As much as we love summer, the hot sunny days are nothing but trouble for our gentle skin. It often gets dehydrated, becomes oily and easily irritated. That gorgeous chocolate suntan may look good on your skin, but it will also raise the risk of skin ageing and pigmentation problems. To avoid all these nasty things you need some extra skin care that doesn’t come from a salon with a mixture of unknown chemicals. With an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, you can prepare your own 100% natural face masks that will keep your skin healthy, fresh, and moisturized. Here are 10 homemade masks you should try this summer.
Avocado + Coconut + Honey
There’s a reason why celebs like Jessica Biel and Victoria Beckham love this mask so much – it’s an ideal choice to restore your skin after a hot summer day! Avocado gives your skin all the nutrition it needs, making the mask soft and creamy, while coconut provides the necessary moisture. Honey helps restore scaly and damaged skin.
Preparation: Take 1 half of avocado, mash it into a creamy texture, then add 1 tsp. of coconut oil, and add 2 tbsp. of honey. Mix, put on your face for 15 minutes, let it dry, and wash off with warm water.
Honey + Yoghurt + Rose Water
Some face masks end up looking and smelling so delicious that it’s hard not to eat them right off your own face. But stay strong! This yoghurt mask has more benefits than we can count. The yoghurt itself is the best remedy for sunburnt skin in need of moisturizing, while rose water reduces oiliness and makes your skin look all fresh and glowing.
Preparation: Take 2 tbsp. of yoghurt, mix in 1 tbsp. of honey and another 1 tbsp. of rose water. Mix everything thoroughly and put on your face for 20 minutes. Wash off and enjoy your rejuvenated skin!
Papaya is not only tasty, but it also has anti-ageing properties and helps remove dead skin cells. It will moisturize dry skin and control its oil balance. The best part – it’s a one-ingredient mask! Papaya is so cool that you don’t need anything in the mix.
Preparation: take a few pieces of papaya, mash them into a paste and put on your face for 15 minutes. You can cover the mask with a few pieces of cotton so it stays on your face.
Strawberry + Lemon + Yoghurt + Honey
If you’re experiencing some problems with open pores, use this yoghurt-based vitamin-packed mask to get your skin back to normal. Lemon tightens skin pores, while strawberries are a great help with breakouts. Yoghurt will have an overall cooling effect on your skin.
Preparation: Mesh 4-5 strawberries, add 1 tbsp. of honey, 2 tbsps. of fresh lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. of plain yoghurt. Carefully mix everything together, apply to your face, and let it dry for around 10-15 minutes. Wash off and enjoy!
Coffee + Coconut Milk
Caffeine is great for giving you an energy boost during the day, but it is also beneficial for your skin as it reduces puffiness and works as a detoxifier. Coffee grounds work as an amazing natural exfoliator and you can use both – freshly ground beans or the grounds right from your morning cup of joy!
Preparation: Take 3 tsps. of coconut milk, better chilled, and gently mix them with 3 tsps. of coffee grounds until a paste forms. Put the paste onto your face, massaging slowly as you do it. Wait for around 20 minutes for the mask to dry and work its magic, and rinse it off with warm water.
Sandalwood + Rose Water
If you feel your skin has reached a critical level of dryness, then it’s time to try the ancient Indian face mask recipe that’s been used by Asian women for ages. Rose water tones skin and rejuvenates it, while sandalwood has an amazing cooling effect.
Preparation: Take 3 tsps. of sandalwood powder, add 3 tbsps. of rose water, and mix until you get a gentle paste. Apply to your face for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. You will feel its effect immediately!
Cucumber + Oats + Yoghurt
It’s a well-known fact that cucumber has strong cooling properties that are perfect for summer. Oats are packed with antioxidants, while their anti-inflammatory properties will help your dry and itchy skin heal in no time. Yoghurt will keep the whole mixture together and make your skin cool and fresh.
Preparation: Take 1 tsp. of cucumber juice, blend it with 1 tsp. of Greek yoghurt, add 3 tsps. of oats, and mix carefully together. Put the paste on your face and wait till it dries completely. Rinse it off and enjoy the fresh feel of your skin!
Mint + Turmeric
Mint is known for its soothing properties and can calm down not only your nerves, but your irritated skin as well! It will make you feel fresh, while turmeric powder will help you get rid of all unwanted breakouts and pimples due to its antibiotic properties.
Preparation: Take a handful of mint leaves and grind them into a fine paste, adding a pinch of turmeric powder while you do it. Mix with a few tablespoons of warm water and carefully apply to your face. Wait for 5-10 minutes and rinse off the mask. You’ll feel fresh and cool instantly!
Tomato + Honey
Tomatoes are not only packed with vitamins, they are also great for lightening your suntanned or sunburnt skin. Honey helps remove excess oil and has antibiotic properties that will help you heal acne, breakouts, and pimples.
Preparation: Take the tomato pulp of 1-2 tomatoes, depending on their size, and mix with 1 tbsp. of honey. That’s it! Apply the mask to your face and wait for around 10 minutes until it dries and does its magic. Please mind, that your skin might feel a bit itchy!
Chocolate + Cream + Honey
This mask smells and looks like a delicious dessert, but try not to gobble it up while making and you’ll see how amazing your skin feels afterwards. Cream (milk also works) will moisturize your skin, honey will heal and calm down the irritated areas, and chocolate will increase the blood flow, which will make you look fresh and rejuvenated.
Preparation: Take some dark chocolate or 2 tbsps. of cocoa powder and mix carefully with 3 tbsps. of honey until you get a thick sticky paste. Blend in 1 tbsp. of milk and apply the mixture to your skin in one thin layer. Wait till it dries completely, and then wash it off. Your face will look divine afterwards!