Youth Voices: Ward off dry winter skin with homemade facials
By Sudan Zhuang
The weekend is the best time of the week to pamper and unwind. It’s finally time to get off work and spend time with family and friends. It is also the best time to relax.
Most people hang out with friends and family on the weekend. However, the wintry weather is harsh on skin with blustery winds and indoor heat. Your skin will lose its moisture — in other words, the freezing winter temperatures will dry your skin. However, to restore your skin’s moisture, homemade face masks repair and brighten your skin considerably.
A homemade mask is designed to treat dry sensitive skin, as well as pimples and irritation. In general, masks should stay on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can prepare with a steaming hot washcloth first, apply the mask and then gently wash it off with your hands in a circular motion. While some homemade masks work best for dry and sensitive skin, there are amazing recipes that work on all skin types.
The best homemade facial is honey. Use a hot washcloth to open your skin pores and then apply the honey. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and then use cold water to close your pores. Use it twice in a row and once a week. Sometimes I mix honey with little ground oatmeal, which makes a great exfoliating face mask.
The second best homemade face mask would be egg white. I have used egg white to cure my allergies. Sometimes I use it for my dry skin as well, which works wonders for me. Take one egg, separate the egg white from the yolk, then beat the egg white until it is frothy. Spread it all over your face. Wait until it dries, then rinse it off. Your face will feel very clean and tight after this application. You can also use the yolk you have left over for cooking.
The kind of mask that is best for you depend on your skin type. For dry skin, try combining an egg yolk mixed with olive oil and warmed honey; sour cream; plain olive oil and avocado.
1. Place ingredients in a bowl
2. Mix until you get a paste-like consistency
3. Immediately apply to face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes
4. Add cucumber slices on top of your eyes for softening and soothing
5. Go to the sink and gently scrub the mask into the skin
6. Rinse with lukewarm water
7. Rinse again, with cool water
8. Pat skin dry with towel
These homemade and do-it-yourself face masks are easy, quick and affordable. Most of these ingredients are probably in your kitchen or fridge. If not, you can find them easily at supermarket and make a face mask for yourself.
Are you ready to make one to beat the wintry weather and make your complexion smooth? If yes, what are you waiting for? The moisture of your skin can be restored from the comfort of your home.
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