DIY Face Masks
Have you ever picked up a face mask and have no idea what the ingredients are, or even pronounce them? If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you should be cautious about putting it on your skin. Besides the mystery ingredients, face masks are bottled and packaged for the masses, not your skin in particular — and boy, can they get pricey.
What if I told you that you could create your own face masks with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen? Custom face masks are just the twirl of a spoon and a few ingredients away. In this blog, I’ll walk you through some basic recipes and discuss what recipe is good for a particular skin type.
If you don’t know your skin type, check out our blog before moving forward; keep in mind, before applying any mask to your entire face, do a test swatch to make sure you don’t have any reactions to the ingredients. These masks should be left on for 5-15 minutes, then removed with warm water.
1. Calming Face Mask for Sensitive Skin
Recipe: 1 tsp honey + 1 tbsp coconut oil + ¼ of an avocado + a couple of drops of lavender oil
-Coconut oil, avocado, and honey provide loads of gentle moisture to sensitive skin, while the lavender will calm your skin. Be sure only to use a couple of drops, as lavender essential oil can be powerful.
Recipe: 1 tsp matcha powder + 1 tsp aloe vera gel
-Both of these ingredients provide calming effects and reduce redness that is often present in sensitive skin.
Recipe: 2 tsp honey + 1 tsp aloe vera gel
-Both honey and aloe vera are soothing and nourishing. With this mask, you should see a reduction in redness and an uptick in moisture for your skin.
2. Clarifying Masks for Oily Skin, Hyperpigmentation, and Uneven Texture
Recipe: ½ of an avocado + ¼ of a cucumber
-If your skin is dehydrated, it can lead to overproduction of oil. This mask is cooling and nourishing. It will leave your skin feeling fresh and provide moisture.
Recipe: 1 tbsp honey + 1 tsp turmeric powder + ½ tsp sea salt
-This mask is excellent for cleansing pores and combating acne. Turmeric can also help fight hyperpigmentation. The texture of the sea salt will help dig into and exfoliate clogged pores.
Recipe: 1 tbsp natural, plain yogurt + 1 tbsp turmeric + 1 tbsp honey
-Yogurt has lots of lactic acids, which will add a healthy shine to the skin. Honey is nourishing, while the turmeric will act as an anti-inflammatory, will fight uneven tone, and deter hyperpigmentation.
Recipe: 2 tbsp bentonite clay + 2 tbsp green tea
-For this mask, you’ll need bentonite clay, which can be sourced from natural grocers or Amazon. Steep some green tea, add two tablespoons to the clay, and mix. You can enjoy the rest of the tea while you sit. The green tea and clay are both stimulating ingredients.
3. Nourishing Mask for Dry and Mature Skin
Recipe: ½ of an avocado + 1 tbsp honey + a handful of oats
-Oatmeal is exceptionally nourishing, calming, and hydrating. The texture of oatmeal can also help remove flaky pieces of dead skin. Honey and avocado round out this nourishing and hydrating mask.
Recipe: Mash 12 grapes + 1 tsp flour
-To create this mask, mash 12 grapes in a bowl, then add a teaspoon of flour to create a paste. Spread this over your skin. If you feel any tingling or burning sensations from the acid in the grapes, remove the mask immediately.
Recipe: 1 egg, whisked
-It seems odd to put an egg on your face, I know. However, eggs are loaded with protein and nourishment for the skin. An egg can help add shine and life back into dull, dry skin.