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Spa-At-Home: Homemade Facials & Face Mask Recipes

Updated on July 5, 2011

Facial masks should be an integral part of every woman's beauty regime. Not only do they replenish our skin, but they force us, in an unobtrusive way, to take time for ourselves and relax; after all, it's impossible to get much of anything done with a layer of creamy goodness slathered over your face, and cucumbers over your eyes.

But why get dressed up and go out to a salon, when you can get the same benefits, and remain comfortable in your own space? The answer is: there is no reason. Below I've included recipes for my favorite at-home face masks. Each provides unique benefits, but all are quick and easy to blend up at home, with ingredients you use every day. Hey, you can even make yourself a smoothie while you're at it.

Nourish: Banana-Avacado Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 over-ripe banana
  • 1/2 over-ripe avacado
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions

Mash banana and avacado, combine with other ingredients, and mix well. Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Exfoliate: Tomato-Lemon Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 over-ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp instant oatmeal

Instructions

Put all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth. Apply to face, let soak 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Tighten: Peach Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp unflavored full-fat yogurt

Instructions

Peel and pit the peach. Blend together with egg white and yogurt until smooth. Pat gently onto face. Leave on 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Smooth: Honey-Almond Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp yogurt

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply layer to face, leave on 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, gently wipe residue with a damp cloth.

Refresh: Cucumber-Parsley Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

Puree cucumber and parsley until smooth. Add yogurt and mix well. Apply mixture to skin, let sit 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Reduce Oil: Yeast-Yogurt Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp brewer's yeast
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt

Instructions

Mix enough yogurt into the yeast to make a thin paste. Pat gently onto oily areas and allow to dry. Leave on no longer than 20 minutes. Rinse first with warm water, then cold. Blot dry.

Moisturize: Chocolate Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cottage cheese
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oatmeal

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in blender. Smooth onto face. Let sit 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Note: Make sure to follow all masks with an oil-free moisturizer. Each person has individual allergies and tolerances, so make sure to test mixture on a section of your arm or leg to make sure you do not have an adverse reactions to the ingredients before applying to entire face.

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      KaylieandSierra 4 years ago

      Be prepared for smell not good at all!

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      KaylieandSierra 4 years ago

      It works!!also the tea bags r a must do! Wakes u up! Not kidding. Lol

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      SierraandKaylie 4 years ago

      Hope this works looks like potato salad......avocado mask

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      I'm from Mauritius and my skin is dry and i have some acne problems on my cheek.I'm 29 years old. WHAT CREAM SHOULD I USE?

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      4 years ago

      She stole these from a website I was just on.... www.birthdaypartyideas4kids.com

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Love this hub. I always say I'm going to go to a spa but never seem to take the time to do it for myself. Your wonderful recipes are just what I needed. I certainly can make time to go to my kitchen. I think I'll try out the banana, avocado mask today!

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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks. I love do-it-yourself tips. Makes the existence of the Internet worth it.

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      elizabeth 5 years ago

      so cool

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      someone 5 years ago

      awesome i lov it

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      Kimberly 5 years ago

      I saw this on Twitter from @TipsForGoodSkin and thought I don't know about trying a homemade facial mask but some of these sound like really good ideas. I might actually have to try a few of these.

      Cheers,

      Kimberly

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      Enter your full name here 5 years ago

      hey ppl love face masks also

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      Cassidy 5 years ago

      I think i am going to try one of these recipes...i hope it works!!!!!:):)

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      louromano 5 years ago

      Nice information !!

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      meee 5 years ago

      kewl

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hello hello!

      I have other Hubs with facial scrub and cleanser recipes. Links can be found on this page.

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      hello 5 years ago

      hi! Can you add some facial cleasenrs homemade of course to this? Good job overall

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      rewtuyhsxb 5 years ago

      pretty good

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      alina 5 years ago

      i like your tips.

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      alina 5 years ago

      you have many followers

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      alina 5 years ago

      thank you very much maddie.

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Alina,

      For your chapped lips, try using lip balm regularly. If you don't have any, you can simply use vegetable oil... just be careful not to lick it off.

      Skin-lightening creams are damaging to your skin. We all have different natural skin colors. Embrace yours! If you don't want to darken, wear sunscreen.

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      alina 5 years ago

      my lips are always cracked.when i drink water they become white in colour and start peeling off.i am 16.what should i do.

