Whether seasonal or man-made, countless factors play a role in dry skin. Too much sun exposure, frosty temperatures, central heating or overdoing it with too little sleep and too much alcohol can lead to flakey and irritated patches that are not only uncomfortable but downright embarrassing on your face. Combat these with a DIY-mask that restores hydration and leaves skin feeling silky and smooth without clogging pores or leading to blemishes and breakouts.
Get Your Greens
Reach for an avocado. Rich in natural oils that penetrate deep into the skin, avocado can soften and hydrate. Surprising? According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, New York City dermatologist and author of "Skin Rules," most of what you use for an at-home moisturizing mask can be found in your own refrigerator.
Mash half an avocado in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of honey, a natural humectant that draws water to the surface of the skin. Rich with antioxidants, honey is also antibacterial, making it ideal to use on skin that is prone to breakouts.
Apply the mixture to clean skin. Wait for 15 minutes and then wash it off with a warm washcloth. The combination of the avocado and honey not only moisturizes the skin surface but also contributes to the retention of interior moisture for a youthful-looking face.
Rise And Shine
Separate 1 egg. The secret ingredient of this mask is the yolk, which is mainly water and fat. You won't need the egg white for this mask. The yolk moisturizes and soothes skin and acts as an emollient and water-binding agent.
Combine the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix thoroughly.
Apply to clean skin and let rest for 15 minutes. Remove with a damp, warm washcloth.