Oatmeal can soothe and protect your sensitive skin as well. It has often been used to treat eczema and other conditions. The starches within it that hold in water are partly responsible for the moisturizing effect it can have. Additionally, some oat phenols are strong absorbers of ultraviolet light, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Any which way you slice it (or – ahem – steel cut it), oatmeal does a body, and a face, good.
3. Strawberry Face Packs Forever
While we’re on the subject of foods for starting off the day, here’s another yummy face pack fit for a fancy brunch. This one also contains oats and honey, but this mask also makes use of the many benefits of a favorite fruit. Enter the strawberry. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, that fight against the breakdown of collagen. As part of a complete skincare regimen, this can help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and contribute to improved elasticity. Strawberries also contain salicylic and ellagic acid which research suggests reduce dark spots and discoloration. This can lead to clear-looking skin and an overall brightness.
Simply mash up a few ripe (but not overripe) strawberries, a spoonful of oatmeal and one of honey, and a little filtered water if needed. Mix the ingredients together to achieve a paste-like consistency that you can spread evenly across your face. You want to leave a little room and not cover the skin right around your eyes, as it’s particularly sensitive. A ten minute timer should be sufficient to let you feel the slight tingling effect that lets you know the strawberries are doing their job. Then you can rinse everything off with some cool water and a gentle cleanser. If you smell like Strawberry Shortcake for the rest of the day, consider that a fun bonus to your beauty treatment.
4. Cool as a Cucumber and Yogurt Face Pack
It’s time to raid your fridge for some fresh ingredients. This yogurt and cucumber face pack is a super solution to all the downsides of summer. Did you spend too much time baking outside in the sun and now you need to baby that burn? This is the mask for you. Is your skin a little flaky or suffering from discoloration? This mask is for you, too. Even if it’s not even that dry where you live, your skin can still benefit from this combo.
The lactic acid in the yogurt acts as a gentle exfoliator. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help with rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. In a blender, combine about half a cup of peeled and sliced cucumber with a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt. Spread it on, sit back, and take a break from the heat outside. Splash it all away with some cool water and pat dry. If you have a favorite refreshing toner, it’s the perfect time for a couple quick spritzes to keep that dewey feel going. Your face should be as fresh as your attitude, after all.
5. Say Aloe to this Awesome Aloe Cucumber Mask
Aloe Vera has adapted to arid climates and still manages to maintain its moisture within. Though we might not be able to mimic its seeming magic, we can still benefit from this succulent. It’s one of Mother Nature’s moisturizers and a great plant to have around. For this face pack recipe, you can either purchase aloe vera gel in a bottle, or scrape the gel off a plant that you keep for just this sort of occasion. If you’re interested in the second option, you should know that while the aloe vera plant is relatively easy to care for, there are certain tips and tricks that can help you avoid some typical mistakes. If you get an aloe vera plant, you’ll want to make sure you give it plenty of sunlight, have a pot with drain holes, and don’t overwater. Aloe vera is anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, but it is pro-healing and super soothing to the skin. Combine it with cucumber and you’ll get a cooling, hydrating, and nourishing mask.
Use a small cucumber (or half of a large cucumber) and a couple tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Put the sliced cucumber pieces and the aloe vera into a blender and set it to smoothie, or shake, or something that will achieve your desired consistency. There’s no need to peel the cucumber before you slice it up in this recipe. It’s a win-win for the skin. Scoop a thin layer up and spread evenly across your face. Since both ingredients are generally pretty gentle on your face you can leave it on and take a quick cat nap, but 15 minutes or so should suffice. Once you wash it off, you’ll see your skin with a supple and refreshed surface that makes you feel as beautiful as a desert rose.
If you’re still new to the scene when it comes to aloe vera, check out this video. It shows you how to gather the good stuff – the aloe vera gel – from the plant so you can add it to any of your DIY beauty blends. As always, be careful with sharp objects! Watch the video to get the scoop on this goop.
6. This Mask is Bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Well… technically the mask is bananas, but it’s also honey, and baking soda. You don’t always have the time to tackle multiple steps to refresh your skin. Luckily this face pack checks off several boxes. It exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens your face all at once. People often use sugar or coffee grounds to externally exfoliate, but a bit of baking soda can also do the job. Its slightly coarse but fine texture is a great way to gently slough off dead skin, allowing new skin cells to regenerate and flourish. Honey has several healing properties as previously mentioned, and is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture in and helps with hydration. And last but not at all least, bananas! This fabulous fruit contains vitamin A, which can lessen the look of discoloration and blemishes, vitamin E, which combats free radicals, and potassium which hydrates skin cells and helps knock dryness down a notch.
To make this face pack for yourself, simply mash up half a ripe banana with a fork until it’s free of lumps. Then add a teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix well, and brush onto your face with fingers or a clean make-up brush. Then, eat the other half of that banana, or throw it in a smoothie to enjoy while you wait. That last step is not required of course, but it may help pass the time while the face pack works its magic. When you wash it off with warm water you’ll reveal a brighter, softer baby-faced you…that smells maybe just a bit like banana cream pie.
These homemade masks and fruit-forward face packs all work to hydrate the skin and can be fun to try whenever you have the time. Alternatively, you can skip the mess and smooth on something that is sure to get great results in these trying, drying times. Vivianne Woodard’s SkinOdyssey with Glycolic Acid is a natural exfoliator that beautifully balances the skin. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are excellent at removing dry and dead skin cells to reveal your more youthful-looking skin underneath. This cream contributes to the production of collagen and elastin while it moisturizes. You can spread it all over as you would with any face pack, or just use it as a spot-treatment on problem zones.
No matter the season and regardless of the weather, it’s time to face the world with confidence. But face the facts. That’s easier said than done when you’re worried that cracking a smile will create cracks in the foundation of your overly dry face. Dehydrated skin needs extra attention in these times so you can avoid deepening wrinkles, flakiness, and fine lines. Whatever you decide, just make sure you’re doing something for you and your skin so instead of fearing that FaceTime call, you’ll say with conviction, “I’m ready for my close-up.”
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