Homemade Facial Masks
The skin on our face is delicate (and at times, temperamental), so finding good quality, healthy products to clean, moisturize, and exfoliate is important. The problem is that so many of the commercial products available for facial care are full of man-made chemicals. These chemicals and toxins can leave your skin dry, irritated, or inflamed.
Luckily, it is easy to make homemade facial masks at home!
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars buying creams, cleaners, masks and other products to have beautiful skin. You can make all of your own facial care (and skin care) products at home, with natural and healthy ingredients.
Here are the basic elements of a good facial cleansing routine:
Clean your skin:
It’s important to clean off any makeup, dirt, grease, food residue, or whatever else may be on your face. The Oil Cleansing Method is a great way to wash your face, since it naturally cleans and dissolves the bad oils on your skin, without drying out the delicate facial skin. If you don’t like the OCM, you can try one of these 5 homemade face wash recipes!
Exfoliating is important to keeping healthy skin, because it may help get rid of dead skin, while drawing out other impurities. There are a ton of great exfoliating face masks and methods to help you do this, using only natural ingredients. I put together a list of my favorite 13 simple exfoliating face scrubs, so you have a variety to choose from. I generally exfoliate once or twice a week, depending on how my face is feeling.
Face masks may help treat particular skin types or conditions. Depending on what type of skin you have: dry, irritated, or oily, there is an easy homemade facial mask recipe here for you. I generally apply a mask, once a week.
Carrot and coconut oil homemade facial masks is a great choice. The carrots may help to tone and clarify your skin, and may reduce break-outs, while the coconut oil moisturizes the skin. This easy, inexpensive facial mask only contains 2 ingredients. Find the recipe here.
Banana Homemade Facial Masks: Mash up a ripe banana until you have a consistent, smooth paste. Gently rub it into your face and let it sit for 10-20 minutes, then rinse.
Lemon Homemade Facial Masks: Mix 1/4 cup of olive or coconut oil with the juice from 1 lemon. Let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mask: Mix together 1/4 cup of ACV with 1/4 cup water and gently rub the solution into your face. Allow to dry, then rinse.
Yogurt Face Mask: Combine 1 tsp plain yogurt, 2 tsp juice from an orange, a bit of orange pulp, and 1 tsp aloe vera. Stir until well mixed and apply to face, in gentle circular motions. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Cucumber Mask: In a blender, combine 1/2 cucumber (peel removed), 1 egg white, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 drop peppermint essential oil and blend until smooth. Apply gently to face and let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.
Honey and Oatmeal Face Scrub is a scrub recipe, but it can also be used as a facial mask. Just leave the mixture of soothing oatmeal, moisturizing honey, and anti-inflammatory essential oils for 5 minutes, and then rinse. Find the recipe here.
Avocado Homemade Facial Masks: Remove the pit and skin from an avocado, and mash until a smooth consistency. Add 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of honey and mix. Apply a thin layer and gently rub the mixture onto face. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Chamomile Homemade Facial Masks: Mix together 1/8 cup chamomile tea leaves with 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp aloe vera and 1 tsp jojoba or olive oil. Gently rub into skin, using circular motions, and allow to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
After your face is cleaned, exfoliated, and renewed with a mask, then it’s time to moisturize. I use a thin layer of my Oil Cleansing Method mix, but coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil are also great options. I moisturize every morning before I put on makeup, and every evening, after I wash my face.
What is your favorite homemade facial mask? Share your recipes in the comments!