Has the blazing summer sun caused skin damage? Sunlight may be a great source of vitamin D, but overexposure may cause sunburns, premature wrinkles and also damage your skin. Exposure to UV rays is the number 1 reason for skin cancer today. 1
Face masks that contain cooling foods like watermelon, yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber can help you hydrate your skin, soothe sunburns, lighten your complexion, and also treat acne and dark spots. The cooling effect of these marks can also help you relax.
Here are 7 face masks that will help you beat the heat:
1. Sandalwood And Rose Water
Sandalwood has been used for many years for its cooling effect, and as an astringent. It is good for all skin types, prevents acne and has moisturizing properties. Using it on cracked or irritated skin can be beneficial.2
Rosewater also has anti-inflammatory properties like sandalwood and can be used to soothe the skin and give a cooling effect.
To make the face mask, mix sandalwood and rosewater to make a paste. Ensure that the consistency is thick and creamy. Apply it on your face for a cooling effect and then rinse with water after 15 minutes.
Apart from providing the cooling effect, yogurt also prevents the formation of blackheads by shrinking large pores on the skin which does not let any dirt from depositing on them. Yogurt also reduces blemishes and dark circles.3
To making a cooling mask for your face, pair yogurt with watermelon, banana or cucumber.
- Watermelon – Watermelon is a refreshing cleanser and helps to unclog pores and treat blackheads.4 To make the
- Banana – Banana helps to restore the radiance of the skin and fights dryness. It will also help you prevent fine lines and wrinkles on your face.5 Blend one banana, 1 tablespoon of honey, and some yogurt to make a face mask. Apply this mixture to your face and wash off after 30 minutes.
- Cucumber – Cucumber can heal any damage caused by the sun while providing the cooling effect and also tightening the pores. Mix the pulp of 1 cucumber with some yogurt and apply it on your face. Wash this face mask after 30 minutes.
3. Honey And Cucumber
Honey and cucumber can soothe and hydrate the skin, and tighten the pores. Honey is a good astringent, antiseptic and gives
Blend 1 cucumber and add 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Apply this mask to your face and relax. Wash it off after 30 minutes.
4. Avocado And Coconut Milk
Avocado can deeply moisturize the skin and prevent early aging. It can also cool the skin in the harsh summers. Coconut milk and avocado together help to soothe and hydrate the skin.
To make the face mask, blend the avocado pulp and add some coconut milk to it. You can also use honey instead of coconut milk. Leave this mask for 30 minutes and wash with water.
5. Mint And Multani Mitti
Mint can soothe and calm itchy or irritated skin
To make the face mask, blend a few mint leaves and add some multani mitti to it. Apply this paste to your face and let it dry. Wash it off with water. You can also use turmeric instead of multani mitti. Turmeric has antiseptic properties but may leave a light yellow color on your skin.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has soothing, moisturizing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for sensitive and sunburned skin. Using aloe vera can be beneficial if you have dry skin.7
The aloe vera face mask can be made by mixing 2 spoons of aloe vera gel with some yogurt or lemon juice. Apply this mixture to you face for 30 minutes before you wash it with water.
7. Lemon And Egg
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and helps to lighten the skin tone. It also reduces blackheads, blemishes and removes dead skin cells. The lemon juice and egg white mask is good for oily skin, anti-aging, cleansing, lightening the skin, and exfoliating.8
To make this skin lightening mask, beat 1 egg white and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Apply it to your skin for 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.
|↑1||Have a Sun-safe Summer, American Cancer Society.|
|↑2||Solanki, N. S., C. S. Chauhan, B. Vyas, and Deepak
|↑3, ↑4, ↑5||Dayal Roshni. Natural Beauty Secrets from India. Tate Publishing, 2009.|
|↑6||Paiva Jeanne. How to Treat Your Skin Naturally. J.P publishing, 2005.|
|↑7||Handa Parvesh. Ayurveda for Health & Beauty. Lotus Press, 2006.|
|↑8||Gordon Mia. Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes. Mia Wadsworth, 2012.|