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Face Mask & Scrub Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin


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Find the ingredients for these masks & 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 gallery 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. Find a good cleanser here.
  • Exfoliation is key, you need to remove dead skin 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 fruits) 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.

More on skincare:
Dry Skin? 25 of My Best Itchy Skin Fixes
How To Do The Basic At-Home Facial
Homemade Face Mask Recipes Hub
17 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items
How to Save $$$ on Skincare With These 12 Tips

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