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Dry skin can be caused and made worse by several things, including poor diet, dehydration, reactions to chemicals found in skincare products, and even changes in the weather. Homemade face masks provide a safe and effective solution that will help to rehydrate and moisturize your skin. Here are three homemade face masks for dry skin.

Avocado, Oatmeal, and Aloe Vera Mask

Avocado is rich in vitamin E and healthy fats that nourish the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Oatmeal is a natural skin softener that aids the removal of dead skin cells and also binds other face mask ingredients together, helping to form a paste. Aloe vera is an excellent ingredient for hydrating the skin and combating dryness.

Peel the avocado and remove the stone, then mash thoroughly using a fork. Add two teaspoons of aloe vera gel and mix. Next, add one or two tablespoons of oatmeal, depending on the consistency you want. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse your skin thoroughly, but avoid cleansing for at least half an hour, as the avocado will still be soaking into the deeper layers of your skin.

Olive Oil, Gram Flour, and Turmeric Mask

Olive oil is one of nature’s most potent moisturizers, with the ability to repair damaged or dry skin. Gram flour acts as a cleanser and exfoliator to remove dirt from deep within the pores. Turmeric is full of antioxidants and healing properties that help to repair damaged skin.

Make a healing and moisturizing face mask by mixing two tablespoons of olive oil, half a teaspoon of turmeric and one or two tablespoons of gram flour. Apply the paste to your skin, taking special care to avoid the delicate area around the eyes, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove the mask with a damp cloth or cotton wool to keep the turmeric away from your eyes. Cleanse your face as usual.

Egg, Milk and Yogurt Mask

Egg yolk is an efficient skin softener that nourishes the skin and combats dryness. Milk is also an excellent skin moisturizer that works well on dry skin. Yogurt cleanses, soothes and softens the skin, while also making it easier to remove dead skin cells.

Start by separating the egg, as you only need to use the yolk for this recipe. Mix one egg yolk with two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Add one to two tablespoons of powdered milk and mix. Unless you use yogurt with a thick consistency, you may need to use extra powdered milk or other bulking agents, such as oatmeal or gram flour, to help thicken the mixture. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and cleanse as usual.

Store-bought beauty products can make dry skin worse, but homemade face masks provide an efficient and natural solution for most people. Ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard can make excellent moisturizers that help to soften and hydrate your skin.

Check out: 3 Homemade Face Masks For Sensitive Skin | 3 Homemade Face Masks For Oily Skin

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How to Cope in a Power Blackout

by Gail Kavanagh

Blackouts are a fact of life, and if you live in an area where these are frequent, you need to know how to be prepared. Even if you do not, a power blackout can occur anywhere at any time. So consider the following tips to make the whole experience less stressful.

1: When the lights go out, light is just what you need. But the flashlight in the closet is no use to you if the batteries are dead. So always make sure to store spare batteries right where you stash the flashlight. Keep it where is it can easily be found. But it shouldn’t be your only emergency light. Many people keep candles or kerosene lanterns (though these are not the safest option, particularly if you have young children). Also keep battery powered lanterns for emergencies, a good rechargeable lantern will cost about $30-40 and will provide light for at least six hours. If you live in an area prone to many blackouts it is a good idea to have more than one option.

2: Do not open the fridge or freezer while the blackout is on, your food will stay frozen if you do not open the freezer door. If the blackout goes longer than 48 hours, open the fridge door once to get out foods you may need such as sandwich meat, fruit or milk. If the blackout is a long one you may lose refrigerated food, so try to use up what you have. When the blackout ends, inspect the food in your fridge or freezer and clean it out thoroughly, discarding anything that has been contaminated.

3: Blackouts happen at the most inconvenient times, and if everything in your kitchen runs on electricity, you won’t even be able to make a cup of coffee. Hot water from the faucet can contain dissolved minerals, some of which may not be the best thing for you. So when a storm is coming you might want to think ahead. Keep a vacuum flask of hot water or ready made coffee in the kitchen. It will help to comfort you during a blackout. You can also use your gas powered or charcoal barbecue grill to prepare coffee and a meal, so keep a ready supply of fuel.

4: Buy a battery powered radio. Electric companies will keep you informed through local radio broadcasts, and you will know the time so you can keep the family to as normal a routine as possible. And if you have some kind of player that doesn’t need to be plugged in right away (cell phone or tablet) cheer everyone up with some music!

5: If young children are frightened, let them camp out in the living room for the night. This serves two purposes – it calms the children, and makes sure everyone is in one place if the blackout turns into a real emergency, requiring evacuation. For this reason also make sure everyone is dressed warmly or has sweaters and boots nearby.

6: If you have to use pantry food for a meal, make sure you have a simple manual can opener as you won’t be able to use the electric one. It may sound funny, but things like this are often overlooked. If you go electric on any everyday item, don’t throw the manual version away. Put it in your emergency drawer.

7: As soon as the blackout occurs turn off your computer, TV and other appliances (except the fridge). You don’t want a surge of power running through the house when the power comes back on.

8: Try to keep some cash around the house. If the forecast shows a big storm coming, you might want to take out a bit of money beforehand. ATMs will also go down in a general blackout and you won’t know how long it will continue. And always try to keep some change/money tucked away in the car for toll booths.

9: Keep your cellphone charged and make sure you make only emergency calls as the networks will likely be jammed.

10: Finally, if there is any likelihood of a power line down in your area, stay indoors until it is fixed. Don’t take any foolish risks, especially if it is dark and raining.


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