You need to take special care of your skin during the summer to protect it from the damaging heat and sun exposure. Just a few minutes outdoors can adversely affect your skin.

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Revitalize your skin with these homemade summer face masks

Hot weather can dehydrate your skin as well as cause problems like painful heat rashes or boils, enlarged pores, oiliness and acne breakouts.

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The heat and humidity deprive the skin of its freshness and glow, giving it a dull appearance. Excessive sweating also adds to the problem.

Sun exposure can cause an uneven skin tone, dark spots, and a suntan or sunburn. Since your face, neck, and hands generally remain exposed, these areas are more susceptible to sun damage.

While it is not possible to rush to the salon every other day, you can pamper your skin at home using some effective natural remedies. Unlike commercial skin care products, these are absolutely safe with no adverse effects.

Here are seven DIY homemade summer face masks for refreshed and smooth skin you can use this season, to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and heat. These remedies will help treat common skin issues and keep your skin moisturized and healthy. They also offer cooling and refreshing effects to give you instant relief from the scorching heat.

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Method 1: Aloe Vera Face Mask

The fact that it is one of the most common ingredients used in beauty products and natural remedies proves that aloe vera is great for your skin. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, it helps fight signs of premature aging, reduces dark spots and blemishes, treats acne and keeps your skin moisturized. It works well for treating sunburn and suntan as well.

Honey offers antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and humectants benefits. Tanned skin, acne, scars, and spots are a few of the many skin problems that can be tackled with the help of this ingredient.

The soothing, moisturizing and antibacterial properties present in this mask will keep your skin fresh and healthy.

Things you’ll need:

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Items needed to make this mask
  • Aloe vera gel -  1/4th cup
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon

Single-Step Treatment: Apply a paste of aloe vera gel and honey on your face

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Mix and apply the soothing summer face mask
  • Mix together 1/4th cup aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply the mixture on your face using an applicator brush.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing your face with cold water.

Use this aloe-honey mask 2-3 times a week for healthy glowing skin.

Method 2: Kiwi Face Pack

Kiwi helps rejuvenate your skin and keep it firm and youthful. It also fights harmful free radicals and tackles skin issues like acne.

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Almonds are loaded with essential nutrients required for healthy and radiant skin. These can help you take care of various skin woes such as signs of premature aging, dark circles, saggy skin and more. The almond powder also offers skin lightening and cleansing benefits.

The gram flour used in this pack will cleanse, exfoliate and brighten your skin. It can be used for removing a tan and keeping the skin moisturized.

Use this mask to get bright, smooth and glowing skin this summer.

Things you’ll need:

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Things required to make this face mask for summer
  • Almonds (ground) – 8 to 10
  • Kiwi – ½
  • Gram flour – ½ tablespoon

Step 1. Add almond powder & gram flour to kiwi pulp

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Mix the ingredients in a bowl
  • Mash ½ of a kiwi in a bowl.
  • Add the almond powder, made by grinding 8 to 10 almonds.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of gram flour to the other ingredients.

Step 2. Apply the mask to your face

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Apply this hydrating kiwi face mask for radiant skin
  • Mix everything well to form a paste.
  • Wash your face with water.
  • Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water.

You may use this remedy once a week.

Method 3: Cucumber Face Mask

Packed with beneficial minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, cucumber provides all that you need to keep your skin nourished and refreshed in the summer. It helps reduce and control melanin, build collagen, fade scars and hydrate your skin. It's cooling, soothing and healing properties are great for treating sunburns.

Cucumber also works well for controlling eye puffiness, tightening open pores, reducing dark circles and rejuvenating the skin. It is a mild astringent and can aid in removing a tan, owing to its mild bleaching properties.

While honey also helps keep the skin moisturized, healthy and nourished, yogurt clears the skin of dead cells and impurities, lightens blemishes, soothes sunburns, removes a suntan, reduces pigmentation and more.

Things you’ll need:

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Gather ingredients for your summer face mask
  • Cucumber (grated)– 1 tablespoon
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Yogurt – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Mix the grated cucumber, honey, and yogurt together

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Combine the three ingredients to make your mask
  • Grate a cucumber and take 1 tablespoon of it in a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of yogurt.
  • Mix everything well.

Step 2. Apply the mask to your face

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Apply the cooling homemade summer face mask for refreshed and smooth skin
  • Use an applicator brush to apply the mixture on your face and let it dry.
  • Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing your face.

For best results apply this face mask 2 times a week.

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Method 4: Watermelon Face Mask

This amazing fruit offers much-needed relief from the scorching summer heat. It refreshes and rejuvenates your body and is great for your health. But did you know you can also use watermelon juice for your skin?

The mineral, vitamins, antioxidants and high water content present in watermelon are effective in making your skin soft, supple and refreshed. It can help control oil secretion, treat acne and revitalize the skin. Watermelon is also popularly used as a natural toner and aids in preventing and reversing sun damage and removing a tan.

The concentrated properties present in milk powder will keep your skin youthful and glowing. It acts as a cleanser and moisturizer. It helps improve the complexion, smoothen the skin and keep it hydrated.

