3 hydrating face masks to DIY

Hydrating face masks good enough to eat? Sign us up! Health and wellness blogger Tamika Datson has created three dry weather lifesavers you can whip up from your pantry staples.

Its official, winter is not only here, it's not going anywhere for a while. And those chilling temperatures and strong winds can be harsh on the skin often leaving it feeling dry, cracked and lacklustre.

But health and wellness blogger Tamika Datson of The Nourished Bite has come up with a solution in your very own kitchen. "Facemasks are a great way to hydrate, moisturise and uplift your complexion," she says. "And making your own natural facemask from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen is not only economical but protects you from harmful additives in many store-bought face masks."

Here are Tamika's three favourites to try.

1. Oatmeal and avocado

This oatmeal and avocado facemask is a must-do in winter. The oatmeal helps to soothe and reduce redness on the skin whilst the avocado moisturises and helps reduce inflamed skin among other things.

Ingredients:

½ cup oatmeal
½ ripe avocado

Method:

Cook oats as per packet instructions and allow to cool down. Mash avocado and add to the cooked oats. Mix well until it forms an even consistency. Apply to your skin and leave it on for around 10-15 minutes or until it dries. After, rinse it off with lukewarm water and dry your skin.  

2. Banana and yoghurt

Bananas are the perfect on-the-run breakfast but they also have amazing skin benefits. They are packed with nutrients and vitamins to help fight blemishes, eliminate dryness and even your skin tone. Yoghurt that contains lactic acid helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles to reveal bright glowing skin.

Ingredients:

½ banana
1-2 tbsp of plain yoghurt

Method:

Mash banana and add yoghurt. Mix well until combined. Spread evenly on the face and leave for around 20 minutes or until dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.

3. Lemon and honey

Honey and lemon are one of the most common household ingredients and two essentials for clear, beautiful skin. Lemon helps to remove dead skin cells whilst honey has antibacterial properties helping to fight free radical damage on the skin.

Ingredients:

½ lemon
1-2 tbsp of honey

Method:

Mix together the juice of lemon and honey together in a bowl till combined. Apply all over the face avoiding your eyes. Let it soak in the skin for around 25 minutes or so then rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a towel and apply your favourite moisturiser to really hydrate your skin.

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