Even if you’re staying at home right now, you can still pamper yourself and feel rejuvenated thanks to homemade facial masks.
Besides the nourishment they provide your skin, the best part about DIY face masks is that they’re easy to whip up using items found in your kitchen.
“When you’re under stress, you start lacking hydration and nutrients, and we want to keep skin well hydrated and well fed,” said Deborah Burnes, CEO and co-founder of Sumbody skin care and author of “Natural Beauty Skin Care: 110 Organic Formulas for a Radiant You!”
While professional beauty treatments and products can help do that, the remedy might also be in your fridge. “At home, we have a lot of ingredients at the ready,” she told TODAY Style.
Pick the right mask for your needs
Certain ingredients can give your skin different benefits. Honey, for example, helps dry skin retain moisture and naturally relieves redness, inflammation and irritation, Burnes said.
Another great ingredient that most people have on hand is apple cider vinegar, which can help fight acne by dissolving dead skin to fight bacteria and prevent buildup.
And if you’re looking for a way to get an all-natural peel, Burnes suggested trying a face mask that includes fruit, which is a natural form of alpha hydroxy acids.
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Prep your skin
Once you’ve found the right recipe for your skin troubles (we’ve included seven below!), it’s time to prep your skin by washing your face with cleanser. “Get pores clean and circulation moving,” Burnes said.
After you’ve prepared the mask and applied it to your face, it’s important to hydrolyze or, in other words, “Don’t let it dry or cake on,” according to Burnes. You can do this by leaving the mask on while you shower, letting the steam take over. Or place a warm damp hand towel across your face, leaving your mouth and nose uncovered. “The moist heat will keep things active,” Burnes explained.
Ready to turn your home into a day spa? Below, Burnes and other skin care experts share their favorite homemade facial mask recipes:
Got acne? Burnes suggests this mask recipe to help fight breakouts. Each ingredient has its own role in creating clearer skin.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/16 teaspoon activated charcoal
- 1/4 teaspoon kaolin, green or deep sea clay
- 1/8 teaspoon bee pollen, ground
- 1/16 teaspoon turmeric
- Combine all ingredients.
- Apply to your face and leave on for 5-15 minutes.
- Remove with warm water on a soft moistened washcloth and gently wipe or pat off.
If you’ve got dry skin, consider whipping up this face mask that calls for bananas, which are filled with nutrients and vitamins to help keep your skin properly moisturized, Burnes said.
- 1 teaspoon banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon avocado, mashed
- 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
- 1/8 teaspoon coconut milk
- Combine all ingredients.
- Apply to your face and leave on for 5-15 minutes.
- Remove with warm water on a soft moistened washcloth and gently wipe or pat off.
Hydrating facial scrub
Another way to combat dry skin is with a facial scrub that exfoliates like this one from Stephanie Gerber, founder of natural beauty blog Hello Glow and author of “Hello Glow: 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes For a Fresh New You.” The ground flaxseeds gently exfoliate while almonds provide vitamins A and E to your skin.
- 3 almonds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon dry milk powder
- Combine almonds and flax seeds in a coffee grinder and grind until you have a really fine powder.
- Stir in the milk powder. Keep dry ingredients in a container with a lid beside the sink.
- Combine a pinch of powder in your hand with water or rose water and make a paste.
- Apply scrub to clean, damp skin with clean hands.
- Gently massage into skin for about a minute, starting with the jaw and working upward, but always avoiding your eyes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Apply toner, then serum and moisturizer.
Brightening yogurt facial mask
Here’s a fun mask that Gerber recommends applying to brighten dull skin and even out skin tone. The secret is blueberries, which are incredibly rich in vitamin C.
- 2 tablespoons of plain organic yogurt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Small handful of blueberries, organic preferably
- Blend ingredients together until you get a creamy paste.
- Liberally apply to your face and neck with a brush or your fingers.
- Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Note: Gerber recommends this mask be applied at night time since the lemon will make you photosensitive to the sun.
Charlotte Cho, founder of Korean beauty and lifestyle website Soko Glam and author of “The Little Book of Skin Care,” suggests this concoction for treating and soothing acne-prone or sensitive skin.
