Clear, glowing skin will never go out of date. But no one has perfect skin all the time, so what do you do when your skin starts breaking out or feels super dry? My favorite quick fix is a face mask. After just 10 minutes, the results can be amazing. Masks are also a great preventive measure as well. Used consistently they can help with problems you don’t even know about yet. Gentle masks can be used bi-weekly or even daily. If you have to buy all those masks it adds up quickly. But, the cost to make great masks at home that are effective and leave your skin feeling like a million bucks is just a fraction of that.
Face masks are such a personal thing. What your skin needs, how much time you like to spend pampering yourself, and how big your budget is are all factors that will help you determine the right face mask. Today I have compiled a list of masks that are all quick, easy, cheap, and made from stuff you probably have in your kitchen. Most of the masks are specific to a certain skin type or problem, but I started with my three favorite all around masks. It doesn’t matter if you have dry, normal, or oily skin, these are a great place to start if you are new to face masks or a lifetime pro. Plus with 2 ingredients or less they couldn’t be easier. The asterisk marks the ones that are a regular part of my weekly skin care routine.
Best All Around Masks
Cinnamon Honey Mask: Combine 1 Tablespoon of honey with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in the palm of your hand. Spread in an even layer on your clean dry face (if your face is wet the mask won’t stick) and leave on for 20 min. Rinse off with warm water. I love this mask when I am tired and my skin looks dull. The honey removes extra oil and conditions your skin while the cinnamon is a great exfoliator to loosen dead skin cells.
*Aloe Vera Mask: This is one of my absolutely favorite masks. I do it at least 3x a week. It tightens your pores, rejuvenates your skin, and helps heal sunburn and reduce inflammation. Either cut about a 1 inch piece from an Aloe plant and scrape out the gel or use 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Gel (available from Amazon) and apply liberally to your face before bed. Allow to dry, then enjoy a good night’s sleep before rinsing it off with cool water in the morning. This also makes a great mask for your hair, just apply a liberal amount to clean, damp or dry hair, comb through let dry then rinse off in the morning.
Egg Mask: If you have oily skin use a fork to beat the egg white until frothy then apply to you face for 20-30 min. For a great conditioning mask use the yolk, no need to whip just spread on your face massage it in for a minute then let it dry for 20-30 minutes. If you suffer from both dry and oily skin first spread the white of the egg on your face then add the yolk over the dry areas. Viola! the easiest multi-mask.
Best Masks for Oily Skin
*Honey/Charcoal Mask: This mask draws out the impurities of you skin while hydrating it and removing excess oil. The honey also kills acne-causing bacteria. Combine 1-2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal then apply to your face avoiding your eye area. Let it sit for about 20 min then rinse with warm water. Caution: the charcoal may stain your clothes or your cuticles.
Aloe Vera Lemon Mask: This is really good if you suffer from acne. This acid in the lemon dries up extra oil and helps prevent breakouts while fading acne scars. Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe gel with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. If this is to thin to spread on your face add more Aloe. Let it dry for 25 min.
Cucumber Aloe: This was probably my favorite of all the new recipes I tested, be forewarned, it is rather messy to apply. To prevent it sliding all around on your face take 15 min to relax on your back as it dries. Grate 1/4 of a peeled cucumber then mash together with 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel. The astringent properties of the cucumber help dry up extra oil without being too harsh, making this a great mask for the morning. (you won’t have to wait for your face to stop looking like a ripe tomato like some harsher masks)
Tropical Punch Mask: Mash one strawberry, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and enough sugar to make a paste, then apply to your face. Massage gently for a minute then let dry for 30. The best part about this mask? You can eat what ever is left. =)
Best Masks for Dry Skin
Yogurt Avocado Mask: This is the most soothing, nourishing mask for dry chapped skin. I like it best with Greek yogurt so it is a little thicker but regular works fine to. Use a fork to mash 1-2 tablespoons of an avocado add the same amount of yogurt and stir til combined. Apply in a thick layer all over face and on neck. Let it dry for 25 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water.
Banana Honey Mask: Mash 1/4 of a banana with 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey, spread the goop on your face, then wash off with warm water after about 20 minutes. This will hydrate and condition your skin like nobody’s business
Best Masks for Normal Skin
Cucumber Yogurt Mask: The astringent properties of the cucumber combined with the conditioning ones of the yogurt make this a great mask to add to your weekly skin care routine. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt to 1/3 cup of mashed cucumber, mix, apply, let dry for 30 min, then enjoy soft glowy skin.
Honey Mask: This is so simple you wouldn’t think much of it. But it cleanses, nourishes, and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. The honey also helps kill any bacteria and fade scaring.
Multi-Masking for Combination Skin
The new fad of multi-masking is super amazing for those of us who suffer from more than one skin ailment at a time. T-zone is oily, cheeks are dry and dull, and the eye area needs some rejuvenation. Gather (or make) some face masks for each of your different problems, then apply a small amount of each only to the area needing what that specific mask has to offer. After the masks have dried, rinse to reveal glowing skin that has been pampered according to it’s needs. This only takes slightly more time than applying just one face mask and your skin will appreciate it.
You can never get new skin so take care of what you’ve got.
Please mention your favorites in a comment and if you have anything to add to my list, I’d love to hear about it.