Looking for simple but effective homemade face mask recipes? I’ve got you covered.
It’s winter here in the southern hemisphere, and that means that my skin needs all the pampering it can get. Since starting a natural skincare routine almost three years ago, I have learnt so much about my skin. In the warmer weather, it is happy with cold water rinses in the morning and warm water sans soap for washing and some orange essential oil infused rosehip oil in the evening. It needs minimal care other than that. In winter however, I find that my skin starts to get a bit fussier.
Face masks are a fun, indulgent way to treat your skin when it needs a little more TLC. Whether your skin is combination, like mine, and needs to balance out dry patches with that oily T bar, or it veers more towards oily or dry or sensitive, you are sure to find a DIY face mask that is just right.
Choosing the Right Face Mask Ingredients for Your Skin
First things first, you will need to evaluate your needs. What does your skin need, right now?
- If your skin feels tight and dry… you need a moisturising, nourishing mask
- If your skin feels one step from a breakout… you need a purifying, cleansing mask
- If your skin feels rough and scaly… you need an exfoliating, pampering mask
- If your skin feels sensitive… you need a calming, soothing mask
- If your skin feels mostly ok but could still do with a treat… you need a rejuvenating mask
Luckily for you and your skin, many amazing masks can be made using ingredients that are already in your kitchen. But… before you start putting anything onto your precious skin, let’s take a look at some of the most effective, nurturing ingredients that can be used in masks.
- Honey. Known for its soothing, cleansing properties, honey is suitable for all skin types. It is also antibacterial, full of antioxidants, a gentle exfoliator and a fantastic moisturiser. It is mild enough for sensitive skin, while helping to balance oil production to reduce breakouts and balance dry skin. Where possible, look for raw, unfiltered honey.
- Oatmeal. Oats is a power food whether taken internally through yummy breakfasts or used topically on the skin. It is gently exfoliating, helping to remove impurities, sooth sensitive skin, balance oil production, moisturise dry skin and act as a scrub without being too harsh.
- Yoghurt. Plain Greek yoghurt is not only full of healthy probiotics; it is also nurturing, exfoliating, soothing and hydrating for all skin types – even very sensitive or sunburned skin.
- Banana. Neutral in its pH balance, banana adds moisture to all skin types. This fruit contains moisture, potassium, and vitamins E and C, helping to give you a glowing complexion. It is also said to have excellent anti-aging properties.
- Aloe Vera. This succulent is known for its skin-boosting qualities, helping to add moisture, heal, reduce inflammation and keep the skin supple. Even used on its own, it can heal sunburns, bug bites or other minor skin problems!
- Oil/Milk/Tea/Liquid. There are a few different liquids to use for your mask. The best oils include jojoba, argan, avocado, olive and apricot kernel. Milk is gentle and nourishing, while green and herbal teas are good for gentle cleansing. You could also use rose water or witch hazel.
- Clay. While not a kitchen staple, clays are good to keep in your bathroom cupboard. There are a number of different types, each with their own properties. Bentonite is good for most skin types, as it is able to absorb a lot of excess sebum gently without drying the skin. Kaolin is best for oily or acne prone skin as it is the most absorbent (and drying for non-oily skin if used too often). French green clay is absorbent as well as skin-firming. Rhassoul clay is gentle but purifying, making it ideal for all skin types.
- Essential Oils. Do your homework to find out which essential oil is best for your skin type. As a general rule of thumb, tea tree is good for oily skin, calendula is good for sensitive skin, lemon oil is good for combination skin, and orange is good for normal skins as well as aging skin. Always use in small quantities, and/or diluted in carrier oil.
Simple But Effective Face Mask Recipes to Try at Home
Oily Skin Face Mask Recipe
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 teaspoon bentonite clay
2 drops lemon OR tea tree essential oil
The astringent qualities of witch hazel will gentle cleanse, while the clay will draw impurities from your pores. Adding a drop or two of tea tree or lemon oil will further help to deep cleanse without over-drying. To make, combine all ingredients into a paste and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
Combination Skin Face Mask Recipe
1/2 ripe banana
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 2 teaspoons oatmeal
The trick with combination skin is to nourish the dry parts, while balancing the oily parts. A gentle oatmeal, banana and honey mask will do this perfectly. Gentle enough even for those who veer towards sensitive, cleansing enough for even the most stubborn of T bars and also exfoliating and moisturising with a neutral pH, this mask can be made by mashing up ingredients and leaving on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Dry Skin Face Mask Recipe
1/2 ripe soft avocado
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon jojoba, argan or rose hip oil
Avocado is super soothing, but when combined with a skin-saving oil and honey, it is even more nourishing. Jojoba, argan and rose hip are all excellent oils for the skin, but you could use a lighter oil such as grapeseed or almond, too. Mix all ingredients together into a paste, then leave on for 10 minutes.
Sensitive Skin Face Mask Recipe
1 cup natural yoghurt
½ cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon honey
This mask is even more soothing when the yoghurt is cold, so use yours directly from the fridge if possible. Oatmeal and honey gently cleanse and sooth, while the yoghurt calms any irritation while cooling your skin. You can also add some aloe vera gel for added soothing. This is great for sunburnt skin, too.
I hope that these feel as good as they should. We could all do with some ‘me time’ after all, and what better way to spoil yourself than indulging in a homemade face mask?