- 4 teaspoons of oatmeal powder
- 4 teaspoons green tea powder
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl for a thick paste.
- Apply it over your skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Molly Sims, author of “The Everyday Supermodel,” shares her secret to getting the dewy glow look with this oatmeal face mask recipe.
- 1/4 cup finely ground oats
- 2 tablespoons whole-milk plain yogurt, preferably organic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix until it becomes a paste.
- Spread over your face with both hands.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Pat your face dry.
Three-ingredient face mask
Brighten your face and cleanse oily, acne-prone skin with this face mask recipe from Veronica Barton Schwartz, owner of Veronica Skin & Body Care Center in Malibu, California. The best part about this recipe is it only requires three simple ingredients.
We have talked a lot over here about how beauty products can be so expensive. I love and stand behind the fancier products that I write about but we can also have some fun with creating our own at home beauty remedies. I’m working on a post with some more affordable skincare options but I really believe that at home treatments (especially face masks!) are where it’s at if you’re looking to save money. You get to have total control of the ingredients in the treatment, there’s no preservatives or chemicals, and they’re fun to make!
DIY Turmeric Face Mask
I have been having a lot of fun playing around with creating my own natural remedies and am committed to sharing more face mask recipes here. We talked about egg beauty benefits a couple weeks ago. Egg whites + egg yolks have a ton of great benefits – you can do a lot of great DIY treatments at home for hair, skin, and body. This turmeric face mask DIY is a new favorite as it is so good for your skin.
The mask uses just four ingredients (which you probably already have at home!) It’s super easy to make in just a couple minutes, is great on all skin types, balance and evens out your skin tone and the results are just as powerful as a lot of the fancier and more expensive face masks I use. It exfoliates, brightens, and makes your skin so so soft. After using it, your skin will be softer, brighter, and GLOWING. And that’s what we all want, right. It’s all about glowing skin right now.
Turmeric Beauty Benefits
I feel like turmeric is in every healthy food right now. It started as a main ingredient in curry (that bright yellow orange color is hard to miss!) but has become super trendy over the past few years, and for good reason – it has a lot of great health benefits and healing properties. If I’m starting to get a cold I’ll get a turmeric shot at Juice Generation… golden milk is all the rage, and it seems to be creeping up in everything from salad dressing to dessert! It targets free radicals and its healing benefits make it so good for you to eat, but it’s also great for your skin!
Indian brides have used turmeric scrubs and masks to purify and cleanse their bodies and get glowing. It’s great for deep cleansing and purification but since it’s also high in anti-oxidants, it has amazing anti inflammatory properties which can help soothe irritated, angry skin.
Turmeric is great for acne and purifying the skin, but it’s great for dry skin as well. It’s basically a wonder herb. What makes it so powerful is curcumin (a phytonutrient) with anti-inflammatory abilities.
Turmeric Face Mask DIY Recipe
Turmeric // We talked about turmeric above but it has incredible anti inflammatory properties, is great for purifying the skin, and a natural exfoliant. Leaves skin brighter and helps to even the skin tone: it can help to lighten dark spots.
Honey // I use this manuka honey (which I also take if I’m getting sick). It’s a little pricier than regular old honey (which you can totally use) but it’s highly anti-bacterial (so again, great for purification) but also suuuuuper hydrating so it cleanses the skin while adding insane hydration. As an aside, if your skin is ever super dry you can use this honey on its own as a face mask for hydrated, glowing skin.
Greek Yogurt // Greek yogurt is actually great for your skin as it contains lactic acid (a natural exfoliant + moisturizer). I used Fage 2%; honestly any yogurt will work. I like this yogurt as it’s really creamy so it gives the mask a nice texture and makes it good for dryer skin types (me!). It’s also the yogurt I eat most mornings for breakfast, so it was convenient. 😉
Apple Cider Vinegar // It’s a natural astringent (it is great for oily skin types and makes a great spot treatment for pimples, FYI!)
A few quick notes: be careful with the turmeric as it can stain the things around you (it won’t stain your dishes or sink, just rinse them immediately)… and you can leave out the apple cider vinegar if you hate the smell.
