Winter might arrive as a respite from the scorching summer heat, but, it does also bring dry and itchy skin with it. As the surrounding air tends to be drier due to low humidity content, skin loses its moisture and tends to be more scabrous as the parched atmosphere quaffs water from its epidermal layers. Different season impact differently on our health and skin is no exception. The same sun screen lotion may not work well in winter and hence we need to have a solid skin care plan for different weather conditions. Winter is here and I am sure you are already experiencing the dry and itchy skin issues. But there is nothing to worry because today in this post, I am going to share the 17 best winter special face packs that’ll help you to get radiant, healthy and glowing skin easily at home.
Winter special face packs for radiant and glowing skin
Very recently I visited a friend of mine who is a beautician by profession and she is working with some high end clients. I asked her about a few simple tricks for healthy and glowing skin in winter, she said the formula is pretty simple. Instead of using lotions, you should use creams and when possible try and apply winter special face packs and you are sorted. Listed below are some of the best winter special face packs worth trying this winter;
Cucumber and milk face-pack
I am sure you know that cucumber has high water content. Among all the vegetables and fruits that we eat, cucumber tops the list because it has up to 96% water content. Naturally, cucumber is the go to product to hydrate your body and skin. Milk or milk cream is the most common and heavily used ingredient for it works as the best moisturizing agent. Naturally, when we add cucumber and milk or milk cream together, we get the best moisturizer which is phenomenal because it nourishes your skin from inside.
Here’s how to make and apply the cucumber milk face pack.
Take enough quantity of cucumber pulp so that it covers the entire face and neck region. Add two to three spoonfuls of milk or milk cream. Add a pinch of turmeric powder. Give it a good mix and your cucumber and milk face pack is ready to use. Apply the pack on the face and neck region thoroughly, and leave it on for approximately twenty to twenty five minutes. Cleanse and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Cocoa powder and curd face pack
Cocoa powder is very rich in antioxidants and it is considered to be a good moisturizing agent. It also exfoliates the skin and hence cocoa powder face pack can help you get clean and glowing skin easily. Curd and gram flour (or besan as we call in hindi) both are good for oily skin as they help remove excess oil and also control oil secretion. Here’s how to make and apply the cocoa powder and curd face pack.
Mix cocoa powder, gram flour, curd and honey to form a thick consistent paste. Apply the face pack thoroughly and leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes, approximately. Wash it off with lukewarm water and you are on your way to get clean and glowing skin.
Oatmeal and rosewater face pack
Oatmeal and gram flour reduces skin oil content and if you have the oily skin, then this is the ingredient you got to use. Rosewater on the other hand treats dryness effectively. Oatmeal and rosewater ace pack can be very effective remedy for winter season and here’s how to make this pack and apply on your skin.
Mix oatmeal and gram flour with rosewater and a small amount of honey to form an even paste. Apply the paste on face and leave it on for approximately fifteen – twenty minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Egg yolk face pack
Now this may not work for everyone because it’s not easy to apply egg yolk on skin, especially for those who are purely vegetarian. But egg yolk face pack can be very effective because it naturally hydrates and lubricates the skin. Coconut oil is another moisturizer, which is a must-use during winter. We are going to use both these ingredients to make our face pack and here’s how.
Mix egg yolk, coconut oil and a bit of honey. Apply the mixture on face, excluding the area under the eye. Leave it on for approximately, 15 minutes and then wash it off with tepid water to get fully moisturized and glowing skin.
Banana contains an ample quantity of potassium, which moisturizes the skin and also evens coarse skin texture. Vitamin E in bananas prevents any harm to the skin, like dryness, caused by UV rays or cold weather and hence this face pack can be very effective in dealing with issues related to skin texture.
Here’s how you can make banana and honey face pack.
Take a couple of banana and mash it properly. Add about one or one and half spoon of honey into it and give a good mix to make it like a paste. Apply this paste and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. And then cleanse with tepid water.
Carrot and honey face pack
Carrots contain beta carotene, an anti-oxidant, which gets converted into Vitamin A in the body. This helps in tissue repair and reduces flakiness of the skin. So if you are worried about the skin texture in winter, this is the pack you need.
Here’s how to make carrot and honey face pack easily.
Properly peel one carrot and make a puree. Mix the carrot puree with honey and your carrot honey pack is ready. Now apply it on your skin and leave it on for, approximately, 15 -20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and you are sorted.
Green tea, turmeric and gram flour face pack
Green tea contains polyphenols which are mostly catechins. Catechins are antioxidants, which rejuvenate dry skin and ward off wrinkles. When used with gram flour and turmeric which has anti-inflammatory properties, it becomes phenomenal.
Here’s how to make this face pack.
Mix milk powder, gram flour and turmeric in a bowl. Crush oats and add this powder to the above mixture. Add tea leaves from a used teabag in the final mixture. Add rosewater to the mixture to make a fine paste and your pack is ready to apply. Apply on face and leave it on for approximately 20 minutes and cleanse with tepid water.
Turmeric face pack
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an antioxidant and antibacterial, which is known to prevent skin damage. Honey, also, contains antioxidants, which provides glowing skin. Radish is a good source of Vitamin C, Zinc and Phosphorus that keep our skin healthy and supple. The acid content of lemon helps remove excess oil from the skin. Almond oil/Coconut oil/Olive oil naturally hydrate the skin. Rosewater treats dryness effectively. Aloe-vera prevents skin irritation during harsh weather conditions, like extreme cold. Saffron exfoliates the skin naturally. Yogurt is a good anti-bacterial agent that fights off bacteria, which cause acne. Gram flour reduces skin oil content. Glycerin is a natural cleanser.
