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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.
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!