There is no better way to start off your clean skincare routine than with a good face mask. By making your own with the few ingredients in your fridges and cabinets you are on your way to achieving completely clean skincare. I am going to give the tips, tricks and recipes for the best DIY face masks I have had success with.
Let’s start with some ground rules. Don’t worry! DIY face masks are safe to use. There are just some extra things to be aware of when creating your own face mask if you want to design your own or skip steps in the ones I later suggest.
DIY face masks are really safe, but some home ingredients should not be applied directly to your face. You should avoid applying some ingredients to your skin directly, if you do not mix them in first, they could do more damage than repairing. For instance, apple cider vinegar and lemons, they should be mixed before applying it to the skin. The harsher ingredients on their own can result in your skin becoming more sensitive to light and cause skin bleaching. Another thing to do is to check the sell-by dates of your ingredients. If you will not consume the food, then do not put it on your face, we are not in the business of creating more red and itchy blotches here.
When you decide to make a mask, make enough for the day you are going to use it, and no more than that. This is because the ingredients you are using are prone to be spoiled when exposed to bacteria and oxygen for a long amount of time. If these ingredients go bad, then it could irritate your skin, so you want to be safe here. A good rule of thumb is to use a fresh mask within an hour of mixing the ingredients together.
My final tip is to do a patch test. It does not matter what you are applying to your skin, you should always do a patch test first, because my sister and I had to learn the hard way that aloe vera does not soothe our skin but rather irritates it. Excuse me, I am having horror flashbacks over the rash that took over my legs, aloe vera is my nemesis and you will rarely see me recommending it because I cannot use it. So, you gotta trust me that you will want to do a quick patch test to see how your skin reacts to the mask. Just take a little bit on your wrist or on the side your neck before applying.
So, what recipes have I got for you?
Acne Scars & Dark Spots
• Plain Yoghurt (30 g) or Olive Oil, or a Face Oil
• Turmeric Powder (6 g)
• When you use turmeric, you need to mix it in with another ingredient. If you use turmeric with water, or on its own, then it can temporarily stain your skin a bright yellow and leave you looking jaundiced. Simply mix the turmeric into the yoghurt or the oil you have chosen to prevent any staining. Then keep the mask on for 10 or 15 minutes. Rinse off. Use your face wash.
• Turmeric is the star ingredient! It is a brilliant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been found to help brighten discolouration and kill bacteria on the skin.
• Greek Yoghurt (30 g)
• Olive Oil (15 g)
• Mashed Banana (30 g)
• Mashed Avocado (30 g)
• Raw Honey (6 g)
Throw all your ingredients into a bowl and mic them together until they are well combined. Then apply to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse the face well with tepid water.
• There are plenty of ingredients pumping your skin with hydration to make sure it’s no longer thirsty or dry. You are getting Vitamin E from the avocado and Vitamin A from the banana which serve to rehydrate the skin. Meanwhile the wet ingredients, the yoghurt, olive oil and honey are going to nourish and soothe your skin form the pain it has gone through from being dry.
• Lemon Juice (5 ml)
• Papaya Puree (15 g)
• You are going to mix the two ingredients together until they are well combined. It is mandatory to patch test for this one because you want to make sure it does not sting so much. Then you will apply it to the skin, leaving it on from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how much exfoliating you want to occur. Then rinse well with tepid water.
• These fruits contain natural alpha hydroxy acids which means they will exfoliate dead skin cells and help dissolve the skin impurities within your pores. These fruits are wonderful, but be careful with them, since citrus fruits can be allergenic. That’s why you are patch-testing this first.
• Lemon and Lime Juice (5 ml)
• Orange Puree (30 g)
• Crushed Fresh Mint Leaves (3 sprigs)
• You are going to mix all of your ingredients until they are well combined. Then you will allow the mixture to rest for five minutes. I usually put it in the fridge to rest so it can a nice cooling effect but it’s up to you. Another mandatory patch test. After that you will apply it to your skin and leave it on for up to 10 minutes max. This is another potent one that is dependent on your tolerance. Finish it off by rinsing well with tepid water.
