We love spending our summers outdoors – from backyard barbecues and mimosas by the pool to endless days at the beach, we try to find time to do it all. The downfall? All that time in the sun takes a real toll on our skin. Of course we’re always armed with our trusty SPF, but sometimes that just isn’t enough – our skin is in need of some serious hydration.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix – DIY face masks! And not only are they super simple to make at home, but they’re packed with a bunch of natural beauty benefits to help revitalize your skin. We’ve handpicked our favorites below, so grab your ingredients, give them a try and get ready for glowing skin!
Avocado Honey Mask
¼ cup of uncooked oatmeal
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants that are used in tons of different skincare products. They are essentially a skin superfood. In addition to the moisturizing properties of avocado, the oatmeal in this mask works as an exfoliator while the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice help to brighten the complexion and reduce inflammation. Simply mash up the avocado and mix in the rest of the ingredients and apply for your desired amount of time. Try integrating this mask into your summer beauty regimen once or twice a week for soft, supple skin!
Banana Honey Face Mask
1/2 banana (preferably ripe)
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
This simple mask works wonders for oily, acne-prone skin as bananas are packed with antioxidants and potassium that naturally help combat acne while honey helps to keep skin perfectly hydrated. Simply take an overripe banana and mash it until its a semi-liquid consistency, then sprinkle in the cinnamon (an awesome, natural acne-fighting ingredient) and some honey. Mix it all together and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes and then rise off with warm water.
Strawberry Yogurt Face Mask
1/4 cup of dry rolled oats
3 tablespoons of organic plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
Made from fresh produce you’re likely to already have in your fridge, this hydrating ingredient mask works wonders on dry, dull skin. Strawberries are not only a great summer snack, but are the perfect addition to any at-home mask! Not only are they packed with vitamin C, but they also work as a gentle exfoliant for dry skin. To start, blend your oats to a powder-like consistency in a food processor. In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork (or pulse in a blender for smoother consistency) and then mix in the yogurt, honey and blended oats. Apply to face for as long as desired and then rinse off with warm water. Follow up with your favorite toner and serum for instantly glowing skin!
All-Natural Chocolate Face Mask
1/3 cup of cocoa
2 tablespoons of heavy cream
1/4 cup of honey
3 tablespoons of oatmeal powder
The perfect addition to any at-home spa night, this chocolate mask not only smells divine, but will do wonders for tired skin. The cream and honey work together to restore moisture to parched skin, while the oatmeal gently removes dead skin. Simply mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until the mask is cool to the touch. Then apply generously to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and follow up with a light moisturizer.
Exfoliating Honey Cinnamon Face Mask
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Dry summer heat can often take a toll on our skin leaving it burnt, dried out and flaky. Luckily, exfoliating treatments are great at combating dehydrated skin and this DIY mask is packed with natural ingredients to help restore moisture and eliminate dryness. Cinnamon, a natural astringent, works with the baking soda to remove dirt and unclog pores while the honey restores moisture without making skin oily. Mix all the ingredients together and apply onto clean skin for 15-20 minutes.
Grapefruit Facial Mask
1 beaten egg white
juice from 1/2 grapefruit
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 tablespoon raw honey
Citrus fruits contain natural bleaching properties that work well in conjunction with the collagen and protein in egg whites to help fade acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. The addition of raw honey and oatmeal help to moisturize and exfoliate skin for a clearer complexion. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites until they are frothy and hold a soft peak. In a separate bowl, mix together the grapefruit juice, honey and oatmeal. Fold the grapefruit mixture into the egg whites and apply mask to clean skin for 10-15 minutes.