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      alina 5 years ago

      i was applying fairness creams for the past 1 or 2 years

      but i feel that they are dangerous and from 20 days i am not applying it any more.i noticed that my skin is becoming dark.i have oily skin too.what should i do.

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      roni W 5 years ago

      I have tried almost every product on the market for my acne-prone skin. The ONLY PRODUCT that made me notice a significant reduction of acne was the Shielo Complexion Scrub.

      This scrub did leave my face feeling less oily and cleaner.

      I use it approximately 2-3 times per week after cleansing and it has yet to dry my face out. It's not perfect, but I think it works about as well as some of the prescription treatments that i've used.

      If you have severe acne, I highly recommend it. I bought online at Shielo's website, which also has free shipping.

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Alina,

      If you have oily skin, you should be able to apply the mask fairly frequently. I would try every other day to start, and if you don't feel any irritation, go ahead and bump it up to daily use.

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      alina 5 years ago

      can i apply tomato and lemon juice daily on my face.

      i have oily skin.

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      ooo 5 years ago

      can tomato be applied to face daily

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi gem,

      Try the banana-avocado, honey-almond, or chocolate mask.

      hardshamxXx,

      I recommend you check out my Hub on acne remedies: https://hubpages.com/style/Acne_Remedies

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      hardyshamxXx 5 years ago

      hi im only 9 and in breaking out in spots and blackheads mostly around my nose spots on my forehead do you have any suggestings??? need lots of help plz!!!

      tanks alot!!!x

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      gem 5 years ago

      i have very xma and my skin is prone to drying out any suggetions on what facial mask to use plz not citrus,

      thanks :)

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      Amelia 5 years ago

      This stuff is perfect more please

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      carlotta 5 years ago

      i tryed it out and my face got like...... awesome and my skin...... i surnely felt like another person. But i have like allergi t o most of em but i tryed out this one •1/2 over-ripe banana

      •1/2 over-ripe avacado

      •2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt

      •1 tsp olive oil

      and it is just great for my skin:)

      thank you

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Faithcat:

      These should be safe for someone of any age, as long as they do not have allergies to the ingredients. You should do a small test of the mask on the inside of her wrist to see if it irritates the skin, if you are concerned. I recommend getting an adult's help.

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      FAITHCAT 5 years ago

      HAS ANYONE TRIED ALL OF THEM? IF YOU HAVE PLEASE TELL ME WHITCH ONE WORKS BEST:) AND DOES ANYONE EVER POST BACK SOON AFTER YOU SEND THESE THINGS?

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      faithcaft 5 years ago

      I am 12 and for my friend Nicole who is 8 wants me to do a spa day. Are these masks 100% safe for her?

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      AHHAHAHHAHA 5 years ago

      trying the tomato mask.... lets see

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      Kafipalangi 5 years ago

      I am a huge fan of the cucumber-parsley masque. really softened my skin!! I recommend it a million times over :)

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      baby011 5 years ago

      i tried them all ps they are bomb

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      Kenneth 5 years ago

      Wow! It's a great info.u've outlined here. I'll give it a try and see how it turns to be.

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      jmaster 5 years ago

      i have not tried one but when my mom can let me have a sleep-over i hope my mom can let me try some. they said great to use

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      shak-ka-laka 5 years ago

      these recipes are amazing i've been on this website page thin like a millzz times!!!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Really great sounding ingredients. I bet the are a treat for the sense of smell as well as being good for the skin. Looking forward to trying some of these.

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      LOL 5 years ago

      Cool! But most of the ingredients I don't even have! Really...

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      anika 5 years ago

      i wanted to know how to get rid of my blackheads and dark spots please.

      what mask should i try that will help me to get rid of it? i don't have pimples but i have brown spots/dots on my face and i really want to get rid of it and i want a smooth face. can u help me please

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      deiva 5 years ago

      excellent home spa....

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      shariah 5 years ago

      i llllooooovvvvveee this thing! trying one lets see how it gose

      ~ shariah

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      Delilah 5 years ago

      OMG my face had poors and bad pimples, OMG OMG OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOST DISIPEARED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U HAVE TO TRY THE CUCUMBER PARSLY OMG OMG OMG u wont regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      MadelynMarie 5 years ago

      Why use a natural facial mask?

      Natural facial masks are a wonderful and soothing way to recuperate and moisturize your facial skin. Despite what some people think, they are a vital part in taking care of your skin. While some people do go a little extreme with these and use them daily, I would recommend maybe once a week, or once every other week. Another benefit is that consistent facial masks will also help you avoid common skin disorders, plus help make you look and feel younger.

