Face Mask and Scrub Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin

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Find the Ingredients for These Masks and Scrubs in Your Kitchen

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If you suffer from dry, chapped skin, welcome to the club. I do, too. One day after I turned 35, my skin magically changed from oily to dry. Hormones.

The recipes in this article are super moisturizing for dry, chapped skin like mine. Whether your skin is dehydrated from the winter elements, dry from the natural aging process (it happens) or dry for some reason you can't determine, these recipes are for you.

You can find the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Avocado, honey, milk and brown sugar are all wonderful for dry skin. If you have skin sensitivities, you'll want to do a test on your neck or wrist first, but most of these ingredients are so pure, most people won't have a problem. Certainly they're better than the stuff found in jars, which use chemicals for preservation.

After you wash off the face mask or scrub, be sure to slather on a great moisturizer or oil afterwards for full effect.

Here are some things to consider in the meantime:

  • Everyone's skin will have different needs. Just because something works for me or your friends, doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you. So if you try something that I loved, but it was "meh" for you, maybe you'll need to tweak it.
  • Water, water, water. Women with incredible skin tend to drink lots of water.
  • Lay off the alcohol and the sugar before a big event where you want your skin to glow.
  • Consider your cleanser. If you have dry skin, use a creamy cleanser that won't strip skin of oils. Perhaps one of these 12 Cleansers for Every Skin Type might help.
  • Exfoliation is key, you need to remove dead cells so your skin can soak up moisturizer or oils. But if you have redness, consider skipping anything that will tear at skin, like a washcloth, sugar, or scrubs with microbeads (which are bad for the environment anyway), and try an enzyme-based exfoliant instead. These enzymes (typically found in fruit) break down the dead skin naturally and won't dry out your skin further.

Not sure if you have dry skin? Find out for sure in my article, How to Tell If You Have Dry Skin.

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Avocado Face Masks for Dry Skin

Avocados are particularly moisturizing. These four amazing avocado masks are great for all skin types except oily skin. They are particularly wonderful for mature, wrinkled, and dry skin. It's best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado. Make sure to mash it up into a creamy pulp.

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Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face

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Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types. I adapted this recipe from one suggested by Lena Korres, founder of Korres Natural Products, and makeup artist Jemma Kidd, in Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Homemade Milk Mask for Dry Skin

Milk can nourish and soothe skin.
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This is a classic milk mask for the face. Milk works beautifully to moisturize dry skin. This recipe makes enough for two.

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Amazing Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil Moisturizer

Coconut oil has many uses and natural beauty benefits.
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If you are familiar with this site, you know how obsessed I am with coconut oil. I smooth it on my face every day in the winter and wipe off the excess with a damp washcloth before applying my SPF tinted moisturizer. It acts as the absolute perfect foundation primer and keeps my super dry skin hydrated, while the washcloth acts as the perfect exfoliant. So imagine my joy when I tried this recipe out and fell in love immediately with it.

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Skin Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in many Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, but what many Western don't know is that when combined with olive oil, it's also a brilliant face mask for dry or aging skin.

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Video: Dark Chocolate Face Mask for Dry Skin

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Who says chocolate is bad for your skin? The cocoa solids in chocolate are excellent for moisturizing, so this mask is the perfect remedy for dry skin. This video shows you how to make a dark chocolate face mask at home.

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Paraffin Wax Treatment for Hands

Get softer hands with a paraffin wax treatment.
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Treat yourself to a luxurious wax treatment like they do in posh spas around the world. Dip hands into warm wax and then peel away leaving hands soft and supple.

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How to Get Rid of Dry, Cracked Heels

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Dry, cracked feet are never sexy. While this tends to be a summer hazard, it can happen all year-round. If you can't afford a fish pedicure, get rid of dry heel syndrome with this five-step process I cobbled together and use myself from time-to-time.

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Make Your Own Sugar or Salt Scrub


Head to a posh spa and you can treat yourself (for a mere $100-$300) to an all-over body scrub. Or you can spend up to $50 on a fancy body scrub. But why buy when you can make a homemade body scrub out of basic ingredients yourself? All you need is salt or sugar, body oil and a nice, warm bath.

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