with the cold weather upon (most) of us, dry skin can be a problem, even if we don’t battle it year-round. the air is naturally drier, as is our hair, scalp, and skin.
keeping your face clean is a must, but we don’t want to dry it out even more as we wash it. the OCM (oil cleansing method) is a great way to keep our skin clean and moisturized, but it doesn’t work for everyone, and can be time consuming for a regular routine.
face masks are a great way to pamper yourself and your skin, all while keeping it clean and toxin-free.
these masks are for dry skin (of course you can use them year-round!) and are completely DIY… my favorite! you can do these masks 2 to 3 times a week, as they will not clog pores and are geared towards sensitive skin (yes, even acne-prone skin).
there are certain ingredients that i love for moisturizing my skin. these can ALL be mixed and matched for a special masks tailored to suit your skin needs. if you want to play around with mixes, start in very small batches (to not waste ingredients) and see what works best. i’ll add my favorite mixes below!
the ideal amount for a single use mask will be 2 to 3 tablespoons of mix (whichever ingredients you decide to use). keep this in mind when you’re using multiple moisturizing ingredients. you always want them to equal up to 3 tablespoons; not 2 to 3 each!
MOISTURIZING BASE INGREDIENTS –
these base ingredients will make up the bulk (or all of) your moisturizing face masks. you can use 1 or all of the ingredients. play around with ratios and have fun!
- pure aloe vera (whole leaf gel, or cut straight from the plant)
- raw honey (raw honey is more of a solid and doesn’t appear to be syrupy at all)
- plain, full-fat yogurt (no sugars, flavors, etc)
- cucumber (need to blend)
- strawberries (mashed)
- grapes (mashed)
MOISTURIZING OILS –
these oils are suitable for all skin types. although not necessary, adding around 5 to 7 drops (max) of these oils will give your skin an extra punch of moisture:
- emu oil
- sweet almond oil
- argan oil
- jojoba oil
CLEANSERS (ADD-INS) –
these cleansing ingredients aren’t necessary, but you may add them if you want more than moisture:
- activated charcoal – this ingredient will purify your skin and help clear up blemishes (great for acne-prone skin!). add 1/2 capsule to every 2 tablespoons worth of moisturizers you use.
- bentonite clay – this clay draws toxins from your skin and tightens pores. in moisturizing masks, the clay needs to be a very small part of the overall mix, to not cause dryness. for every 2 tablespoons of moisturizers you use, add in 1/2 teaspoon of the benny clay.
- MSM powder – msm powder will exfoliate your skin without drying it out. it’s great for blemishes, scars, and acne. for every 2 tablespoons of moisturizers you use, add in 1 teaspoon of the powder.
SCENTS (ADD-INS) –
again, these aren’t necessary, but who doesn’t like smelling nice things?
- add any essential oils you love into your moisturizing face mask mix. as a basis for how much to mix in, a drop or two (depending on the strength of the EO) will do wonders for every 2 to 3 tablespoons of face mask mix you have. although not an essential oil, i love adding rose water to my masks.
HEAVY DUTY MOISTURE AND BLEMISH-HEALING MASK:
in a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon pure aloe, 1/4 tablespoon raw honey, 1/2 tablespoon yogurt, 1/2 capsule activated charcoal, 3 drops of sweet almond oil, and a light drizzle of rose water. once thoroughly mixed, rub in gentle circular motions onto a clean face. let sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cool water and a soft washcloth. this mask is great for all skin types that need a heavy dose of moisture for whatever reason, but it is especially great for purifying your skin, as well as healing and lightening blemishes.
SIMPLE MOISTURE (doubles as scalp mask)
in a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons pure aloe and 3 drops emu (or argan) oil. once thoroughly mixed, rub in gentle circular motions onto a clean face. let sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cool water and a soft washcloth.
this mix also doubles as a great scalp moisturizer! the amount of emu/argan oil in the mix shouldn’t leave your hair greasy. if you’re worried it could, start with only a drop for every 2 tablespoons of aloe you use. apply to your scalp when your hair is dry, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.
what are your favorite ways to moisturize dry facial skin? what are some mixes you want to try?
leave your tips and favorites below!