• You do not want the mask to linger on the skin and if it starts to sting you should immediately wash it off. The fresh citrus can be allergenic, but it still provides Vitamin C, and the citric acid in the fruits will help brighten and exfoliate the skin. The mint is the MVP as it has salicylic acid which will clean your pores.
• Olive Oil (30 g)
• Brown Sugar (30 g)
• Honey (5 g)
• You are going to mix all the ingredients until they are well combined, and you have a smooth consistency. Pick up the mixture and rub the scrub mask over your face using gentle and circular motions. You must remember to be gentle because your skin is delicate, and you do not want any tearing to occur.
• The olive oil will cleanse your skin and softens the outer layer which assists the exfoliation process of the brown sugar. The brown sugar will break down the protein that keeps dead skills on your skin since it is a source of glycolic acid. It also inhibits bacterial growth and boosts new cell production. The honey will bring it all together by moisturising the skin and keeping it healthy thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.
• Honey (5 g)
• Plain Yoghurt (15 g)
• Ground Rolled Oats (30 g)
• You are going to fold the ingredients together until they become a smooth paste. If the mixture is not even in texture, then begin mixing it instead. Once applied then leave it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with tepid water. When removing the mask, work the mixture off in slow circular motions and pat your face dry with a warm towel. If there is any residue then you should work, it into the face with the same gentle and circular motions.
• The honey is great for reducing redness, reducing inflammation, fighting bacteria and moisturising the skin. The yoghurt will gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin without adding any redness to the skin while the rolled oats work as a cleansing agent since it contains saponins and has anti-inflammatory powers.
• Cinnamon (3 g)
• Turmeric (3 g)
• Ginger (3 g)
• Greek Yoghurt (80g)
• You just have to mix the ingredients together until they are well-combined then apply to the skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes. After you should rinse the skin well with tepid water.
• The smaller ingredients are doing all of the heavy lifting here. The turmeric will bring out your natural glow after the cinnamon clarifies your skin and the ginger evens out your skin tone.
• Honey (15 g)
• Turmeric (6 g)
• Dead Sea Salt (3 g)
• Just combine the three ingredients together. Apply to the skin and pay extra attention to the areas with more oil or clusters of spots. Then leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off well with tepid water.
• Turmeric is fabulous for acne prone skin. It is an anti-inflammatory and has anti-bacterial properties. Dead Sea Salt is another brilliant ingredient as it will help clean the skin, reduce the infection and the inflammation. The honey in this mask is great at healing the skin and killing bacteria. When you mix all of these fabulous ingredients together you can be assured that the excess sebum that is blocking your pores will get the treatment it deserves. This is the mask that will reduce swelling, irritation and infection.
• Plain Yoghurt or Olive Oil (30 g)
• Matcha Powder (25g)
• You want to mix the olive oil or plain yoghurt with the matcha powder until they are well-combined. You are going to leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it of well with tepid water. You just have to wipe this one off rather than massaging it into the skin.
• The matcha powder is great for calming down hypersensitive skin. The olive oil contains Vitamin E which will protect your skin from free radicals. This mask will protect the skin from dullness, fine lines and that horrible feeling of dehydration. This is the mask that will truly dislodge the dead cells, oil, everyday grime and make-up.
• Blackberries (40 g)
• Raspberries (40 g)
• Blueberries (40 g)
• You need to mash all of these berries together. The mixture needs to have a thick juice consistency for this one to work. After applying it to the skin you will need to leave it on for 15 minutes. Then you can rinse the mask off well with tepid water.
• All the ingredients in this mask are doing a lot of work. These berries contain so many antioxidants! They are going to help you fight free-radical damage which have the potential to lead to signs of ageing.