Last week we introduced a good, simple, initial building block for formulating your own face masks. This week we're sharing three recipes which target different skin types which you can make from home easily and affordably.
You'll find these recipes might give you more than you actually need for your single use mask, so please feel free to decrease these recipes so that you're not wasting any ingredients or trying to store the extras. These recipes are meant to be made and used and one shot, not stored. You can always invite a friend over and do these recipes together.
Some quick housekeeping:
Please clean and disinfect all of your tools and counters before you begin. Always use clean hands to apply your creations, and ensure your prep area is clean and free of pets.
For Dry Skin: Avocado and Honey Face Mask
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (optional for extra moisture)
1. Mash the ripe avocado in a bowl until it's smooth and free of lumps.
2. Add honey and yogurt (if using) to the mashed avocado and mix until well combined.
3. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area.
4. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes to allow the hydrating ingredients to work their magic.
5. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. Enjoy your refreshed and moisturized skin!
For Normal Skin: Oatmeal and Banana Face Mask
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (ground into a fine powder)
- 1 tablespoon honey
1. Mash the banana in a bowl until it's smooth.
2. Grind the rolled oats into a fine powder using a blender or food processor.
3. Combine the mashed banana, ground oats, and honey in a bowl to create a paste.
4. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin.
5. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes to allow the mask to nourish your skin.
6. Rinse off with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry for a radiant complexion.
For Oily Skin: Clay and Tea Tree Oil Face Mask
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay or kaolin clay (most health food stores carry clays!)
- 1-2 drops tea tree essential oil (diluted in a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil)
- Water (or apple cider vinegar for astringency)
1. In a non-metal bowl, combine the clay and tea tree oil. Add enough water (or apple cider vinegar) to create a paste with a smooth consistency.
2. Apply the mask evenly to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area.
3. Allow it to dry for about 10-15 minutes (the mask will tighten as it dries).
4. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water, gently massaging your face as you go to exfoliate and remove excess oil.
5. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin will feel refreshed and less oily.
Remember to do a patch test before using any new ingredients to ensure you don't have any sensitivities or allergies. Enjoy your DIY spa day at home!