With winter well and truly upon us now is the perfect time to pamper your skin and give it a much needed timeout from the cold. Bitter temperatures, gale-force winds and harsh rain can wreak havoc with your skin, leaving it feeling battered and bruised. But, the weather doesn’t have to ruin all the hard work you’ve put into your skin over the summer months, in fact, the perfect solution to a healthy glow could be right under your nose!
We’ve all heard the importance of a good skin routine but the problem with many shop bought products is that although styled as hydrating, they can actually do more harm than good. Laden with chemicals that can strip your skin of essential oils, some face masks are not as nourishing as they may appear to be, add the unforgiving winter weather to this and your skin could be desperate need for some TLC.
But help is close at hand and it comes in the delicious form of foodstuff that you’ll most likely already have stocked up in your kitchen. So to give your skin a real treat this winter, try these tasty homemade face masks:
Oats and Honey
2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp hot water
1 tsp honey (manuka honey is particularly effective for relieving blemishes)
Mix the oats with the yogurt (if you prefer a smoother consistency you can blend the oats before mixing). Add the honey and hot water. When mixed, apply liberally to the face and leave for 15 – 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Use if: you want deeply moisturised, soft skin. Oats contain amino acids which, when absorbed by the skin, can help fight blemishes and repair damage. Oats also help your skin retain moisture making this mask perfect for all skin types.
Strawberry and Lemon
3 – 4 strawberries
1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
Remove the stalks from the strawberries and wash in warm water. Mash with a fork and then add the lemon juice. Stir together. Apply the mixture and leave for no more than 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Use if: you are prone to breakouts and blemishes. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, a key acne fighting property used in commercially sold acne treatments. Lemon juice tightens pores and kills the germs that cause spots. It also helps to lighten skin and therefore reduce acne scars. For this reason, limit using the mask to no more than 1 – 2 times a week.
Avocado and Almond Oil
1/4 ripe avocado
1 tsp almond oil
1 tsp of fresh lemon or orange juice
Mash the avocado and mix with the almond oil and orange juice. Apply and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Use if: you have dry skin. The oils in the avocado will replenish the oils needed in your skin. It’s great for fighting wrinkles too!
So why spend a fortune on chemical-laden face masks when less abrasive and cheaper alternatives are already in your cupboard? Treat your skin (and your bank account) to an accessible and nutrient-rich face mask that will leave your skin radiant and nourished.
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