Homemade Facial Masks

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You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a facial mask that meets your skin needs. Homemade facial masks are easy to make from common household ingredients and provide the same spa experience at a fraction of the cost.

Why use a Facial Mask?

If you’re already using a cleanser and moisturizer, why make a facial mask? When you apply a mask, it draws blood to your skin’s surface and stimulates circulation.

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Homemade masks also provide a number of benefits to skin by:

  • Removing dirt left behind by cleansers.
  • Unclogging pores
  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizing
  • Exfoliating
  • Providing antioxidants and nutrients.

The result is skin that looks firmer, brighter and more vibrant than it would have otherwise.

Masks for Dry Skin

If your skin is dry, you’ll want to stick with mask ingredients that are moisturizing and soothing and contain only the gentlest exfoliating substances. Some great mask ingredients for dry skin include:

  • Banana
  • Honey
  • Avocado.

Here are a few easy masks to comfort dry skin:

Sweet Banana Mask

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of honey

Cleanse face. Mash up the banana with honey and apply to face. Rinse off after 15 minutes.

Green Goddess Mask

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup of honey

Cleanse face. Mash avocado and then mix in honey. Apply to face and rinse with cool water after 10 minutes.

Golden Glow Mask

  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons of oat flour

Combine dry ingredients and gradually stir in wet ingredients to form a paste. Apply to cleansed face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.

Masks for Oily Skin

When preparing a mask for oily skin, ingredients that have exfoliating and acidic properties are just right. You might want to experiment with:

  • Lemon
  • Tomato
  • Berries
  • Apples and other fruits.

Surprisingly you can still use oily ingredients in your masks, as long as they’re contained in moderation. These masks are great for oily skin:

Refreshing Peach-Lemon

  • 1 ripe peach, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of oat flakes

Combine all ingredients and let stand until peach and lemon are absorbed into oat flakes. Apply to clean skin and leave on for a half hour. Rinse and wait a few minutes before applying your regular moisturizer.

Strawberries and Cream

  • ¼ cup of fresh, ripe strawberries
  • ¼ cup of plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon of honey

Mash strawberries and combine all ingredients. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing.

More Helpful Masks

No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, the right mask ingredients will bring out the best in your skin. Here are just a few:

Anti-Aging Mask

This mask will help ward off wrinkles and moisturize mature skin.

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon of olive oil

Beat egg and combine all ingredients. Apply to cleansed face and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse and wash face with lukewarm water before applying moisturizer.

Soothing Spice Mask

This anti-inflammatory mask reduces swelling and redness, exfoliates and helps prevent infection. A note of caution: Some people are allergic to cinnamon. Test on a patch of non-facial skin first to make sure you aren’t one of them.

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together into a thick paste and apply to clean face. Leave on for a half hour and scrub off gently with warm water to exfoliate skin.

Exfoliating Fruit Mask

The enzymes in papaya and pineapple remove excess oil and dead skin cells to even out skin tone and leave your face glowing.

  • 3 tablespoons of mashed, raw papaya
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh pineapple juice
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder

Combine all ingredients to form a paste. Apply to clean face and lie down (face up) for 15 minutes. You might want to put a towel under your head as this mask may run a little as it warms up. If you feel some tingling that’s just the fruit acids working to exfoliate your skin. Rinse off gently with cool water.

Pumpkin Pie Facial

Pumpkin is one of the healthiest ingredients you can put on your skin. This fragrant mask lets you take advantage of the vitamin C, retinol, beta-carotene and naturally exfoliating salicylic acid found in pumpkin.

  • 2 ½ teaspoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of milk
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients into a paste and apply to clean skin. Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse.

Don’t worry about exact measurements and feel free to experiment a little with your masks. When you use the best quality, fresh ingredients you’ll enjoy glowing healthy skin and the peace of mind of knowing that no harmful chemicals are coming in contact with your skin.

 

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Last Updated: January 5, 2013
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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