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6 Unusual Homemade Face Mask Ingredients You Haven't Tried Yet

Updated on April 22, 2013

Masks are an important part of any beauty regime because they are able to reach deep in the pores and clear out impurities that daily cleansing and exfoliants are unable to reach. The right face mask can help clear up serious acne problems, calm irritated skin, moisturize dry skin and combat oily or combination skin.

For most skin types, a face mask once or twice a week is plenty to achieve the soft, smooth and glowing skin we all desire. People who have oily skin may want to consider using a clay face mask more often to keep the oil at bay.

Some beauty experts recommend using an exfoliator just before using a face mask. This is so the face mask can reach deep in the pores more efficiently without having to go through so many layers of dead skin.

While there are many effective face masks in the market today, it is not necessary to spend the extra money. Many commercial face masks contain ingredients already found in your kitchen. If you make your own homemade face mask, you can be sure that you are putting only the good stuff on your face without the added chemicals. The money you'll be saving is just icing on the cake.

This list contains some of the most popular face mask ingredients found in commercial face masks that you may already have. Many of them you may already know, but there may also be a few surprising ingredients you did not know about before.

Olive Oil

Years before olive oil was ever used in cooking, it was popularly used on the hair and skin to help moisturize and rejuvenate the cells. Antioxidants contained in olive oil (vitamin A and vitamin E) help repair the damage to your skin as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun, cigarettes and other environmental irritants. Olive oil face masks may also help improve skin elasticity.

Refreshing Olive Oil Face Mask with Lemon

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled old fashioned oats (not instant and cooked in water)
  • 1 egg

Mix together and apply on your face and neck, be sure to avoid the eyes. You may leave this mask on for about 20 minutes and rinse.

Ultra Hydrating Olive Oil and Avocado Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 mashed avocado

Mix the ingredients well and apply to the face and neck for about 10 minutes (or when the avocado starts to turn brown!) Gently remove the avocado and olive oil face mask then rinse off with warm water.

Super Exfoliating Olive Oil and Sea Salt Face Mask

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons coarse sea salt

Mix well and leave on your face and neck for five minutes. Exfoliate and rinse well.

Always remember to pat your face dry and finish off with your favorite moisturizers!


Honey face masks are beneficial to all skin types because it helps the skin add and retain elasticity and moisture without drying out the skin. Due to the antioxidant properties in honey, it may also protect the skin from free radicals and even act as a mild sunscreen against the sun's harmful rays. Honey may also speed the healing process on wounds with its antimicrobial properties. As such, some research suggests that people may also successfully use a honey face mask for acne. Manuka honey, in particular is believed to be especially effective for topical use.

Summer Sweet Orange and Honey Face Mask

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • orange zest

Mix all the ingredients together. You should only need a sprinkling of orange zest. Apply to the face and neck and rinse off with warm water after 20 to 30 minutes.

Greecian Honey Face Mask

  • 2 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Mix the ingredients together and apply a thin layer over your entire face and neck. Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse well.

Morning Dew Honey and Turmeric Face Mask

  • 1 teaspoon hone
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons oat flour (you may just grind up old fashioned oats in your blender)

Mix well until a paste forms. Apply to the face and rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes.


While you might rather be putting your yogurt in your tummy than your face, there are actually a few good reasons you might want to save at least one container of yogurt for your beauty regime. Yogurt is full of lactic acid. When applied to the skin, this acid gently exfoliates the skin and makes it feel smoother. While it loosens the dead skin cells, it also helps dissolve anything left in your pores. The antibacterial antifungal properties of yogurt also make it great for fighting blemishes. Yogurt may also soothe skin when burned and tighten pores. Although any plain yogurt may work, Greek yogurt provides the best consistency for a nice mask that will not run.

Indian Yogurt and Honey Mask

  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal flour
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • 1/4 turmeric powder

Mix ingredients well. Apply a thick layer on the face and neck and leave for about 25 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. You should have enough for another application. Save in the refrigerator up to a week to maintain freshness or share with a friend.

Irresistible Chocolate Yogurt Face Mask

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Lemon zest

Mix well and apply liberally. Resist eating for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. You may save the rest in the refrigerator up to a week or share with a friend.

Strawberry Yogurt Mask

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 mashed strawberries

Combine ingredients and apply to the face and neck for five minutes. Exfoliate and wash off with warm water.


You may have noticed that many beauty products now have caffeine in them, particularly those that are aimed to fight dark, puffy eyes. This is because caffeine helps to remove excess blood under the eyes and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Using a coffee face mask or scrub may also help improve elasticity and brighten your skin for a healthy glow. The antioxidants in coffee may also help reverse some of the effects of sun damage. More importantly for some, it may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite. So, the next time you prepare a nice homemade brew, save a few of your coffee grinds and make yourself a nice rejuvenating face mask.

Morning Glow Coffee Face Mask

  • 1/2 cup freshly used coffee grinds
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix ingredients in a paste and apply it to your face and throat. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and scrub off with warm water.

Cafe Mocha Mask

  • 1/4 cup freshly used coffee grinds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar (optional)

Mix ingredients to form a thick paste. Add the yogurt last to achieve the desired consistency. Apply to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with warm water

*Please remember to use the coffee grinds no longer than 20 minutes after making your coffee. Only caffeinated coffee works, so if you are a decaf person, you might want to make buy a small bag of coffee and make just enough coffee to make your mask.

Bentonite Clay/Kitty Litter

Kitty litter, yes, you hear me right, kitty litter, has a ton of benefits for your skin. Don't worry, you don't have to stick you head in your cat's litter box. Unscented, natural clay kitty litter is made with Bentonite Clay. This clay is believed to be especially good for blemishes on the face and removing built up residue and grim from your pores. This is because the clay does two things: first it constrains the pores, squeezing out any buildup; second, it expands and soaks up everything that leaves the pores. It may also increase blood circulation and help treat conditions such as rashes or eczema. If you do not feel comfortable buying and using kitty litter on your face, you can buy Bentonite Clay in some stores or online.If you do decide to use the kitty litter route, the best thing to do is grind up the clay before using so it can form a nice paste.

Spa Essential Bentonite Clay Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon ground kitty litter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon old fashioned oatmeal cooked and cooled
  • 1 or 2 drops calendula or tea tree oil

Mix ingredients together to make a paste. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Super Soothing Kitty Liter Mask

  • 4 tablespoons kitty litter
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water

Form a thick paste with ingredients and apply it to the face for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.

*If you are using Bentonite Clay or kitty litter to help with acne, it is recommended by most people to use the mask daily for at least two weeks. At this point, one mask twice a week should be enough to keep acne at bay.

Green Tea

You may already know about the health benefits of drinking green tea including the high level of antioxidants and soothing effects. What you may not know is that these benefits also apply when green tea is used on your skin. Many beauty products that help fight signs of aging and prevent acne are now using green tea. You can use any natural green tea you like in its natural form, or you can crush the tea leaves into a fine powder.

Classic Green Tea Face Mask Exfolliator

  • 1/4 cup extra strong green tea
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar

Mix ingredients together when tea is cooled to room temperature. Gently apply the mixture on your face and neck and leave for 10 minutes. Gently scrub and rinse off with warm water.

Oatmeal Green Tea Mask

  • 1/2 cup very warm green tea
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons old fashioned oats

Mix ingredients together to form a paste. The tea should still be warm to the touch, but not too warm for your skin to handle. Test the warmth on your wrist first. Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Chocolate Green Tea Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon powdered green tea
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Mix ingredients together to make a thick paste. Apply liberally over your face and neck and rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off.


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