20 best homemade face packs for summer (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Summer has already knocked our doors and it means business. You step out of the house and you can literally feel the heat burning your skin.
Besides dehydrating the body, the extreme temperature can cause havoc on the skin and can cause tanning, pigmentation, early ageing etc. The result is dull, tried and sallow looking skin with zero appeal.
Yes, one can always go to the salon but let's be honest, who has the time? But the lack of time should not refrain you from talking care of your skin and that's why today we share a list of 20 best homemade face packs which are easy to make but equally effective in beating the summer rage on the skin.
Mint pack This pack is one of the best summer packs to soothe your skin from the summer heat.
Ingredients: Fresh mint Turmeric powder - a pinch Lukewarm water
Method: 1. Take some fresh mint and make a fine paste of it. Now add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. 2. Wash your face with lukewarm water and apply this fine paste all over the face. 3. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.
Cleansing with milk Regular cleansing is one of the most important steps to get glowing skin during summer.
Ingredients: Piece of cotton Milk
Method: Dip a piece of cotton wool in milk and wipe your face with it. It also cleans unseen dirt which can go down into your pores.
Almond oil therapy This therapy is a fine cleanser and it is very effective in protecting the delicate skin under the eyes.
Ingredients: Piece of cotton Almond oil
Method: Dip a piece of cotton wool in almond oil and wipe your face with it. It is an effective cleanser, for removing unseen dirt.
Soya beans or lentil pack Soya beans are rich in isoflavone and applying this pack will help to slow down the process of ageing of the skin.
Ingredients: 50 grams soya beans or masoor dal Water Unboiled milk Almond oil
Method: 1. Take fifty grams Soya beans (or masoor dal), soak it in water over-night. 2. Grind it well next morning into as paste after removing the shells. 3. Mix un-boiled milk and almond oil in the paste and apply.
Cucumber face pack This pack will help to keep your skin hydrated and smooth during summers.
Ingredients: 1 cucumber 1 tbsp. sugar
Method: 1. Peel a cucumber and mash it in a bowl. 2. Add 1 tbsp. of sugar into the mashed cucumber and mix well. 3. Place it in the refrigerator until cool. 4. Apply it to your face and leave it on for ten minutes. Use cold water to wash your face.
Tomato pulp face pack This homemade pack is best for oily skin. Besides that, this pack will also help to remove tan and polish the surface of the skin to give a healthy shine.
Ingredients: Tomato pulp Drop of honey
Method: 1. Take tomato pulp and mix a drop of honey into it 2. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for few minutes, before rinsing it with cold water.
Oatmeal pack This pack is best for people who suffer from dry skin during summers.
Ingredients: Cucumber Cup of oatmeal Spoonful of yoghurt
Method: 1. Combine cucumber with a cup of oatmeal and a spoonful of yoghurt to form a thick paste. 2. Apply it on your facial skin and wait for approximately 30 mins before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
Banana facial mask This easily accessible fruit can be of great aid, if you are a victim of dry skin during summers.
Ingredients: ½ banana 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoon sour cream
Method: 1. Mash 1/2 banana and add 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. 2. Apply to face and let set for about 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth or wash it off with lukewarm water.
Milk and honey bleach This works well for oily skin and helps to get rid of the tan.
Method: 1. Beat one egg-white until stiff with some lemon juice. Apply this paste on your skin for 20 mins. 2. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Besan magic If you are pimple prone during summers, then this pack is for you. This pack has anti-microbial properties which will help to curb pimples.
Ingredients: Gram flour/besan Honey
Method: 1. Mix gram flour and warm honey. 2. Apply this paste regularly to your face for 20 mins. Wash it off, thoroughly with cold water.
Chocolate face pack This delicious and tempting face pack can be a feast for your skin.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate or cocoa powder 5 tablespoon of honey 1 tablespoon of milk
Method: 1. Mix two tablespoons of dark chocolate or cocoa powder with five tablespoons of honey. 2. Add a tablespoon of milk to this mixture and mix well. 3. Apply on your face and leave it for ten minutes after which, you can feast it down your throat.
Watermelon face pack This soothing fruit is for your skin as well as your taste buds. Indulge in this tasty and hydrating fruit this summer but as a face pack. Besides, it will also help to clear your skin, by removing blemishes and acts as a toner.
Ingredients: 2 tblsp cucumber juice 2 tblsp watermelon juice 1 tsp yoghurt 1 tsp milk powder
Method: 1. Mix all the above intergradient's and apply on your face for about fifteen minutes. 2. Wash it off thoroughly with cold water.
Pumpkin mask Pumpkin is loaded with natural exfoliating acids and antioxidants. Use this mask to brighten, calm your breakouts and to soften the appearance of fine lines and sun damage.
Ingredients ½ cup fresh pumpkin pulp 2 eggs 2 teaspoon almond milk 1 teaspoon honey (for dry skin) 2 teaspoon apple cider or cranberry juice (for oily skin)
Method: 1. Puree the fresh pumpkin pulp into a thick paste. Add the egg to it. 2. If your skin is dry, stir in a splash of omega-rich almond milk and the honey. 3. For oilier complexions, instead stir in apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice. 4. Mix well. Apply the mask, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes, depending on your skin sensitivity. 5. Rinse with cool water and moisturize as usual.
Aloe gel pack Aloe Vera has great soothing properties but this mask may irritate sensitive skin so test it on arm before trying it on your face.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera juice
Method: 1. Extract fresh aloe vera from a juicy leaf and apply to the face. 2. Leave on for fifteen minutes and then splash face with cold water.
Sandalwood magic Sandalwood has great soothing properties and it also helps to get rid of blemishes and tans.
Ingredients: Sandalwood powder Rose water
Method: 1. Take some Sandalwood powder and make a thin paste with rose water. 2. At bed time wash your faces with lukewarm water. Apply this paste on face and leave for overnight. Wash in the morning with lukewarm water.
Mango pack This summer fruit is a delight as it protects your skin from sun damage.
Ingredients: Two tablespoons mango pulp One teaspoon sandalwood powder One teaspoon of honey One tablespoon yoghurt Some turmeric
Method: 1. Apply two tablespoons mango pulp, one tea spoon of sandalwood powder, one teaspoon of honey, one tablespoon of yogurt, and some turmeric powder on your face right after. 2. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off thoroughly.
Kiwi face pack To get rid of the tanned look this face pack is ideal.
Ingredients: Paste of soaked almonds Half cup besan Few tablespoons of milk Two slices of kiwi
Method: 1. Make a paste of a handful of almonds that have been soaked overnight. Add this paste to half a cup of besan or gram flour. 2. Add a few tablespoons of milk and mix to get smooth consistency. 3. Apply some of the mixture on your face and gently scrub your face. Spread remaining pack over the face. 4. Place two slices of kiwi over your closed eyelids, leave aside for 15 minutes. Wash off with water.
Milk powder face pack This pack will ensure that you get a soft and moisturized look for the summer.
Ingredients: Two teaspoons milk powder Two tablespoons honey
Method: 1. Mix two teaspoons of milk powder with two tablespoons of honey. 2. Apply on your face to fight dryness for 15 minutes and then wash it with cold water.