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Best Facial Mask Recipes You Can Do at Home

Updated on August 6, 2010

Many people have used natural facial masks, such as the Vitamore Facial Mask Kit, to effectively treat acne and control moisture.

Facial masks are a great way to relax; soothing your mind while nourishing your body but they have a plethora of other uses too.  Facial masks can help treat acne, reduce oily skin, moisturize dry skin, tighten skin and get deep down into pores to provide a deep clean that rejuvenates the skin. 

While a relaxing day at the spa can be a great way to get a facial, you can make them in your home using everyday ingredients you get from the grocery store.  Are these better than facial masks you get from cosmetic stores?  Maybe or maybe not; the nice thing about homemade facial masks is that they're easy to whip up, don't cost a lot, and are all natural (because the last thing we need are more chemicals on our face, right?)

Facial masks that treat acne and reduce oil

These are quick easy facials that you can throw together in just a few minutes and will gently dry your face removing bacteria and oil.

Honey Apple Mask

  • 1 apple
  • 5 tablespoons honey

Warm the honey in a microwave for just a few seconds (or you can warm it in a pot of water on the stove which makes it easier to pour).  In the meantime shred or grate the apple.  Mix the two ingredients together until their blended evenly.  Wash your face using a face wash or regular soap and apply the mix to your face.  After 10 minutes ash with warm water until the honey is completely removed. 

What this does:

Honey has a lot of nutrients including vitamins B2 and B6 in addition to natural yeast.  The vitamins will help replenish your skin while the yeast will attack the acne forming bacteria.  The shredded apple helps to temper the stickiness of the honey.

Lemon-Egg White Mask

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Combine the egg whites and lemon juice in a bowl and beat until the egg white are fluffy.   Apply to a clean face being careful to avoid your eyes.  Allow the mask to sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

What this does:

The lemon juice has a lot of acid which is used to break up oil and kill acne causing bacteria.  The egg whites have a lot of protein and provide the cohesiveness to keep it all together.

Facial Masks that Moisturize the Skin

These facials will moisturize the skin helping to heal dry skin. Great for those with dry, cracked skin or just about anyone during the winter time.

Vitamin E-Banana Mask

Mash the banana up until it has a paste-like consistency. Remove the liquid from the gelcaps by either squeezing them or splitting them with a knife and put the liquid into the banana facial mask. Spread the mask on the face and allow to soak in for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft towel.

What this does:

Vitamin E is the essential vitamin your skin uses to repair UV damage and reduce lines and wrinkles. Spreading the vitamin E directly on your face will allow it to get into the cells quicker and more directly than taking the gelcaps orally. The banana provides the mask consistency and also has high amounts of potassium which will energize your face.

Avocado-Olive Oil Mask

  • ½ Avacodo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the oil and blend by hand (don't use a blender or mixer). Spread the mask and wait 20 minutes followed by a rinse with warm water.

What this does:

Olive oil is a great source of natural oil that your body will use to moisturize. Avocado is high in vitamins E and K and folate; all great nutrients for your skin. In addition, they have a lot of oleic acid fats that your body will retain and use to moisturize. The key is finding a good avocado (which can be difficult during the winter months).

Brown Sugar-Milk Mask

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons 2%+ milk

Mix the ingredients well and apply to the face. To exfoliate, massage the mask gently for about a minute. Let the mask sit for at least 15 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes. Wash with warm water and gently dry.

What this does:

The brown sugar granules will exfoliate the dead skin revealing the younger, fresher skin beneath. This also helps to stimulate the natural regeneration process. The milk fat will moisturize the face which is also important in healing.

Clay Masks for a Deep Clean

The masks use the natural bentonite clay used in unscented kitty litter. While it doesn't sound appealing at all, keep in mind that you're not using used kitty litter and that this mask will give a deep clean much like you'd get at a spa.  While these are probably the most difficult facial mask recipes to make, they provide the most benefit.

Aloe Clay Mask

  • 4 tablespoons of cat litter
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Warm water

Blend the aloe gel and the cat litter. Slowly add water while stirring until it is a pasty consistency. Apply evenly to the face and neck. Let sit for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.

What this does:

The clay will shrink and solidify, tightening your skin along the way. The aloe gel will help to soothe the face and the vitamin e will rejuvenate the skin cells. Aloe vera has an extraordinary amount of phytonutrients that your body will use to repair the skin (which is why it's so beneficial to sun burned skin).


Bedtime Clay Facial

  • 4 tablespoons of cat litter
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops chamomile oil
  • water

Mix together the clay and essential oils then slowly add water until you reach a paste consistency. Apply to the face and neck and let harden for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water.

What this does:

The clay has the tightening effect on your skin, reaching deep down into the sub-dermal layers. The essential oils provide a pleasant, calming aroma that is perfect for relaxing right before bed after a long day.

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