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Natural Facial Mask Recipes, Body Scrub Recipes, and Skin Oil

Updated on April 14, 2012

Did you know the skin is the largest organ of the body? It should be a top priority for everyone to keep their skin healthy and clean. Whether you are a man or woman,to keep skin glowing we all need four things; daily cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, and protection. When you're strolling down the skin care isle of your grocery store, the amount of products available and the attached price tag can be overwhelming. If you are looking to save money and look good, or perhaps make a gift for someone at home, these head to toe skin care recipes are cost efficient and work great. Not only that, the ingredients that are used are probably in your pantry right now! If you are looking for all natural skin care with out harsh chemicals, try a few of these recipes. You could even use the information in this article to come up with your own skin care recipes. Get creative, and get beautiful glowing skin, naturally!

First, a word about plant oils.

Plant oils are used generously in most beauty products. When you understand their uses and know where to find them, these oils can be used in homemade skin care recipes to suit your individual needs. They can usually be found in your local grocery store or health store.

Avocado- The oil from avocados is very rich and one of the most moisturizing. This oil is a great choice for those with older or extremely dry skin.

Almond - Almond oil is high in proteins and is also good for those with dry skin. It's awesome on winter chapped skin.

Apricot kernel - This oil is a rich and soothing emollient that can be used for homemade lip balm.

Cocoa butter- This is water repellent and a very protective oil. It even has some natural sun-blocking qualities.

Coconut- Coconut oil is great for moisturizing the skin. It creates a protective layer and keeps the moisture in. It is the perfect choice for those with inflamed or irritated skin, and those with sensitive skin types. It is also the number one lathering agent in soaps and a first choice of those in the cosmetic and soap industry.

Grape-seed- Grape-seed oil is one of the least greasy feeling oils. It is ideal for those with oily skin and is also used in protective creams such as sunscreens and sun blocks.

Olive - Olive oil dries slowly and has a long shelf life. It is better used on younger skin.

Gentle Face Cleaner

1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal

enough plain yogurt to form a paste

For a gentle cleanser, mix the two ingredients then smooth over entire face, avoiding the eyes.  Wash off with warm water. 

Facial Masks

Facial masks are an important part of skin care. You can use a face mask one to two times a week. A weekly face mask can help your skin receive needed moisture and ease many skin disorders. They are also a natural stress reliever. Using a face mask will keep the skin healthy and glowing.

Egg Yolk and Honey Face Mask (best for dry skin)

Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt

Apply to face and relax for 10 minutes. Rinse well. The honey stimulates and smooths skin. Egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.

Egg White Facial

1 egg white-Beat until frothy

Rub on face and neck. Allow to harden and then rinse with cool water. This will make your skin feel tight, so don't forget to moisturize after.

Cornstarch Facial

1/2 cup corn starch

1/4 cup water

Mix into a paste. Moisten face with water, then apply in a circular motion. After your face is completely covered, rinse with cool water. This will make your skin very soft.

Yogurt Mask

Yogurt can be used on all skin types to soften, sooth redness, and tighten pores while gently deep cleaning. Use natural, plain unflavored yogurt and apply to your face as you would a face mask. (Avoid eyes and mouth.) Leave on for ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Follow with a honey mask, or moisturize as you normally would. (Yogurt can be warmed slightly before you apply!)

Honey Mask

Honey also can soften deep clean, and sooth the skin. It is also a natural antibiotic and will help to kill any bacteria in your pores, which helps to eliminate redness. It is also a gentle moisturizer and is full of vitamins. Smooth the honey on your face, avoiding eyes and mouth. Let sit for ten minutes and then rinse with warm water.

The Miracle Whip Facial

Miracle whip is really a miracle at normalizing over-oily skin. Pull your hair back from your face and then apply a thin layer of miracle whip on your face and neck. If the smell bothers you, you may want to walk around or sit outside. Leave it on for ten minutes, then massage gently. Rinse with lukewarm water and then cleanse as you usually would.

Body Scrubs

All over body exfoliation helps keep skin soft and clean. These scrubs can be packaged in pretty jars and tied with a bow for a homemade gift.

DIY Body Scrub

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup coarse salt

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1/4 cup of your favorite liquid soap

Any ONE of the following:

  • juice from half a grapefruit
  • juice from one lemon
  • grated peel from a lemon or lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1/4 cup rose salt
  • 2 tablespoons of essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. When in the shower, rub all over from head to toes. Rinse with cool water to close pores. Use once a week.

Simple Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of orange oil, or half a fresh squeezed orange
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil

 Mix ingredients well.

Did You Know?

  •  Our skin is a reflection of our internal health.
  • Eating hot peppers can relieve various types of headaches, such as cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches.
  • Fatty Acids are needed for elevating your mood, beautiful skin, healthy immune system, increased mental clarity, and normalizing weight.  (You need to eat fat to burn fat.  Try nuts, fish and avocados)
  • Coffee (and it's not the caffeine) can cause elevated levels of cortisol and insulin, leading to weight gain.  Elevated insulin locks on body fat.
  • Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day maintains health and beautiful skin.  All the biochemical reactions in the body take place in the presence of water.

