There is no shortage of homemade skin care solutions to help to get healthier, younger-looking skin. But what might be the best anti-aging skin care recipe for one person won’t always work as well for everyone else, because not all natural beauty tips and formulas have the same effect on each person’s skin. That’s why you can never have too many homemade skin care solutions.
One of the best anti-aging skin care formulas, especially for dry skin, is facial masks, because they don’t require a lot of ingredients to make, but can effectively and almost instantly work to nourish, moisturize, and revive dull, parched skin. And with spring upon us, there’s no better time to spruce up your winter-worn skin with these five natural DIY skin care solutions to make your own homemade face masks.
Warm Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut oil is one of the most popular ingredients to use in homemade skin care solutions, because, quite simply, it works. Studies have shown that virgin coconut oil can increase hydration and reduce moisture loss in skin that’s excessively dry. Because the oil isn’t heavy or greasy, it’s easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
Coconut is such a great ingredient for skin care solutions that you don’t even really need to add anything to it. Simply warm up your coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds—you want it to be fairly warm, but not so hot that it’ll sting or burn your skin. Then just massage it on your face and let it sit for about five minutes. Then use a washcloth dipped in warm water mixed with a few drops of lemon to wipe your face clean.
Banana Yogurt Face Mask
Like we said, homemade skin care solutions really don’t need to be complicated. For this face mask, all you need is one ripe, mashed banana, a quarter-cup of unflavored Greek yogurt, and half a tablespoon of honey to keep it all together. Stir the ingredients briskly to make a smooth mixture, apply it on your face, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then use a damp washcloth to wipe it off and rinse your face with cool water.
The banana contains lots of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that can help to hydrate skin. The Greek yogurt moisturizes as well (which is why some professional skin care lines include in their products), but it also has a cooling effect on the skin, which is refreshing when it’s extra warm outside.
Honey Lemon Mask
Honey and lemon are two of the most basic ingredients in homemade skin care solutions. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it increases hydration by attracting moisture into the deeper layers of the skin, where it’s retained. The result is skin that looks suppler and more moisturized, which in turn can help prevent dryness, cracking, irritation, and wrinkling. Honey also has antibacterial properties, which is something they share in common with lemons. But the citrus fruit also work as a natural astringent that cleanses skin. Plus, lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, which has been shown to be possibly one of the best anti-aging skin care vitamins because of its ability to help with collagen production.
Mix equal parts honey and lemon juice—a tablespoon of each should be more than enough. Then apply it all over your face, leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water.
Oat meal Mask with Honey and Almond Oil
You already know the benefits of using honey in homemade skin care solutions, but it’s even better when it’s combined with oatmeal. According to some dermatologists, oats can help to fight dryness, moisturize the skin, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, and clear away oil and dirt from the pores. The almond oil in this anti-aging skin care recipe is believed to have a conditioning effect on the skin and because of its antioxidant properties, it may help to protect against free radical damage that can wreak havoc on the appearance of skin. Almond oil is also very lightweight, so it won’t clog your pores or leave an oily residue.
To make this more traditional face mask, combine a half-cup of dry oats with water or even milk. Mix in one teaspoon of honey and a few drops of almond oil. If the mixture is too thick, slowly add a little bit of water until it becomes more like a paste. Spread it on your face, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse your face with cool water.
Avocado and Egg White Mask
Like most of the other homemade skin care solutions included here, this recipe, which is perfect for oily or combination skin, only requires two ingredients: half of a ripe, mashed avocado and an egg white. However, feel free to add any extra ingredients you’d like; some recipes suggest lemon juice, which you already know is great for natural anti-aging skin care. Use a fork to whisk the ingredients together until it has a smooth consistency. Then use your fingertips to apply a thick coat of the mixture in gentle circular motions, avoiding the skin directly around your eyes. After about 10 to 15 minutes, rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
Avocadoes are an excellent addition to your diet, but when applied topically, the amino acids and antioxidants in it can help to improve the appearance of skin, too. The healthy fats and oil in avocadoes are also said to not only moisturize dry skin, but also help with reducing and repairing inflammation while protecting against future damage.
Egg whites are another healthy diet option that doubles as effective skin care solutions, namely for their ability to tighten pores—you’ll be able to feel the tightening effects almost immediately. When you rinse the mask off, your skin will likely look fresher and brighter, as the egg whites will help to draw excess oil from your pores and clear away dead skin cells on the surface of skin.