12 DIY Face Masks to Make at Home
by Rachel Weeks
Everybody knows the benefits of a spa mask treatment, but we also know most wallets can’t support too many spa days. These DIY face masks are the perfect solution. Get all the benefits of an in-spa treatment with ingredients you can (mostly) find in your own kitchen. Remember, it’s always a good idea to test DIY beauty products on a small patch of skin on your wrist before applying it to your face.
Brightening & Tightening Mask
Egg whites, honey, and lemon juice are DIY face-mask essentials, and for good reason. Lemon juice helps to lighten dark spots and scars, egg whites tighten skin and shrink pores, and honey helps retain moisture and heal skin. This mask from The Kitchen McCabe combines all of those qualities into one simple mask.
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Small brush
Combine the ingredients in a deep bowl, and whisk until foamy. Then, using a small brush, spread the mixture over your clean face. Make sure to avoid the eye area. Let the mask sit for about 30 minutes or until it has completely dried. Then rinse off the mask with warm water and a washcloth. Splash with cold water, and gently pat dry.
Edible “Mud” Mask
This “mud” mask isn’t exactly made of mud but works nonetheless. Combining the skin-care benefits of Greek yogurt, honey, cocoa, buttermilk, banana, and lemon juice, this mud mask from Essentially Eclectic will leave your skin feeling exactly the same as any store-bought mask.
- 2–3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon buttermilk
- 1/4–1/2 of a banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Note: This recipe makes enough for 3 to 5 masks.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is thick enough that it will not run down your face. Apply a layer to your face, and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse the mask away with cool water, and splash with cold water to close up your pores.
Overnight Oats and Honey Mask
Safe for all skin types, this convenient oat-and-honey mask from Free People is perfect for moisturizing your dry skin or smoothing rough skin. Plus, it’s so easy to make.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon oats
Mix equal parts honey and oats together until they form a thick paste. Then apply evenly to your face while gently scrubbing in a circular motion. Next, go to sleep! In the morning, rinse away the mask with warm water to reveal smoother, moisturized skin.
Invigorating Coffee Mask
Beauty companies often use caffeine in their products to brighten and tighten skin. But you don’t need an expensive product to get the same effects. This mask from But First Coffee contains coffee grounds which have enough caffeic acid to increase your skin’s collagen production and decrease inflammation.
- Coconut oil
- Used coffee grounds
Start with room-temperature coconut oil, and blend it until it has the consistency of frosting. Mix in equal parts used coffee grounds. Gently rub the mask onto your skin in small circular motions. Let the mask sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Beauty expert Julie Ricevuto of YouBeauty has the perfect DIY solution to cool and soothe a sunburned face. Her mask has anti-inflammatory properties, combating UV damage and free radicals. It will leave your skin feeling healthy and looking radiant.
- 2 or 3 kale leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 2/3 cup chamomile tea, cooled
- 6 mint sprigs
- 1 tablespoon ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost
- 2 teaspoons citrus pectin
Blend the fresh ingredients together, and add the citrus pectin into the mixture until it thickens. Apply the mask to your freshly washed face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then gently rinse it away.
Bentonite Clay Mask
- 2 tablespoons all-natural apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
Note: Don’t use metal of any kind while working with bentonite clay.
Mix bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar together until the mixture has a thick, almost frothy texture. Then apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, closer to 10 if you have sensitive skin.
Refreshing Avocado Mask
Endorsed by Dr. Ava Shamban and AVA MD, this refreshing and smoothing avocado mask is designed to moisturize, heal, and protect your skin.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix together the avocado, egg white, yogurt, and lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your skin, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Cucumber Mask for Oily Skin
Cucumbers are an essential mask ingredient if you have oily skin because they’re a natural astringent. They cleanse skin, tighten pores, and whisk away excess oil. Combined with the gentle exfoliating power of oatmeal, this mask from Glamcheck is one helpful skin solution.
- 1/2 of a cucumber or 1 small cucumber
- 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
Cut the cucumber into 1-inch slices, and combine with the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until everything is well mixed. Gently apply the mask to your skin, especially to pimple-prone areas. Softly scrub in circular motions. Then let the mask sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
While it might not be the first thing you think of when you think skin care, pumpkin actually contains all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your skin needs: vitamins C, E, and A; zinc; beta carotene; antioxidants; and potassium, to be precise. Plus, pumpkin is a natural exfoliant. So, this mask from Petit Elefant soothes irritation and redness, calms breakouts, and brightens skin.
- 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon milk
Combine the ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Then, using a brush, apply the mask all over your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Let the mask dry completely, about 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
This turmeric mask from Crunchy Betty claims to help even complexions, smooth skin, reduce redness and swelling, and even soften the appearance of wrinkles. It’s like a miracle mask! Be sure to wear an old shirt though; turmeric does stain clothing.
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground oats (or rice flour or garbanzo flour)
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt (or sour cream, cream, or milk)
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to your clean, dry face, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Allow 15 to 20 minutes for the mask to dry before gently washing off the mask, scrubbing as you go.
The Miracle Mask
This DIY face mask from College Fashion is perfect for soothing skin. It’s packed with natural anti-inflammatories, like nutmeg and honey, which can reduce any redness, swelling, and even acne scarring.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Mix the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until the consistency is that of a thick paste. Apply the mask to your face, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with warm watter, gently scrubbing in circles for extra exfoliation.
Getting rid of blackheads is sometimes easier said than done. This AllDayChic recipe claims to eliminate blackheads without buying expensive pore strips. But be careful; it’s very sticky.
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 2–3 tablespoons milk
- Small bowl
- Makeup brush
Combine the gelatin and milk in the small mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients well, and microwave them for 15 seconds. This will make the mixture sticky. Then take the bowl from the microwave, and make sure the mask isn’t too warm. As soon as possible, apply the composition to your face using the makeup brush. Finally, let it dry, and then gently peel it off.