Who said beauty needed to be expensive?
These 10 easy to make homemade facial mask recipes pack a serious skin healthy punch and can help out when you don’t have much to work with.
Our favorite thing about using facial masks, as we’ve already covered in this guide, is how versatile they are. Whether you’re struggling with dry, oily, aging, or sensitive skin — there’s something for you here.
Remember, that you need your skin to be in a clean state before you start applying each mask. This means removing whatever’s already on your face (grime, makeup, sunscreen) by cleansing beforehand. This will let the masks work more effectively by giving them easy access to your skin’s pores.
You can also play around with ingredients and add your own or different amounts if you know what you’re doing. Some recipes are for one application, others will leave you enough for next time. If you have extra left over you can store it in a fridge with a bowl and plastic wrap.
Also this goes without saying but don’t use old or rotting food! Using the freshest ingredients means you make the most of each food’s nutritional value. That means more antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients for your skin!
Now, here are our recipes…
DIY Egg &Yogurt Facial Mask
The egg mask is a classic facial that might seem deceptively simple but works for two reasons: collagen and protein. Collagen is THE protein you want to be taking for wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin. Increasing your skin’s collagen is the best way to reverse and prevent aging skin from taking hold of your appearance.
Thankfully egg whites are chock full of the stuff and you may even feel your skin tightening after applying the mask to your face as if you’re getting a homemade face lift!
We also prefer to add some plain yogurt to this recipe as we find it has a soothing effect on skin and helps the egg whites in brightening up your complexion on days where it just seems dull and lifeless. Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural exfoliator that also has moisturizing properties which will help with dry skin.
Sidenote: This recipe also works great on hair so if you’re looking for a hair mask try this one out!
DIY Pumpkin Facial Mask
The pumpkin facial is rich in nourishing antioxidants like Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E among other vitamins and minerals which can fight inflammation, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and hydrate dull skin.
Honey has anti-bacterial properties and can also help lighten the appearance of blemishes and redness leftover from acne hyperpigmentation. Honey also works as a makeshift moisturizer behaving like a humectant which attracts moisture from the air to your skin.
The milk will gently exfoliate and provide a variety of topical vitamins to your skin depending on the kind you choose (cow milk is better for exfoliation and moisturizing, almond milk is better for repairing damaged skin and fighting inflammation).
Apple cider vinegar is optional in this recipe but it’s great for controlling extra oily skin.
DIY Powdered Milk Facial Mask
Dry skin suffers from a variety of problems. Some of them include being more prone to irritation, aging quicker than the other skin types, and feeling inelastic which is the opposite of healthy skin which has some “bounce” to it.
This DIY facial mask recipe addresses these problems.
Milk is a decent moisturizer because it contains lactic acid which is actually a natural exfoliator. So not only does it help remove old skin cells to reveal the younger ones underneath, it also improves your skin’s water retention! Milk in powdered form isn’t pre-diluted with liquid making it slightly more potent at treating your skin.
Honey is well known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and natural moisturizing properties. The aloe vera juice is great at soothing and repairing damaged skin, leaving it soft and supple.
DIY Turmeric Facial Mask
Turmeric is one of the most underrated spices when it comes to skin benefits. Besides being an effective anti-bacterial agent and pigmentation lightener (making it great for treating blemishes) where it really shines through is its ability to control breakouts. Turmeric does a great job of handling oily skin and is loaded with skin healthy nutrients which can help anyone struggling with acne.
Warning: Tumeric can stain clothes so be careful applying it to your face!
We’ve already gone over the benefits of honey and yogurt for healthy skin but what about the DIY skincare all star otherwise known as coconut oil? Where coconut oil really shines through is its moisturizing properties which come in handy when you’re dealing with dull, dehydrated skin. It’s super effective at reducing water loss in colder weather making it ideal to use in the fall and winter.
Overall, this is a great mask for evening out your skin tone and reducing breakouts so give it a try!
DIY Mayonnaise Facial Mask
Mayonnaise like eggs, is another classic facial mask ingredient. Part of the reason might be because mayo already contains not only eggs in its ingredient list but also vinegar — both of which are beneficial towards your skin and cut down the ingredients needed for this recipe.
Vinegar has sometimes traditionally been used as a toner (which shrinks up the pores of your skin, shielding it from any dirt or filth in the environment around you) making it a welcome side ingredient for this recipe.
Honey packs an extra anti-bacterial punch that’s well tolerated by every skin type making this a facial mask that works great for nearly everyone.
DIY Avocado Facial Mask
The avocado facial mask is a classic. Remember that you don’t want the outer skin of the avocado only the mushy green part inside. Avocado is rife with antioxidants like Vitamins A and E to fight off free radicals and prevent skin from getting damaged.
Banana has the welcome skin boosting effects of potassium and B Vitamins to fight wrinkles and leave skin feeling soft.
The honey is optional in this recipe but makes the recipe more suitable for dry skin types thanks to its ability to moisturize.
Overall, this mask will help increase your skin’s elasticity and leave it looking fresh for the rest of the day. It deeply penetrates your skin giving it a nice cleanse that is much more gentle than the majority of skin products which can irritate and sting sensitive skin.
DIY Banana Facial Mask
Not only do we love eating bananas, we also love making use of them in our facial mask recipes for their ability to leave your skin softer and reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and other common skin issues.
For this mask, you’ll want to mash the banana with a spoon until you get a smooth paste. Adding a little plain nonfat yogurt will help exfoliate skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion by the time the mask finishes and the olive oil will also aid in skin hydration.
This facial mask can be used for any skin type. If you have oily skin you can replace the olive oil with honey.
DIY Strawberry Facial Mask
Did you know strawberries contain salicylic acid? Yes, the same salicylic acid which helps treat acne! While it’s less concentrated than those found in skincare products, when combined with an oil such as jojoba which mimics the chemical composition of sebum, it makes this mask ideal for anyone trying to fight off acne or reduce their skin’s greasiness.
The olive oil also gives a nice hydrating boost, able to deeply penetrate through pores without clogging them up and leave skin feeling smooth.
It may seem weird fighting oily skin with more oil but these are two which help way more than they hurt especially when combined with strawberries.
DIY Brown Sugar Facial Mask
Brown sugar acts as a gentle exfoliator which gets the job done without causing much damage. Many exfoliators do their job but come with unwelcome side effects like irritation, increased sensitivity, and redness making brown sugar a soothing alternative.
Combine with coconut and olive oil to make this an effective mask for skin which needs a little “life” injected to it. Olive and coconut oil will ensure your skin is properly hydrated even though exfoliation tends to leave skin dry, making this a great facial mask for those with sensitive skin.
DIY Pineapple & Papaya Mask
Pineapple and papaya are two exotic fruits which if you ask us, need to become ordinary in your DIY skincare products.
Here’s why we love them:
Papaya made an appearance in our top 10 recommended foods to eat for a reason — it’s one of the fruits with the highest Vitamin C concentration (even higher than oranges). Vitamin C triggers collagen production in the skin making it come “alive” by increasing firmness and reducing saggy skin.
Pineapple on the other hand, is great for sun damaged skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects in large part due to a skin friendly enzyme called bromelian which when combined with Vitamin C, helps repair skin cells, fight free radical damage caused by burns and encourage even more collagen production.
The is probably our favorite DIY facial mask recipe especially during the summer. The only downside is that you’re prone to eat the ingredients right off your face making the mask less effective. Oh well, nobody’s perfect….
Use these facial masks as a complement to your skincare routine and soon not only will you see results and get better skin but you’ll also be one step closer to looking your best. And who doesn’t want that?
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