5 ultra-pampering homemade face masks!

Winter wreaks havoc with our skin. Cold, wet, windy weather = stinging, tight, blotchy, dry complexions. So get your mixing bowls to the ready and whip up one of our turbo-charged moisturising and nourishing homemade face mask recipes!

Clay and cucumber face mask

Who should try this face mask recipe? Those of you with sensitive skin that hates the cold, wind and temperature changes. This soothing, moisturising mask will leave your skin feeling soft and comfy.You'll need:

- 1 spoonful of powdered white clay

- 1/2 cucumber

- 2 tablespoons of acacia honeyPeel and mash the cucumber and then mix it with the clay and acacia honey.

Stir well and apply to your face. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with plenty of water.The result? Cucumber's purifying, astringent properties will close pores and restore balance to your epidermis.As for the white clay(AKA kaolin), it's the most gentle of clays, making it perfect for sensitive skin. It cleans and purifies without causing harm.

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Honey and lemon face mask

Who should try this face mask recipe? Anyone with tired skin: dull complexion, dark circles and bags,open pores... Which, during winter, means most of us! Our skin craves a mask that will gently kick-start our epidermis by zapping signs of fatigue and restoring our gorgeous glow.You'll need:

- 2 teaspoons of acacia honey

- 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 egg yolkMix up the egg yolk, acacia honey and lemon juice.

Stir until you get a smooth paste. Apply to your face and neck, leave for 10 - 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.The result? Honey nourishes skin, regulates sebum and, if you have oily skin, will close open pores. Lemon purifies the epidermis and egg yoke feeds skin by pumping it full of much-needed vitamins and nutrients.

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Avocado and olive oil face mask

Who should try this face mask recipe? Anyone with dry skin that feels tight and tends to look blotchy. This deeply nourishing mask will feed it with active ingredients that will help to regenerate your protective skin barrier.You'll need:

- 1 very ripe avocado

- 2 tablespoons of olive oilMash up the avocado with the olive oil and apply a thick layer to your face and neck.

Leave for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm waterThe result? Avocados are bursting with nutritious compounds including essential fatty acids that deeply nourish and protect dry skin. Olive oil prevents skin from drying out - a natural moisturiser that leaves our skin supple and comfortable.

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Orange and yoghurt face mask

Who should try this face mask recipe? Those of us with skin that looks pastier than papier maché. And anyone who misses their rosy cheeks and wants a mask that will restore their glow.You'll need:

- 1 teaspoon of Greek yoghurt

- 1/2 freshly squeezed orange juice

- 1 teaspoon of cane sugarMix up all the ingredients in a bowl.

The final mixture will be a creamy liquid. Soak some cotton pads in the mixture and apply them to your face, avoiding your eye area. Leave for between 15 and 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.The result? Greek yoghurt contains lactic acid that gently exfoliates skin, so you can kiss goodbye to pore-clogging dead cells! Orange is also a great beauty-booster, thanks to its alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA) content. As for cane sugar, it'spacked with glycolic acidthat's released when it's dissolved.

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Banana face mask

Who should try this face mask recipe? Those of you with dry, tight skin but without blotchy, red patches. Moisturising and softening are the key words if you want to protect your skin during harsh, winter months.You'll need:

- 1 very ripe banana

- 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil

- 1 teaspoon of honeyMash up the banana and mix in the sweet almond oil and honey.

Apply to your face and neck, leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.The result? Banana both softens and moisturises our skin. Sweet almond oil is perfect for sensitive skin as it moisturises, nourishes and soothes.  Skin allergy test  Apply a small amount to the inside of your elbow or wrist - the zones where your skin is most likely to show any allergic reactions.

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