Hydrating masks or water based masks are ideal for winter. As your skin gets too dry, flaky and itchy this season, you need to do away with all those hardening clay masks and instead switch over to water based ones which help retain the moisture from the skin and prevent further moisture loss. These homemade masks do just that. They contain ingredients such as natural fruit juices, plant extracts and glycerin which act as soothing balms on parched winter skins.
Just mash the papaya pulp and spread it all over your face and neck. After 15 minutes wash it off with cold water and watch your face glow.
Aloevera gel mask
Slit open a fresh juicy aloe leaf and extract the thick pulp. Mash it well. You might also mix a tsp of glycerin in this aloe gel for getting an extra lubricating mask. Apply it to your face and neck and leave on for 10-12 minutes. Some people are allergic to fresh aloe-gel, they might experience some itching and discomfort. If that is the case with you, then don’t use it.
A few grapes
Deseed a few grapes and mash them well to get a pulpy mixture. Spread over face and neck for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
Rose water-1 tbsp
Mash strawberries and add rose water to the pulp. Apply this mask on the face and neck and let it stay for 15 minutes. Finally rinse off with cold water.
Honey face pack
Mix the two ingredients and spread over your face and neck. You may even skip using rose water. Honey is a very good hydrant and humectant and is extremely good for dry, moisture depleted skin.
Malai (milk-cream) mask
Malai (milk cream)
Apply milk cream over your face and neck; be careful not to get it into the eyes. Keep on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water followed by a splash of cold water.
Almond oil-milk face pack
Dissolve a pinch of sugar in unboiled milk and then add almond oil. Blend it well. Apply to on your face and neck and keep it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with tepid water and as then with cold water as the final rinse.
Carrot juice – 2 tsp
Honey – 5 tsp
Mix honey and carrot juice so that they blend well. Apply to the face and neck for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off. It makes the skin smooth as silk.
Coconut milk mask
Grate a fresh coconut and grind the scrapings with little water to extract thick coconut milk. Spread over face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Tomato yoghurt mask
Tomato juice – 1 tsp
Yoghurt (curds) – 1 tbsp
Rosewater – 1/2 tsp
Mix all the ingredients, add water if necessary. Apply this paste over your face and neck for 10-12 minutes and wash off with slightly tepid water and finally rinse off with cold water.
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