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Honey Yogurt Face Masks


By Tiffany Moore

Hydrate moisture-deprived dry skin with this super-moisturizing homemade honey and yogurt face mask recipe. A DIY organic facial mask that soothes and comforts chapped, scaly dry skin with the natural healing properties of honey and yogurt.


Honey is well known as a natural humectant which attracts moisture and retains it in the skin. If skin loses its ability to retain moisture, it will look wrinkled and dry. Honey nourishes dry skin with its high nutrient content and helps erase the effects of aging, leaving your complexion intensely moisturized, smooth and youthful looking.


The lactic acid in yogurt helps soften and gently exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal fresher, healthier skin cells beneath. This means rough and dry patches of flaky skin are removed without irritation. Yogurt also lightens dark spots, freckles and evens out skin tone over time.


Honey Yogurt Oatmeal Face Mask Recipe

2 tablespoons plain yogurt (use full fat unflavored yogurt)

1 tablespoon manuka honey

1-2 tablespoons oatmeal, cooked and cooled


How to make honey and yogurt face mask:

1. Combine yogurt, honey and oatmeal in a small bowl.


2. Mix all ingredients together until you get a smooth paste.


3. Spread honey yogurt facial mask over your clean face.


4. Lie down and relax, and leave the face mask on for about 10-15 minutes.


5. Wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry and apply your favorite toner and moisturizer.





Yogurt Honey Aloe Vera Face Mask Recipe

Use this calming face mask recipe if your skin is dry and irritated. Also great to replenish dry winter skin or soothe and cool sunburned face.


½ cup unflavored yogurt

2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (or aloe vera juice)

1 tablespoon honey

½ small cucumber, peeled

a few drops chamomile oil


How to make yogurt honey aloe vera facial mask:

1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds until a smooth paste forms.


2. Apply on your face and throat. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes.


3. Rinse well with warm water to remove facial mask. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Apply toner and moisturizer.



Now let’s talk more on dry facial skin. If you have dry skin that is prone to flaking in cold weather, the most important thing you need to do is intensively hydrate your skin from the inside out. Step up your daily consumption of omega 3 fats to protect and strengthen your’s skin barrier so that it can retain moisture, leaving you with plumper and line-free skin.


Oily fish such as trout, mackerel and salmon are particularly abundant in Omega 3. If you are not so keen on fish, nibble on unsalted walnuts and pumpkin seeds, or eat plenty of spinach and mustard greens, or add a sprinkling of flaxseeds to your morning smoothies. These foods also contain loads of powerful skin-enhancing nutrients that your body needs to stimulate collagen growth and improve skin elasticity.


You have to be very careful when it comes to exfoliation. Facial scrubs that have nut shells – walnut, brazil nut, and almond – in them may be too harsh for sensitive and dehydrated skin. What I suggest is gently rub a cut strawberry all over your face for 1-2 minutes and rinse off. The naturally occurring AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) in strawberry will gently buff away dead skin cells to reveal a bright and sparkly complexion with a lovely rosy after-glow that last for days. Grapes will also work the same way for moisture-starved facial skin.


It is common knowledge that dry skin needs maximum hydration to stay resilient and keep wrinkles away. But what are the best skin care ingredients for dry skin? Look for hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate), glycerin, lanolin, lactic acid or glycolic acid to hold moisture, and natural plant oils to trap water by preventing evaporation – shea butter, mango butter, almond oil, and jojoba oil. Dimethicone, ceramides and squalene are also helpful for dry skin.


Creams or lotions? Creams work best on very dry skin because they generally contain more oil than lotions and therefore ease that taut feeling much better. Lotions have more water so they are suitable for dry skin that breaks out easily.


If you have a big beauty budget, I highly recommend Relastin Ultra Emollient. This super hydrating, quick-absorbing multitasking moisturizer comes with a multitude of added vitamins, extracts and peptides that delivers astonishing results – plumper, and more “lifted” younger looking complexion within weeks.


Looking for more affordable alternatives? Try L’Oréal Nutrissime Reactivating Dry Skin Cream, or Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15.


Before I go, here’s something to keep in mind. Always apply the moisturizer after anti-aging products so that it won’t prevent your skin from absorbing the ingredients in them.


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