There are a few ingredients you’ll see over and over in DIY face mask recipes. We broke it down for you so you can see what kind of mask is right for you and your skin type. So get your grocery list out ‘cause you’re gonna want to pick up a treat for your next at-home spa day!
Raw honey is the Grand Pooh-Pah of all DIY mask ingredients. This is because it’s both an anti-inﬂammatory and naturally antibacterial. Bringing down inﬂammation helps to cure redness, puffiness, and calms any blemishes you may have on your skin. Bonus: the antibacterial properties of honey make it a natural acne-ﬁghter!
Honey packs a one-two punch; ﬁrst, cleaning and clearing your pores of yucky bacteria and free radicals you’re exposed to during the day, then shrinking your pores by knocking down inﬂammation, leaving you with smooth, calmed, clear skin. Yes, please.
But wait, there’s more! Honey is a humectant, which means it has somewhat magical powers and draws water from the air onto the skin. Pretty amazing, if you ask me. For the most bang for your buck, be sure to use RAW honey in your face masks. You can ﬁnd it at pretty much any grocery store.
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DIY Honey Face Masks for Every Type of Dry Skin
If you have dry, dull skin, avocado is a MUST for your face mask game. Avocado is extremely hydrating. Let’s put it in perspective: the property in natural ingredients that provides the most deep moisture for the skin is oleic acid. Coconut oil (which we also LOVE) is thought of as a great natural moisturizer because it has a 5-10% oleic acid. Avocados, though? They’ve got a whopping 63%! It’s also full of healthy fats, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, stimulating collagen production to act as an anti-aging treatment. Not bad for a fruit that you dip chips in, huh?
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DIY Clean Green Acne-Fighting Machine Face Mask
Oatmeal is the most calming and soothing DIY face mask ingredient you can ﬁnd. If you’re a sensitive skin type and worried about breakouts or ﬂare-ups, start with an oatmeal-based skin treatment. Oatmeal helps irritation by normalizing the skin’s pH, as well as cleansing while calming and locking in moisture. Because of its texture, you can use oatmeal in more ways that just as a mask; you can use it as a face wash, an exfoliant, a bath soak, and even dry shampoo! Breakfast never looked so good.
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If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts, get ready to put your favorite go-to fruit snack on your face. Bananas contain potassium which locks in moisture, while also being high in zinc and lectin which destroy the bacteria associated with zits and breakouts. Bananas help regulate oil production while still providing a nourishing moisturizing treatment for the deeper levels of your skin.
It’s not just for curry dishes anymore! In fact, this “miracle” spice has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat a wide variety of health conditions. This is because turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin which is basically the Queen of anti inﬂammatory and antimicrobial compounds. When applied to acne-prone skin, turmeric battles and destroys the bacteria that cause blemishes.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Sing it with us: “Like a virgin, masked for the very ﬁrst tiiiime!” Virgin coconut oil is a go-to for lots of natural beauty treatments because of the versatility it provides as well as the beauty and health beneﬁts. Coconut oil is an anti-fungal meaning it’s a great way to ﬁght grime that causes breakouts. However, coconut oil shouldn’t be used by itself; it’s usually used somewhat as an emulsiﬁer (read: mixer) to add to the moisturizing beneﬁts of other DIY mask ingredients.
And there you have it!
Six go-to ingredients for DIY beauty treatments that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.
Next, check out our recipes for at-home face masks to see how to combine these ingredients for your skin type.
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.