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If you have dry skin type or the cold, harsh weather is making your skin dull, rough and flaky, check out 10 best recipes for DIY face masks for dry skin…
- Dry skin lacks oils and its barrier is compromised, which is why it easily loses moisture;
- This skin type often looks dull, gray, tired, it feels rough and flaky, and it is not as plump and supple as it could be;
- If you want to make your own natural face mask for dry skin, choose moisturizing and soothing ingredients, such as oils, avocado, banana, milk, oatmeal, etc.
I have a combination skin type which during the fall and winter tends to get very dry. Very, very dry. It becomes rough and uncomfortably tight, starts to flake around my nose and hairline and gets extra sensitive.
During these months, I can’t use most products I am normally using. My skin so easily gets red, itchy and inflamed – it reacts even to pretty mild products. So, in the time when it needs a lot of help, most products just aren’t helping.
Luckily, my DIY products seem to not upset it practically at all. Which is great because I do have some pretty amazing recipes for DIY face masks for dry skin.
I love these masks so much! They provide such a gentle, natural care while giving my skin some break from the chemicals. Plus, they help soothe my skin quite nicely, and then I can start using again some of the store-bought products I love (cause let’s face it – DIY products offer only a temporary solution and in my experience you need to mix them with regular skincare to get the best results).
Anyhow, I start using these masks as soon as it starts getting cold. I have my favorite, but I usually rotate them all or just follow my current mood.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, I really think you will love them as much as I do. So, here are my 10 favorite DIY face masks for dry skin:
10 Best DIY Face Masks for Dry Skin
1. Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin
Avocado is one of the best fruits for dry, aging or sensitive skin. It is full of natural fats that replenish the skin, protect it against harsh conditions and soothe irritations.
- 1 tablespoon avocado puree
- 1 – 2 teaspoons honey
- a few drops of any skin-friendly oil
Mash well a piece of avocado with a fork. When you get a smooth puree, add the honey and just enough oil to get a nice, creamy consistency.
Wash and gently exfoliate your face. Apply a thick layer of the mask. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. Wash the mask off and apply your face cream while your skin is still slightly damp.
2. Moisturizing Peach and Banana Face Mask
Both peach and banana are rich in all sorts of nutrients, including moisture, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They recover dry skin, replenish hydration, soften and smooth and make the complexion brighter and more youthful.
- 1 tablespoon pureed peach
- 2 teaspoons mashed banana
- a small squeeze of fresh orange juice
With the backside of a fork mash well the small pieces of peach and banana until you get a smooth paste. Add around a teaspoon of fresh orange juice and mix everything until well combined.
Wash your face with your regular face wash and pat dry. Apply a thick layer of the mask and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wash it off and apply your favorite moisturizer right away. You can also follow with a couple of drops of a dry skin-friendly natural oil.
3. Restoring Yogurt and Cocoa Face Mask
This is one of the best combinations you can use when your skin gets dull and dry. Yogurt gently exfoliates your face, honey replenishes and rejuvenates it, and cocoa softens and nourishes the skin and provides lots of antioxidants.
- 2 teaspoons thick yogurt
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Mix well the yogurt and honey. When they are well combined, add just enough cocoa powder to get a smooth paste you can easily apply to your face.
Apply the mask to a clean face. Leave it on for around 15 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water and a gentle face wash. Apply your face cream right away.
4. Face Mask for Dry Skin with Sweet Almond Oil
Natural plant oils are full of nourishing fatty acids that repair and strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier and help keep the moisture in. Matcha tea is another star ingredient when it comes to dry skin treatment because it protects and restores the skin and it has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
- 3 teaspoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
Sweet almond oil is one of the best choices you can make, but you can also replace it with jojoba, rosehip or macadamia oil for this recipe. In any case, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients well together until you get a smooth mixture.
Wash and exfoliate your skin. Apply the mixture in as thick layer as possible and let your skin absorb it for 10 minutes. Wash the mask off and moisturize the skin. You can use this mask once a week or any time your skin starts to feel dull and rough.
