Homemade face masks are a great way to treat your skin using natural ingredients that aren’t as harsh as some store-bought masks can be. They’re simple enough to put together and still give you the results you want. Any of these are perfect if you’re looking for more affordable/natural alternatives for skin care or just seeking an easy and effective treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, + Honey
Many people swear by apple cider vinegar, claiming it as a miracle worker for shrinking pores, removing excess oil/bacteria, and reducing acne. Some even say it’s good to drink it if you can tolerate the taste. Baking soda is used as a cleanser but it can be irritating to some, so it’s best not to add this ingredient if you have sensitive skin. Honey is said to be a great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory product and many use it to moisturize and soothe their skin.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (organic)
- 2 teaspoons of raw honey
Mix the ingredients in a plastic bowl until it turns into a paste and apply it to your face, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes.
For Acne Scars
Green Tea, Sugar, + Lemon
Some of the many health benefits of green tea include that it works as a toner, reduces puffy eyes and contains antioxidants that will leave you with a natural glow. Sugar serves as a gentle exfoliant that will get rid of dead skin cells and leave your face feeling soft. The lemon has vitamins that will brighten your skin – but because of the acidity, if you use too much it can lighten your face or leave dark spots, so use it with caution.
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Green tea
Cut open a green tea bag and mix the leaves with a few drops of water to create a creamy consistency. Add the lemon juice and sugar, mix it in a small bowl and apply it to your face – leaving it on for about 10 minutes.
For Dry Skin
Olive Oil + Honey
Olive oil has been used for centuries on hair, skin and nails. It’s hydrating and anti-aging, which is why so many people say it’s great for locking in moisture in your skin. Honey is also a good moisturizer and will calm any redness or irritation.
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl, and if it’s too thick, microwave it for 15 seconds. Apply it to your face and leave it on for about 5-10 minutes.
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For Dull Skin
Oatmeal, Milk + Honey
Oatmeal contains saponins, which make it a nice soothing natural cleanser. Honey is, again, an amazing ingredient for moisture that will brighten your face. The milk powder nourishes your skin and gives it a soft feel. Lavender oil works as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient that is also good for treating acne.
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal powder
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of milk powder
- Lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, adding only about 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
For Oily Skin
Lemon + Turmeric
Turmeric is another product that many people obsess over and say is great for reducing pigmentation, acne and acne scars. It’s said to give you nice glowing skin. Milk will act as a cleanser to give you a softer feel. The flour is used as an exfoliant, adding to the texture of the mask. The acid in the lemon will control the amount of oil secretion, but again, use it with caution.
- 2 tablespoons of flour (regular flour, rice flour, or gram flour is fine)
- ¼ cup of milk
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl – you can use a small blender to get rid of any lumps. Apply to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
Don’t forget that even though using face masks can be very beneficial, a big part of skincare includes your diet. The foods you eat will reflect on the outside, so it’s definitely important to take care of yourself from the inside out.