There are many things to love about fall, but cooling weather that irritates skin isn’t one of them. As warm days become harder to come by, take a proactive step in hydrating and soothing skin before it gets too noticeable. Four DIY facemasks keep skin balanced and fresh.
If your skin gets dull…
For a simple mask with easy ingredients, combine a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of coconut oil. To tighten skin and shrink pores, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Let the mask sit on your face for 15-20 minutes. Be prepared for it to drip a bit as the heat from your face softens the mixture. Afterwards, rinse with warm water. Your skin should feel smooth, refreshed and bright!
If your skin gets red…
Honey is a common ingredient in facemasks because it’s naturally antibacterial and unclogs pores. It also has soothing and moisturizing properties, making it great to use on its own or mixed with other antioxidant rich foods.
Cucumber is refreshing and eliminates redness. Garden Collage recommends turmeric because it boasts the antioxidant curcumin, which helps neutralize free-radicals and stimulate the body’s ability to repair itself.
For this spot treatment mask, set aside 1 tablespoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2-3 cucumber slices with the skin removed and ice. First, mix the turmeric and honey together to form a paste. Crush the cucumber to release the juice. Combine the honey paste with the cucumber, pulp and all, and stir. Dab the mixture onto blemishes or irritated skin and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. While the mixture sits, fill a rag with ice and apply it to the treated areas. Be careful: turmeric stains cloth. When finished, wash the remaining turmeric off and moisturize the face as normal. Repeat daily until the blemishes go away.
If your skin gets clogged pores…
For those who like more traditional clay masks, there are varieties that use Indian Healing Clay, or any type of Bentonite Clay, as a base. The clay is known to absorb toxins and impurities and hydrate the skin cells. Apple Cider Vinegar can also remove toxins, fight acne or blemish scars and even wrinkles.
To start, mix equal parts clay with equal parts ACV. Try not to use anything metal, as it will interfere with the effect of the clay. Stir the mixture until it becomes a paste. Apply a 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick layer of clay to the face and let it dry. Leave it on anywhere from 5-20 minutes, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. As the mask dries, expect skin to feel pulled and tight.
Remove clay with warm water. A slight redness may appear after removing the clay. This is normal and will disappear in approximately 30 minutes. The clay should leave pores deeply cleansed and fresh.
If your skin gets dry and itchy…
I love this Honey Rose Clay Mask from Garden Collage because it hydrates and soothes the skin by balancing the natural oil levels on my face. It also smells amazing, making it a perfect addition to bath night.
You’ll need 3oz rose clay, 1oz colloidal oatmeal, 1oz powdered organic rose petals, 1oz honey and 2-3 drops of rose oil.
Start by mixing the dry ingredients. For a stronger treatment, mix with water or witch-hazel until it becomes paste. Then, add the honey and rose oil. To turn the paste into a creamy mask, either mix it with equal parts face cream, milk, aloe vera gel, mashed avocado or cucumber juice for sensitive skin. Rinse the mask off after 10-15 minutes.