So your skin has decided to have a moment of collapse and create a few craters and bumps on your glowing face. If you’re anything like me, you may have tried tons of products that don’t give you the results you want.
Well, let yourself be relieved – sometimes the answers to our skin care problems sit right in our own pantry.
I bought skin care masks with ingredients I knew from brands like Lush and Glossier. After switching to natural masks all day, I found that my sensitive skin responded better to them and calmed down faster after an outbreak than when using a chemically packaged product.
Lush, for example, has a whole range of masks that live in your refrigerator because of their natural ingredients like chocolate, oatmeal, honey, bananas, and essential oils. However, most stores make large quantities and need some fillers. In the same masks, you might find things like glycerin and extra fragrance ̵
When you make your masks at home, all you have to do is guess what you are actually putting on your face. And the best part is the learning process. If something isn’t working with your recipe, you can locate the problem and make adjustments pretty quickly. If it works, you’ve found a new skin care solution just steps away from the bathroom cabinet.
With that in mind, here are three skin care mask recipes to whip up at home.
This mask is a great option when your skin needs instant replenishment. After a night out or a hard workout, this is great to put on during your cool down time.
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Using cocoa powder for skin care not only enables small amounts of cocoa butter to be activated in combination with liquid, but also acts as a light exfoliant to soften the skin.
- 1 tablespoon of honey. Honey has long been used in skin care to treat eczema and reduce inflammation. Raw honey is also known to help balance bacteria on your skin.
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Citrus fruits have been shown to help with dark spots on the skin. Using a small amount in a mask shouldn’t cause any problems. However, be sure to apply sunscreen after masking (citric acids can cause skin irritation if applied directly and exposed to sunlight).
- 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Coffee is known to help with cellulite on the skin. It also has antibacterial properties and works as a great exfoliant.
Coffee mask recipe
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and immediately apply the mixture to your face. If the mask is too thick, add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Leave on for 20 minutes or until it starts to dry and turn into a thick paste on the skin.
- Once it is dry, remove it with warm water. Rub the mask around the face in a circular motion as you remove to exfoliate.
A turmeric mask is ideal for giving you a natural glow. Packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is known for its healing and cleansing properties.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric. Turmeric has a long list of benefits; such as B. Reduction of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, irritation and acne. A little goes a long way, and the color can linger lightly on your skin for a day or so. So don’t leave it on for longer than required.
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (or aloe vera gel if not dairy). Yogurt is ideal for adding moisture to the skin. It also helps to give this mask a smooth and cooling consistency. If you have any kind of milk intolerance, you can replace it with fresh aloe vera gel, which offers the same cooling effect.
- 1 teaspoon honey. Honey is great for reducing inflammation and dryness. Together with turmeric, it strengthens the antioxidant properties of the two ingredients.
Turmeric mask recipe
- Mix and blend all of the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth paste.
- Spread it evenly all over your face and also on your neck. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mask is dry. Do not exceed 20 minutes with this mask or your skin may soak up the orange color of turmeric.
- Wash off with warm water and pat the face dry.
This treatment isn’t a full face mask, but it’s a great topical option for irritation or acne. It also helps reduce excessive oil production on the surface of the skin.
- 4 drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree EO can help remove bacteria from cuts or wounds. So when you’ve finally popped that annoying Zit, a shot of it will help promote healing. Beware, there are some risks and potential side effects if you apply it unmixed to the skin.
- 1/2 teaspoon of rose hip oil. Rosehip oil is a gentle carrier oil that reduces inflammation on the skin and helps in whitening and collagen production. If you don’t have a rose hip, you can use olive oil or coconut oil for a pantry-friendly base.
Recipe for treating tea tree stains
- Combine both oils in a small bowl and mix until combined.
- Apply the solution to the problem areas with a cotton swab before bed and leave it on overnight.
- Cleanse the face in the morning and pat dry.
While research shows there are health benefits, the FDA does not monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. It is important to speak to your doctor before using any essential oils and investigate the quality of any branded products. Always do a Patch test before trying a new essential oil.
When experimenting with the ingredients in your home to create your own skin care treatments, don’t be afraid to tweak things according to your skin’s response.
Some combinations produce different results. Part of the fun, however, is finding your path to skin care success using the natural resources in your home.
Magdalena O’Neal comes to Los Angeles from Oakland, California and has published a volume of poetry herself. She has been studying creative writing and journalism for 7 years. She loves to bake and develop new recipes to fortify her vegan and gluten-free companions!