Are you interested in making some of your own DIY face masks or even just experimenting with DIY skincare?
DIY skincare is a fun and simple way of pampering your skin. It’s cheap and effective and enjoyable for a nice spa day at home.
I think you will find that you no longer feel the urge to buy fancy face masks. Especially when you know that you can make DIY face masks at home that are just as good!
Homemade skincare is gentle and soothing to the skin. Fragrance, preservative and chemical free leaving your skin to just soak up the pure goodness.
Homemade face masks are a sweet treat to give to yourself and your skin and can be tweaked and created to suit your skins needs.
So, if you are interested in finding out what these three DIY face masks are then keep reading. Because we are going to be talking about homemade face masks and why you should be using them!
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Three Amazing DIY Face Masks
DIY skincare is a great way of getting to know your skin a bit better. Of finding out what it likes and doesn’t like and what it needs more of and less of.
DIY face masks are especially useful as they require very few ingredients and time and can help you to figure out what your skin is wanting.
As well as what ingredients your skin most craves.
If you’re like me then your skin is normal/dry and loves honey and essential oils. But you might be the complete opposite!
Your skin might be more on the oily side and crave masks made of witch hazel and clay.
You won’t know until you try a few homemade face masks which is just part of the fun!
Honey + Oatmeal
Honey and oatmeal is the real classical film of skincare is it not?
We have all heard of this magical combination and many of you might have even tried it already!
Honey is always a good addition to a face mask as it attracts moisture to your skin and is soothing and gentle.
Oatmeal is also a wonderful skincare ingredient as it is naturally cleansing and lightly exfoliating. But so gentle that it won’t irritate your skin in any way.
To make this face mask you will need the following:
· 1 ½ Tbsp. Raw Honey
· 1 Tsp. Ground Oatmeal
Combine both your ground oatmeal and honey stirring to create a thick paste. Rub a layer onto your skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
You can easily grind your own oatmeal in a small coffee grinder. Or just buy it already ground.
I personally use this kind of coffee and spice grinder and find it to be very effective for skincare DIY’s!
If you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, make sure you buy oatmeal that is certified gluten free.
Green Tea + Peppermint + Clay
This is one of my favorite face masks as it is cooling, tightening and refreshing all in one!
Green tea is an amazing skincare ingredient as it is antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory. Making it a good option for those with acne or irritable skin.
You could also treat yourself to matcha powder which is an even more potent form of green tea!
Peppermint is soothing and toning to the skin and gives this face mask a nice refreshing feeling. Perfect for the heat of summer!
If you have very dry skin, you might want to avoid clay-based masks but in general they are great for most skin types. As they are toning, tightening and cleansing to the skin.
· 1 Tbsp. Clay
· 1 Tsp. Ground Green Tea
· ¼ Tsp. Ground Mint Leaves or 1 drop Peppermint Oil
· ½ Tbsp. Water
Mix your clay, water, ground green tea leaves and peppermint leaves or oil together until you get a paste.
You can either add more or less water in order to get the consistency that you prefer.
Spread an even layer on your face and leave for 5 to 10 minutes or until dry.
You can use many kinds of clay in this mask just make sure that they are for cosmetic use. I personally really like kaolin, rose or European clay!
You can grind your own green tea and peppermint leaves if you prefer or simply use the leaves out of organic tea bags.
Or you could substitute green tea leaves more matcha powder making this face mask that much easier to make!
Keep in mind that peppermint essential oil is strong and might cause irritation. If that is the case, you might want to use peppermint leaves instead.
Lavender + Chamomile + Honey
This chamomile lavender honey mask is a real treat to the skin and senses!
A sweet honeyed floral combination that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and soothed.
We have already talked about why honey is so beneficial but why the addition of chamomile and lavender?
Chamomile is mildly skin whitening which means that it can help to even out your skin tone, fade scars and even out discoloration.
It is also anti-inflammatory and can help to decrease irritation and breakouts in sensitive skin or those with acne.
Lavender is also anti-inflammatory and is a great skin soother! It can help to reduce redness, irritation and scaring.
· 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
· ½ Tsp. Ground Chamomile
· ¼ Tsp. Ground Lavender
Combine the honey, lavender and chamomile until you have a nice paste and evenly spread over skin.
Leave the DIY face mask on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
You can either grind the chamomile and lavender yourself or use them from tea bags. You could skip grinding the lavender and use the bud’s whole, but the mask won’t be as strong.
This brand of chamomile lavender tea would be a great option to make the process quicker.
When to Use Face Masks
DIY face masks are a great option for all skin types and can be easily adapted to suit your skins personal needs.
Unlike store bought face masks homemade face masks are gentle enough to be used more often. You could use a honey-based mask up to three times a week if you liked!
Clay based masks should be used sparingly however as they can be too drying to the skin if overused.
Masks are great options for when your skin is looking and feeling a bit tired and dull. Or if your skin is irritated, breaking out or dry.
You can use face masks to freshen your skin up in the summer and to keep your skin hydrated during winter.
Face masks can also be used to combat aging, sunburns, breakouts and general irritation.
What Not to Put into Your DIY Face Masks
Though DIY skincare is generally considered to be safe and gentle there are still ingredients to avoid.
Just because an ingredient is natural does not necessarily make it a good option for your skin. And some skincare ingredients might be fine in other products just not face masks.
There are a lot of misleading recipes out there for skincare products that you should be wary of. Written by people with no real knowledge of skincare or the effects of the ingredients that they recommend.
A few ingredients to watch out for and never include in your DIY face masks are:
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
- Sea salt
- Large amounts of essential oils
- Crushed pills
Now some of these might seem like real no brainers and you might be thinking why would I even bother to list them. But believe me these are all ingredients that I have seen included in homemade face masks.
Scary right? And I’ll admit that when I was a teenager, I even innocently tried a few!
But these are not ingredients meant to be left on your face for any amount of time.
Many are simply too acidic, others too abrasive and still others full of who knows what. All being ingredients that have their proper places in life. Just not on your face!
Has this article interested you in DIY skincare? I hope so because homemade skincare can be a lot of fun and can really benefit your skin!
Have you tried any of these face masks? If so, let me know!
Or do you have any face mask recommendations that you personally love and use often?
For more information on DIY skincare head on over to this article on Kitchen Ingredients to Use in Skincare!
And don’t delay in grabbing one of these best selling bottles of raw honey! Almost all of my skincare recipes call for it and I constantly find myself reaching for it!