We all know how important it is to take good care of our skin, but a little look around the beauty counters will also reveal just how expensive good skincare can be!
Here’s a little secret; shop-bought masks, even the expensive ones sold in department stores, can be made at home for next to nothing, using ingredients you may already have in the kitchen.
Read on for a few simple and natural homemade face mask (plus a bonus homemade haircare mask that you can make yourself at home in minutes.
Not only is homemade face mask great fun and enormously satisfying, you’ll be saving yourself some serious money at the same time!
Homemade Face Mask Recipes for Different Skin Types
Problem 1: Your skin is looking dull and tired
Homemade Face Mask Recipe for Glowing Skin: Turmeric and Honey Mask
Turmeric is a spice that is not only wonderfully healing to eat, it’s also used a lot in India for its skin-brightening properties.
Turmeric is rich anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants, so it is soothing on the skin. However, be warned: if you are fair-skinned, turmeric can cause temporary staining (which can last a couple of hours).
What you need: ½ teaspoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey (raw is best- it’s a bit more expensive but worth it for its healing properties.
Processed honey has a lot of its nutrients removed during the heating process. You can find raw honey in health food shops such as Holland and Barrett).
Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face. Leave on for about 20 minutes, then remove with lukewarm water and a dark cloth to avoid staining.
Problem 2: You have oily, clogged skin
Homemade Face Mask Recipe for Oily Skin: Banana and Honey Mask
Use this mask if your skin is oily; not only will it gently exfoliate your skin, it’ll also feel lovely and soothing.
What you need: a tablespoon of mashed up banana, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 tablespoon of honey
Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face. Leave on for about 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water and a cloth. Your skin should feel nourished and revitalized.
Problem 3: You have dry skin
Homemade Face Mask Recipe for Dry Skin: Avocado and Oatmeal Mask
What you need: ½ ripe avocado, a handful of uncooked oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of raw honey
Blend the ingredients together and apply the paste to your skin. After 10–15 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
Problem 4: Your skin feels irritated or you’re suffering from sunburn
Homemade Face Mask Recipe for Sunburn Skin: Yoghurt and Oatmeal Mask
Unhappy skin can sometimes be irritated further by harsh ingredients in store-bought masks. This homemade face mask is simple and effective, and is a great solution for people suffering with sensitive skin.
What you need: 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
Mix the two ingredients together until they form a paste, then apply to the face. Wait about 30 minutes, then remove with lukewarm water. Your skin should feel soothed and calm.
Homemade Hair Mask Recipe
Problem 5: Your hair is dry and/or frizzy
Homemade Hair Mask for Dry Hair: Honey and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
You don’t need to use coconut oil, but it is extra moisturising and it smells amazing! You can buy coconut oil from any large chemist, such as Boots.
What you need: 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 tablespoon honey
Heat the oil and honey in microwave for a few seconds until spreadable, then massage them into your scalp. Cover with a shower cap or cling film, relax for 20-30 minutes, then rinse well.
Over to you!
Do you have any homemade face mask recipe you’d like to share? or any natural beauty aids that can be made easily at home? We’d love to hear from you!