DIY Facials For The Winter

To combat the harsh cold weather and dry indoor heat, try these DIY masks from Fresh Home magazine!

Oil of Olé
This guac-inspired moisturizer is suitable for even sensitive skin.

You will need:

* 2 tablespoons of fresh avocado, mashed
* 1 teaspoon honey
* 1 teaspoon plain full-fat yogurt
* ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Step 1. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2. While waiting for the mixture to chill, clean your face with a soap-free cleansing wash. Make two mugs of green tea and put an ice cube or two in one of them.

Step 3. Smear a thin layer of the chilled mask on your face, avoiding your eyes. Sit back, relax for 10 or 15 minutes, and sip the warm tea.

Step 4. Rinse with lukewarm water. Slowly splash your face with the cooled tea, and then rinse with water again. Powerful antioxidants in tea help skin stay healthy.

Note: Don’t use black tea; it will stain your skin.

Fruit Face
The fruit acids in this mask gently exfoliate, stripping away dry, dead skin cells to reveal a fresher complexion.

You will need:

* 1 ripe peach, peeled and pitted
* 1 teaspoon brandy
* Sprinkle of cornstarch

Step 1. Mash together the peach and brandy in a bowl. Add just enough cornstarch to make a paste.

Step 2. Smooth over your face, steering clear of lips and eyes. Sit back and relax. Feel free to sip on any extra brandy.

Step 3. Rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. Don’t leave the mask on any longer; it will irritate skin.

Bran Scruffin’
The bran and sugar in this scrub scour away dry skin, immediately improving your face’s appearance.

You will need:

* 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
* 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
* 1 teaspoon finely ground bran
* 1 teaspoon sugar

Step 1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients.

Step 2. Immediately massage the scrub into your skin with your fingertips before the sugar has a chance to dissolve.

Step 3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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