- Wash your face so that you are starting with clean, dry skin.
- Combine 1 teaspoon greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, and a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar*
- Apply the mask evenly all over your face with a paintbrush. Avoid the eye area.
- Allow to dry. (About 15 or 20 minutes!)
- Remove with warm water and a wash cloth. I suggest using a wash cloth you don’t really care about as the mask will turn it a bright yellow orange!
*Be careful with how much ACV you use. You really only need a few drops. The reason this mask took me a little while to perfect was that I was using too much. It was too strong for my skin. Nothing bad happened, the aroma irritated my eyes.
Turmeric Face Mask Benefits
After applying this mask my skin is so, so soft. It’s really good for brightening and evening the skin tone and detoxifying the skin.
Turmeric is great for treating acne and can also help with fading dark spots (melasma, acne scars). I don’t have either of these skin conditions so cannot personally attest to whether it works but there are a lot of articles out there (like this one) that say it can really help. (Definitely consult your dermatologist.) If you do this mask to help fade dark spots, consider adding a few drops of lemon juice as well.
You can mix turmeric with just about everything (try adding it to the egg face mask I talked about in this post!) Coconut oil would be another ingredient to consider adding, as it’s so hydrating. I left it out in this case as I wanted a mask that was more detoxifying and brightening… but if my skin was feeling dryer than usual I would add 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut oil to this formula! I think that will be my winter version of this mask.
PS – if you are more of a BUY vs DIY person, Kiehl’s has a great turmeric mask, this organic one is amazing, and I really love this one from APTO (I featured it in this post; it’s very similar to the one we made today).
Ever since I learned how to make my own herbal exfoliating face masks, I hardly buy them at the store. Not only are my homemade exfoliating face masks more effective than store-bought masks, but they also are much cheaper. Plus, I usually have most of the ingredients in my kitchen — and herbal face masks are super easy to craft!
Here in North America, blueberry season goes from April through September. So to celebrate blueberry season, I decided to share my recipe for a Blueberry Oatmeal Exfoliating Face Mask. This exfoliating face mask will leave your skin soft and glowing. It only has four ingredients and takes just minutes to make!
But before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk more about the ingredients…
Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.)
When most people think of blueberries, they think of eating the juicy berries. But blueberries are also great to use topically. They contain mild fruit acids, such as citric acid and malic acid, which gently exfoliate the skin. 1 , 2 Many people use cosmetics made with lab-derived fruit acids, which are super concentrated. But I find them too harsh: I prefer to use whole fruits to exfoliate my skin. When you use whole fruits in an exfoliating face mask, you get all the benefits of exfoliation without the irritation!
In addition to their gentle exfoliating acids, blueberries are rich in a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin C and other antioxidants. 3 , 4 Your skin will feel smooth and soft after using blueberries in your skin care!
I used fresh organic blueberries in this mask, but you can also use defrosted frozen blueberries.
Aloe (Aloe vera)
Aloe is soothing and hydrating for the skin. You can use aloe for a range of skin issues, like rashes, irritation, and acne. I used organic aloe gel in this recipe, but you could also use aloe juice.
Oatmeal (Avena sativa)
Oatmeal is soothing and mucilaginous. In skin care, herbalists often use (rolled or instant) oats to calm irritated, inflamed skin. You can also use oats as a natural skin cleanser, and they mildly exfoliate the skin, which is perfect for our herbal exfoliating face mask.
Lavender Hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender hydrosol is a product of distillation that hydrates and soothes skin and improves acne. Like the essential oil, lavender hydrosol can balance sebum levels in the skin. So it’s great for dry and oily skin alike. Plus all hydrosols are acidic, so they help rebalance the skin’s pH level.
If you have a still and lavender plants, you can distill your own lavender hydrosol. If not, many herbal and essential oil companies (like Mountain Rose Herbs) offer lavender hydrosol. When searching for lavender hydrosol, keep in mind that it is sometimes called lavender flower water, lavender hydrolat, or lavender distillate. Store lavender hydrosol in a cool, dark place, such as a fridge. When stored properly, lavender hydrosol has a shelf life of a year.
