Skincare can get a bit tricky in the winter months, or even with just random life changes. That is why I’ve compiled a list of 10 easy natural DIY facial masks using all natural ingredients (most can be found in your kitchen). Different masks/mixes are good for different things, to help with different skin issues. So let’s dive in…
Frequency: 1x a week
Bentonite clay is one of my new found favorites for my 2015 skin care regimen. With the many uses and benefits of bentonite clay from detoxing, to hair clarification it’s a staple product I’m happy to have found… and even happier to have found for a great price! I got my Aztec Secrets: Indian Healing Bentonite Clay, 2 lbs for 16 bucks! Apple cider vinegar can be found in just about any health food store. I recommend the BRAGGS brand which is almost always on sale at GNC, and I’m still working on my second bottle I bought a YEAR ago! You don’t need to use tons of it so it will last for a while. To create your bentonite clay/ ACV mix you will need equal parts of bentonite clay, ACV, and water. (*Remember to use wooden or plastic utensils and bowls… not metal ones) You stir the mix until it is a nice creamy consistency and apply directly the face. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Remove with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Frequency: 2-3xs a week
Mash up one medium sized ripened bananas (or blend) until the banana has turned into a paste. Add in a quarter cup of yogurt (plain/organic preferably) and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix it all up and apply the mask on to your face. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off with cold water. This moisture rich blend will be the most helpful for people with moderate-extremly dry skin.
Frequency: as needed
This one sounded weird to me too when I first heard about it (and nope I haven’t tried it yet) but powdered milk facial masks are all the rage in spa settings, so why not give it the old DIY try at home for free? Mix a 1/4 cup of powdered milk with water to form a paste with a thick consistency. Apply the paste to your face and let it dry completely (times may vary depending on thickness of paste). Once the paste has completely dried use warm water to rinse it off and leave your face feeling cool, tingly and refreshed.
Frequency: 1xs a week
This facial mask is one of my faves and it can be used when you need a nice deep natural exfoliation session. This one requires a bit more elbow grease on the DIY scale, but is well worth it. Take a 1/2 cup of hot water and add in 1/3 cup of oatmeal mix. Let both the water and oatmeal sit together for 2-3 minutes an add in two tablespoons of yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg. Whew… after all the ingredients have mixed together nicely, you apply a thin layer of the mask onto your face. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. The granules from the oatmeal will serve as a great exfoliator for your skin, removing dead skin cells.
Frequency: as needed
Uhh… this mix I’m not too sure about. I haven’t tried it… and to be honest I’m not sure I will. Mayo just irks me a bit, but it does have beneficial qualities for the skin (the natural whole egg organic kind). This kind will help the best/most for those suffering with dry skin. A mayo face mask will help refresh and rejuvenate your skin when you need a bit of a pick me up. It’s best to use chilled mayo that has been stored in your fridge for the refreshing effect. The only ingredient in this mask is the mayonnaise. Spread it over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Once you’ve wiped it off rinse off your face with cool water ( I suggest rinsing with a gentle cleanser to make sure it is off completely. Something like Cetaphil may work best)
This simple mask is great for all skin a moisturized exfoliated facial. It is simple and one of the first masks I ever made for myself. You want to use the juice from one lemon and mix it with 1/4 cup of olive oil or sweet almond oil. I use both depending on what I have on hand in my kitchen. This is the messiest mask as it is pretty much in liquid form so a great tip/trick is to use a cotton ball to wipe it on your face and let it soak in for 10-15 minutes. You can then rinse with cool water and add your favorite moisturizer. You will notice your skin appears much brighter and healthier after this mask.
Can I just say I use avocado and honey for so many things in my life (mostly my hair) that I wasn’t surprised that I could use the same hair mix for my face. You can even add in some olive oil or other essential oils to give yourself a boost of moisture if you suffer from dry skin. Take a medium sized ripened avocado and mash it up (or blend) as if you are making guacamole. (*Note: This will work best with a ripened avocado. Or you’ll be spreading chunky pieces of avocado on your face instead of a thick paste) Add in two tablespoons of honey and (one tablespoon of an essential oil of your choice). Leave this mask on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
Though honey was featured in several other face masks recipes, honey can also serve as the basis of its own facial mask. Raw honey has several healing properties and benefits for your skin, so it makes sense that it is a key player in other masks as well. And because it is gentle you can use a honey mask alone several times a week if needed. This will help in toning your skin and increase the elasticity/softness. I usually add in a few tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel into my honey masks to get the added cooling sensation during and after I remove the mask. Mix in 3-4 tablespoons of raw honey and one tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel (which also can usually be found in most beauty supply/health food stores. GNC usually has a buy one get one half off deal for Aloe Vera Gel and Allow Vera Juice).
Another one of my fave exfoliating masks! You can use honey or milk in the place of the olive oil as your liquid base for the brown sugar mask. This by far is the best natural exfoliant I’ve tried. But this too takes a bit of elbow grease on the DIY scale of things so I don’t get to do it too often. Take a 1/2 cup of honey, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and one tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil (in warmer months)! In a basic quick fix you can just mix the ingredients together and get to scrubbing it on your face. Other times you can boil the brown sugar down a bit so that it melts and forms more of a paste/finer granules for your scrub. Either way you’ll have beautiful glowing skin after you’ve removed the mask.
This is one of my new favorite masks! I actually tried this out yesterday as I was doing research for this post! This mask is incredibly refreshing due to the presence of the cucumber, and still moisturizing and effective at removing toxins from the skin. It’s a great blend/mix of ingredients to tackle combination skin, because its got a little something for everyone. Cut half of a cucumber and peel off the skin. Mash up the cucumber, add in two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of bentonite clay once the cucumber has turned into a paste. Mix the ingredients until you get a nice creamy consistency and apply it to your face. Leave on for 15- 20 minutes and wash off with cool water. Your skin will feel so refreshed and clean afterwards.
Have you tried any of these facial recipes? Or plan on trying any of them now? Let us know and share your progress with us in the comments below!
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