5 Natural Face Mask Recipes

Five DIY Face Mask Recipes from food

For those of us who don’t have the time to escape to a spa for relaxation, these homemade face masks are a great solution for giving skin a boost. Even better, they are all made from completely non-toxic ingredients… in fact, you can eat most of them!

1. Basic Face Mask

Use some bentonite clay or kaolin clay and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to face in a circular motion until face is covered. Let dry and use a warm, wet washcloth to remove.

Good for: All skin types

2. Tropical Mask

Mash one banana with 1 tablespoon of honey and mix until it forms a smooth paste. Apply to face and allow to stay on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.

Good for: Dry skin

3. Chai  Mask

For a delicious smelling mask that also gently exfoliates skin, mix this mask that doubles as a sweetener for Chai tea. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Rub on face and let sit 20 minutes. Remove with a washcloth and warm water. (Note: some people react to cinnamon or nutmeg on skin. Test a small amount on your inner arm before using)

Good for: oily or normal skin

4. Guacamole Mask

For dry skin, mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply to the face. Let sit 20+ minutes and rinse well.

Good for: All skin types, especially dry skin

5. Cool Cucumber Mask

This one is especially great for oily or inflamed skin. Blend 1/2 of a cucumber with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of bentonite or kaolin clay. Add additional clay if needed to create a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes.

Remove with a washcloth and warm water.

Good for: All skin types, especially cooling for acne prone skin


After using a facemask, a sea salt spray or 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 cup of cool water work as great toners to lock in the effects.

I find that these all work best in combination with the Oil Cleansing Method for completely natural skin care.

Ever used a face mask made from food? How did it work for you? Share below!

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  1. I am definitely going to have to try the tropical mask!

  2. I’ve never diluted my ACV that much. I usually do about 2parts raw ACV to 1/2 part filtered water and 1/2 part witch hazel. Works like a charm. My skin has never been so clear!

    • What is ACV?

      • Apple Cider Vinegar 🙂

        • Thanks! I’ll have to give that a try. My skin recently started breaking out. Again! After baby no. 2 was done nursing. So, now I’m looking for natural ways to clear it up!

  3. These look great, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Is it wrong that this made hungry more than it made me want to put on a mask? Haha these sounds so yummy 🙂 I’m sure my skin would love it too

  5. I’ve got a banana that needs to be used and I think I’ve found the perfect use!

  6. Just what I have been looking for!

  7. I started using egg white as a facial mask when I was about twelve. It’s great! I love the clean, tight yet soft feeling afterward.

  8. I use a teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of baking soda one to two times a week. It exfoliates and takes care of my blackheads better than anything I have ever used! My skin feels clean, soft and smooth after! I follow it with the sea salt spray!

    • Do you do this as a scrub or a mask?

      • i did a whole spa day with this so i would like to thank you!

  9. i would like to try this. should i do the facemask first, and then do the oil method right afterwards? or better not to do these on the same day? thank you!

  10. My skin never be clean. Sometimes I don’t know how I treat it. Now days looks more tired skin. Advise please!

  11. Thanks for it you made everyone beautiful

  12. Can these be stored for any amount of time after making them? I whipped up a batch of the guacamolemask, but there was way more than I could use on my face in one go.

  13. I try many face cream even from organic brands but dos’nt work for me. I have a sensitive skin but I’m not allergic to tha sea butter stil I’m not happy with,pleas somebody need help,please!

  14. Thanks for great mask recipes! Do you have any recipes for the skin around eyes, against dark circles?

    • if you put cottage cheese under your eyes that should help.

  15. Thanks for the recipe!!
    i use half a banana and a whole avocado, a teaspoon of honey and drops of lemon , teaspoon of yogurt and a teaspoon bicarb soda. Usually at this point my mixture is quite thin so i use flour or rice flour to thicken into a paste.
    These stay quite well in the fridge for upto 3 days.
    Enjoy 🙂
    ~~~~Aurora ~~~~~

  16. Raw honey can be expensive and i am already going to be using it to put in drinks and recipes, so can i use regular honey or do you recommend raw honey for the face mask????