Brown Sugar Lemon Body Scrub

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sea salt

1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon of honey

Lemon is a natural disinfectant. It also opens clogged pores and cleanses them thoroughly allowing your skin to "breathe" better.

Hawaiian Sugar-n-Salt Scrub

(makes approx. 16 oz.)

1 1/2 cups fine white sugar

1/2 cup fine sea salt

1/2 - 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil (as needed)

1 tablespoon pineapple fragrance oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add more or less of the coconut oil to suit your preference. The mixture will seem dry at first. Wait a few hours then add more coconut oil if necessary. The scrub should be moist, but it shouldn't have oil floating on the top.

Lotion

For a basic lotion you can make at home you will need water, oil, and an emulsifier. An emulsifier is an ingredient that blends the water and oil together. Here is the basic base to begin homemade lotion:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup oil (from the above list of plant oils)
  • 1 tablespoon lecithin

You can experiment by adding essential oils, combining oils, or steeping the water with beneficial herbs before adding the oil.

Blend all ingredients in a blender on whip or cream. This will make a nice creamy lotion. Add more water for a lighter, runnier lotion. Store in the refrigerator for hot climates or in a cool dry place. Shake well before each use.

Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask

Mix:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

Smooth through hair. Wrap top of head with saran wrap and allow to penetrate for 10 min. Rinse well!

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    • NZ Nana profile image

      NZ Nana 

      6 months ago

      Hi, I loved the Simple Brown Sugar Scrub, you can try natural recipes for care of all skin types by following that link

      https://hubpages.com/style/Three-natural-recipes-f...

    • craftybegonia profile image

      craftybegonia 

      15 months ago from Southwestern, United States

      Thank you for sharing! I love natural recipes. My mom used to use lots of natural face masks when she was young, and she has amazing skin, has had it all her life!

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      sasa 

      4 years ago

      Brilliant hub my dear Love your post :) There is every thing for sensitive skin .Thank you for sharing

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      Mia Natura Skin Care Author 

      4 years ago

      Apricot kernel oil is great! It's light and easily absorbed by the skin. It also penetrates the skin deeply without leaving a greasy or oily feeling after use. As the author of many DIY natural skin care books, I really enjoy using this ingredient (http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Gordon/e/B00CKMD9XQ/) in my own recipes. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you!

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      awesome hub, you have given a detailed info on various scrubs, i love to use natural scrubs and other skin recipes to get a good look. this hub is good when it comes to natural beauty.

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      glamourous06 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      awesome lens, full of really practical tips and advise, thank you for sharing

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      tamina 

      6 years ago

      hey well i really need a face mask that would make my skin glow and make it really soft for long... n yeah the page is really helpful :D

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      6 years ago from Texas

      The yogurt face mask works pretty well for all skin types. Also, I've been sleeping with a layer of aloe vera gel on my face (100% pure), and it is great for all skin types.

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      hollboll 

      6 years ago

      got anything for really sensitive skin?? :)

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      6 years ago from Texas

      They are natural ingredients without any preservatives, so I wouldn't store them longer than a month.

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      Claudia 

      6 years ago

      Once the scrubs are made and stores in the glass jars, how long until they expire?

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      6 years ago from Texas

      The honey is probably the only one. If your thinking of gifts, just get a smaller jar of honey and make a cute label with directions on how to use it as a face mask. You could make some scrub to go with it, or just pair it with a cute lip gloss.

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      Fe 

      6 years ago

      Can u store any of the masks?

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      Carrie 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting information thank you MissE

      My favourites are the brown sugar scrub and the honey mask.. I try to do them almost every week.

      please check out my blog: www.cocktaildressesfashion.com

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Yes, or a scrub. Just mix it with water. Thicker for a mask, thinner for a scrub.

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      CalliMalli 

      6 years ago

      Can u use only oatmeal as a mask?

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      6 years ago from Texas

      The scrub recipes on here don't require refrigeration. For a face mask you could get very small jars of honey. They have some pretty ones at the restaurant Cracker Barrel if you have one close. They might even give you some. You could make a pretty tag with the directions for the honey face mask and tie it on with a ribbon. You could go to a discount store like Ross, TJMaxx, or Tuesday Morning and get frilly, girly face towels to put in there. Another inexpensive idea is to buy a big thing of bath salts (or make some with Epsom salt) and then fill glass Christmas ornaments with them. You can get the small clear glass balls at craft stores for cheap. Hmmmmm... maybe I should write an article about this! :D

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      Betsy 

      6 years ago

      I'm interested in doing an all natural spa basket for the women in my family for Christmas. Are there any recipes you can recommend that don't require refrigeration? Masks & Peels? I'm wanting to pre-mix and put into bottles for the basket. I know I can do most sugar scrubs but a lot of the masks have fresh ingredients that need to be used immediately. Advise?

