Many of the best products for your face can be found right in your kitchen. Whether you need to boost cellular regeneration, provide deep moisture for dry skin, or get rid of dull, dead skin cells, you can find many of the best skin solutions in nature.
Try some of these DIY at-home masks to experience smooth, radiant skin in the comfort of your own home!
What is a DIY mask?
Even if you’re using quality products on a daily basis, DIY masks are a great addition to your skincare routine. They deliver concentrated nutrients and can be tailored to suit your skin’s unique needs. Making your own DIY masks allows you to control the ingredients, so you don’t expose your skin to synthetic ingredients that may end up doing more harm than good.
Before you get started, it’s always a good idea when trying new skin care to do a spot check, especially if you have sensitive skin. Not everyone reacts the same way to natural ingredients, and some people may experience irritation with some products.
1. Coconut Oil + Honey Face Mask
Use for: hydration
Honey is a humectant, which is a substance that helps lock in moisture. Many commercial skincare products use synthetic humectants because they’re cheaper than natural humectants like honey, aloe, or hyaluronic acid. Synthetic humectants may seem like they’re doing the job initially, but they often pull moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to help hydrate the skin at the surface. Because they do this without replenishing the moisture in the lower layers of the skin, it eventually leads to damage, dullness, and accelerated aging.
Natural humectants, on the other hand, attract moisture to the skin’s surface while also delivering moisture and nutrients to the deeper skin layers.
Honey is also packed with antioxidants, which fight off the damaging effects of free radicals and may help repair tissue damage.
Coconut oil is also incredibly moisturizing. You might think that a mask with this much moisture would only be suitable for dry skin, but honey and coconut are great for all skin types. They’re both antimicrobial and antifungal, which can help combat some skin conditions, including acne.
It may seem counterintuitive to put oil on your skin if your skin is oily or acne-prone, but using natural oils on your face actually helps dissolve the facial oils that clog up your pores. The natural oil lifts off the dirty oils, which can then be wiped away. However, you may experience a “detox” reaction the first few times as dirty oils are brought to the surface. This is normal and doesn’t necessarily mean that the mask is wrong for your skin.
- Mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1.5 teaspoons raw honey in a small bowl. Make sure to use raw, organic honey from a trusted source.
- If the mixture is too sticky, place it in the fridge and allow it to harden for a few minutes. Then remove from fridge and whip with a spoon.
- Wash and dry your face, then apply the face mask with your fingers using small, circular strokes.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
- To remove, soak a washcloth with warm water and place on your face. You can leave the washcloth on your face for 10-20 seconds, and then simply wipe the mask away. There is no need to wash your face with soap or cleanser.
- Try this mask once a week for smooth, clear skin.
2. Hibiscus Face Mask
Use for: exfoliation and rejuvenation
Hibiscus is a flowering plant that is often used to make tea. It also offers several beneficial properties when used on the skin. Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help exfoliate the skin, speed up cellular renewal, control acne, and clear out clogged pores.
Many commercial skincare products use synthetic AHAs, which can make your skin more vulnerable to damage from the sun. However, hibiscus is rich in antioxidants that can help reverse damage caused by UV rays and other environmental pollutants.
Like coconut oil, hibiscus can irritate some skin types, so do a test on your arm before using it on your face.
- Combine ¼ cup brown rice flour and 1 heaping teaspoon of hibiscus powder in a jar with a tight-fitting bowl. You can also combine hibiscus powder with French green clay.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of the dry mixture with your choice of yogurt, water, or honey until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area.
- Leave on until it’s completely dry, then rinse with warm water. Don’t leave the mask on for too long, as the clay will start to absorb moisture from your skin.
- Finish with your regular moisturizer.
3. Turmeric Face Mask
Use for: controlling oily skin
Turmeric is a spice that’s well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Combining a turmeric with aloe or coconut oil may help control oil and calm sensitive skin.
We prefer Aloe since it is naturally calming, which can help calm inflamed or irritated skin. You probably already know it can help soothe sunburns. It’s also great for acne-prone skin. Aloe is a natural source of salicylic acid and sulfur, which makes it an ideal oily skin treatment.
- If possible, use fresh aloe vera. Slice a leaf lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape the contents from the inside. If you don’t have an aloe plant, you can use store-bought aloe vera gel, as long as it’s 100% pure aloe vera.
- Mix the aloe with turmeric powder. You can do this right in the palm of your hand.
- Apply the mixture in a thin coat over your entire face. Keep out of eyes, eyebrows, and nostrils.
- Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Bonus: Homemade Body Scrub
Your body needs love too! We suggest a body scrub once a week to exfoliate away dead skin and moisturize dry skin. Our favorite pick is using coconut oil with ground coffee beans. This helps exfoliate dead skin, repair cellulite, and moisturize skin. You can use this scrub once per week.
- First, determine what type of coffee texture you want to use. If you use coarse coffee grinds you will have a more powerful scrub. If you use fine coffee grinds you will have a more gentle scrub.
- Combine 1/2 cup of coffee grinds and 1/4 cup of coconut oil (you may also add 1/8 cup of brown sugar for a boost).
- Apply in circular motions over your entire body.
- Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
There you have it! We hope you enjoy our fun recipes for great skin.
If you want a more powerful and easy solution, you can always try our natural facial cleanser. It contains aloe, cranberry, antioxidants, and a dozen botanicals to help exfoliate dead skin and nourish skin.
Do you have any recipes that you want to share? Please comment below!
Karen Eisenbraun is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant who has been writing about natural health and wellness for more than 10 years. Her first blog, which was focused on holistic health and natural skincare, earned her recognition as a Top Health Blogger for Wellsphere’s Healthy Living Community and was also listed as #6 on the Top 100 Online Holistic Nutrition Resources.