NOTE: This article has multiple DIY: Simple and Natural Face Mask Recipes. To make it easier to navigate, use the Table of Contents button to your right!
Amazing Face Mask Recipe
Instantaneously gives you a glow and helps the skin release toxins which could cause blemishes later.
- 3 tablespoons ground rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon powdered chamomile
- 1 tablespoon finely ground sage
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 6 drops drops chamomile essential oil
- 6 drops sage essential oil
1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with your fingers. The mixture will have a dry, grainy consistency.
2. Scoop a little out and spread thickly onto wet or dry skin, massaging gently with an outward, circular motion. Rinse off and pat dry. This will give you about 6 or 7 treatments and keeps for 3 months in a cool dry place.
Aloe Facial Mask Recipe
Mix 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with 2 tbsp of aloe gel. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Makes a mild, soothing facial mask.
Facial Mask Recipe for Beautiful Skin
- 1 heaped tablespoon kaolin or fuller's earth powder
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon clear honey
- 1 drop Lavender
- 1 drop Geranium
If your skin is very greasy, you may safely leave the mask on until it dries; however, if you have dry skin, the mask should be removed after 5-10 minutes. To remove the mask, just soak cotton wool in warm water and wipe over the face, taking off the clay, and continue to use fresh pieces of cotton wool until the face is clean.
When all traces of the mask have been removed, gently swab the skin with cotton wool soaked in floral water and finally apply a little facial massage oil to the skin or pat on a little Rose body perfume. Facial masks should not be used too frequently as they will draw out not only impurities form the skin, but also the skin's natural oils, and overuse will cause dry skin to become even drier. Probably the optimum frequency of use is once a month.
This recipe is from “Aromatherapy For Women” by Maggie Tisserand.
Beet Moisturizing Mask
- 1 raw beet, grated
- 1 cup sour cream
Whirl both ingredients in a blender. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with clear water. Apply moisturizer.
Venus Beauty Treatment Face Mask
Inspired by Better Basics for the Home, by Annie B. Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Courtesy of http://www.care2.com/
Here is a simple two-ingredient formula to soften and smooth your skin. The recipe has been handed down through generations of renowned beauties, a real treasure for anyone who wants clear, beautiful skin fit for a love goddess. Simple to make, soothing to use, and with noticeable results:
Combine equal parts of milk and Aloe Vera gel.
Milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to loosen dead skin cells, and Aloe Vera is wonderfully hydrating and moisturizing. Aloe is also Antibacterial, antifungal, Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory–and it is an Immune System stimulant. All in all, a wonderful healer for Acne, age spots, rashes, and more.
Apply mixture to clean skin and allow to rest for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Banana Cream Mask
(for normal to dry skin)
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
Mash the banana in a bowl and add honey and sour cream. Blend well Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Healing, Softening Banana Bread Mask
- ½ really ripe mashed banana – moisturizing
- 2 Tbsp. ground oats – soothing
- milk or cream, add as necessary – softening
- pinch nutmeg – antiseptic
- 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour – antioxidant
Whip ingredients together, adding cream or oat flour as necessary to get a smooth, paste-like consistency. Spread on clean face and leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry..
Ground Oats: use rolled oats and a clean coffee grinder or blender to grind the flakes to a fine powder. This mask is amazing to soften and heal mature and/or dry skin.
Bay Clay Mask Recipe
- 4 tablespoons French clay
- 5 dried bay leaves
- 1 cup distilled water
Place the bay leaves into a cup of boiled water, let cool. Strain but keep the liquid. Slowly add the bay liquid to the clay until it is a fairly thick mixture. Dab onto your skin then allow to dry for about 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Clay Mask for Oily Skin Types
- 1 cup of lemongrass
- 8 cups of boiling water
- 1/2 cup white clay
- 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract (optional)
Steep the lemongrass in water for 20 min. cool, then stain. Place clay in shallow container. Mix in enough lemongrass liquid to become paste-like. Apply mask to clean face allow it to dry. Rinse with warm then cool water. Left-overs can be frozen or refrigerated.
Banana, Sour Cream & Honey Face Mask
Mash 1/2 banana and add 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply to face and let set for about 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth
Simple Cornmeal Face Mask
Two tablespoons of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste makes a great inexpensive facial mask. Gently apply to face and wash off.
Almonds and Berries Face Mask
In a food processor or blender, combine 1/2 cucumber, 1 tablespoon yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and allow to dry. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Easy Avocado Face Mask
Mash half of an Avocado and apply to entire face. Let set for about 20 minutes and then gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Apricot Cream Face Mask
Soak 1 cup dried apricots in water until softened. Puree in blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Cucumber Yogurt Face Mask
Puree 1/2 peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply to face and let set about 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Mask
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon honey
Combine ingredients and apply to face for 10 minutes. Rinse well with water and pat dry. Mask should be applied up to 3 times a week. The yogurt in this recipe is an exfoliating agent, and the honey helps moisturize any skin type.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
Colder weather can play some nasty tricks on your skin with its winds and chilly temperatures. But these great treats use pumpkin, the perfect icon of the season, to help nourish your skin beautifully, sloughing off dead cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath. Pumpkin, after all, contains lots of antioxidant Vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids.
- 2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon milk (or whipping cream, if your skin is very dry)
Combine ingredients and apply to a clean face with gentle circular motions, avoiding the area around your eyes. Allow mask to remain on skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply your usual Moisturizer.
Moisturizing Carrot Face Mask for Silky Skin
Carrot face masks make a soothing and moisturizing mask that leaves dry skin soft and silky.
Boil three large carrots and puree in a food processor. Add 5 tbsp. yogurt and mix well. Apply in an upward motion, and leave on for 15 minutes, then splash off with warm water.
- 2-3 large carrots
- 4 1/2 tablespoons honey
Cook carrots, then mash. Mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Cucumber Avocado Facial Mask
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 cup chopped avocado
- 1 egg white
- 2 tsp. powdered milk
In a blender combine all of the ingredients until they form a smooth, paste-like consistency. You can apply the mask immediately or refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
Apply 2 tablespoons of the cucumber Avocado mask to your face and neck in circular upward motions. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, or until dry. To remove the mask simply rinse your face and neck with warm water, followed by a cold water rinse. Finally, pat dry your face and neck.
DIY Fruit Mask Recipe for Glowing Skin
By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).
If your complexion could use a little radiant glow, this fruit mask recipe is for you. Just reach into your fruit bowl or fridge and whip up this easy, luscious-tasting mask for younger-looking, more vibrant skin.
Alpha-hydroxy fruit acids help slough off dead skin cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath, while honey is a moisturizing humectant prized by wise beauties for centuries. Together, they make a traditional fruit mask recipe for a vibrant and glowing complexion.
- Honey, as needed (about 1/8 cup)
- 1/4 apple
- 1/4 orange, peeled
- 6 grapes
- 3 strawberries
1. Whip fruits (but not honey) in your blender or food processor until smooth. Wash face and pat dry. Immediately apply a thin layer of honey, then smooth the fruit mixture evenly over the honey. Allow fruit mask recipe to remain in place for at least 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water and gently pat dry.
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