You want to take the best possible care of your skin. A healthy skin care routine is critical–and homemade facial masks can help you keep your skin bright and glowing. Looking for a great way to improve your skincare routine and keep your face looking its best? Try some of these great DIY face masks.
5. Chocolate Oatmeal Mask
Yum, chocolate and oatmeal–but in this case, you aren’t planning on eating it! Instead, try using cocoa and oatmeal to create a great facial mask that will exfoliate your skin and help fight off potential damage.
- 1 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp ground oatmeal (grinding oats in a food processor will do; a well-ground texture will create a smoother facial mask, while leaving a grittier texture will offer a deeper exfoliant for your skin.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. If you’re having trouble getting everything to mix, heating the honey for a few seconds will help give your facial mask ingredients a smoother texture.
Next, wash and dry your face. Any time you use a facial mask, you want your skin to be fresh and clean before you get started! Once your skin is clean, apply the mask. Allow it to sit for around 15 minutes, or up to 20. Be sure not to let it sit for more than 20 minutes, since that can leave your skin feeling red and sensitive. As with any skincare product, if you start to feel any irritation, wash the mask off immediately. Once your time is up, wash the mask away from your skin. You’ll be left with glowing skin that will help fend off damage, keeping you looking younger, longer.
4. Natural Clay Mask
Do you love the cool feeling of a clay mask? Want to try creating your own? There’s good news: you can purchase earth clay at many health food stores for a much lower price than some of the pricey facial masks on store shelves. This great mask will restore your pH levels, soothe your skin, and stave off bacteria that could cause pimples.
- 2 tbsp earth clay
- a few drops of lavender oil
- a few drops of tea tree oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix the apple cider vinegar and clay together first. Then, combine with the drops of essential oils. You can also experiment with other oils that are great for your skin: frankincense, for example, is great for tackling tough pimples, keeping wrinkles from forming, and helping to erase dark spots and scars. Apply the resulting paste to your face and wait until it’s completely dry. The drying process usually takes around twenty minutes, so go ahead and pamper yourself while you wait! If you lean back in a bubble bath, with steam rising up around you, the drying process may take a little longer, but you can use the excuse to luxuriate. Once the mask is dry, rinse it away and pat your skin dry.
3. Face Tightening Facial Mask
Are you noticing the presence of more wrinkles than before or, perhaps, looser skin after weight loss? This face-tightening mask is perfect for you. With all natural ingredients, it nevertheless helps tighten your skin and give you the radiant glow you’re hoping for.
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, then apply to your face. Allow the ingredients to dry completely, then gently wash them away. You may want to apply a moisturizer to your face after the mask is done, since this tightening mask can lead to decreased moisture.
2. Deep Cleaning Facial Mask
Do you struggle with clogged pores, feeling as though your skin is chock full of, not only free radicals but also oil and grime from the air? This deep cleaning facial mask will scrub your skin and leave it feeling bright and clean.
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp honey
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl, then apply to your face. Spend five minutes massaging the mixture into your skin with a gentle, circular motion. Then, sit back and relax for another ten minutes, letting the honey seep into your pores and leave its radiance behind. Finally, wash the mask away, leaving your radiant, glowing skin behind.
1. Rise and Shine Facial Mask
Tired of feeling down and draggy throughout the day? Using your coffee as a facial mask instead of drinking it might not give you that great energy burst, but it will leave your skin glowing and bright–and that might just be enough to brighten up your mood! Coffee is a great exfoliant, especially combined with coconut oil, as it is in this mask. Not only that, just the smell of coffee is known to make you feel happier and perkier so consider the mood-boosting effect of this mask, too.
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 3 tbsp coffee grounds (that haven’t been used previously)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. This should create a paste that is easy to scoop up in your fingers and apply to your skin. Gently massage the paste into your skin in a circular motion. Massage it into your entire face, carefully scrubbing away dead skin and grit. Then, once you have covered all of your skin, let the mask sit for around fifteen minutes. You can then peel the mask away. Be sure to rinse your face to clean off any remaining remnants of the mask–though there are worse perfumes than coffee to wear all day!
As you’re creating stunning homemade facial masks and experimenting with what works best for your skin and gives you the results you want, keep in mind that most facial masks are meant to be applied only 1-2 times per week, at most. While these masks are a great part of your overall skincare routine, over-application can cause dryness and redness in your skin so make sure you’re planning your routine accordingly. It’s well worth the effort to invest this extra time and energy into your skincare routine.