There is no need to spend a fortune on creams and special cosmetic treatments. Using ingredients commonly found in our kitchens, you can make simple homemade hydrating masks that will nourish, restore and soothe all skin types.
Dry, oily, or lacking in vitality or tan, it is important that you know how to maintain your skin’s health, nurture it and give it a younger and fresher look.
Some hydrating masks are suitable for different skin types and if you are unsure what type your skin is, read this article.
Please note: The below article should not be read as a medical or any other type of advice. You should apply caution when using any of the instructions below, and if you do choose to follow any of it you are doing so on your own risk. If you have a medical condition of any kind you should consult a specialist.
Hydrating Face Mask for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
Egg White Hydrating Face Mask
Egg white tightens and shrinks pores and absorbs excess oil from the skin, making it a useful and effective mean of treating acne.
To make the Egg whites hydrating mask follow these simple steps:
- Separate the egg whites from the yolk.
- Add a teaspoon of lemon juice
- Beat the mixture for a minute (if you choose you can save the yolk for cooking).
- Apply the mixture on a clean, dry face.
- Leave the mask on your face for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse well with warm water, and dry gently
Green Clay Hydrating Face Mask
Green clay is effective against unwanted pimples because it absorbs toxins, fats and milk that the skin produces.
Put 2 tablespoons of green clay powder in a bowl (you can get it here) and mix with water until it becomes a thick mass.
Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice to the bowl.
Rosemary oil is a good option.
Leave the mask on the skin for 15-20 minutes until the clay hardens.
Rinse with warm water and dry well.
Aspirin Hydrating Face Mask
If you are not allergic to aspirin and have oily skin or acne, try the following mask.
The salicylic acid in aspirin is very effective in treating acne as it has a dehydrating effect.
- Crush 4 uncoated aspirin pills in a bowl with hot water.
- Mix until a liquid ointment forms. If you prefer a thicker mixture, add a little honey.
- Mix well and apply on areas of skin infected with acne.
- Make sure that the facial skin is dry and clean and that the mixture does not come into contact with the eyes or nostrils.
- Leave the mask on for 10 minutes to two hours, then rinse.
Hydrating Face Mask for Dry Skin
Avocado Hydrating Face Mask
The fats in avocados provide great moisture to dry skin, and you can utilise them to get a better-looking skin. The Avocado fats are highly effecting to fight dry skin effects.
Use the following instructions to tap into these healthy fats the Avocado has to offer
- Mash half an avocado in a bowl until no lumps are left.
- Add a tablespoon of honey to the bowl and mix well.
- If your skin tends to itch, add a little plain yoghurt to the bowl for a soothing effect.
- If you want to enrich the skin with extra moisture, add ¼ a cup of pure extra virgin olive oil.
- You can also drip a little essential oil of your choice, to intensify the effect of the hydrating face mask.
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry. You can use one of these cleansers for better results.
- When all the ingredients are well mixed together, apply the mixture on the face and neck.
- Leave for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse well.
Banana Hydrating Face Mask
The yellow energy bomb is rich in vitamins C and E, two natural components that contribute to maintaining skin elasticity. Peel a banana, grate it and squeeze the juice. Add 2 tablespoons of honey for a stronger cleansing effect. If the mixture is too thick, dilute it with a little water. Spread the mixture on a clean, dry face. Leave the mask on your face for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.
Cosmetic Face Mask for Skin that is Lacking in vitality
Papaya Cosmetic Face Mask
The enzymes present in the papaya fruit turn it into an effective natural preparation base. Those enzymes help fights free radicals, which are harmful to our skin.
To create your Papaya Hydrating Mask:
- Peel the papaya and remove the seeds.
- Cut it into small pieces.
- Put the papaya pieces in a blender and add a cup of honey.
- Mix the ingredients until a puree-like texture is achieved.
- Apply the mixture on a clean, dry face and avoid contact with the eye area.
- Leave the mask on the skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse well with warm water.
Lemon Juice and Salt Cosmetic Face Mask
The combination of lemon juice and sea salt not only smells wonderful but also does wonders for skin regeneration.
Use this simple homemade cosmetic face mask if your skin looks tired, or lacking in vitality:
- Mix ¼ a glass of sea salt with lemon juice.
- If you want a thicker mixture, add just a little lemon juice. If you are interested in a lighter mixture, add a lot of lemon juice.
- Apply the mixture on a clean, dry face, avoiding sensitive areas like the eye and nostrils.
- Leave the mask on for a few minutes for the ingredients to absorb and remove the dead cells, then rinse well with warm water.
Make sure you are gentle when rubbing the mask on your face skin to avoid damage from the coarse salt particles.
Hydrating Face Mask for Tanned or Irritated Skin
Yoghurt Hydrating Face Mask
This mask will soothe an irritated or overly tanned face. The lactic acid in yoghurt helps soothe the skin and probiotics naturally treat irritations.
This one is very simple to follow. Just spread 1 cup of plain (unsweetened) yoghurt on dry and clean skin.
Leave on skin for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
If the face is sunburned, consider mixing 2 teaspoons of aloe vera with the yoghurt to enhance the cooling effect.
For best results, we recommend you use the fresh extract from a REAL aloe vera plant. It is great for treating minor burns and has been a winning solution for cooking accidents (especially with the younger generation).
Pumpkin Hydrating Face Mask
Pumpkin contains a considerable amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect the skin against inflammation and infections.
To use Pumpkin on your skin you can:
- Mix 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree.
- Add ½ a teaspoon of honey and ½ a teaspoon of double cream.
- Mix the ingredients to obtain a thick mixture and apply on clean and dry skin.
- Leave for 10 minutes and rinse well with warm water.
Oatmeal Hydrating Face Mask
Oatmeal is a great solution for removing dead cells and dirt and has a wonderful exfoliating effect. Mix 2 tablespoons of uncooked and unfiltered oats with a glass of milk in a small pot. Heat until a thick mixture is obtained. Lactic acid is also effective in removing dead cells. Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil for increased moisture. Wait for the mixture to cool slightly and apply it on clean, dry skin. Wait 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse the mask with warm water.