DIY Face Masks Recipes
After months of cold winds and low temperatures, winter has finally left the building, along with all the gloomy moods and itchy skin. It’s not just the frigid temperatures that cause our skin to dry; indoor heating systems do our faces no favor either.
Yes, we’ve spent most of the beginning of this year bathing in all sorts of moisturizing products, from day creams to serums, to oils and balms, but now that sunnier times and warmer air are knocking at the door, our skin is in for a shock
From dull or cracked skin to full-on acne breakouts, these DIY face masks can do wonders. As a quick tip, you should totally try to use organic ingredients. Why? Research has shown that the skin has the ability to absorb up to 60% of the products we apply. Basically, the main benefit of doing this is that natural ingredients enhance the skin’s normal functions, working almost in complete synergy when it comes to the regeneration processes.
If you’re interested in learning how to properly prep for April’s sunny days, then keep an open mind and forget about spending time and money at the local spa. The fountain of youth for a golden skin is virtually as close as your kitchen.
Avocado – Honey face mask (dry skin)
The moisturizing texture of avocado as well as the antibacterial properties of coconut oil, along with the soothing effects of honey are what make this homemade face mask so great for dry, scaling skin.
Many famous celebs like Victoria Beckham and Jessica Biel swear by the benefits of using this avocado mask. Another win of this DIY mask recipe – you can always make a salad out of the other half of the avocado.
- 1/2 a very ripe avocado
- 2 Tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Crush the avocado half into a pulp. Add the coconut oil and the honey into the mixture and blend thoroughly, until you obtain a creamy texture. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
After the time is up, use a damp, warm cloth, simply rinse your face with warm water in the shower.
Turmeric – Yogurt mask (Rosacea)
Turmeric acts as strong anti-inflammatory agent, and this is the reason why it’s been used as a rosacea treatment. The turmeric – yogurt – honey combo is a total winner when it comes to homemade face masks.
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of raw organic honey
- 1 tsp of natural yogurt (or milk)
Place turmeric into a small recipient and pour the honey and yogurt (or milk) into the powder while slowly mixing the whole thing together. If the consistency is too thin, then just add less yogurt and more turmeric – it’s a trial and error type of thing. Make sure you end up with a paste thick enough to stick to your skin. Don’t miss the area under your eyes, as this mask does magic when it comes to dark circles too.
Note: Be aware of the fact that turmeric is also a dye and can stain your clothes as well as your skin; leave the mask in place no longer than 15 minutes, and rinse it off completely
Cucumber – Yogurt mask (men)
Even though both men and women have to deal with a variety of skin problems, there is a visible difference market-wise between the two target audiences. For women there is a multi-billion-dollar market built around these needs. Why? Because women address these issues early on, know what questions to ask and always look for multiple options.
Most men tend to ignore skin problems and, more often than not, don’t even know where to start looking for a solution.
One of the most common skin-related problems men face is the irritation caused by razor burns, usage of tough cleaning products, and acne.
The Cucumber – Yogurt mask is a very useful solution for men, due to the fact that the yogurt creates a moisturizing effect and the cucumber soothes dry and overly sensitive skin.
- 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 Tsp full-fat Greek yogurt
To prepare this mask, you’ll need to mash the cucumber (use a food processor to get the desired result, i.e. a fresh paste), then simply add the yogurt manually.
Apply the mixture evenly all over the face and set your timer for 10-15 minutes.
You can even apply two thin slices of cucumber on your eyes while you wait for the mask to take effect.
After the time has run out, rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Cinnamon – Honey mask (acne)
As trivial as it may seem, acne is not a condition that affects just your skin, leaving marks and even larger scars; it can also have a huge impact on your mood and self-confidence. If you’ve had this issue in the past, then you probably know that sometimes it doesn’t just go away. While some spots heal, others swell up, and the vicious cycle seems to have no end to it.
Before heading to a dermatologist’s office, some people choose to try treating acne at home, using natural remedies. Of course, these homemade treatments are not guaranteed to work for everyone, so if you notice that the problem doesn’t go away, make sure you consult a specialist.
For those of you out there that want to go all natural, this DIY cinnamon-honey mask is our best pick, since both honey and cinnamon are famous for their antimicrobial properties.
- 2 tsp of Cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp of organic honey
Mix the two ingredients in a small recipient until they are well blended and you should obtain a thick paste. If you notice the consistency is too thick and proving difficult to apply, just add a bit more honey.
Use your fingers to spread it across your face and let it set it for 15 minutes and then clear out the mask with warm water. For best results, try patting your face with a toner at the end. If you don’t have a toner at hand, you can also use a combo of part honey-apple vinegar, part demineralized water.
Egg-white mask (pores)
Egg-whites are a dish-favorite for many health-addicts due to their high protein content, but they are also a valuable ingredient for oily skin type masks for their pore-tightening properties. The egg-white mask below adds one more important aspect to the table – skin brightness. Apart from minimizing your pores for a soft look, the addition of vitamin C with its antioxidant powers will whiten your skin and help you gain a more youthful face by evening out your natural skin tone. You won’t need much to obtain this magic potion:
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon of orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Slather this mask on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Once dried out, gently wash off the mask with lukewarm water.
Brown Sugar scrub mask (exfoliating)
Although it may appear that brown sugar can be too harsh on the skin, that Is just an impression. Brown sugar is natural humectant and works as a great moisturizing solution, that works super well as dead skin remover. Complemented by the coconut oil that is packed with healthy fats, this mask will help you get a soft and glowy look.
This scrub is easy to make, yet gives your skin amazing results!
Check out some of the benefits of this scrub below:
- It removes excess sebum from the pores (say goodbye to blackheads).
- It moisturizes your skin.
- Basically gives you a fresh start and a clean empty canvas for your makeup practice
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
Apply it on your face in gentle circular motions, let it sink in for 7-10 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Milk mask (blemishes)
Be it you’re a teen going through the usual changes or an adult, blemishes can spoil our looks regardless. Blemishes are imperfections such as acne-marks, sunburn traces, and dark spots. They are usually a by-product of oil-clogged pores, stress or lack of UV protection.
We all know that prevention is the best cure for anything, blemishes included. Start treating acne as soon as you see the first signs appearing and make a habit out of using sunscreen.
If you want to keep your face glowing or combat early signs of blemishes, this simple and light face mask is a great choice and can easily be incorporated into your skincare routine.
- 2 tsp of honey
- 2 tsp of nutmeg
- 2 tsp of milk
Apply this honey milk mask evenly on your face to begin treating acne-prone skin. Honey is a strong antibacterial agent, while the nutmeg does a great job as a mild exfoliating ingredient.
Let it go into effect for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing and then follow up with your favorite hydrating serum for a smooth finish.
Chocolate mask (hydration + anti-aging)
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 4 Tsp of coconut cream
- 1/4 cup of honey
Remember that scene from the movie Chocolat, where Caroline prepares a feast for the town’s people, and everyone pours chocolate over literally everything that’s on the table? We were all drooling like crazy. Chocolate is indeed a soft-spot for most of us.
Derived from cacao beans, dark chocolate comes packing a lot of essential nutrients along with powerful antioxidants, which basically means it’s gold for your skin. When combined with coconut cream, organic honey, cocoa powder unleashes its anti-aging properties, by helping enhance the production of collagen.
For this recipe, you’ll need a small bowl; add the cocoa powder, then add in the coconut cream, but make sure to blend them in properly. Add the honey and you’re basically done. Apply a thin layer on the entire face, but don’t get too close to the eye area. Let it set in for about 10 minutes. As a bonus for your olfactory senses – this thing smells so amazing, you won’t want to wash it off.