      Face mask or facial masks are useful in treating your skin problems.

      Natural elements used in facial masks can treat your skin disorders.

      Most natural facial masks found on the market today will work two ways. Firstly, by moisturizing your skin while also deep cleaning, this helps in cleaning out your pores completely by getting rid of oils and built up dirt. Secondly, the wonderful effect of natural facial masks is the removal of dead skin. Typically after you remove your facial mask, you will scrape off the dead skin, which will also help in making you feel younger and healthier. You see, the skin under the dead skin is younger, and tighter. So when you remove this dead cover of skin, you reveal a much younger looking skin!

      The purpose of a natural facial mask is to improve skin and outlook of the face,

      depending on the type of skin as following:

      To absorb oil

      To moisturize dry skin

      To replenish dull skin

      Facial masks are very nutritious.

      After applying a facial mask, you will feel fresh and people will notice your much younger looking face.

      1. Always test the mask, particularly if you have a sensitive skin. Apply a small amount behind your ear or inside of the elbow, wait for at least 30 minutes, then wash off. If there is no unpleasant reaction in the next 24 hours, then only apply the mask on your face.

      2. Rinse mask thoroughly with warm water followed with cold water.

      3. Don't apply masks more than twice a week.

      4. When applying a facial mask, you should try to avoid area around your eyes and lips.

      5. Vary the facial mask type to see their effects on your skin.

      What is a natural facial mask without a soothing application? One of the best things about a facial mask is the repose, right? When it is time to put on that facial mask, you’ll want to start by washing your face in warm water. Warm water opens up your pores and gets them ready to receive the natural elements of the facial mask. An optional procedure, give your face a soft massage. This will make you feel unbelievable.

      Cleaning of face before applying a face mask

      1. Splash cold water on your face.

      2. Massage vitamin E on your face while your face is still damp (not wet).

      3. Remove the oil from the face using a mild soap after 5 minutes.

      4. Again splash your face with water at room temperate. Let your face dry naturally.

      5. Note: You can do the above face cleaning daily even if you are not applying a facial mask.

      Applying a natural facial mask

      As you apply the natural facial mask, you will want to massage it into your facial skin as well. Take your time and don’t rush. After it is on, you’ll typically want to let it soak into your facial skin for at least (30) thirty minutes. What should you do during those thirty minutes? Draw a warm bath, take a nap, just relax and let the natural facial mask do its work. When it comes time to take it off, you will want to use cold water. Firstly, it stimulates and revitalizes your facial skin. Secondly, it will close your pores and keep them from getting any of that horrible dirt or oils that usually ruin your facial skin.

      Now, when we talk about natural facial masks, these are facial masks that are made out of natural, elements. I have found that the “Active Skin Care Products”, especially their “Natural Facial Masks Kits” which are great for treating and taking care of your facial skin because of the natural elements they are produced with.

      Remember, you are going to want to apply these natural facial masks once a week, maybe twice a week at the most. This will help keep your facial skin healthy, and natural. Not to mention, keeping you looking younger than before!

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      a person 5 years ago

      If I tried all the masks at the same time would that hurt my skin or should i only try one for now Please comment back!

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      cat#20 5 years ago

      what's best for oily skin?????? plz help

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      Emily 5 years ago

      Thanks 4the great tips! My skin has never looked better!

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      mom 5 years ago

      Yogurt makes me puke.. soo I guess I wont be trying any of these except for the tomato.

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      2keez beauty palace 5 years ago

      its wonderful they are all greats recipe more grace to your elbow

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      aamna 5 years ago

      these are so amazing recepies for body thanx a lot for this information

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      No, I don't mean the dessert (frozen yogurt), I mean regular yogurt, though Greek-style yogurt will work too, as long as it doesn't contain added fruit or flavor.

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      Temi 5 years ago

      Is it d yoghurt 4 ice cream u mean,maddie?

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      shan 5 years ago

      thx but i aint got any plain yogurt ive searched all ma local shops. I wanna do it 4 ma sleepover 2nite. Help!

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      jdjdjdjdjddj 5 years ago

      cool thing

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      very very nice hub,I really was looking for home made facial.I like your ideas..

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      The chocolate mask was AMAZING! And it tasted really good my friends and I also gave each other foot messages and did each others nails and washed our hair and body so we were all clean it was superr fun

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      Rryann Dochtoro Roenussuld the third 6 years ago

      these masks are wonderful, a fine project, but i must warn you that the peach one may come out a bit stringy.

