DIY face masks can be super helpful and budget-friendly if you want to avoid the chemicals in store-bought products. The markets these days are flooded with a variety of skincare products, but when you buy them off the counter, you can never be sure of the ingredients that go into making them. I use DIY face masks at home because my skin doesn’t respond too well to products with too many chemicals in them. Hence I’ve had to find my way of avoiding them as much as I can. Today, I will help you find your way out as well in minimizing the use of chemical skincare products.
Imagine making your skincare products and face masks! Isn’t it nice knowing exactly what goes into them? This way you will be able to steer clear of the chemicals, added colours and perfumes that come along with these commercial skincare products.
These face masks that I’m going to talk about today are easy to make, the components mainly found in the kitchen and extremely good for your skin. I have tried most of these DIY face masks and they have worked wonders for me. I have picked them based on the various skin needs, some of the face masks are for moisturization, and the others are for whitening or toning. Well, on that note, let’s get on with our first DIY face mask.
Homemade face mask for whitening and exfoliating
Oatmeal, Cocoa and Coconut oil face mask
This mask is an exfoliating and whitening face mask. Oatmeal is known for its excellent exfoliating and whitening qualities and Cocoa is imbued with antioxidants.
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
- 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
Blend all the ingredients well and you should have a nice silky paste. Apply this mixture in a thin layer on your face. Keep it on for 20 minutes, after that wash it with warm water repeat this procedure two to three times a week and you will see the noteworthy results in a matter of days.
Oatmeal will exfoliate the upper damaged layer of your skin and cocoa will rejuvenate your skin. Coconut oil will moisturize your dry flaky skin and give you a supple glowing face.
Homemade face mask for whitening, tan removal, and acne treatment
Green tea, lemon and rice flour face mask
The rejuvenating qualities of green tea are very well known. Rice flour, on the other hand, is an excellent exfoliator and has whitening and tan removal qualities. This is a whitening and anti-acne face mask. It is extremely easy to make and use.
- 2 tablespoons of freshly brewed green tea
- 2 tablespoons of the rice flour mix
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients to get a nice silky paste, apply this paste on your washed face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes has elapsed, wash your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and pore tightening qualities.
Rice flour is well known for its skin whitening qualities and lemon helps dissolve blackheads and reduces chances of acne breakouts. This is a wholesome face mask that looks into every need of your skin. This facemask rejuvenates your skin, whitens it, and prevents further acne and breakouts. The only downside is this mask can be a little drying on the skin hence the next step to follow immediately after washing off this mask is to moisturize your skin with a light moisturizer.
Homemade face pack for instant glow and fairness
Multani mitti face pack (Fullers earth)
Looking for an instant glow on your skin after a long tiring day? Well, a Multani mitti face pack is the answer. Multani mitti or Fuller’s earth, when used as a face pack absorbs excess oil, reduces acne and scars, removes dead skin and also improves skin elasticity. This face pack is packed with the goodness of tomatoes, sandalwood and turmeric besides Multani mitti. Tomato paste in this DIY face mask acts as a mild bleaching agent and sandalwood soothes the skin ensuring an instant radiant glow.
- 2 tablespoons of multani mitti
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon of sandalwood and
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
Mix the Multani mitti with the pureed tomato, sandalwood and add in the turmeric to form a nice thick paste. Apply this on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. This should be repeated twice a week to ensure maximum results. This face pack will ensure, exfoliation, moisturization and gentle bleaching to give you an instant radiant glow.
Moisturizing face pack for dry skin
Pumpkin face mask
Does it sound funny? Trust me, it works. Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin C, Beta carotene and Vitamin A. These work together on various levels. The vitamins present in pumpkin boost collagen production thereby ensuring softer and younger skin. It also inhibits the growth of fine lines and wrinkles. Milk, on the other hand, is rich in Vitamin B and many other potent antioxidants that help in moisturizing the skin deeply.
- 3 tablespoons of boiled pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of milk and
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Mix all the ingredients to form a nice luscious paste. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. You will be astonished at how velvety and moisturized your skin will be. If you have dry flaky skin as I do, this moisturizing pumpkin face mask can be your Holy Grail.
Homemade Anti-acne face pack or mask
Cinnamon and chamomile tea face pack
Cinnamon has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Cinnamon has medicinal properties that can be used to treat the flu as well as indigestion. This fragrant bark also contains a variety of minerals and healing essential oils that are very good for the skin. Cinnamon has antibacterial properties that can inhibit bacterial growth. It is also an excellent exfoliator.
Chamomile tea is prepared from dried flowers and it has a stellar reputation for having healing properties and all for good reasons. This DIY face mask has skin lightening properties as well as antibacterial properties that inhibit acne breakouts and reduces inflammation.
- 1-1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon of freshly brewed Chamomile tea
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- ¼ tablespoon honey
Massage this mixture on your face and leave it for no longer than 3 to 5 minutes rinse it off with warm water for rejuvenated supple and young skin.
DIY face toners and scrubs
Now that I’ve have given you five amazing DIY face mask and face pack recipes that I have used myself and can vouch for, let’s get on to the DIY face toner and scrub.
These face masks to look into the moisturizing, whitening and rejuvenating aspect of your face but what about exfoliating and toning?
One major skincare blunder that we all commit is not toning our skin, and that leads to acne and break outs.
Toners essentially balance the pH level of your skin and maintain the status quo. Your skin likes nothing better than consistency and balance and therefore toners are a must.
Scrubbing is another essential step that we often tend to overlook. Scrubbing your skin ensures that the dead skin is removed and your skin is rejuvenated. Scrubbing also allows products to be better absorbed into your skin by unclogging the pores. You can opt for shop-bought toners and scrubs. but nothing is as good as an all-natural homemade one right?
So, I’ll tell you how to make your toner and scrub.
First, let’s get on with the scrub.
DIY scrub for exfoliation
- Two parts of milk
- One part sugar
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients, but do not completely dissolve the sugar as the granular sugar acts as the exfoliant. Gently rub the mixture on your face as well as your body and have a warm water bath. You will be astonished by how supple and fresh your skin looks. However, do not get too excited by the results and repeat it every day. Exfoliation should ideally be done only once or twice every week.
DIY Honey and cucumber toner
Now that we are done with the masks and scrub let’s get on to the toner. This is a honey and cucumber toner that balances the pH level of your skin and keeps it from having breakouts. According to dermatologists, cucumber has Vitamin C and Caffeic acid. It is known for its antioxidant properties, soothing effects, and skin nourishment. Whereas honey has antibacterial properties and is a great moisturizer.
- 2 cucumbers blended and the juice strained out
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. The cucumber soothes and hydrates the skin and the honey moisturizes the skin deeply and also wards off any acne or breakouts.
These are some of the DIY face masks that I have tried myself, and trust me they work. For a fraction of the cost, these face masks, toners and scrubs show tangible results.Be sure to read my other post on taking care of your under-eye skin. These tips will go a long way in having blemish-free and supple skin. Go ahead and try them and let us know if you found them useful in the comments section below.Image by Lisa Hobbs