Staying at home means we have more time to dedicate to our skincare routines — but what happens when we run out of some of your favorite products? Well, we turn to DIY face masks!
Whether you’ve run out or you’d rather hold onto your faves during your social distancing time just in case they might stop shipping for a while, DIYing your own masks can have multiple benefits (to your skin, your pocket, and your boredom).
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, beauty retailers have closed their stores. But worry not because you can satisfy all your skincare needs with ingredients sitting right in your kitchen. That’s right! The same bananas that are going into your yummy smoothies, the same honey that’s sweetening your tea, and the same yogurt that’s your favorite social distancing mid-day snack can all play a major role in your DIY skincare routine.
Here are ten DIY face masks you can make right in the comfort of your own home that can combat acne, exfoliate, brighten, and more. But, before you run to grab your ingredients, make sure you leave enough to actually eat and nourish your bodies during this time!
1. DIY Face Mask for Eczema
This face mask recipe is the perfect face mask for those with irritated, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin. BTW: It’s gentle enough to use anywhere on your body, so feel free to slather it on those dry spots on your legs and arms, too. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon water
The hero ingredient in this simple DIY is oatmeal, which has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help calm dry skin and remove dead skin cells. And when it’s coupled with antibacterial honey (and a little H2O for consistency), it’s a true skin-soothing treat. Crush up all the ingredients in a bowl, smooth a thin layer over clean skin, and leave it on for about 10 minutes to get the full calming effects.
2. DIY Face Mask for Dull, Dry Skin
You know those days when your skin just looks…off? Yeah, that’s when you need this DIY face mask. It’s cooling, calming, and leaves your skin nice and dewy.
- 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon honey
Not only does Greek yogurt feel really good when you slather it all over your face but it’s also loaded with things like lactic acid (which helps soften your skin) and probiotics (which helps soothe inflammation). Mix it in a bowl with oatmeal and honey, leave it on clean skin for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse it off with warm water. Trust: Your skin will feel soft and supple.
3. DIY Face Mask for Acne
We’ve seen four different DIY face masks for acne-prone skin, including a soothing, dark-spot-busting formula that uses nutmeg, honey, and milk, along with a brightening, anti-inflammatory mask with turmeric, yogurt, and honey. But our favorite? This tea tree oil spot-treatment mask.
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- a drop of tea tree oil
Okay, so on its own, tea tree oil—which is a natural antibacterial and acne-fighter—is way too harsh to slather over your skin (even as a spot treatment, it can quite literally burn your skin if it isn’t diluted with enough water). But this mask uses hydrating, calming aloe to negate the potentially irritating effects while calming irritated, broken-out skin. Keep it on clean, dry skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off, making sure to moisturize afterward.
4. DIY Face Mask for Blackheads
This DIY mask is the perfect remedy for blackhead-prone skin. The secret ingredient? Charcoal powder (an oil absorber). Check out the ingredients you need below and how to make this DIY mask:
- 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 2 tablespoons water
- 6 activated charcoal capsules (broken open)
Mix all the ingredients together, then dab a relatively thick layer over your nose, basically making your own DIY pore strip (don’t worry—this one’s significantly more gentle. As a PSA, pore strips can hardcore irritate your skin barrier and actually cause more breakouts and blackheads over time, so skip them and try this natural alternative instead).
Charcoal works as a natural “magnet” to help draw out and absorb excess oil from your skin, making it excellent for naturally oil, blackhead-prone areas. Just be warned: This mask does dry down into a peel-off mask, so use it only on your nose, where your skin is a bit less sensitive.
5. DIY Face Mask for Inflammation
This DIY Face Mask is one of our favorites! Best for treating inflammation, this face mask smells amazing too!
- 2 tablespoons fresh aloe (or, in a pinch, aloe vera gel)
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
Aloe vera is naturally soothing and lightly moisturizing (it’s honestly the best for itching and inflamed skin), while matcha powder is believed to have redness-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. Blend them up, slather the mixture on your face (you can stick the mix in the freezer first for 10 minutes for extra cooling powers), leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off and don’t forget to moisturize.
6. DIY Face Mask for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, you know that the majority of dry-skin remedies involve heavy oils that can also be pore-clogging if you’re acne-prone. Which is why we’re all for this avocado-and-honey DIY face mask we found online. It’s legit only two ingredients and super easy to recreate at home.
- 1/2 an avocado, mashed
- 1 tablespoon honey
Avocados are full of fatty acids, which help soothe and moisturize your dry skin barrier, while honey is a natural hydrator and astringent (it’s been used to treat acne and inflammatory skin conditions without drying out or irritating your skin). Mix and mash the two together, slather all over your face, then wash off after 10-15 minutes.
7. DIY Face Mask for Acne Scars
Okay, so technically this isn’t a classic recipe but it’s still really convincing for anyone who deals with acne scars. The magical ingredient here is turmeric, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that’s said to gently brighten discoloration while killing microorganisms on your skin.
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (or olive oil, or your favorite face oil)
Although the original recipe is just turmeric and water, we know from experience that applying straight turmeric without a “buffer” can temporarily stain your skin bright yellow. So add a bit of yogurt or oil to create a barrier and prevent any jaundice-looking vibes, keep the mixture on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off, followed by your usual face wash.
8. DIY Face Mask for Oily Skin
The thing about DIY face masks for oily skin? Then tend to be filled with ultra-stripping, ultra-harsh ingredients that end up doing more damage than good. But this gentle recipe uses just two ingredients—egg whites and aloe—to help absorb excess oil without destroying your skin.
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons fresh aloe (or, in a pinch, aloe vera gel)
Egg whites actually contain a natural antibacterial than can help prevent clogged pores while absorbing excess oil. (No, they won’t be as effective as clinically tested and formulated acne treatments, but they also can’t hurt, unless you’re allergic to eggs.)
And aloe, of course, is an MVP in the calming, soothing, and hydrating departments. So if your skin is overproducing oil as a result of irritation, this two-in-one face mask can help calm it down. Mix the ingredients, spoon them onto your face, hang out for 10 minutes, then rinse them off.
9. DIY Face Mask for Super Sensitive Skin
Feeling stuck because of your hypersensitive skin? Fret no more! This easy one-ingredient recipe is your best bet for healthy and glowing skin. The only ingredient for this DIY mask? Cucumber! To keep it simple, you can blend up cucumbers to create a one-ingredient mask. Feel free to add in moisturizing ingredients like honey or aloe vera if you’re comfortable.
10. DIY Face Mask For Hyperpigmented Skin
This mask is especially great for those who have hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and uneven skin tones. It is also one of the easiest recipes to follow.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- ½ cup of mashed papaya
Blend the ingredients together and gently apply the mixture over your face for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off and moisturize.