A face mask, which is used to hydrate and cleanse the skin, doesn’t have to be a store-bought good…it can be made right at home with fresh ingredients that will do the work right before your eyes. There are a few benefits to be had from making your own face mask: they are cheaper, you know exactly what ingredients are put into it, all of them are pretty basic household items, and you can make the mixture to suit your needs. Depending on your skin type—dry, oily, or normal—the ingredients will differ accordingly: ingredients that work well with dry skin will make your face feel oily, and vice versa. If you have neither dry nor oily skin, an all skin types mask would work just fine. The best part about these natural ingredients is that they all contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are great for clearing up acne and hydrating the skin in a natural way.
Recipes for Natural Face Masks
There are many different types of facial masks for the skin. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.
Recipes for dry skin
Combine ½ of a mashed banana with 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply liberally to the face and leave on for 10 minutes; gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Combine 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 teaspoon olive oil together. Smooth all over the face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry.
Recipes for oily skin
Apply 1 bottle Milk of Magnesia, or as much of it as you need, to the face and leave on for about 15 minutes.
Mash ¼ cup strawberries with ¼ cup sour cream or plain yogurt. Spread on the face and leave on for about 15 minutes.
Recipes for all skin types
This is a recipe for a homemade clay mask. Combine 1 ½ teaspoons green clay, ½ teaspoon kaolin clay, 1 ½ tablespoons aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon rose water, and 2 drops rose essential oil. Apply to the face and leave on for about 15 minutes. You can even refrigerate this one for up to 1 month!
Two bonus natural face mask recipes
Honey is great for the skin; in fact, it is in many of the natural homemade face mask recipes available. Here is the best way to use a honey facial mask: open your pores by dabbing your face with a warm compress or washcloth; smear on the honey and leave on for about 25 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and splash your face with cold water to close the pores.
Lastly, here is the typical face mask recipe made with cucumbers. Puree ½ of a peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Spread over your face and leave on for about 20 minutes. Slice 2 extra pieces of cucumber to apply to the eyes—it’s just like a spa, except cheaper! Wipe off gently with a warm damp washcloth.