Winter can wreak havoc on a bride-to-be’s complexion, even on the most sunshine-filled Florida days. After all, you don’t have to sustain sub-zero temps and endless days of darkness for your dewy summer glow to get beat out by dry, dull, flakes. A drop in our state’s spring- and summertime humidity is enough to make some complexions cry out for relief.
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And thankfully, you don’t have to jet to the spa for salvation. With ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a DIY moisturizing mask that’ll have your face feeling like its rosy, glowing self in no time. Here are five of our favorite DIY face masks to relieve dry, winter skin.
- Avocado: Doctors, dietitians, and health-food bloggers have long extolled the virtues of avocados thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids. The round, green fruit has found its way into recipes as substitutes for everything from mayonnaise to oil, and now it’s hitting the beauty circuit thanks to its moisturizing qualities. Want to try avocados in your own at-home mask? We love this recipe, which also uses honey, a natural humectant, and yogurt, whose lactic acid acts as an exfoliant.
Oatmeal: This mild, toothsome grain is celebrated for its ability to lower bad cholesterol when eaten regularly, but when it comes to your complexion, oats are also effective in fighting dullness, flakiness, and dryness thanks to their polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. (What does that mean for you? Plumper, softer winter skin.) Head over here for a homemade-oatmeal-mask recipe that’ll sooth your sullen skin.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain lots of Vitamin C and exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, which make them your parched skin’s new best friend. This mask combines crushed fresh berries, exfoliating bee pollen, the super-humectant honey, and hydrating and softening olive oil and mayo (just try not to sneak a bite while it dries).
Honey: This sweet, amber nectar shows up in just about every homemade food-based mask, and with good reason. Not only does it have natural antibacterial and probiotic properties, which make it a powerful but gentle cleanser, but it’s also a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture into your skin. Hello, wintertime hydration! Give this mask a whirl to see the wonders that honey really can work.
Bananas: These sweet, sunny treats are packed with skin-essential nutrients like vitamins C and B6, which go a long way toward maintaining the integrity and elasticity of the skin. Plus, they’re soft and creamy when they’re all mashed up, and they smell downright delicious. Slather on this tropical-themed, banana-based mask for a beach-ready glow, even in the dead of winter.