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The ultimate hydrating face masks for fall

With fall kicking off, the cooler weather means we may have to switch up different aspects of our beauty routine. Now is the time for hydration and moisture, because if you’re anything like us the cooler month seems to bring dryer hair and skin. At Belle Bar, we’re all about DIY beauty and incorporating natural ingredients into regimens. Here are a few hydrating face masks for fall that are sure to put the bounce back in your skin! Plump, supple + hydrated skin doesn’t have to only be a thing of the summer – we’re bringing that same energy into fall with these face masks. 

Cooling cucumber + aloe vera mask

Perfect for irritated, inflamed or oily skin

If you’re prone to hormonal breakouts (that seem to pop their head at the most annoying times) or your skin is irritated, or inflamed, then this calming mask is for you. Aloe vera is truly a miracle plant. It’s packed with tons of vitamins and minerals that work just as well on our insides as they do on our outsides. Because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it’s also an amazing acne treatment. And like cucumber, it provides a cooling sensation that helps to calm inflamed skin, leaving you feeling refreshed. We’ve all seen cucumber slices being placed on eyes to reduce puffiness and redness. Studies have shown that they are able to reduce swelling and puffiness, because they contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as vitamin c. Cucumber is also great if you have oily acne-prone skin because they’re mildly astringent, meaning they help to tighten pores and cleanse skin. 

How to make a cooling cucumber + aloe vera mask

  1. Cut half a cucumber into slices and place them into a blender
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and blend until smooth
  3. Wet your face and massage the paste into your face gently
  4. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with cool water
  5. Pat dry and follow with your favourite moisturizer

Rich, creamy avocado + manuka honey mask 

Perfect for dry, dehydrated skin

This skin is a shot of deep, rich moisture for your skin! If you have dry skin that needs some extra TLC, this is a great DIY facial to do just that. Avocado is an incredibly versatile and nutrient dense fruit that packs some major benefits for our whole bodies, inside and out. They are full of heart and brain healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins A, E, C, B, and K, tons of fiber, copper, iron, and potassium. When used on skin, avocados act as an amazing moisturizer because they’re so jam packed with healthy fats that help support the health and appearance of our hair and skin. They also have a high antioxidant content, which is perfect for fighting off free radical damage than can cause signs of aging. More than just your average honey, Manuka honey is a deeply moisturizing, anti-everything solution for your hair and skin. Coming to us from New Zealand, this super special honey is jam packed with amino acids, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and other nutrients that are necessary for our bodies. Its anti-inflammatory properties help heal and soothe angry skin, and the high antioxidant content makes it a great anti-aging solution. Honey naturally is a humectant, meaning it’s a magnet for moisture, so putting this raw honey on your hair and skin will attract moisture and seal it in. When applied to the skin, it has some pretty amazing oxygenating abilities, unclogging and tightening the pores, revealing brighter, younger looking skin. 

How to make a rich, creamy avocado + manuka honey mask 

  1. Crush half an avocado in a bowl 
  2. Add a generous tablespoon of honey 
  3. Mix or whisk until smooth (use a blender of food processor if you have one)
  4. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes
  5. Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry 

Brightening turmeric, banana + oatmeal mask

If your skin is feeling a little lacklustre and you’re keen to keep that summer glow well into fall, then this is the mask for you. This mask combines brightening Ayurverdic herb turmeric, along with moisturizing banana, and cleansing oatmeal to supercharge your skin with a natural glow.  

Turmeric is jam packed with tons of good stuff that benefit the hair and skin. Super common in South Asian cultures, turmeric has been used for everything from easing digestion and calming the tummy to fading acne scars. Turmeric is one of those magical spices that just works so well on the skin, especially if bright, glowing skin is something you’re trying to achieve. Its anti-inflammatory properties help clear out the pores and reduce inflammation from deep inside the skin. It also contains a powerful compound called circumin that helps inhibit pigmentation, so it helps fade scars and it evens out the complexion! In hair care we love bananas for their moisturizing properties, and it’s no different with skincare! Banana gives a bounce to dry skin, making it feel supple and it contains vitamin A which helps to heal parched skin. Oatmeal is wonderful at soaking up excess oil and has the ability to remove dead skin cells. It contains saponins which are natural cleansers that unclog pores and exfoliate. 

How to make a brightening turmeric, banana + oat mask

  1. Mash 1 banana in a bowl
  2. Add in 1 tsp of turmeric
  3. Then, add 1 heaped tablespoon of plain rolled oats in a food processor and pulse to grind. Add this into the bowl with the banana and turmeric.
  4. Add the oats to the bowl with the banana and turmeric and mix well
  5. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes
  6. Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry 

If you’re in the mood for some DIY haircare (which we strongly recommend!), read all about amazing fresh fruits and ingredients you can use to enhance our superstar hair masks! Head here

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