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Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Masks

Updated on August 20, 2011

Who said food had to be eaten to be good for you? Start mixing, mashing, juicing and pulping, for face masks you can whip up in the kitchen.

Looking for the ultimate skin treatment? Then close the bathroom cabinet and head straight for the kitchen. In your fridge, fruit bowl, vegie box and cupboard are the ingredients for homemade face masks that can nourish dry or damaged skin, remove excess oil and refine pores. The masks are easy to make and leave your skin feeling clean and stimulated.

It's important, however, not to use face masks too often, as doing so can expose the skin's delicate underlayer to infection. How often you can safely use a mask will depend on your skin type. If you have oily, blemished skin, you will be able to use a mask several times a week. If your skin is dry, choose only the most gentle treatment and use it no more than once a fortnight.

Areas with obvious thread veins or broken veins should never be treated with masks or scrubs, as the additional stimulation could worsen the condition. Also avoid the delicate skin around the eyes.

As the following masks are made with fresh fruit, vegetables and milk or natural yoghurt, they should be prepared fresh each time or kept for no longer than 24 hours in the fridge. However, a base mask can be stored indefinitely.

Mask Ingredients

As you can see from the following list, many foods make great ingredients for masks. Combine a tablespoon of any one of these ingredients with a base mask, binder and essential oils. For pulped ingredients, blend enough raw ingredients to make a tablespoon of pulp (alternatively, you can cook and then mash).

apple pulp: slightly acidic; soothes and gently exfoliates.

asparagus pulp: stimulating; dries up pimples.

brewer's yeast: excellent for oily skin.

carrot pulp: antiseptic; heals pimples.

celery juice: acts as a toner for tired or older skin.

cooked and mashed turnip: deep-cleansing.

egg white: astringent and drying for oily skins.

egg yolk: nourishes dry skin.

fresh fig pulp: an emollient and cleanses.

grated cucumber: cools, soothes and heals. Works as a mild bleach for sallow skin and freckles.

grated raw potato: helps clear blemishes and eczema.

honey: hydrates, softens, soothes and heals.

lemon juice (diluted in one part water/one part lemon juice): removes oil and gently bleaches freckles.

lettuce juice (blend lettuce leaves to a pulp, adding a little water): soothes sore, rough skin; helps heal pimples.

mashed apricots: moisturizes, soothes and cleanses.

mashed avocado: deeply penetrating and nourishing.

mashed banana: nourishing.

mashed strawberries: slightly acidic and luxurious; cleanses.

mashed tomatoes: excellent for oily skin.

natural yoghurt: moisturizes and restores skin's acid balance.

orange juice: hydrating for older skin.

pear pulp: soothes and cools hot, sunburnt skin.

pineapple pulp: an astringent wash for oily skin.

watermelon juice: gently exfoliates, softens and deep-cleanses.


There are many food items that will not only bind the mask, but have the added benefit of being good for your skin.

♦ Finely ground rolled oats

♦ Dried milk powder

♦ Kaolin (fine clay) powder (from pharmacies)

♦ Wholemeal plain flour

♦ Finely ground almonds

Essential oils

When using essential oils in masks or on the skin, it's very important to use only 100 per cent pure essential oils from health food shops. Avoid those labelled "perfume oil" or "fragrant oil" as they are synthetic and won't be of benefit - in fact, they could harm your skin. Essential oils are immensely powerful, so use no more than two drops in a mask. (If you are pregnant or have health problems, check with a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils).

dry and normal skin: lavender, evening primrose, sandalwood.

oily skin: geranium, lemon, ylang-ylang.

pimple: evening primrose, clary sage, lavender.

acne: carrot, evening primrose, tea-tree.

eczema: carrot, chamomile, lavender.

Making A Mask

First, make a base mask (recipe below), which will store indefinitely. When needed, add fresh ingredients to make a "ready-to-wear" mask, which should be applied immediately. Keep your hair off your face with a shower cap or headband and cleanse your face before applying the mask. Smooth the mask over your face, then relax, leaving the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water, and finish with a cool splash before moisturizing.

base mask

• 1 cup kaolin (fine clay) powder

• ¼ cup cornflour

• 1 tablespoon finely ground rolled oats or other binder

• 1 tablespoon dried skim milk powder

• 1 tablespoon any foods from "mask imgredients" list

• 2 drops essential oil of your choice

Mix kaolin, cornflour and oats or other binder. Store in a tightly covered jar. When needed, mix one tablespoon of the base mixture with skim milk powder and any of the ingredients suitable for your skin type listed in the "mask ingredients" list. Add essential oil. Mix to a soft paste. The paste should be stiff enough to stay on your face but not so stiff that it will dry to a claypan.

