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How to Make Your Own DIY Facial Masks

Updated on October 24, 2012

Applying a facial mask 1-2 times per week can drastically improve the quality of your complexion. Dry skin can benefit from hydrating masks consisting of milk and honey, and a mud or clay mask can work wonders for oily skin. The best part is, for just a few dollars you can easily make a supply of your own homemade facial masks, some of which can be stored in the fridge and periodically dipped into for up to one month. Another perk about these natural mask recipes is that they aren't only intended for use on your face; they can be used on hands, feet, back, elbows, knees and any other rough spots or problem areas that need pampering.

After you've tried these recipes out on your own skin and can vouch for their value and effectiveness, why not make a whole batch and give them out as gifts? Pick up some hinged fruit-preserving jars from your local craft store, order personalized labels, and start packaging your own line of DIY facial masks.

Clay or mud masks take the shine out of oily skin by absorbing excess oil
Clay or mud masks take the shine out of oily skin by absorbing excess oil

Aloe, rose and clay mask

Recipe by Margo Marrone, owner of Organic Pharmacy in London.

Good for: all skin types, particularly sensitive skin

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons French green clay
  • 1/2 teaspoon bentonite (kaolin)
  • 7/10 fl oz organic aloe vera gel
  • 3/10 fl oz organic rose hydrolat (pure distilled rose water)
  • 2 drops of organic rose essential oil

Mix the clay and bentonite together in a wooden bowl if possible (metal bowl if not), then mix the aloe and rose hydrolat together separately from the clay. Then add the aloe rose mixture to the clay little by little, stirring until all lumps are gone. At the end, add in the rose oil. Makes 2-3 facial treatments and will last for 1 month if placed in the refrigerator.

Honey, milk and aloe masks are perfect for hydrating dry skin
Honey, milk and aloe masks are perfect for hydrating dry skin

Almond, honey, milk and aloe mask

Recipe by Margo Marrone, owner of Organic Pharmacy in London.

Good for: dry skin

  • 1 teaspoon organic powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey, preferably Manuka
  • 1 teaspoon organic aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil

Mix the powdered milk with the ground almonds, then add honey and aloe and mix well. Last, add the two drops of neroli. Makes 2-3 treatments and will last up to two weeks if placed in the refrigerator. When using, leave on face for 10-15 minutes to achieve optimum hydrating effects.

Fridge Mask

Tips by Amanda Lacey.

While the above recipes may require a trip to the local herbist, this simple solution calls for basic products found in most refrigerators, and can be used as a quick-fix to revitalize faces of any skin type.

  • Mix one tablespoon of natural yogurt with one teaspoon natural runny honey.
  • Apply to face for 20 minutes, then remove with a hot water washcloth.
  • For dry skin, use two teaspoons of honey; for oily skin, add a few drops of fresh lime juice.

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      Chen 

      6 years ago

      Kay jenna. if you were on the icu you wouldn't be on the computer LOL

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      Billie76 

      6 years ago

      I purchased the ANTIOXIDANT Berry Masque (from the Lady Soma brand) after doing A lot of research on the ingredients. Use on face, chest and hands. The first application was not dramatic as far as results go; but I use daily and the results are fantastic.

      It took me about a week to get the impressive results. I have very dry skin. My serums and creams were not penetrating into my skin to give me a hydrated look. Now I can easiy tell when the serums and creams are penetrating. My skin is much more even in color, hydrated, healthy looking. I apply the mask work into my skin for a few seconds and leave on for 15 minutes.

      That took over a week to change, but wow I can wear lower cut tops now and my skin is radiant! I have stocked up on this product, I never want to run out. Finally a product line that works!

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      Billie76 

      6 years ago

      I purchased the ANTIOXIDANT Berry Masque (from the Lady Soma brand) after doing A lot of research on the ingredients. Use on face, chest and hands. The first application was not dramatic as far as results go; but I use daily and the results are fantastic.

      It took me about a week to get the impressive results. I have very dry skin. My serums and creams were not penetrating into my skin to give me a hydrated look. Now I can easiy tell when the serums and creams are penetrating. My skin is much more even in color, hydrated, healthy looking. I apply the mask work into my skin for a few seconds and leave on for 15 minutes.

      That took over a week to change, but wow I can wear lower cut tops now and my skin is radiant! I have stocked up on this product, I never want to run out. Finally a product line that works!

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      Unknown  

      8 years ago

      Kay jenna. if you were on the icu you wouldnt be on the computer LOL

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      Unknown  

      8 years ago

      Kay jenna. if you were on the icu you wouldn't be on the computer LOL

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      Alice 

      8 years ago

      is it ment to look like shit?

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      jas 

      9 years ago

      there good

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      Steve Pardee (homefoundrysupply) 

      10 years ago

      Bentonite and Kaolin ARE NOT the same thing. Bentonite comes in 2 types, Sodium Bentonite swells and Calcium Bentonite not so much. Bntonite is used in KittyLitter, Metal Casting, Cosmetics, Holistic Remedies, Color Remover, Toothpaste.... the list goes on.

      Kaolin is a China Clay. High Temp. There are many varieties, but it is NOT even similar to bentonite

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      Sydnie  

      10 years ago

      The yogurt mask's mak my face feel clean and refreshed!

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      11 years ago from New Hampshire

      This is such a great hub! I love making my own masks. I work from home and tend to be busy and I love to do stuff like this to help me relax.

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