With a dry face, we are left in desperation. We try different types of cosmetic products which improve our skin’s health, only to leave us with devastating side effects in the end. I have been in such a situation in the past. I suffered from dry skin and thought that I had found the solution that would leave me with radiant and healthy skin. Although I noticed a significant improvement at the start, I developed an itchy feel and ever drier face over time.
Have you been in such a situation, or are you tired of a dry face, but cannot tell what to do about it? I have good news for you: lots of natural homemade face masks can work on your dry face leaving it healthy and supple. I would love to share the secret that worked on my face.
These are the natural facial masks enhanced my dry face into a radiant, supple, and healthy face.
- Honey and Coconut Mask
Forget the sweet taste of honey. This ingredient can also be used to heal your dry skin. What about coconut oil? This tropical fruit can also work miracles on your face. Just how?
Virgin coconut oil contains significant amounts of saturated fats. These fats play a critical role in moisturizing and nourishing your skin.
What I love about coconut oil is the fact that it works miracles on my face while leaving no greasy or oily feel.
Coconut oil has also been confirmed to host a ton of antimicrobial properties which make it a perfect control for any skin infections and acne breakouts on your skin and face.
On the other hand, honey possesses potent hydration and antibacterial properties. As a result, you can rely on honey to lock in moisture which serves to give your dry skin the much needed soft feel. Research indicates that indeed, raw honey possesses anti-inflammatory properties which benefit the skin when applied to it (1).
Consider adding lavender oil to this concoction to take advantage of its potent anti inflammatory properties. This oil will also give your face a delicate fragrance.
- Mix quarter of a cup of raw honey with two lavender oil drops and three tablespoons of virgin coconut oil.
- Whisk the contents and gently apply the mixture to your dry face using a cosmetic brush.
- Wash off this mask after a minimum of 20 minutes using clean, warm water.
- Pat dry your face.
Apply your face cream lightly to keep the face moisturized. For a soft, well-moisturized, and supple skin, apply this mask twice per week.
- Banana Mask
The taste and smell of ripe bananas is so alluring. However, it is essential to understand that bananas are an extremely nutritious fruit with a multitude of health benefits. But wait, have you ever thought of using bananas as a face mask for its beneficial impacts on your hair or skin? I will show you how.
Banana is among the tropical fruits which carry high levels of nutrients, and vitamins C and E and potassium, alongside lots of moisture which serves to keep your skin hydrated and replenished.
As posted by the Huffington Post, bananas are rich in antioxidants and amino acids which play a significant role in nourishing the hair and skin through their high-nutrient content (2).
When you mix it with yogurt and raw honey, you enable your skin to benefit from the ingredient’s moisture and nourishment which help to soothe your itchy, dry face.
- Peel and mash two ripe bananas for a moisturizing and nourishing mask.
- Add quarter a cup of yogurt to soothe and lighten the skin and one tablespoon of raw honey which serves the role of a humectant.
- Mix the contents well.
- Apply the resulting mask on your dry face.
- Rinse off the banana mask after 15 minutes using warm water.
- Dry the skin using a soft cloth.
This natural facial mask should be used at least three times per week to do away with an itchy and dry face. This mask has the potential of leaving your face with a radiant and well-hydrated appeal.
- Aloe Vera and Milk Face Mask
Aloe vera is pretty much the solution to almost all skin conditions. This plant has a long-standing history of being used as a traditional medicinal herb in the East. Such application largely derives from its skin-healing and antibacterial properties.
Aloe vera has been thought to heal minor burns when directly applied to the affected area. The gel from this plant also makes a special treatment for scars, acne, and sunburns. Research supports the use of aloe vera for the treatment of various skin disorders including dry skin, skin allergies, boils, and acne. This ingredient also works effectively to eliminate scars, to enhance natural skin color regeneration, and to improve skin cell regeneration (3).
However, note that while aloe vera gel is a special ingredient which treats the causes of dry skin, it potentially leaves your skin with a dry feeling. As a result, we have opted to combine it with a milk cream that has a high-fat content. The milk cream serves to moisturize and nourish the skin and counter aloe vera’s drying effect on the face.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel to soothe and heal your dry skin, with a quarter a cup of milk cream to moisturize and nourish the skin.
- Thoroughly blend these ingredients to form a smooth paste.
- Apply to your face to create a complete facial mask using your cosmetic brush.
- Allow the skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture present in the ingredients.
- Wash off this mask with warm water.
- Pat your face gently using a soft towel to dry it.
Note: no need for the application of any facial cream after this mask.
For a full rejuvenation of damaged and dry skin, apply this mask four times each week.
Does Water Improve the Health of the Skin?
Nothing gives me as much discomfort as thirst. A body that is thirsty simply needs water. By drinking adequate water every day, you subject the body to overall good health.
So, what happens to your skin when you do, or do not, drink enough water daily? Adequate water intake means proper skin health. Your skin looks younger, healthy, and radiant. On the contrary, inadequate water in the body makes your skin look flaky, tight, and dry. Why is this so? The Wisconsin University says it all: your skin is just like any other organ of the body.
Therefore, it comprises of cells which are composed of water, without adequate hydration. Therefore, the skin cannot function properly. Dry skin is a symptom of dehydration (4).
So, which is the best alternative to skin dehydration? It’s simple- drink adequate water.
You can rely on a fruit infuser water bottle to drink enough water daily.
If you have dry skin, it all comes down to what you drink. A fruit infused water bottle is your secret to drinking more water every day for the soft and healthy skin. The good thing with this bottle is the tons of tasty flavors you get to add to your drinking water. For dry skin, the bottle allows you to add skin-fortifying ingredients like citrus, raspberry, watermelon, kiwi, and mango. These flavors will not only add skin-treating nutrients to your body but will also encourage to drink more water every day to treat your dry skin.
Which are the homemade face mask tricks have you used to cure a dry and itchy skin? Have these natural options been effective in treating a dry face? Please share with us your experiences.
About the author: Amelia Johnson is a writer/editor with an endless passion for bringing a lot of useful and trustworthy information to the community. She founded stayhealthyways.com, a blog dedicated to sharing quality articles related to health, nutrition, fitness, and beauty. As a typical introvert, Amelia is a perfectionist in work. At times of leisure, she reads, listens to music, chats with some close friends and walks with her pet.
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