Face masks are a great way to exfoliate your skin, deeply moisturize, and get that beautiful glow you love. Unfortunately, they can get expensive, especially if you opt for a spa experience. Instead of paying so much money for face masks, you may want to consider making your own – from stuff you probably have in your kitchen right now.
There are many different face mask recipes available for any skin type. Whether you want to brighten up a dull complexion, tighten up your skin for a special occasion, or soothe an acne breakout, you might be surprised at the homemade skin fixes you can whip up with a few simple ingredients.
If you’re not sure what type of skin you have, you can always use a generic mask that’s great for all skin types. These masks are also perfect if you want to have a ladies night in, drink a little wine and relax. You’re going to love trying out these inexpensive but effective skin fixers!
(It’s important to keep in mind that if you have any sensitivities to any of the ingredients in these masks, don’t use them.)
For All Skin Types
This recipe will give you soft, supple skin, couldn’t be easier to make.
- 1 medium-sized, ripe banana
Yep, that’s it! Just mash it up in a bowl and smooth it over your face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.
Tighten and Tone
This one is my favorite for mornings when my face is feeling puffy and bloated. The best thing about it – other than the fact that works magic – is it’s so dang cheap and easy. The star ingredient here is apple cider vinegar. You can try this either as a finishing rinse, or as a leave-on mask.
Ingredients for finishing rinse:
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups filtered water
Ingredients for leave-on mask:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup filtered water
For the mask, mix ingredients together and pat into your skin using your palms. Let it dry completely before rinsing off. For the finishing rinse, it’s just a matter of splashing the mixture on your face after washing your face in the morning. You can leave it on, but I like to rinse off so I don’t smell like salad dressing all day. 🙂
Exfoliate and Brighten
Try this easy and super cheap mask you can make to brighten dull skin and smooth your complexion.
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
Mix the ingredients together and smooth over your face and neck. Let sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
For Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you’re going to love this delicious avocado mask. I use it to balance out my weird combination skin (oily in the T-zone and dry on my cheeks). These super-foods keep your skin soft and supple without over-drying.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
Mash all of the ingredients together until you’ve got a smooth consistency. Apply to your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
For Acne-Prone Skin
Another mask you may want to try is a turmeric face mask. This is known to help you if you have acne or just want to make sure your skin looks perfect before a first date, wedding, or another special occasion. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can help puffy skin look tighter and firmer, too.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon milk or yogurt
Mix the ingredients together to make a thick paste that doesn’t slip off your face. If your mixture turns out a little thin, you can add in a little bit of chickpea flour or use a little bit less milk. Apply to your face and next and let sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Add Something Extra – Essential Oils to Pamper Your Skin
For a luxurious treat, you may want to use essential oils in the masks you create at home. There are quite a few essential oils you can use and various ones will be better for different skin types, just like the original ingredients you prefer. Combine just a few drops into the mask you create to enjoy a luxurious scent while your face mask does its work.
For oily skin, try:
If you have sensitive skin, try:
If your skin is acne-prone, or if you’re currently dealing with a breakout, I recommend you skip the essential oils, since even the most soothing oils can irritate broken skin.
Using these tips and recipes, you can easily start making your own skin treatments at home. By adding in the ingredients you prefer and essential oils you love, you’re going to be able to find the perfect mask and make it again and again for much less than you would spend at the spa or in the store.
Go ahead and try one of these recipes tonight to see how much fun it can be to make your own.