Yogurt used in the face mask helps in reducing the wrinkles and other signs of aging. Cucumber helps to soothe irritated skin and also aids in water retention during the summer season. This homemade summer face mask will help you get the blemish-free, clear skin you’ve always wished for.

Things you’ll need:

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Items required for watermelon face mask
  • Watermelon paste – 2 tablespoons
  • Cucumber juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine the four ingredients

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Add all the ingredients for this fruity face mask
  • In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of watermelon paste and 1 tablespoon each of milk powder, cucumber juice, and yogurt.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients & apply the paste on your face

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Apply this watermelon summer face mask for an instant glow
  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Apply the face mask and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.

Enjoy the soothing benefits of this watermelon face mask once a week.

Method 5: Sandalwood & Rose Water Face Mask

Sandalwood is known to promote healthy and smooth skin. It is widely used in face packs and masks. It acts as a cooling agent, reduces blemishes and removes a tan. Sandalwood is also effective in exfoliating the skin, preventing and curing acne, soothing sunburn and reducing signs of premature aging.

The rose water used in this mask comes with antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Other than being pleasantly refreshing, it helps keep the skin moisturized, soothe irritation and itchiness, treat acne and maintain the pH balance of the skin.

Together, rose water and sandalwood make the perfect summer face mask to keep your skin healthy and fresh.

Things you’ll need:

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Things you'll need for this mask
  • Sandalwood powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Rose water – enough to make a paste

Single-Step Treatment: Apply a paste of sandalwood powder and rose water on your face

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Apply the sandalwood-rose water face mask for soft skin
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder and enough rose water to make a paste.
  • Mix well.
  • Apply the paste to your face and let it dry.
  • Use 2 times a week. And rinse it off with water.

Method 6: Mango Face Pack

Mangoes, the king of the fruits, offers several health benefits, owing to its rich content of minerals, vitamins, bioactive compounds, fiber and several other essential nutrients. This delicious pulpy fruit is excellent for the skin and is popularly used in face scrubs and masks.

The beta-carotene and vitamin A content in mangoes rejuvenate and restore the skin, while the antioxidants help keep it healthy and radiant. The fruit also aids in fighting signs of aging, reducing blemishes and spots as well as treating acne. It’ll provide the hydration and moisture your skin needs during the summer.

The turmeric powder gives this face pack anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which make it a workable remedy for a variety of skin problems including acne, scars, an uneven skin tone, excessive oil and more. It also helps protect the skin against sun damage.

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Yogurt helps in cleansing and brightening the skin while honey keeps it nourished and moisturized. The combination of mangoes, honey, yogurt, and turmeric will give you smooth, radiant and clear skin.

Things you’ll need:

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Required ingredients for fruity summer face mask
  • Mango pulp – 2 tablespoons
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

Step 1. Combine the four ingredients

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Mix mango pulp and other ingredients together
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of mango pulp, 1 tablespoon each of yogurt and honey, and a pinch of turmeric powder in a bowl.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients & apply the face mask

Regularly use mango face mask for healthy skin this summer
  • Mix the ingredients well to form a paste.
  • Apply it on your face.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing your face with water.

This homemade summer face mask can be used once a week.

Method 7: Mint Face Pack

Think of mint and the words ‘cool’ and ‘refreshing’ automatically pop up in your mind. Widely used in moisturizers, balms, shampoos and other cosmetic products, mint is known to have a cooling effect on the skin. However, this soothing and cooling property is only one of the skin benefits mint offers. It makes an excellent ingredient for homemade summer face mask for refreshed and smooth skin.

It is also useful for brightening the skin, treating acne, hydrating and toning the skin, preventing signs of premature aging, lightning scars and reducing dark circles. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of mint will help keep your skin healthy and beautiful.

The oatmeal used in this pack is an effective exfoliant and helps keep the skin clean and moisturized. It also aids in hydrating and nourishing the skin.

Honey is an excellent ingredient for enhancing the health and beauty of your skin naturally. It has powerful moisturizing properties and can also reduce wrinkles, improve your complexion and fight acne.

Using this incredible face mask regularly will help keep your pores unclogged and will give your skin a healthy glow. This mint, honey, oatmeal and rose water face mask is very suitable for sensitive or dry skin.

Things you’ll need:

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List of required ingredients for the mint face mask
  • Mint leaves – a few
  • Oatmeal – 2 tablespoons
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose water – enough to make a paste

Step 1. Blend the oatmeal and mint leaves

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Grind the oatmeal and mint leaves into a fine mix
  • Process 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and a few mint leaves in a blender to form a paste.

Step 2. Add the honey and rose water

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Combine the liquid ingredients into the mix
  • Transfer the oatmeal-mint paste into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and rose water.

Step 3. Mix well & apply the paste on your face and neck

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Gently apply mint face mask for naturally fresh skin
  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Apply the paste to your face and neck.
  • Massage for a few minutes.
  • Rinse off the mask after 20 to 25 minutes.

You may use this remedy twice a week.

Tips

  • Drink plenty of water to protect yourself from dehydration.
  • Consume water-rich foods.
  • Never go outside without sunscreen. You can also make your sunscreen at home and protect your skin from the sun damage.
  • Use hats and sunglasses.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize your skin on a regular basis.
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