When it comes to skin types and facial masks, you really don’t need to buy expensive products from the store. A lot of products are full of too many ingredients and too many chemicals. Facial products should be simple and natural. As a licensed esthetician I have studied many natural skin care remedies. There are plenty of foods full of nutrients you can use on your skin and I’m going to share the 10 foods you can turn into homemade face masks.
Recently I learned that I’m highly sensitive to a lot of skin care products. Most products make my skin red, itchy, and broken out. I’m now using a gentle cleanser, an amazing toner from Thayers Witch Hazel that has lavender and is alcohol free, and started using homemade masks.
Food can be healing on the inside and can be healing on the outside as well. Natural raw foods such as honey, avocado, oatmeal, cacao powder, egg whites, turmeric, lemon, yogurt, pumpkin and papaya can all be used on the skin to make it look the best it ever has. Of course a one-time mask isn’t a miracle cure, but it’s a good start. Weekly or bi-weekly masks are a good start to a good skin care routine.
Speaking of good skin care routines, a good routine starts with a good cleanser, then a toner to balance pH, a serum (optional), and then a moisturizer or hydrator. Exfoliate 1-2 times per week (start with 1x per week) and use a mask one time per week for corrective use, bi-weekly, or monthly for maintenance. Now on to which face masks to use for each skin type…
Homemade Face Masks for All Skin Types
It all starts with honey, I LOVE honey masks. Honey has B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, E, and K; minerals and trace elements such as magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. I can’t think of a better nutrient powered mask for all skin types. Honey masks are also the easiest to get and apply to the skin.
Honey Mask: Get local or raw honey (raw honey is especially useful for its antibacterial properties which is best for acne-prone skin). Spread a thin layer of honey over the face (and neck if you’d like) and let sit for 10 minutes.
Honey Cacao: Mix 1 tsp raw cacao with 1/2 tbsp honey and spread across face (and neck if you’d like to) and let sit for 10 minutes (try not to lick this deliciousness off your face). Raw cacao has magnesium and antioxidants that can help repair the skin from aging. Cacao is also good for sensitive skin because it can reduce redness. It is also helpful for acne prone skin because cacao can reduce irritation; honey and cacao are both anti-inflammatory as well.
Face Masks for Dry or Sensitive Skin
Avocados have healthy fats and antioxidants, both which are great for dry, aging, or sensitive skin. Creamy avocado helps create soft smooth skin due to its vitamin and omega rich properties.
Plain Avocado: mash or puree 1/4 of an avocado and apply to the skin for 10 minutes.
Avocado Oatmeal: Grind 1 tbsp oats into a fine powder and add to 1/4 of a smashed/pureed avocado. Apply to face and neck for 10 minutes.
*You can add in 1 tsp ground flax seed to add in more omegas to your mask.
Face Masks for Aging Skin
Egg White: Separate the yolk from the egg white and whip the egg white until just slightly foaming. Apply a thin layer to the face and neck with a facial brush (necks easily show aging so don’t skip this area) and leave on until the egg white dries firmly. Remove with warm water and facecloth. *Don’t use if you have any egg allergies.
Avocado Honey Flaxseed: Mash or puree 1/4 of an avocado and add in 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsp ground flax and mix well. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes.
Pumpkin Coconut: Pumpkin is a great source of antioxidants and can smooth the skin by boosting collagen. Coconut oil is very smoothing as well. Mix 1/2 tbsp pumpkin puree with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil. Apply to skin for 10 minutes.
Face Masks for Oily Skin
Honey Mask: Again, a plain honey mask is best for all skin types.
Lemon juice, Honey, and Yogurt: Lemon juice and yogurt can combat oily skin and honey helps supply nutrients and helps the skin so the lemon isn’t too drying. Mix 1 tbs yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp honey. Apply to skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
Oatmeal Yogurt Mask: Soothing oatmeal and yogurt mixed to soak up that oil and restore your pH balance. 1/2 tbsp yogurt mixed with 2 tsp ground oat powder. Apply to face for 10 minutes.
Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin
Honey Turmeric: Turmeric has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammtory properties. Mix 1/2 tsp to 1 tbs honey and apply to the face for 10 minutes.
Pumpkin or Pumpkin Charcoal: You can use a plain pumpkin mask with pumpkin puree or add in some activated charcoal to combat some serious acne. Pumpkin naturally has vitamin A, C, and AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). The antioxidants in pumpkin can help smooth and soothe the skin. Apply 1 tbsp of pumpkin puree to the skin and leave on for 10 minutes.
If using charcoal add 1 tsp activated charcoal powder to 1 tbsp pumpkin puree.
Papaya: Papaya has antioxidants and AHA’s to combat blemishes and lighten the skin. The AHA’s acts as a natural exfoliant that dissolves inactive proteins and dead skin cells. Puree 1-2 tablespoons and apply to skin for 10 minutes.
Lemon juice, Honey, and Yogurt: This mask can be used for oily and acne-prone skin. The vitamin C in lemon helps with oily acne prone skin and along with the yogurt is antibacterial. Honey is nourishing and the yogurt is also calming to the skin. The natural probiotics in yogurt also kill off blemishes. Mix 1 tbs yogurt, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp honey. Apply to skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
Sometimes people with acne have dry or oily skin. If you have dry-acne skin, use the honey, pumpkin or papaya mask. If you have oily acne skin you can use any of the masks mentioned above.
Try the masks you need for your skin type and let me know what you think by commenting below!
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