Here’s how to make and apply this face pack.
Mix the following ingredients to make a paste:
- Turmeric powder
- Juice of carrot
- Juice of radish
- Lemon juice
- Almond oil/Olive oil/Coconut oil
- Aloe-vera gel
- 2-3 strands of saffron
- Gram flour
Apply on face and neck region, and leave it on for approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove it gently with a cloth and splash cold water on your face and you are done. There are plenty of ingredients in this pack, but it’s totally worth the effort and time.
Avocados contain ample amount of healthy fatty acids and anti-oxidants that nourishes the skin thoroughly.
Here’s how to make the Avocado face pack to apply this winter.
Mash an avocado and add honey and rosewater to it. Mix well and apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes. Cleanse with tepid water.
Potato face pack
Studies says, that potato juice contains high level of Vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium and and many antioxidants. It also has hydrating effects on the skin. Potatoes also contain an enzyme catecholase which is considered to have bleaching properties and hence it’s very effective in giving the perfect lighting glow to your skin.
Here’s how to make potato juice and yogurt face pack for winter.
Grind a couple of potato to extract its juice. Mix potato juice with an equal amount of yogurt to make this face pack. Apply this pack on your face and let it dry for around 15 -20 minutes. Wash it off with tepid water and see your skin glowing.
According to this study, strawberry based cosmetic formulations have the potential to prevent the skin disease caused due to UVA exposure. Strawberries contain antioxidants which helps in getting a glowing a skin. They contain alpha-hydroxylic acid that efficiently remove the dead cells of the skin. They also contain salicylic acid that reduces acne. Cocoa powder, rich in antioxidants¸ moisturizes the skin and exfoliates it too, to make it more clean and lithe.
Here’s how to make the strawberry and honey face pack.
Mix mashed strawberries with honey and cocoa powder. Apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Fuller’s earth face-pack
Fuller’s earth or the multani mitti is basically clay which is widely used in the cosmetic industry. Right from soap to face pack to beauty cream, there are tons of cosmetic products made using this wonderful clay. It contains a number of minerals and considered to have the oil absorbing, cleansing and exfoliating properties. This is a natural and phenomenal ingredient which works magically for oily skin.
Here’s how to make this face pack
Add honey to the fuller’s earth powder and mix well. Add water to get a consistently thick paste. Apply on face and leave it on for approximately 10 minutes. Wash it off with water.
Sandalwood powder face pack
Sandalwood is an exceptional remedy for dry and peeling skin. It also possesses moisturizing properties and hence it’s good for winter season.
Here’s how to make this face pack.
Mix sandalwood powder, coconut oil and rosewater. Apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes. Wash it off with cool water.
Orange Juice and oatmeal face-pack
Oranges are the powerhouse of nutrition from its pulp to peel; oranges are seriously good for your health and skin. Orange juice contains Vitamin C, antioxidants and has anti-aging properties. Drinking orange juice can be very beneficial in getting healthy and glowing skin. Oatmeal is a natural hydrating agent and when you add it with the orange juice to make a face pack, then that become phenomenal for your skin.
Here’s how to make the orange juice, oatmeal face pack.
Mix orange juice with oatmeal. Apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes. Wash it off with cool water.
Onion juice face-pack
Onion juice removes dry and dying cells of the skin. It also hydrates the skin naturally and hence it works like magic on your skin, especially in winter.
Making this face pack and application is pretty simple.
Mix onion juice with honey. Apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 10 minutes. Wash it off with normal water.
Rice flour face-pack
Rice flour face-pack tightens the skin and makes it firmer. It is a natural defoliant, which helps, in reducing flakiness of the skin.
Here’s how to make and apply the rice flour face pack easily at home.
Mix rice flour, oatmeal and honey. Apply the mixture on face. Leave it on for approximately 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with normal water.
Almonds contain biotin, copper, Vitamin E and monosaturated fatty acids – all of which are beneficial for obtaining a healthy skin. Soaked almonds, when applied on skin, act as a natural moisturizer. Almonds, not only remove dead skin cells and repair tissue damage, but also, speed up the formation of new cells. They contain antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and delay the ageing process. This paste is also, a healthy natural scrub for skin.
Here’s how to make this pack and apply.
Soak and grind almonds. Mix the grinded almonds with oatmeal, yogurt and honey. Apply the paste on face and leave it on for approximately 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with normal water and you are on your way to get nice glowing skin.
Over to You
New challenges keep on coming as the weather changes. What works in summer or monsoon, may not work well in winter and hence you got to have a solid skin care plan for every season. And when it’s about the face and skin, what works better than the natural homemade face packs?
Homemade face packs are always better than the face packs or moisturizers available in the market. Commercially available cosmetic creams and lotions may contain harmful chemicals that cause skin damage, irritation and inflammation. It is better to avoid those chemicals and make your own face packs using natural ingredients.
We have already shared some of the best and most effective winter special face packs that’ll help you look after your skin this winter. But before applying these packs on your skin, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredient being used.
So, use these face packs and let me know which one worked the best for you! if you have your own version of winter special face packs, then feel free to share it with us.
Stay warm. Look Gorgeous!
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.