The skincare industry revenue in the U.S reached a whopping $17,372 million in 2018 and is expected to grow annually by almost 2%.
These numbers show that people do take care of their skin and understand the benefits of good skincare products. If spending money on cosmetics doesn’t fit into your budget, you can always use ingredients you have at home. You can make face masks, body scrubs, and even shower lotions without any chemicals or additives.
No matter your age, nourishing your skin is a wonderful act of self-care, so if you haven’t already, make it a habit to establish a skincare routine your skin will love.
Read on to learn how to make your own hydrating face masks and give your skin the care and nourishment it deserves.
1. Pure Aloe Vera Gel + Cucumber
If you’re looking for a hydrating face mask, cucumbers and pure aloe vera gel are the way to go. These two ingredients are the perfect moisturizing boost for your skin because of their high water content.
Aloe Vera gel is anti-inflammatory and helps soothe irritated skin, and cucumber is a cleansing and cooling agent.
To make the mask, blend ½ a cucumber and mix it with 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Apply moisturizer as usual.
2. Coffee + Cinnamon + Olive Oil
For this mask, you’ll need 2 tbsp of ground coffee or instant coffee, ¼ tbsp of cinnamon, nutmeg or turmeric, and a splash of olive oil to make a paste. Apply with a brush and leave the mask on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Coffee is a powerful antioxidant and helps prevent premature aging. It also acts as a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and smooth out the skin. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and helps fight acne, and olive oil nourishes the skin.
Spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are great additions to face masks for their anti-inflammatory effects. They improve the circulation in the face and provide more oxygen to the cells. This useful post will show you how to make a warming, soothing face mask using holiday spices.
3. Yogurt + Cocoa Powder + Honey
For this refreshing mask, you’ll only need three ingredients: 1 tsp plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp organic honey and 1 tsp cocoa powder.
Mix the ingredients together to make a smooth paste. Apply with a brush and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Yogurt is a main ingredient in most masks for dry skin as it contains lactic acid that acts as an anti-aging agent. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants that tighten the skin and protect the cells from damage. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, preventing breakouts, but it’s also full of nutrients that give the skin a youthful glow.
4. Coconut Oil + Shea Butter
The combination of coconut oil and shea butter make for one of the best facials for dry skin. Shea butter contains an array of vitamins good for the skin, and coconut oil helps reduce inflammation.
To make this mask, you’ll need 1 tbsp of solid shea butter, 1 tbsp of solid coconut oil and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel (optional). Mix the ingredients together to get a thick paste and apply to the face. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Note that these two ingredients contain high amounts of fat and are not recommended for oily skin. You should also use this mask occasionally as too much oil can clog your pores and lead to acne breakouts.
5. Banana + Honey
This banana honey mixture is one of the simplest, yet most effective hydrating masks for face you’ll ever use. Simply mash one ripe banana (do not overmash it) with 2 tbsp of organic honey. Apply on a clean and dry face and massage it into the skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
The honey will nourish your skin and reduce inflammation and the banana will exfoliate the skin and remove the excess oil. For additional acne control, rub the inside of the banana peel over your face. The peel contains important vitamins, antioxidants, and lutein that helps protect the skin from sun damage.
6. Oatmeal + Milk
Oatmeal and milk may sound like something you eat for breakfast, but it’s an easy and effective mask for oily skin. Blend 3 tbsp of oatmeal in a food processor and mix it with a tablespoon of milk and a drizzle of honey. Mix until you have a smooth paste. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Oatmeal is especially good for battling acne because it has powerful anti-bacterial properties. It can remove dead skin cells, absorb extra oil, and smooth out the skin. Oatmeal is a natural source of zinc, a mineral known for fighting off bacteria that causes acne.
Milk contains lactic acid that helps treat acne and brightens up any discoloration or dark spots on the skin. Whole milk is a great moisturizer as well and helps smooth out wrinkles due to the presence of vitamins, minerals, protein, and enzymes.
7. Mango + Avocado
This moisturizing face mask will transport you on a tropical island! Mango is rich in antioxidants that prevent premature wrinkles and has anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Avocado is a source of healthy fatty acids that moisturize the skin and make it elastic and soft.
To make this mask, mix 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp organic honey, 2 tbsp mashed avocado and 1 small mango (mashed). Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and remove it with a soft wet cloth.
The mask is also effective in removing impurities and blackheads, and vitamin C helps the production of collagen and keeps the skin elastic.
These Hydrating Face Masks Will Make Your Skin Silky-Smooth This Winter!
During the winter months, the skin needs extra care and attention. The cold outside air and the warm airconditioned air can both dry out the skin and make it flaky and tight.
These hydrating face masks are simple to make, cheap, and equally effective as store-bought products. They contain important nutrients in their pure, organic form that absorb into the skin and give it a healthy glow.
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