DIY face masks are a fun way to treat yourself to a spa-like experience without having to leave the comfort of your home. Just light a scented candle, dim the lights, draw a bubble bath, play some soothing music, and make yourself an easy mask out of things you likely already have in your kitchen.
Ready to get started? First, think about what type of mask would be best for your skin type. Everyone’s skin is different – some people have combination skin, others struggle with oil, and others have dry skin issues.
Various natural ingredients will cater to those different skin needs. Let’s look at the two most common skin types and a few face mask recipes that benefit those types best.
If you have dry skin, the best thing you can do is avoid overcomplicating your skincare. In other words? Don’t use products that contain a ton of ingredients.
According to everydayhealth.com, “It’s often a good idea to keep it simple when it comes to beauty care… Pure oils have a natural base, making them great for dry skin remedies.”
So, for dry skin, start with natural oils and simple ingredients that will help moisturize without causing damage. These include milk, olive oil, avocados, honey, oats, and coconut oil.
Here are just a few DIY recipes for dry skin to get you started.
Allure.com provided the recipe above and quoted Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, who says, “The omega fatty acids in avocado and olive oil help seal cracks between skin cells.” This recipe should leave your skin feeling softer and more moisturized.
This recipe comes from everydayhealth.com and is great for soothing and hydrating dry skin.
Whip up the ingredients above until they reach a good spreadable consistency. Then, you can either rub the mixture onto your skin and rinse right away or allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a great recipe for gently removing dead skin cells.
This last recipe for dry skin comes from Elle.com.
To make, mix the ingredients to form a paste, gently massage it onto your skin, allow it to sit for 20 minutes, and wash it off with warm water.
According to healthline.com, “Oily skin occurs when your pores produce too much sebum, a natural skin oil… Bananas can help absorb oil on the skin.”
So, naturally, let’s start with a banana-based recipe!
Mix the ingredients to make a paste. Apply the mask to your face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before washing with warm water.
This recipe comes from Indiatimes.com, which says, “One of the best ingredients for oily skin is egg white. It helps tighten skin, shrink pores, and absorb excess oil.”
Directions: Combine ingredients and apply them to your skin. Leave them on until your skin starts to feel tight and dry, then gently wash off with warm water.
Now that you have an arsenal of DIY face mask recipes, it’s time to mix one up, massage it onto your face, and relax.
Treat yourself while your mask is working its magic. For example, break out the nail polish, turn on your favorite movie, and crack open some chocolate as you lounge on the couch and enjoy the rest of your spa day.