  17. try milk powder and apple cider vinegar (small amount) – make a smooth paste – apply with brush – instant lactic acid mask! leave on for 10-15 minutes

  18. Ok WOW. I had some overripe avacado left and knew about the health benefits of avacado (but not how to use them in beauty) which led me to find your site. I ended up first using your oil cleansing method with equal parts organic pure expelled coconut oil and EVOO and put it in my magic bullet to get a nice consistency. Once I was done cleansing and rinsing my face, I kept the remaining CO and EVOO in my magic bullet to create my mask by adding 1 whole avocado, and 2 tbsp honey. It felt so luxurious being applied and slightly cool to the touch. I plan to follow my mask (wearing as I type) with the healthy skin sea salt spray. Thanks so much for your creative recipes,

  19. Hi Katie,

    The Bentonite Clay on Amazon says that it contains trace amounts of lead, which can cause birth defects and other reproductive issues. We are not done having babies (just had our first), so this disclaimer make a little nervous. Are these trace amounts significant enough to cause any real issues?
    I found another option that claims to have no lead whatsoever. it is Sodium Carbonate instead of Calcium Carbonate (link below). Have you tried this one before?

    • There are more than trace amounts of lead in the plastics we all use, a wide range of cosmetics (especially lipsticks & mascaras), not to mention the soil we grow our food in, the food we eat & the water we drink (lead in old pipes & newer pipes used in our infrastructure & homes).

      Trace amount means nearly none, so I wouldn’t even worry about this. You’re already packing more than trace amounts of lead in your body. The tiny bit in any clay masks isn’t going to overload you.

      Is lead good for you? No. But there’s no way to avoid it. It’s all around us & in us.

  20. Hi there, im wondering how long can face masks with dairy products be kept because most of these face masks have yogurt/milk content. Thank you:)

    • You are going to want to make a small batch since they won’t last very long.

  21. I do bentonite clay and ACV. It bubbles up, then turns into a good paste. I coat my face neck and decolletage… when it dries, I jump in the shower. I moisturize with coconut oil afterwards.

    My pores have been transformed and my skin is baby smooth, fine lines disappearing. I used to use expensive glycolic/retin-a cleansers and moisturizers. Ditched them all.

  22. Hello Wellness mama.
    What regiem should I do daily to prevent my skin further from acne and black heads.

  23. Hi!
    My favorite mask is something that can be stored for later use. I mix equal parts freshly made oatmeal flour (in a blender or food processor) and whole milk powder. Store in an airtight glass jar. Put a tablespoon of the mixture with a little bit of water to make into the consistency you like. Sometimes I’ll add a drizzle of honey to it as well. From Nature With Love also has a powdered honey that could supposedly be pre-blended into the mix if you wanted. The oatmeal is calming and the milk has the gentle lactic acid to exfoliate gently, and honey is a natural humectant to hydrate skin. My skin is always so soft after I use it! If you want to get fancy, the water you add to it can be a tea, like chamomile, herbal infusion, like calendula, or hydrosol, like lavender!

  24. What are some natural remedies for dark spots on face?

  25. what about yoghurt face masks! can they be stored for a few days?

  26. I’m going to try the one with honey cinnamon and nutmeg I hope it works

  27. I made the toner with organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and water. After a few days a gloopy whiteish slimy/jelly type substance appeared in it, so I chucked it away and remade it and it happened again! Anyone know how to stop this from happening or is this supposed to happen? Any advice would be amazing, as I love using this toner, when it looks normal 🙂 thanx

    • That slimy thing was probably an ACV mother forming. If your ACV is pasteurised then it still contains the right live stuff to make vinegar. I do the “no pooh” method for my Haircare and it happens to me all the time – it’s a sign that your ACV is the real deal!

  28. Do you have a brand of white kaolin clay that you recommend? On the oral health site you use, they recommend white kaolin as the best for teeth. Trying to find a reputable source.


    • You can find kaolin clay at Mountain Rose Herbs.

      Also called white cosmetic clay.
      Best I’ve found and great price too.

  29. Do you have anything to fight spots?

  30. I will try the banna on . But want can I u for blackhead.. And dark spot

  31. Hi I’m trying to find something to help with wrinkles on face and neck, face isn’t bad but the neck is worse. I’m 49 and want to keep up but I will not spend all that money on chemical. Hope you can help.