I thought it would be cool to find out what type of facial masks you could make at home by using foods that you might already have in your refrigerator. Making your own mask could be helpful if you are someone that is worried about the ingredients that are in an over the counter mask or if you are on a budget and in desperate need of a facial.
Here are 7 different masks that you can choose from depending on what your skin type is:
Normal and combination skin types
Lemon, honey, milk and cucumber mask
– 1 tsp honey
– A few drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice (just 3-4)
– 3 tsp milk
– Half a cucumber pureed in food processor
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, spread onto your face using hands or brush, Gently massage the mask onto your face with fingers, leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse mask off thoroughly with water and gentle cleanser.
Egg White Face Mask
– 2 egg whites separated from yolk
– 2 tablespoons plain all natural yogurt
Whip eggs and yogurt together. Apply mask to face, and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and apply warm washcloth to face.
Oily or Acne-prone skin
– 1 ripe banana (I just learned that you could keep ripe bananas in the freezer. You just need to let it thaw before using)
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 orange or a lemon
Mix the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon and mix thoroughly. Apply to face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with a cool water washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.
– 1/4 cup of fresh blackberries (you can also substitute strawberries, or blueberries as well as they are one of the foods that contain natural salicylic acid, a common ingredient found in acne medications)
– 1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored/plain natural yogurt
Mash together the blackberries and yogurt or sour cream. Spread on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and mild cleanser if needed.
Dry and Wrinkle Prone Skin
Classic Avocado Honey Mask avocadomask
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/4 cup of warm honey
Smash avocado in bowl then stir in honey. Mix well. Apply on face, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and mild cleanser if needed.
Dark Chocolate Mask chocolate
– 3 ½ oz of dark chocolate
– 1 cup of milk
– 3 tablespoons of milk
Mix milk and salt until all salt is dissolved. Melt chocolate in double boiler (or place small bowl inside a small pot of water as a “make-shift” double boiler as I do since I don’t own a double boiler). You might want to wear a smock or cover clothes with old towels to avoid spills. Add milk/salt mixture to melted chocolate, whisk thoroughly, and allow it to cool so it is not hot on skin (room temperature). Apply mask to face while mixture is warm and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash face thoroughly with warm water and mild cleanser.
Sensitive or Sunburned Skin
Yogurt & Oatmeal Mask yogurt
– 1 cup plain all-natural yogurt
– 1/2 cup plain oatmeal
Mix yogurt and oatmeal together thoroughly and apply to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply warm washcloth compress. (This recipe also works well for other skin types – For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey)
After you’ve done a facial mask it is always a good idea to put on a good moisturizer to reinforce the mask that you just did.
Try one out, and let me know what you think!?