DIY avocado face mask is perfect for soothing dry winter skin

Face masks can serve a number of purposes. Some cleanse, others tighten, but this time of year I look for those that nourish. Tanking temperatures and windy weather can lead to dry, even chapped, skin and I find a moisturizing face mask helps reverse the impact of the elements.

This “single-serving” face mask uses three common groceries to nurture skin:

  • Avocado has oils that soften skin and antioxidants, like Vitamin E, that promote healing.
  • Honey moisturizes and has antibacterial properties.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore skin’s natural pH levels.

DIY soothing face mask

This recipe makes one face mask. I like to mix this up anytime I cut open and don’t need an entire avocado — resourceful and beautifying. If you have any left over, it also doubles as a hair mask. Just apply to your roots and scalp and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Don’t skip removing the mask with a washcloth, as this serves to gently exfoliate.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar*

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash the avocado with the honey and vinegar. Use the back of a spoon to continue mashing the mixture into a puree. Alternatively, blend in a mini food processor or push through a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Apply avocado mask to clean face. Wait 10-20 minutes, then remove with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Apply moisturizer.

*If you have never applied apple cider vinegar to your skin, test the mask on a small patch of skin before proceeding. A common side effect of apple cider vinegar is temporary redness but the test will ensure you do not have a stronger reaction.

Avocado face mask

This post was sponsored by Nature’s Bounty.

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