9 DIY Face Mask Recipes You Can Make at Home

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For those of us who aren’t able to escape to a spa for relaxation on a daily basis (or even occasionally), these do-it-yourself face mask recipes are a great solution for giving skin a nourishing, moisturizing boost.

Even better, they are all made from completely non-toxic ingredients… in fact, you can eat most of them and have them at your fingertips in your kitchen already!

Why Make a Homemade Face Mask?

There are many quality natural skincare options these days (I’ll link to my favorites at the end of this post), so why make your own?

Bottom line, it’s convenient, inexpensive, fun to do, and these DIY masks really work! Not to mention you know exactly what’s in them (without reading tricky ingredient labels).

My Favorite DIY Face Mask Recipes

You can’t go wrong with these simple, inexpensive recipes:

1. Very Basic Face Mask(s)

Bentonite clay is something I keep around for a wide range of DIY recipes. 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.

Another great basic face mask is just one ingredient… honey! You’ll be amazed at how soft a simple honey mask will leave your skin. If you have sensitive skin or are just short on time, try it!

Good for: All skin types

2. Tropical Mask

In my opinion, this is the only good use for a banana, one of my least favorite foods (putting it mildly!). 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. Pumpkin Spice Face Mask Recipe

I love everything pumpkin, so why not put it in a face mask? Pumpkin contains vitamins and minerals that are great for skin like vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc. It also contains enzymes and antioxidants that create an effect similar to an alpha-hydroxy treatment.

Mix pureed pumpkin, honey, bentonite clay, and a little cinnamon following this recipe and apply. Guarantee you’ll want a pumpkin latte brewing for right after!

Good for: Mature skin

4. Chai Mask

For a delicious smelling mask that also gently exfoliates, 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.)

Tip: Double the batch and use as sweetener in a cup of chai tea!

Good for: Oily or normal skin

5. 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

6. 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

7. Matcha Tea Face Mask

Matcha tea is a powdered green tea and the same properties that make it beneficial for drinking are great for the skin! Just add a little honey to make an antioxidant matcha tea mask to reduce inflammation, even skin tone, and increase skin elasticity.

Again, I highly recommend making a matcha tea latte to go with your spa experience!

Good for: Acne or redness-prone skin

8. Chocolate Face Mask

I saved the most delicious for last! Honey, cacao powder, and chocolate combine to make this moisturizing and toning chocolate face mask. Theobromine in the cacao stimulates blood flow to the skin for a natural glow and according to studies even protects from sun damage.

Good for: Anti-aging, all skin types

9. Turmeric Face Mask

Want bright, glowing skin? Why not use a bright, glowing spice to get it? Warning, only use this turmeric face mask recipe in the shower and not with your favorite white washcloth – it stains!

Good for: All skin types

Buy Instead of DIY?

If you fall in love with these natural face mask recipes and are ready to splurge in this department, I highly recommend Alitura’s Natural Clay Mask. It’s the purest formula I’ve found and leaves my skin baby soft with significantly smaller pores and fewer breakouts. It’s like combining the benefits of all of these recipes into one!

After Mask Routine

After using a face mask, 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 skincare.

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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


53 responses to “9 DIY Face Mask Recipes You Can Make at Home”

  1. Susan Avatar

    Dear Katie, I have been using full fat sour cream on my face since my 20s! I am surprised that I can’t find anything on your site about it. I just apply a thick layer and let it dry up on my face. It’s that easy! However, I noticed after the age of 40 that it was not as effective so now I mix the sour cream with castor oil. It all still dries up into the skin. It works wonders.

  2. Jossie Avatar

    hallo, mama
    I think a cucumber mask is the easiest way. Really refreshing on the face. I also write about smart ways to reduce wrinkles, one of which is a cucumber mask. Thanks for the tips. Good luck to you.

  3. Jeremy Avatar

    Sad that you allowed a Mask seller to advertise on your page for you DIY Facemask post. We can’t even trust your company anymore.

    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      Unfortunately I don’t control that ads that show up on the site. I can block certain categories, but there are limitations. And most ads are based on location and past search history, so everyone that visits the website will see something different.

  4. Terry Ann Avatar
    Terry Ann

    I know you use activated charcoal for your teeth. Would you recommend it in a facial mask? It has detoxifying benefits in other applications and was wondering if this would apply to facials.

  5. Rho Avatar

    I’ve had the most horribly dry skin since we moved to a new area. I tend always to have dry skin but it’s been much worse. I decided to look online to see what I could use that I already had in the fridge. Turns out I had lots of things but I opted for Avocado and cucumber (only because that’s what I had most of) I thinned the mix with a little milk (raw) and applied it 15 mins before bed, after just that one use my skin felt so much better so I used it again in the morning and I’m thrilled with the improvement! 🙂

  6. Lisa Avatar

    Another suggestion I have that might be useful is an egg white coffee grounds mask. I just tried and my skin feels tight and toned. My boyfriend thought I was wearing makeup and I wasn’t! I tried it with brewed coffee grounds and I still had a nice tingly sensation. As a lazy person, I made the mixture in the egg shell and that made clean up quick!

  7. Kim Avatar

    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.

  8. LeAnne Tychsen Avatar
    LeAnne Tychsen

    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.


  9. Claire Avatar

    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

    1. Pippa Avatar

      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!

      1. Nat Avatar

        How’s acv no poo going, Pippa, if I may ask? 🙂
        I am still, just wondering if any one else has landed on a final, perfect concoction or routine they love! ?!

  10. Jasmine Avatar

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

    1. Nat Avatar

      How was it?! I am experimenting with a bunch including cinnamon and turmeric!

  11. Sara Avatar

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

  12. Amanda Avatar

    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!

  13. Sadaf Imran Avatar
    Sadaf Imran

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

  14. Atlanta Avatar

    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.

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