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      aya 

      6 years ago

      LOVED IT!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much!

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      Surfraz 

      7 years ago from India

      nice and very usefeul hub

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Mmmmm.... I love that one! Have fun!

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      mysisters 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub. I love homemade beauty/skin recipes. I think I will have to try that brown sugar lemon body scrub. Sounds amazing! I never knew that most beauty products have plant oils in them.

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Pimples are a hard problem to pop. Hehehe. Part of it unfortunately is probably age. I think the most common mistake people make when trying to get rid of acne is being to hard on the skin. I would try using a gentle cleanser with aloe in it if you go for all natural and twice a week do an oatmeal mask. Good luck!

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      John Preston Dennis 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      There is a lot of information here. There is no way I could do all of that. What would you recommend to help take care of my acne? Thanks! BTW, I love all natural and organic products. I buy organic shampoos and soaps...but I have found anything to help remove or reduce my pimples.

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      fake mayonnaise! :)

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      kayla 

      7 years ago

      what's miracle whip?? please tell me! thank you!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! Happy Halloween to you too!

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      marvy 

      7 years ago

      thanks i will try.. happy Halloween :)

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      It was fun to write. The scrubs are excellent Christmas gifts! :) Thanks for the comment!

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      krishna 

      7 years ago

      wow nice...so useful. very much thanks for the tips

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Wow, I have never heard of that happening! It sounds like you may have dry, sensitive skin. The egg yolk and honey, yogurt, or just straight up honey mask would be better if that's the case. Sorry.

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      Lori 

      7 years ago

      I mean egg

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      Lori 

      7 years ago

      Im very upset! The ege white facial gave me to big red rashes under my eye and stung my face!!!!!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the awesome feed back and the tip! I will definitely try out the lemon juice. I'm glad these recipes are useful to you. :)

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      Kate 

      7 years ago

      Use lemon juice on achne, scars, and marks to reduce there size and color

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      Kate 

      7 years ago

      I came across this page on yahoo answers, and I love it! I think that the egg white mask and honey mask are very heplful to my skin. The egg and olive oil hair mask works brilliantly! I swim and my hair gets gross from all the chlorine and this helps get it all out and stay manageable. Thank you!

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      More recipes? I have link to several hubs that are also great! Thanks for your comment!

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      mayia 

      8 years ago

      thanks this is the best can you post more it is helpful

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I agree! :)

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      Haydee Anderson 

      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      using natural and home made beauty products are better because you know what you are putting on your skin. the recipes are also very simple to make. thanks

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Lipstick and cake!!! Sounds like my kind of party!!! Have fun! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipes.

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      Rebel Mom  

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for all these great recipes! I'm having a girls brunch, theme: Lipstick and Cake, and needed some great 'pamper ourselves' gifts to make.

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      sunbrite 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great hub! I have always wanted to try avocado oil, maybe I will do so soon. Thank you for the awesome information.:)

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Yes, all these recipes work wonders and it's fun to experiment. Thanks!

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      Mercy 

      8 years ago

      i have tried the yogurt and honey masks before. they really do work!

      thankx for the recipes :)

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I like Caress because it has lots of moisturizers, but you can you any liquid soap. Thanks for the comments!:)

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      home-works 

      8 years ago from Wyoming

      This is awesome, thanks for the great recipes. The body scrub recipe calls for liquid soap, just wondering if you had a recommendation for what kind of soap.

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for linking me! :D

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      Mama Sez 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Very informative, useful and well written. Will be linking this to my hub to be posted soon. Thanks MissE.

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks everyone! Arthur, thanks I've never been tweeted before! LOL! Cosette lemongrass oil is one of the few I have yet to try, but now that you mention it, it does sound awesome!

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      Anna Evanswood 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Nice and simple recipes:) I will be trying some!!

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      maudine_05 

      8 years ago from United States

      For sure am gonna try the one that works for acne, I frequently experience break outs before and after my period.

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      cosette 

      8 years ago

      very nice. i like your use of the ads too. i want some of that lemongrass oil! ;) rating this UP.

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      Tim 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. I already own much of the stuff needed for many of these "recipes". Appreciate you writing it.

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      Arthur Fontes 

      8 years ago from Fall River,MA

      Good hub nice to provide recipes. I tweeted a link to this hub I hope it helps..

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      Shadesbreath 

      8 years ago from California

      This is interesting stuff. I had no idea you could make so many things like this at home. You're like the DIY Guru of skin care.

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for your comment! :)

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      wesleyacarter 

      8 years ago

      very informational, still looking for those good skin care products. this helps a lot

    • MissE profile imageAUTHOR

      MissE 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks! You have a great Christmas and Happy New Year too! :)

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      Keira7 

      8 years ago

      Brilliant hub my dear, thank you for all the recipes. Have a nice Christmas my friend.:D

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