Masks for Dry and Normal Skin

 
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Masks for dry skin have completely different goals than masks for oily skin. They are targeted to add moisture and hydration to your skin, while the mask for oily or combination skin are used to reduce or regulate oil production. If you have dry skin you should apply a moisturizer right after you wash off a mask on a still damp skin. Any facial mask can be removed with black or green tea. For very dry skin avoid using orange and lime fruits.

There are plenty of homemade facial masks, which can help your skin without doing any harm, cause they contain only natural fresh ingredients. Here are some of them:


Avocado for Skin Support


Avocado oil is a natural antioxidant containing vitamins A,B,C and D. It's a natural moisturizer rich in potassium, minerals and micro elements (Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu). The oil found in the peel of avocado fruit contains humectant, that locks in moisture and is remarkably beneficial to dry and aging skin. To alleviate dryness you can just rub plane avocado 2-4 times a week into the skin (the highest concentration of vitamins is the scrapped off pulp attached to the green skin of the fruit). Avocado is widely used in skin care and is known to sooth, moisturize and improve skin texture. Homemade facial mask with avocado will bring down itching, redness and inflammation.


Avocado and Yogurt Facial Mask for Dry Skin

 

Peel and slice a ripe avocado and place it in a blender or food processor with four tablespoons of plain yogurt. Blend until smooth. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 - 15 minutes, and then rinse your face with warm water.

Yogurt not only hydrates and softens the dry skin, but also exfoliates (remove dead skin cells) due to high concentration of lactic acid and enzymes. Yogurt, sour milk, apple vinegar and sour fruits contain acids (AHA) that brighten skin and evens out the skin tone. Use sugar-free yogurts for skin care procedures.

 

No yogurt in your fridge? Replace it with milk, sour milk or oatmeal and follow the same procedure. Yogurt, milk or sour milk are rich sources of calcium and magnesium.

 

Banana in Dry Skin Care

 

Banana fruit (pulp and peel) is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B (folic acid), C, E, and F and microelements such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine. Banana is known as on of the most nourishing fruits. Simply rubbing the inside on the peel against your skin will brighten and tone your skin, help reduce acne, enhance the glow, relieve irritation from allergies and fight wrinkles.

 

Banana and Yogurt Facial Mask for Dry Skin

 

Place half of a banana in a bowl. Mash the banana with a fork. Add 1 tablespoons of plain (sugar free) yogurt and stir the mixture until smooth. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. I always add a little pinch of very fine salt in the mask since salt is known to seize water.

 

Banana is well combined with honey, sour milk, sour cream or cottage cheese (same recipe and proportion as above).

 

For very dry or withered skin add an egg yolk to the mix. Use this mask every other day for 2-3 weeks to experience full benefits of it. You can wash it off with milk or water.

 

Honey in Skin Care and Masks

 

Honey is known as a natural anti aging remedy for centuries. The oldest and simplest recipe of a skin mask is a mix of 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of milk. Honey contains enzymes, antioxidants, antibacterial agents, amino acids, vitamins and microelements. It’s an outstanding natural moisturizer able to restore and rebuild moisture level and calm irritated skin. Due to it’s unique antiseptic properties honey is widely used in cosmetic products all over the world.

Honey removes impurities from the pores and helps skin to rejuvenate itself. There are people who are allergic to honey. To avoid risks of allergic reaction test a small area of your skin prior to applying a full-face mask (wait 24 hours to see no redness or swelling). To put it on a safe side I wouldn’t recommend using pure honey on your skin, it’s better to mix it with other natural ingredients.


Honey and Egg Facial Mask for Dry Skin


Separate the yolk from one egg. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of honey, add ½ teaspoon of almond (or olive) oil and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt or sour cream. Stir the mixture until smooth. Apply to the entire face, leave on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.

 

Honey and Avocado Facial Mask for Dry Skin and Anti Aging

 

Take 2 tablespoons of fresh avocado pulp, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 egg yolk and put all ingredients in a blender. Apply the mask all over your face and neck and leave until dry (aprox 30-40 minutes or as long as you can. Remove with a cloth and like worm water.


