Unlock Ultimate Hydration: Our Top DIY Masks and Ingredients to Build Hydration from Within

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Summer skincare pretty much steers us to the treasure of hydrating and nourishing practices our skin loves when the sun is blazing outside!

Get ready to give your skincare routine a summer revamp with our ultimate guide to DIY Hydrating Skincare! 

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If you're craving a change and want to pamper your skin with simple, clean, and organic ingredients, you've come to the right place. Our team at Empress Naturals has gathered their holy-grail 'kitchen to skin' DIY recipes and top hacks to help you make the most of your skincare goals in the summer.

We believe that a minimalistic yet effective skincare routine is all your skin needs, but a little extra TLC never hurts anyone. With summer fast approaching, it's the perfect time to refresh your skincare approach and embrace the natural goodness found in your own kitchen.

In this blog, we're spilling the secrets to achieving that coveted hydrated yet glowing complexion. Discover skin-friendly summer ingredients that will revolutionize your skincare routine, along with perfectly curated recipes for hydrating face masks, for ultimately soothed skin.


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We have a list of 7 must have ingredients you will find in all of our pantries the minute it starts getting hot outside and now you do too!

Plus, the abundance of recipes means you will never get bored of what you are using and your skin will experience a different reset each time! 

Note: Ensure you patch test any DIY Recipe before you use it on your face. 

Aloe Vera

Whether you choose to use fresh aloe or pure store bought, its benefits are incredible to rehydrate skin. Its high water content helps replenish and retain moisture in the skin. Aloe vera contains polysaccharides that act as natural humectants, attracting and locking in moisture to keep the skin hydrated. 

Aloe vera gel forms a protective barrier on the skin, preventing moisture loss and maintaining hydration levels.

The gel also contains vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that nourish and promote healthy skin.Aloe vera can help improve skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles associated with dehydration.


Have you ever wondered why people rave on about oatmeal baths? Oats contain beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that forms a protective barrier on the skin, helping to retain moisture and prevent water loss. The proteins in oatmeal have water-binding properties, allowing them to attract and hold moisture in the skin. 

Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E and phenols, which help protect the skin from environmental damage and promote hydration. They are also perfect for those with sensitive skin providing relief for various skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

Rose Water

Rose water can be used as a facial mist or as an addition to DIY skincare recipes, providing a refreshing burst of hydration. It contains natural oils and sugars that help attract and retain moisture in the skin, effectively hydrating and moisturizing it.

Rose water acts as a humectant, helping to lock in moisture and prevent water loss from the skin. Rose water is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which help protect the skin from oxidative stress and promote hydration.


Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that offers various benefits for rehydrating the skin. Spirulina has a unique ability to retain water, acting as a natural hydrating agent for the skin.

Spirulina contains phycocyanin, a pigment with anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe dry and irritated skin which is crucial for those with dry skin triggered by menopause. 

It supports the production of collagen, a protein responsible for maintaining the skin's moisture and firmness. The algae's natural detoxifying properties also help remove impurities from the skin, allowing for better absorption of hydrating ingredients.

Cucumber Extract

Cucumber extract is known for its high water content, making it a natural hydrating ingredient for the skin.

It contains antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin C and caffeic acid, which help to replenish and retain moisture in the skin. It has natural astringent properties that can help tighten and firm the skin, promoting a more hydrated and rejuvenated appearance.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains 60-85% linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid that plays a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration. It helps to strengthen the skin's natural moisture barrier, preventing water loss and promoting optimal hydration levels.

Linoleic acid is also incredible to use for mature skin to bring back moisture into dry menopausal skin. 

Linoleic acid supports the production of ceramides, which are essential for maintaining the skin's moisture balance. It is involved in the synthesis of skin lipids, including sebum, which contributes to the skin's natural hydration.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey helps to create a protective barrier on the skin, preventing moisture loss and locking in hydration. It contains enzymes that promote skin cell renewal and regeneration, leading to a smoother and more hydrated complexion.

It is rich in antioxidants that help combat free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage, promoting healthier and more hydrated skin.


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Homemade so you know exactly what is hydrating your skin! 

Spirulina and Manuka Honey Mask 


  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • 1 tablespoon manuka honey
  • 1 teaspoon plain yogurt 


In a small bowl, combine the ingredients till a smooth paste. Apply the mask evenly to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area.

Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes to allow the ingredients to work their magic.

How it works

  1. Spirulina helps rehydrate the skin by attracting and retaining moisture. 
  2. Manuka honey acts as a natural humectant, drawing moisture into the skin and creating a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  3. Yogurt further enhances hydration, thanks to its lactic acid content that gently exfoliates and helps retain moisture.

Aloe-Rose Oatmeal Delight 


  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water
  • 2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of mashed avocado


In a small bowl, combine the aloe vera gel and rose water. Gradually add the finely ground oatmeal and mashed avocado to the mixture. 

Let the mask sit for a few minutes to allow the oatmeal to soften and absorb the liquid.

Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes.

How it works 

  1. Aloe Vera soothes and calms inflammation, providing relief to dry and irritated skin.
  2. Rose water acts as a gentle toner, balancing the skin's pH levels.
  3. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant that removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and forms a protective barrier. 
  4. Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural exfoliant that gently balances and protects the skin's microbiome. 

Hydrating Clay Mask 


  • 2 tablespoons of clay powder (such as bentonite or kaolin clay)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water
  • 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil


Mix the clay powder with enough water to form a smooth paste.

Add the honey, aloe vera gel, rose water, and lavender essential oil and combine thoroughly

Leave the mask on for about 10-15 minutes, or until it starts to dry.

How it works

  1. This DIY clay face mask combines the hydrating properties of honey, aloe vera gel, rose water, and jojoba oil with the purifying and detoxifying effects of clay. 
  2. It helps to replenish moisture, soothe the skin, and leave it feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. 


hydrating face masks

Experience the transformative power of Empress Naturals, where natural skincare takes center stage.

Our meticulously formulated skincare line is designed to meet the unique needs of mature skin, providing protection and healing year-round. We are committed to offering you 100% pure and organic skincare products that leave you feeling incredible in your own skin. 

Our philosophy revolves around prioritizing nature's gifts, sourcing ingredients directly from the earth to deliver ageless radiance and luminous skin.

Say goodbye to harmful toxins found in many conventional products; our formulations are free from thousands of harmful ingredients.

Our revered Rosehip Seed Oil, along with our entire product range, is safe for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, although we always recommend consulting with a medical professional.

Our products are non-toxic, clean, Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free with USDA Certified Organic ingredients. We take pride in sourcing our ingredients from sustainable farms worldwide, without compromising on hazardous preservatives. 

Embrace the power of clean skincare and indulge in the beauty that is Empress Naturals.

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