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Best DIY Face Masks

Facials should absolutely be incorporated into your skincare routine—we’ve sung the praises of getting monthly facials at a professional spa! In between your professional facials, you can make your own face masks at home using items you probably already have in your kitchen. They’re affordable, easy, and quick!

At-home facials are great for a variety of skin types and concerns. So whether you’re looking to calm redness, unclog pores, reduce hyperpigmentation, or brighten skin, there’s a DIY face mask for you.

Before you make your own DIY face masks, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Test your face mask first. Apply a small amount to your neck or the inside of your elbow and see if you have any kind of reaction. If all’s good after a few minutes, you should be safe to apply it to your face.
  • Use it within a day. The all-natural ingredients you use will spoil quickly, so store it in your fridge and use it within 24 hours.
  • Check with your dermatologist. If you have sensitive skin or are currently on any acne medications, make sure the ingredients you’re using won’t conflict with any other treatments.

Calming + Moisturizing Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal is used in countless beauty products as a calming moisturizer. When used in at-home face masks, it imparts the same moisturization as well as a calming effect for red, irritated skin. The honey in this recipe serves as a humectant, which helps retain moisture in your skin.

Skin Types

  • Dry skin
  • Dull skin

Ingredients

  • ½ cup traditional/old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1–2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Make oatmeal according to package instructions.
  2. When oatmeal is done, stir in honey.
  3. Let the mixture cool and then apply to face.
  4. Leave on for 10–20 minutes.
  5. Gently rinse with warm water.

Deeply Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask

If you live in an especially dry area or somewhere that has harsh winters, your face needs a little extra love! Avocados contain lots of healthy fatty acids that are great for your skin as well as your body! (Spread a little bit on toast to enjoy while your mask is on.) Honey helps retain the moisture given by the other two ingredients.

Skin Types

  • Dry skin
  • Rough skin

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Apply gently to face.
  3. Leave on for 15–20 minutes.
  4. Gently rinse with warm water.

Evening + Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation in the body—golden turmeric latte anyone?—and can also be used in face masks to calm irritated skin. Turmeric can also reduce hyperpigmentation from acne scars, age spots, or sun exposure.

Be sure not to leave turmeric masks on for longer than 10 minutes since turmeric can stain your skin!

Skin Types

  • Acne-prone skin
  • Hyperpigmented skin

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients to form a thick paste.
  2. Gently apply the paste to your face.
  3. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with warm water.

Glowing + Cleansing Banana Face Mask

Bananas are gentle enough for sensitive skin and powerful enough to help get rid of oil on your skin. Lemon additionally helps dry out oily skin, while honey replenishes moisture and helps give your skin a natural glow!

Skin Types

  • Oily skin
  • Clogged pores
  • Dull skin

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients to form a lumpy paste.
  2. Gently apply to face.
  3. Leave on for 10–20 minutes.
  4. Gently rinse with warm water.

Relaxing + Cooling Cucumber Face Mask

Everyone knows that quintessential spa look of cucumbers on your eyes to reduce puffiness. The cooling and moisturizing properties of cucumbers can also be used in a face mask! Honey moisturizes, and aloe vera calms and moisturizes.

Skin Types

  • Red or irritated skin
  • Dry skin
  • Dull skin

Ingredients

  • ¼ cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Apply gently to face.
  3. Leave on for 10–20 minutes.
  4. Rinse gently with warm water.

Tip: for the cooling cucumber - put in the fridge for 5 minutes to chill and help with de-puffing!

All of these DIY face masks can be easily made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! They don’t have any artificial ingredients, and most come together in just a few minutes. Incorporate these face masks into your skincare routine by applying them once a week and getting a professional custom facial once a month.

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