Homemade, expert-approved face mask recipes you need to try—all with ingredients
from your kitchen!
After a long tiresome day at work, nothing is as indulgent as a face mask. Nothing says self-care more than a homemade DIY face mask to revive and pamper your skin. You would be surprised to know that there are ingredients available for a DIY face mask right in your fridge or pantry, and what’s more? There’s a DIY face mask recipe available for every skin type. With a couple of simple and natural ingredients that you would otherwise consume, you can create a face mask for any skin type right at home. Face masks made at home are a great way to optimize penetration of concentrated natural ingredients into your skin. Moreover, one benefit of a DIY face mask is that you are fully aware and have control of what is going into the mask. With that being said, there is often misinformation surrounding the kind of ingredients you can apply topically that are available in your home. It is best to keep in mind that only ingredients that are gentle on your skin should be applied. This means ingredients such as baking soda, lemon, and toothpaste are completely off limits as they can potentially be harmful. Different masks offer different benefits. With a DIY face mask, you can customise the mask according to your needs and concerns. Read on to explore which DIY face mask best suits your skin type.
ACNE- PRONE SKIN
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (with mother)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ tablespoon of raw honey
- 1/8 of avocado
HOW IT WORKS:
Apple cider vinegar is a pantry staple. It may seem innocuous to try this ingredient in a DIY face mask recipe, but it has multiple benefits owing to its properties. Naturally, apple cider vinegar has an acidic pH and as such, can help balance the pH of the outer layer of the skin. This helps the skin function optimally, which in turn, helps produce the correct amount of oil and deal with acne-causing bacteria. It also contains malic acid which is great for acne-prone skin as it gently exfoliates to unclog the pores and eliminate thriving bacteria. It is recommended to always dilute apple cider with water before applying on your skin as the concentrated mixture is quite strong. This particular DIY face mask recipe calls for a combination of ACV with turmeric, honey, and avocados , all of which have properties that help combat acne and excess sebum production. Turmeric has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that not only help prevent breakouts but also heal existing acne. Avocado has antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal ingredient for oily and acne prone skin. Combine all ingredients together thoroughly and apply. Keep the mask on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off.
- 1 tablespoon powdered milk
- 2 tablespoon fresh aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder (optional)
HOW IT WORKS:
Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that works to exfoliate the skin. Its molecules are slightly larger than glycolic acid, meaning they don’t penetrate the skin’s outermost layer as easily. The lactic acid enables the skin to retain moisture. Milk also has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help get rid of itchy, flaky, and dry skin. The vitamin D in milk accelerates production of collagen, thereby promoting skin elasticity. The presence of multiple essential vitamins in milk makes it a natural emollient that is an excellent addition to any DIY face mask meant for dry skin. The following face mask also contains aloe vera, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healing, and moisturising properties. The honey in this face mask enhances moisturise in the skin.
- 2 tablespoons plain cooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon plain full-fat yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
HOW IT WORKS:
Oats contain a range of compounds such as proteins, enzymes, lipids, and carbohydrates that have been celebrated as effective skincare remedies for centuries. Colloidal oatmeal, oat extract, and oat oil help balance the microbes on the skin, keeping it healthy. Oatmeal is a natural emollient as the starches and beta-glucan in them attract water and form a protective barrier that helps the skin retain a healthy moisture level. It also has properties that help reduce skin irritation and inflammation which is perfect for sensitive skin. Some compounds found in oatmeal such as saponins act as cleansers due to their ability to absorb dirt and grime. When combined with skin nourishing honey and probiotic-rich yoghurt, this DIY face mask offers mild exfoliation, cleansing, and moisturising benefits that does not irritate sensitive skin.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon full-fat yoghurt
- 1 pinch of turmeric
HOW IT WORKS:
Bananas are an excellent source of food when it comes to anti-ageing. Hence, for mature skin, bananas are a must ingredient. The key to defying ageing lies in providing adequate moisture to the skin. Apart from being packed with vitamins and nutrients, bananas also contain 75% water which provide intense hydration to the skin. Loaded with vitamin A, zinc, manganese and antioxidants, bananas help treat prominent signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Coupled with yoghurt, which promotes collagen production, and a natural emollient like honey, this DIY face mask is a great anti-ageing concoction for mature skin.