Aloe Vera Rejuvenating Mask for Dry Skin

 

Take 2 teaspoons of fresh Aloe Vera juice, add 2 teaspoons of honey and ½ teaspoon of rose hip oil, stir the mix and apply to your face for not more than 20 min. Rinse first with warm and then cold water. Recommended use: twice a week for 2 months.

 

Aloe vera plant is well know for its healing properties, especially for sunburned or damaged skin. It has high concentration of amino acids, vitamins, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial microelements. Aloe vera is widely used in skin care and wound healing products.

 

Red or Yellow Sweet Pepper In Skin Masks

 

Sweet pepper is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A (related to beta-carotene), C, B1, B2, B3, E, PP, P and microelements - sodium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, and silicon. The concentration of vitamins A in red bell pepper is 11 times higher than it is in the green one’s.

 

Pepper Mask for Dry skin

 

Carefully mix 2 tablespoons of pepper pulp with 1 mashed egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of sour cream and 1 tablespoon of minced oatmeal or oatmeal powder. Let stay for few min to get thicker and apply to clean face. Remove in 15 minutes with milk or lukewarm water.

 

Pepper Mask for Dry and Pale skin

 

Mash 1 pepper; add 1 tablespoon of carrot juice, 1 tablespoon of cabbage juice and 1 teaspoon of sour cream. Add 1 teaspoon of minced oatmeal and a pinch of fine salt. Stir carefully and apply to face for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and then wash with cold water.

 

Pepper is also helpful for hyper pigmentation of the skin. Rub a slice of pepper against your dark spots few times weekly, let dry and rub again. Repeat the process 3-4 times and rinse with warm water after you are done.

 

Carrot Rejuvenating Facial Mask for Dry Skin


Grate 1 mid size fresh carrot; add one egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture on skin for about 15-20 minutes and rinse with worm water. Carrot is suitable for all skin types. The set of vitamins and microelements make carrot outstanding for skin rejuvenation and moisturizing.


Papaya and Yogurt Brightening Facial Mask

 

Grind 0.5 cup of papaya into a pulp add 2 tablespoons of plain (no sugar) yogurt, 2 tablespoons of lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 egg white. Add yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and egg white. Mix all ingredients to a fluffy consistency and apply to a clean face for 15 min. Wash off with lukewarm water.

 

The lactic acid and enzymes found in yogurt will gently cleanse, soften and hydrate your skin simultaneously removing dead skin cells. Yogurt is rich in calcium and magnesium, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

 

Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, it fights free radicals stimulates skin collagen production.

 

Egg white is an excellent ingredient to tighten pores and tone skin naturally.

 

Good for normal, dry or sensitive skin

 

Homemade Papaya Milk Lightening Face Pack

 

Mix 0.5 cup of papaya pulp with 1 teaspoon raw milk, 0.5 teaspoon honey and 0.5 teaspoon rose oil. Stir carefully. Apply over entire face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

 

While lactic acid from milk lightens, brightens and tones skin complexion minimizing blemishes and dark spots, Rose oil helps to moisturize and soften dry skin.


Good for normal, dry or sensitive skin.


Strawberry or Peach Exfoliating Mask


Strawberry is rich in exfoliating vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy fruit acids. It helps to remove dirt and dead skin cells, shrink pores, improves texture, reduce oiliness of the skin. It is perfect for normal or oily skin.


Mash 2 strawberries and mix it with 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply to face and allow to stay until mostly dry. Apply a 2nd coat and rinse with lukewarm water in 10 minutes. You might need to use a cloth to remove this mask.


 

Peach is another exfoliator rich in vitamins A, nourishing vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy fruit acids. Plainly rubbing a peach against your skin can help lighten skin, fight blemishes, reduce the depth of wrinkles. It can be left on your skin for as long as you feel like, even overnight.