If your skin has been screaming for a little extra TLC lately, give it the attention it deserves with a soothing facial mask. But you don’t have to go to the spa or to the store to buy a good facial mask. You can make one right in your own home, with ingredients from your pantry. Just follow this simple step-by-step guide on how to make a homemade facial mask.
You’ll want to choose a face mask that’s suitable for your skin type. Is your skin oily or dry? Do you need to exfoliate or firm your skin? The answers to these questions will help to determine the type of mask you want to make. Here are some of the types of facial masks that you can make:
Facial mask recipes usually include a list of ingredients that you’ll need. Here are some of the more common ingredients used in facial masks along with the type of mask in which they’re usually used:
After you’ve assembled the necessary ingredients for the recipe, it’s time to make the mask. Here are some sample recipes that you can follow:
Milk and Honey Mask for Dry Skin
Honey is a humectant, which means that it will help your skin retain moisture, and the milk will soothe your skin. Mix two tablespoons each of honey and warm water and add four tablespoons of powdered milk.
Lemon and Strawberry Mask for Oily Skin
Both fruits are natural astringents, so they should dry up the excess oils on your skin in no time. In a bowl, blend one egg, one half-cup of strawberries and one half-teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey.
Green Tea Mask for Firmer Skin
Teas are great for the skin because they contain a lot of antioxidants that can combat the effects of UV rays and environmental toxins. Although teas can’t stop the aging process or rid your face of wrinkles, they can help to prevent fine lines. To make this mask, mix one teaspoon of green tea powder with a half teaspoon of water. Combine until the mixture becomes a paste.
Yogurt and Oatmeal Mask for Sensitive Skin
This mask is also excellent for irritated or sunburned skin. Just mix one cup of yogurt with one half-cup of oatmeal.
Tomato and Oatmeal Exfoliating Mask
Oatmeal is a good exfoliant, especially for sensitive skin, because it isn’t as rough as salt or sugar. To make this mask, combined one pureed tomato with one teaspoon of oatmeal and one teaspoon of lemon juice.
No matter what type of mask you use, the application process is the same. Here’s how to properly apply a facial:
If you’ve never made your own facial mask before, you may be wondering what the benefits are. Sure, those store-bought facial masks are fun to peel off and who wouldn’t want to get a facial at a spa? But homemade masks can be just as fun and relaxing and they offer these benefits as well:
Making your own facial masks also allows you to be creative. You can experiment with different recipes and different ingredients until you find a mask that you really love. You can also enhance the experience with candles, music and a warm bath for a true spa day.