More women than ever before are paying careful attention to everything they put in–and on–their bodies. More than just careful label reading at the grocery store, this also means making the transition from store-bought skin care products and treatments laden with chemicals and preservatives to simple, at-home recipes for softer, smoother skin. Here’s a look at some dry skin treatments that you can make using simple ingredients that you’ve probably already got in your pantry.
Oat Bran and Honey Mask
Not just a great source of fiber, oat bran flakes make a great gentle exfoliant, while honey and yogurt soothe and treat dry, itchy skin.
Crush a handful of oat bran flake cereal in a zip-top bag by rolling over them with a rolling pin or wine bottle. Transfer crushed flakes to a bowl, and add two tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, one tablespoon raw honey, and a half teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well, and apply in an even layer to your face, avoiding your eyes. Allow to dry for approximately 12 minutes, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Delicious Avocado Mash
The rich, buttery oils in avocados help your skin retain moisture and elasticity. Why not stuff the other half with a simple shrimp ceviche to enjoy while the mask does its work? That way, you’ll get the health benefits of this wonder food inside and out! 😉
Mash half a very ripe, soft avocado in a bowl along with two strawberries and a drizzle of honey. Apply to face and neck and allow to soak in for 10 minutes before rinsing completely. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.
Pina Colada Skin Treatment
Bring the scent of a tropical island vacation to your beauty routine with this skin softening treatment. Use it once a week and you’ll notice an immediate improvement in the condition of your skin.
(This easy DIY recipe is courtesy SheKnows.com.) Add 3 tablespoons fresh pineapple and 1 tablespoon coconut milk to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and then stir in 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar. Wash your hands and apply the scrub to your face touching everywhere but the eye area and rinse the scrub with warm water.