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      brittanyLov3 6 years ago

      Face masks not really my thing but after reading the article ima try them out thanx so much!!! :P

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      facial mask 6 years ago

      What a unique approach to skin care. Apparently, there's an aspirin face mask recipe that's quite popular as well.

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      Regina  6 years ago

      nice article!... i loved it

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      fashion 6 years ago

      This is a great hub. It is very interesting and informative to make your skin smooth and healthy!It's great to see you put these ideas out here.

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      brennawelker 6 years ago

      Hey, This is great hub. I really love it, Thanks for sharing.

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      hus 96 6 years ago from middle east

      Great hub!!!!!! thank you coz its very helpful..

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      RA-RA 6 years ago

      i found a GREAT recipe for a lemon lime toner:

      1 tbls lemon juice

      1 tbls lime juice

      1 tsp APPLE CIDER vinegar

      1/4 cup of water

      ________________________________________________

      mix together in a bowl and put into a bottle.apply with a cotton ball or the flat cotton thingy.cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      fruitygirl 6 years ago

      omg they all sound amazing!!!! im having a spa night next week cant wait to tell my folks about it i hope its gana be gr8!!! thanx so much im actually gana try 1 tonight

      thanx again :)

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      yassoo 6 years ago

      thanks for these great mask this is a good hub

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      yassoo 6 years ago

      thanks for these great mask this is a good hub

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      ania 6 years ago

      i never tried any of these yet..... never knew egg yolk was good for skin.... i trued it in my hair once... it was super good.... never knew u could use it on ur face too!!

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      Katrina of A VICTORIOUS WOMAN MINISTRY 6 years ago

      Really liking your Hubs! Keep on writing. I need fans like you following me.

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      jb9999 6 years ago

      there all awesome!!!!!!!

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      AlmostLola 6 years ago

      I'm intrigued by these. I'm going to have to try them.

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      abby 6 years ago

      i cant wait to use bannana and avocado mask.

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      6 years ago

      i haven't

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      Kelly 6 years ago

      I don't have most of the ingredents they need ingredents that you would find at home!:(

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      I am really exited about chocolate mask.....

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      Lexy 6 years ago

      OMG thanks so much i looked all over for a web sit like this. I need a fun way to revels stress plus it cleans my face.

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Great masks. Thanks.

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      no name 7 6 years ago

      omg great!

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      Boulion Cube 6 years ago

      Im a boulion cube

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      lilly 6 years ago

      wow how col i lov it

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      Olivia 6 years ago

      OMG!! I luv all these masks! They really work! I have a date tommorow and the mango mask really works to shrink pores.

      =D

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      AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

      My wife is curious about facials & all. I really like your hub and I hope she will also like it. It's great to see you put these ideas out here.

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      deepakkumaarr 6 years ago

      this is a good hub

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      mecheshier 6 years ago

      Great article. Fantasic information. Thank you!

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      Bridget 6 years ago

      this sounds cool but they require a lot of time plus, where do you find full fat unflavored yogurt anymore??????????

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      What great tips! It does work. You can feel it instantly!

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      deblipp 6 years ago

      Great Hub!!!!

      The beauty tips offered into the hub is great. It is true that facial masks should be an integral part of every woman's beauty regime. Not only do they replenish our skin, but they force us, in an unobtrusive way, to take time for ourselves and relax. Thanks a lot for sharing such a valuable peace of text. Keep on hubbing.

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      Karter 6 years ago

      me and my friend can't wait to try these hope they work!!!(hope we have all the ingrediants 2!!)

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      Livia 6 years ago

      Wow this stufff realllyyyy works!!!!!!!

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      Christina 6 years ago

      WOW which one works best? adding the site to my favorites!

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      mysty 6 years ago

      i am hoping to try this out tonight t hope it works

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      Homemade face masks 6 years ago

      When I see honey as an ingredient for a mask I never skip that one. Honey is just a fantastic ingredient to use for your daily-face care!

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      Helena 6 years ago

      my friend and i r having a huge sleepover on saturday and i thought this would be fun hope it works

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      Makeup Tips 6 years ago

      thanks a lot for the best beauty tips from the natural ingredients and sure no side effect thanks again for this cool page.

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      Surface Esthetics 6 years ago

      Nice and useful article.

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      Metty 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, I heard that papaya is also great for facial mask