Between the harsh winter and the party season {which means late nights and lots of junk food}, your skin goes through a lot. While you may bank on slathering expensive creams on your face to make up for all that your skin has been putting up for, there’s only a little they can do. Which is why we asked beauty guru and naturopath Dr. Nirmala Shetty how to make your own nourishing face masks. She also shares skincare tips to ensure you survive the last days of winter gorgeously! After all what can be better than the freshest homemade masks, with finest ingredients devoid of harsh chemicals and nasties, for your skin?


Almonds, orange juice, papaya, oatmeal and carrot juice. No this isn’t today’s breakfast menu! These are just a few trusted vegan ingredients from your kitchen that Dr. Shetty shows us how to whip-up into amazing beauty treatments. These beauty DIY face masks can be made from ingredients you have easily available in your kitchen, without the need to spend tonnes of money.


Dr. Shetty: “Hello Vegans! Cold and dry winter, low humidity and harsh winds could give your skin a real setback. We simply want to look good and that too real quick. But nobody’s got time for long beauty rituals. However, one should remember anything done in haste could make you stay back home and cancel all your plans for the evening because you decided to give yourself just enough time to try the new beauty treatment but not enough time to check the results.

Let me tell you a little secret, all those girls out there who are ready at a moment’s notice and always seem to have flawless skin, no matter what the outside temperature or season might be? They give themselves time. So make sure you try any new beauty mask or treatments whether it is a new scrub, clean-up, facial or a simple face mask, a few days before any important event so you know if it works for you or not.

Having said that, simple ingredients from our kitchen are worth much more than those expensive creams when it comes to getting a healthy skin. Fruits are extremely hydrating and nourishing for your skin. Below I’ve shared two of my favourite and very effective homemade mask recipes that will help retain your skin’s natural moisture even in the harsh winter weather while delivering a flawless radiant skin.

Almond and Papaya Face Mask


Here’s what you’ll need

–          10 Almonds blanched and peeled

–          Half cup fresh orange juice

–          Half cup slices of papaya fruit (rich in enzymes)

(I’d recommend picking organic ingredients for best results.)


To assist with a radiant glow grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste. If your skin feels very dry you can add 1 tsp of almond oil. Apply generously on your face and neck. Wash off after 5 minutes first with lukewarm water and ending with a splash of cold water.

This face mask is a great way to actually getting that glow and getting your skin deeply cleansed and perched. Papaya is rich in enzymes that gently loosen and dissolve dull skin cells and impurities to reveal fresh, vibrant skin. Plus Vitamin A, C, E and beta carotene found in papaya works wonders for your skin and also reduces inflammation caused by harsh winter weather.

Almond is a rich source of Vitamin E that fights wrinkles {can be caused by dry winter skin} and has a firming effect on skin, plus it also lightens and clears skin and is anti-inflammatory and super hydrating. While orange juice refreshes the dull skin by giving it a healthy and rejuvenating glow.

Oatmeal, Carrot and Avocado Face Mask


Here’s what you’ll need: 

–          Half cup carrot juice

–          3 tsp of oatmeal flour

–          2 tsps of mashed avocado pulp


Mix all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Wash your face, let it stay wet. Apply the pack on your face and neck, and leave it on for 5 mins. Rinse the pack with lukewarm water.

Fresh avocado will provide essential fatty acids and vitamin A to the skin and its extremely moisturising. Carrot is filled with beta carotene and Vitamin Athat helps in combating premature ageing. While oats soothes any rough or dry skin, which makes it an excellent exfoliating agent and also gives your skin a lasting glow.

If you have a hypersensitive skin or if you’re allergic, I’d strongly recommend you first do a patch test and apply the face mask only after you’re sure there are no reactions.


Aside from using these face packs, the mantra to beautiful skin all year round is Moisturise, Moisturize and Moisturise to avoid dry skin and the evil of wrinkles it brings.

Here are some DIY tips that could relieve the dryness:

  • Use lukewarm water for your bath. An oil bath works the best in winters.
  • Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and remember no to rub, as rubbing would wipe away that extra moisture.
  • Choose your skin products carefully. Pick up alcohol-free products as alcohol strips away the moisture.
  • Stay hydrated. As the temperature cools, there’s a tendency not to drink as much water. Hydrate from inside out with lots of water, green tea or fresh juices.

If you follow these tips, you can be sure to of a healthy and radiant skin come snow or late nights”

About the author

Dr. Nirmala Shetty is a certified Health Coach from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NY, USA. She has over 24 years experience in beauty industry, she has won several awards and has been a consultant for skin and hair at various beauty pageants. She runs her own beauty and skin clinic and spas in Mumbai. She believes “beauty is skin deep” and trusts natural fixes from the kitchen rather than chemical loaded creams and products that brought her so many accolades and sets her successfully apart in the beauty industry.

If you have any other queries, you can write to Dr. Nirmala Shetty on

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