Ready-To-Wear Masks

for troubled skin

This mask helps to draw out impurities, kill bacteria and create healthier skin.

• 1 tablespoon base mask mix

• 1 tablespoon carrot or lettuce pulp

• 1 teaspoon honey

• 1 teaspoon natural yoghurt

• 2 drops lavender oil

Mix all ingredients to a soft paste. Add more carrot or lettuce pulp or yoghurt if mixture is too stiff; more base mix if it is too soft.

for dry skin

A rich and creamy mask to soothe and add moisture to dry skin.

• 1 egg yolk, beaten

• 2 teaspoon cream

• ½ -1 teaspoon runny honey

• 2 drops lavender or evening primrose essential oil

• finely ground almonds

Mix all ingredients to a soft paste, adding enough ground almonds to ensure mask stays on your face.

for oil-prone skin

If your skin is looking sallow or flat, the gently stimulating and cleansing action of the deep-cleansing mask will bring a glow to your skin.

• ½ teaspoon lemon juice

• 1 ½ teaspoons orange juice

• 1 teaspoon celery juice

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• 1 teaspoon natural yogurt

• 2 drops geranium or lavender essential oil

• Dried skim milk powder for mixing

Mix all ingredients to a soft paste, adding enough skim milk powder to ensure mask stays on your face.

This article was written exclusively for Hubpages and published on 8 October 2007. If you find all or part of this article elsewhere on the Internet, it has been copied.


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      erikasreview 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      This was very insightful. I was looking for way to make a binder for my tons of frozen juice pulp. Thank you so much!

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      The Good Cook 6 years ago

      @ Lava - yes you can use just the fruit pulp. Here are a couple of links to sites that may be of interest to you:

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      Lava 6 years ago

      Can the fruit pulp on its own just be used instead of combinig with the base mask and essential oil and whatnot? Because i do a lot of fruit juicing and i dont want to waste the pulp but neither do i want to go through all the trouble of doing the whole mask.

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      casperitochachabum 6 years ago

      useful tips!i will try it soon!

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      berr 6 years ago

      ugh this is to much work for me, but i tried it ans it worked great

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      tassy 6 years ago

      i tried lots of these. i also tried the cucumber and potato before my wedding and i never felt so beautiful THANKS

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Awesome! I never knew these lots of kitchen stuffs that can be used to care for the skin! Thanks.

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      [Panic] 7 years ago

      ?Very helpful! :D

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      :):):):)  8 years ago

      This is a very helpful page :):):):)

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      OficialLadyLola 8 years ago

      Thankyou for theese useful tips.

      Im Going to try one ! : )


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      beautyaddict 8 years ago from California

      I love these tips! I've never tried some of the different ingredients you list, but I love trying out new and different masks. I might try some of the fruit-based ones, like the strawberry.

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      kate 8 years ago

      thus worked really well. i would have never used apples or carrots. thanks so much

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      elqalatawy 8 years ago from Egypt

      Wonderful DIY scheme!

      You can check these recipes to see if this may help you

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      kmadden 8 years ago

      Wow.. This is wonderful! Thanks very much for sharing with us!

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      pilar  8 years ago

      they sound great i can't wait to try one !

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      The Good Cook 8 years ago

      There are some masks for normal skin but it is mostly those with "problem" skin that are looking for this kind of information.

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      bob 8 years ago

      wow these were realy bad you should really put more up for normal skin

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      Ranjeeta karan 9 years ago

      thanks for sharing great face mask with us really appreciated and yeah i have used some of them and it really works.

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      chintoomintooo 9 years ago

      realy great

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      Raffaella 9 years ago

      Thank's for sharing. I have oily skin and your deep-cleansing mask work great!

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      Evelyn Lim 9 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! This is a very informative hub for what to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon for myself!

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      no name 9 years ago

      you should put pictures of the masks beside the instructions and make a mask up of what most people have in there homes

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      chikki 10 years ago from india

      great tips .you can check this too

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      Veronica 10 years ago from NY

      Wow. Other than cucumber and potato, I had no idea about these other natural remedies. I printed this out and hung it up on the fridge - I plan to try lots of your suggestions. Thanks so much! Very informative!