Winters can wreak havoc on the skin. The air tends to be dryer due to heaters and cold air can zap the skin of moisture. This year I have made it a priority to keep my skin from getting too dry. Let’s combat that by making a DIY dry skin mask!
I often suffer from flakey skin and get dry patches. I find that once those dry patches set in, it’s very difficult to get rid of them. This year I have stuck to my own skin care religiously. I decided last year I was done with skin care product reviews which has allowed me to use what I want which what I want is what I make!
I’ve also committed to staying on top of drinking water daily and definitely don’t slack on my daily green smoothie with collagen.
While I am staying on top of the dry patches, I still feel that I’m dry so I decided it was time to formulate a mask. I write posts on what interests me, formulate recipes on what I need and share health posts that pertain to where I’m at health wise. I love the idea that you all are in the same place, get what I’m talking about and can use these posts! This is my way of keeping this blog transparent and real.
ANYWAY-before I ramble on even more, let’s just get straight to the ingredients!
Pumpkin Seed Oil is known for it’s healing properties. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A and C, zinc, and other trace minerals and vitamins. It is deeply moisturizing and soothing as well!
- High in antioxidants-fights signs of aging.
- Selemium and zinc are great for fighting acne!
- Zinc haps maintian collagen levels.
- Vitamin A stimulates cell turnover.
- Fatty acids (omega 3s and 6s) deliver mega hydration!
- Soothes inflammation.
- Vitamin E reduces scarring and improves skin texture.
- Increases circulation.
- Selenium provides UV protection.
- Improves oxygen levels which leads to accerated healing.
Baobab Oil contains more antioxidants then goji berries and even matcha! It’s high in vitamin A, C and E and it absorbs quickly. The amount of vitamin C it contains is quite impressive (6x more then an orange) which translates into collagen production which helps with elasticity and smoothness. Vitamin C also helps brighten the skin. It’s high amount of vitamin A is what makes this oil a very effective moisturizer for the skin.
Mango Butter is non comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores). It’s high in vitamin A and C and it also has been known to be helpful in repairing the skin
Beeswax is used to thicken up the oils as well as calm and protect the skin.
I used a blend of lavender essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil and found THIS rose absolute. It’s not pure rose but I am really craving a rose scent and am not in the market to spend $100s on rose essential oil. This rose absolute is a bit more affordable and does the trick. This mask smells SO GOOD.
DIY Dry Skin Mask
- 2 TBSP. Pumpkin Seed Oil (find it HERE)
- 1 TBSP. Baobab Oil (find it HERE)
- 1 TBSP. Mango Butter (find it HERE)
- 1/2 TBSP. Beeswax (find it HERE)
- 10 drops Rose Absolute (find it HERE) *optional
- 7 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 3 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- Fill a medium pot half way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex measuring cup in the pot.
- Add all the ingredients except the essential oils.
- Turn on stove top to medium and allow the beeswax and butter to thoroughly melt.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into a 2 ounce glass jar.
- Allow to cool.
- Apply a thin layer on clean skin.
- Let set 5-20 minutes.
- Remove with a hot wash cloth.
- Follow up with a toner and facial oil.
- Can be used 1-3 times a week.
I’m loving this mask. I have this new beauty ritual since the new year where I take a magnesium baths with lavender oil and a face mask at least 2x a week. This mask is really keeping my skin in good shape. Once I get the dryness under control, I plan to add a pinch of a gentle clay (like rose clay rhassoul or kaolin) to a dime sized amount of mask. Clay will help rev up circulation which stimulates the skin to be healthier. However, clay can also pull moisture out of the skin and is known for detox, so for now, I’m keeping the clay in my back pocket.
I hope you make this mask if you’re struggling with dry skin. It’s so easy and while I’ve specified certain oils, you can tweak it for the oils you have. However, the oils I chose are specifically for replenishing dry skin and fighting the signs of aging. I get the majority of my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs including essential oils. I feel that they have the best quality. I have linked each ingredient.