Photo: Flickr via EadaoinFlynn

Photo: Flickr via EadaoinFlynn

Winter weather is tough on our skin. The outside air is drier, and with the heat cranked up inside, our skin suffers. When this happens, face masks are a great way to take care of your skin by keeping it hydrated and moisturized. Making your own face mask is a fun and economical option that also protects you from harmful chemical additives in store-bought masks. By using naturally moisturizing and healing ingredients, you can nourish and protect your skin with a few items you probably already have in your kitchen. These foods are not only healthy to eat, but also great for your face too. Here is a look at some popular household ingredients and how they can help hydrate your skin this winter.

Moisturizing Ingredients

Avocados are rich in fatty acids and healthy oils that soothe and moisturize. They also contain vitamins A and E, which help to repair damaged skin, and antioxidants that fight free radicals on the skin surface. Avocados are generally gentle on the skin and are less likely to cause the redness and moderate irritation that can occur from harsher masks that use citrus or spices.

Banana can benefit your skin in so many ways. The potassium hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin, vitamin A heals dryness, vitamin B protects against free radicals, and the amino acids help maintain skin elasticity and strength.

Egg whites are great for skin because they are high in protein, collagen, and vitamin A, which nourish and contribute to maintaining skin elasticity.

Honey, especially raw honey, is a great antibacterial that can purify your skin and help in fighting pimples. It also reduces inflammation and helps skin retain moisture.

Oatmeal is great for repairing damaged skin because it is rich in amino acids. It is often an important component in face masks because it helps retain moisture.

Yogurt moisturizes, hydrates, and nourishes dry skin with its lactic acid and calcium content. It also contains live cultures that help fight against acne-causing bacteria.

Hydrating oils, such as jojoba, almond, and coconut, are great natural moisturizers that make fragrant additions to any face mask.

Face Mask Recipes

While any of the above ingredients alone can be great for your skin, you can also mix them up and make your own combo masks. To try your own, mix what you like together into a cream or paste, apply to your face, and leave on for 10 to 30 minutes. After cleaning off the mask, finish by applying a small amount of coconut oil to your face—a great natural replacement for moisturizer. If you have extra mixture, you can cover it and store in your fridge for a couple of days. If you need some inspiration to get you started, here are some extra-hydrating masks that we’ve tried ourselves:

The All-Purpose Moisturizer

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp almond oil

The Nourishing Cream

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

The Skin Soother

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (reduces inflammation)

The Rejuvenator

  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (helps with circulation, but skip it if you’re worried about irritating sensitive skin)

Feel free to mix and match ingredients or change up the ratios to get a consistency that you like, and make sure to share your favorites with us. Tag them with #mochimakeover!

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