5. Rice, Milk and Honey Mask for Dry, Dull Skin
This is probably the mask I use most often, and not only during the winter months. I love how soft, clear and bright my skin looks after it. Plus, this mask is incredibly repairing and rejuvenating.
- 3 teaspoons of boiled rice
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of milk
Boil the rice until soft. Mash it well with a fork, try to get rid of all the lumps. When smooth as much as possible, add the honey and milk and mix everything well together.
You should get a thin, runny mask. Apply a thin layer to your face and reapply every time your skin soaks it up. Do this for around 20 minutes, then wash it off. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
6. Brightening DIY Face Mask for Dry Skin
Such a perfect combination for dull and tired skin! Papaya enzymes combined with aloe vera’s hydrating and antioxidant abilities can add radiance even to the most dehydrated skin, while cocoa powder gently nourishes and soothes.
- 1 tablespoon papaya puree
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
All you have to do is mix well the papaya puree with 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. When well combined, add the cocoa powder to get a smooth paste. If the mask is too runny, you can add some more cocoa powder or a little bit of oatmeal powder.
Apply to a clean face. You don’t need to exfoliate first, because the papaya enzymes will help buff away the dry, dead skin. Leave the mask on for around 10 minutes, then wash off.
7. Gentle Exfoliating Banana Face Mask
This is one of the recipes I only recently started using, but it quickly became one of my favorites. Because nothing brightens up the skin like gentle exfoliation. And this mask/scrub is not only very gentle, but also incredibly nourishing and healing.
- 1 teaspoon mashed banana
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- a few drops jojoba oil
First, mash well a small piece of banana. Add the jojoba oil and mix well. Then add just enough brown sugar to get a scrub of your preferred thickness and consistency.
Apply the scrub to a clean, wet face. Using upward circular motions, gently exfoliate your skin for around 5 minutes. Then apply another layer of the mixture over the first one and leave it on as a mask for another 10 – 15 minutes.
8. DIY Face Mask for Dry Skin with Apple and Pumpkin
Apples are rich in moisture, antioxidants and brightening elements that keep the skin firm, even, youthful and well hydrated. Combined with pumpkin and warm milk, it creates one of the best natural skin treatments to combat the drying fall and winter weather.
- 1 tablespoon apple puree
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons warm milk
First combine the apple puree and pumpkin puree to get a smooth, even consistency. Then add just enough warm milk until your mixture is smooth and light but not too thin so that it doesn’t drip off your face.
Wash and gently exfoliate your face. Apply the mask in a thick layer and leave it on for 15 minutes. Gently remove it and apply a face moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp and warm. You can use this mask as often as you need.
9. Grapes, Yogurt and Oatmeal Face Mask
If your skin tends to get dehydrated because of the weakened lipid barrier, here’s a little treat for it. This mask is so hydrating, soothing and rejuvenating, you will keep coming back to it all the time. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons mashed grapes
- 1 tablespoon thick yogurt
- 2 – 3 teaspoons oatmeal powder
Mash some grapes until you get a smooth pulp. Add the yogurt and combine them well. In the end, add the oatmeal powder (colloidal oatmeal or finely ground rolled oats). Add just enough to get the consistency that is not too thick nor too runny.
Apply the mask to a clean face. Leave it on for around 15 minutes, then wash off with warm to lukewarm water. Apply a face cream right away to prevent the evaporation of water and keep your skin plump and well hydrated.
10. DIY Face Mask for Dry Skin with Carrot and Coconut Oil
Dry skin needs lots of moisture, nutrients and antioxidants, and this mask provides all of that. Carrots are also anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, protective and they promote the skin renewal process.
- 2 tablespoons carrot puree
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon milk
Mash boiled carrot with a fork until you get a smooth puree. While hot, add the coconut oil and milk and mix until everything is smooth and well combined. Let it cool down a bit so that it doesn’t burn your skin.
Wash your face. Apply the mask in as thick a layer as possible. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes, then wash it off. Apply your face cream while your skin is still warm and slightly damp, to lock in the moisture.
So, these are my 10 favorite DIY face masks for dry skin. What you guys are using? Do you have some other great recipes? Please share them down in the comments…