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DIY cooling face masks

Creating DIY cooling face masks can be a great way to refresh and soothe your skin during hot summer days and can help keep your skin refreshed, hydrated, and glowing throughout the heat. Using ingredients you already have in your kitchen — like avocado, honey, yoghurt... you can mix up a DIY face mask, giving your face the nourishment and hydration it needs.

Tips for Using DIY Face Masks:

  • Test for Allergies: Always do a patch test on a small area of skin to check for allergic reactions. Don't use it if you experience redness or a rash.

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: For best results, use fresh and organic ingredients.

  • Cleanse Before Applying: Make sure your face is clean before applying any mask. The mask will penetrate the skin better.

  • Stay Cool: Store masks in the fridge for an added cooling effect before application.

  • Close Pores: Splash cold water on your face after removing the mask to close your pores.

  • Don't Overdo It: Don’t apply a mask every day. Only apply once or twice a week.

Having a self-care day with a DIY face mask is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate. I start by setting a calming atmosphere with soft music and dim lighting. I apply the mask and use the time to read a book or meditate. After rinsing off the mask with water, I follow up with a moisturiser to lock in hydration. It's a simple routine, but leaves me feeling totally refreshed and pampered.

My favourite recipes for summer face masks:

1. Mint and Yogurt Mask


  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

  • A handful of fresh mint leaves


  1. Blend the mint leaves into a paste.

  2. Mix the mint paste with the yogurt.

  3. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.

  4. Rinse off with cool water.


  • Mint: Provides a cooling sensation, helps reduce acne, and has antibacterial properties. It is an astringent, so helps control excess oil production and minimize the appearance of pores - great for oily and acne-prone skin.

  • Yogurt: Contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates, hydrates, and soothes sunburned skin. You can use it on sunburned shoulders for a cooling effect as well.

2. Watermelon and Honey Mask


  • 1/2 cup watermelon chunks

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Blend the watermelon chunks to extract the juice.

  2. Mix the watermelon juice with honey.

  3. Apply the mixture to your face using a cotton ball. It can be a little runny, so I cover with a compressed sheet mask (can be found on Amazon), or cover hair & clothing.

  4. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Rinse off with cool water.


  • Watermelon: Hydrates and cools the skin, rich in vitamins A and C, and helps reduce oiliness.

  • Honey: Moisturises, has antibacterial properties, and helps soothe irritated skin. It helps to unclog pores & reduce excess oil - great for oily & acne-prone skin.

3. Cucumber and Aloe Vera Mask


  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel


  1. Blend the cucumber pieces until you get a smooth paste.

  2. Mix in the aloe vera gel.

  3. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. This can also be a little runny - see tips in the previous recipe.

  4. Rinse off with cool water.


  • Cucumber: Hydrates and cools the skin, reduces puffiness, and helps with sunburn relief. It is also an astringent, so makes your face look extra youthful.

  • Aloe Vera: Soothes and moisturises the skin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes healing.

4. Avocado and Honey Mask


  • 1/2 ripe avocado

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Mash the avocado until smooth.

  2. Mix in the honey.

  3. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Rinse off with cool water.


  • Avocado: Rich in healthy fats and vitamins, deeply moisturises and nourishes the skin.

  • Honey: Hydrates and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you don't want to make your own face mask, have a look at our skin soothing clay masks on the website:

Taking care of your skin during the hot summer months can be both enjoyable and refreshing with these easy-to-make DIY cooling face masks. Whether you're soothing a sunburn, combating oiliness, or simply looking to unwind, these natural ingredients provide a host of benefits that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. Incorporate these masks into your self-care routine to stay cool and glowing all summer long.

If you try any of these masks or have your own favourite recipes, share your experience in the comments below—I'd love to hear from you!



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