With the cold weather outside and the heating inside, my skin tends to be quite dry in the winter. Heating inside the office and homes strips the air of humidity and depletes my skin of moisture. Although I currently don’t own a humidifier, they are a great alternative for adding moisture to dry air in the heated rooms. Another alternative is to drink more liquids (tea, water, and natural juice) during this time and pay attention to the moisture of your skin.
I am huge fan of moisturizing facemasks, and I use them at least twice a week. I am also a big believer in facemasks made from natural ingredients that you may leave on your skin for a longer period of time. My advice to those with the sensitive skin is to place a small patch of the facemask on your neck and test it before putting it on your whole face.
The following facemask recipes are currently my favorite for adding back the moisture harsh winter weather strips away:
Avocado Mask for Dry Skin
- Half very ripe, soft avocado
- One-quarter cup of honey
Crush the avocado in a bowl, then stir add the honey. Mix together and apply to skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse.
Brown Sugar Mask
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 tablespoon of olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil
Place the brown sugar in your palm and add the olive or coconut oil. Create a paste pressing the ingredients together. Massage into skin in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and press a warm washcloth into face.
-1 tsp powdered milk
-1 tbsp runny honey
-1 tsp aloe vera gel
-2 drops essential oil
Mix ingredients well, apply to face, let sit for 15 minutes, wash off with warm water. This recipe is enough for two.
Chocolate Face Mask
-1 bar dark chocolate
-3 tbsp salt
-1 cup milk
Mix the milk and salt into a small bowl and pour in your cup of milk. Add in three tablespoons of salt and mix everything together so the salt dissolves.
Melt the chocolate by setting up double boiler. Fill the saucepan quarter full and place a small bowl on top so it doesn't touch the water. Set the heat to medium. Break chocolate into pieces so the chocolate melts faster and place it into the bowl. Stir it with a whisk so it melts more evenly. When it is completely melted, take it off the heat
Mix the facemask ingredients by adding milk-salt mixture to the melted chocolate and stiring it together so everything combines. Cool the mixture until the room temperature.
Apply to the chocolate facemask by covering yourself with a towel so the melted chocolate doesn't ruin your clothes. Apply to your face with a wooden stick or your hand. Make sure that the mask is not hot so it doesn't burn your face. Let it stay for about 15-20 minutes while you read, lay down, or relax. Then wash it off with a mild cleanser and water. Be thorough so you don't end up smelling like dessert for the rest of the day.