I’m a beauty product junkie, but lately I’ve been super vigilant about the kinds of things I put on my face. Your skin is the body’s largest organ, acting as a filtration system and potentially absorbing everything that is in the air or that you come in physical contact with. For that reason alone, any product that goes on my skin must be as “clean” as possible – it’s why I use small batch, organic products and all-natural lines whenever I can. These five do-it-yourself face masks can be made with many ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen (or easy to get your hands on), and they really work!
** Small disclaimer: these are masks that work on me, but they may not work for you. Always do a patch test to see if you have any sort of allergy before you dive in and put it all over your face. If something starts to itch or burn, rinse it off right away with warm to cool water!
♥ HYDRATING AVOCADO FACE MASK
I personally love this one because it is so moisturizing…but it also pains me to give up a perfectly good avocado, so sometimes I throw this together when the avocado has just gone overripe (you know what I mean). The basic ingredients for this mask are:
1 ripe avocado
1 egg white (at room temperature)
1 tsp lemon juice
Rest of the directions are here at Dr. Karen S. Lee’s website.
♥ BENTONITE CLAY MASK
Bentonite Clay is sometimes commonly sold in the form of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It gets its name from its source – it is harvested from soil near Fort Benton, Wyoming. This clay is rich in minerals but is also said to draw out toxins when combined with water. Another bonus? This mask shrinks your pores so be prepared for that poreless skin action! The first time I tried this mask, I mixed it with apple cider vinegar which was a little too intense for me, so if you have sensitive skin, stick with water, otherwise it will start to irritate your skin pretty quickly. The ingredients for this mask are:
1 teaspoon bentonite clay (see it here)
1 teaspoon water or apple cider vinegar
A drop of lavender aromatherapy oil, optional
Tools: a non-reactive cup or bowl and a plastic or wooden spoon for mixing
Mix together until it forms a thick but spreadable paste (you may need to add more clay or more water, depending on your preference). Apply the paste to your skin, avoiding the eyes, and leave on for 20-30 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to leave it on for a shorter amount of time – just check in with yourself and listen to your skin! Rinse off and pat the skin dry, and enjoy your new bentonite clay glow.
♥ OATMEAL HONEY FACE MASK
Oatmeal has long been used as a soothing agent for irritated skin – remember that Aveeno oatmeal bath you had to endure as a kid with chicken pox? (Or was that just me?) Combining the soothing powers of oatmeal with the antibacterial properties of Manuka honey and a the skin-tightening enzymes in yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic mask. If you can’t get your hands on Manuka honey, no worries – use regular honey.
1 Tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tsp. Greek yogurt
1 tsp. Manuka honey (1 teaspoon)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl then apply a thick layer to the face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
♥ PORE TIGHTENING EGG WHITE MASK
Egg whites are egg-cellent (sorry, I couldn’t help it) for tightening and toning skin, shrinking large pores to reduce excess oil production and helping to maintain that poreless look. Additionally, egg whites contain an enzyme known as lysozyme, which kills acne-causing bacteria by digesting their cell walls, so BAM! Multi-tasking! Ingredients for this mask are:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon of honey
First, mix together the egg white and lemon juice until they are frothy. Splash your face with warm water to help open the pores. Then stir in the honey and apply to the face immediately, leaving it for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off!
♥ BROWN SUGAR EXFOLIATING MASK
This one isn’t as much of a mask as it is a gentle exfoliant. The brown sugar helps slough off dead skin while the coconut oil keeps it moisturized. You can also use this on any part of your body that could use a little scrub, just make sure you’re using equal parts of sugar and coconut oil. The ingredient list couldn’t be simpler:
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
Mix together well and apply to the face, scrubbing in circular motions for a minute or so, then rinse with warm water and gently wipe away any excess oil with a washcloth or tissue. You’ll love the glowy appearance and soft texture!