Or you can just make a lavender infusion (a strong medicinal tea) with lavender flower buds. When refrigerated, lavender infusion has a shelf life of a few days.
To learn more about hydrosols, see my hydrosol articles on HerbMentor.
Blueberry Oatmeal Exfoliating Face Mask
What You’ll Need…
- 3 organic blueberries
- 1 ½ teaspoons (2.75 grams) of rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) aloe vera gel
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) lavender hydrosol
This post is sponsored by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs.
- In a small bowl, mash the blueberries.
- Grind the rolled oats in a grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Add it to the bowl and mix well.
- Measure and add the aloe vera gel and lavender hydrosol. Mix well.
- Clean your skin with your favorite cleanser. Apply the exfoliating face mask to damp skin. (You can dampen your skin with water, toner, lavender hydrosol, or aloe.) Leave the mask on for 5 minutes for sensitive skin and 10–15 minutes for most other skin types. If your skin feels tight as the mask is drying, then you can rinse it off early or mist your skin with water.
- Rinse well. Follow with a toner and moisturizer. You can use this mask 1–3 times a week.
Yield: This recipe makes enough for 1–2 uses.
This exfoliating face mask is preservative free, so it has a shelf life of 2–3 days when refrigerated. It’s best to use it immediately after making it, but you can refrigerate any excess. You might have to stir it again and add a little more lavender hydrosol or aloe before applying.
You can cater this mask to your needs. If it is too thick for you, add more aloe or lavender hydrosol. If it is too thin, add more rolled oats.
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Now I’d love to hear from you!
Have you ever made an herbal face mask?
What are your favorite herbs for skin care?
Let me know in the comments below.
In This Article
Superfood masks are one of the most popular beauty-wellness crossovers. Charcoal masks are one of the most effective complexion fixers, especially when seeing a professional for extractions isn’t feasible. When used correctly, a charcoal mask can be a veritable vacuum for clogged pores, melt away whiteheads, and soak up excess oil that makes existing blemishes more pronounced. Even better, you can formulate a DIY charcoal mask that’s just as resultant as those on the market. Ahead, a dermatologist and a celebrity esthetician advise on using charcoal masks for your complexion, plus provide formulas for DIY peel off and bubble charcoal masks for every skin type.
Charcoal masks are nothing new, says board certified cosmetic dermatologist, Michele Green, MD. In fact, she says, “activated charcoal, the active ingredient in these masks, is the same charcoal used in emergency rooms to treat overdose.” But they are an inexpensive and scientifically backed course of treatment when it comes to your DIY mask game.
When applied topically to skin, charcoal works similarly by “pulling all the surface bacteria, toxins, chemicals, dirt, oil, and other micro-particles from the pores to the top layer of the skin,” she says, preventing them from entering the bloodstream. “Activated charcoal is very absorbent,” Green adds. “It is like a micro-sponge absorbing all the pollutants and toxins. These substances are removed from the skin when you rinse the charcoal off your face.”
Do take note: the very thing that makes charcoal masks effective at unclogging pores and sloughing away bacteria can harm skin depending on your skin type if you don’t take precautions. Charcoal masks “are so absorbent,” explains Green, “that they remove all the natural oils that sit on the surface of your skin.” (They can also take off facial hair.) Green explains that when peeling off the mask, you can damage the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) causing “irritation and also infection.” One workaround is to prevent the mask from completely drying and washing it off instead of peeling.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Create a base formula using equal parts dry clay and activated charcoal powder. Always combine your dry ingredients first, then gently fold in wet ones.
- 1 tablespoon Aztec bentonite clay powder
- 1 tablespoon organic activated charcoal
- 2 teaspoons water (you can add more for desired consistency)
- Add-ins according to skin type
- Mihakka tool for mask removal
Celebrity esthetician and founder of Kát Rudu Beauty, Kát Rudu, known for her gentle treatments that leave you looking virtually poreless, shares recommendations for DIY charcoal mask add-ins below. Note that when working with essential oils, it’s important to take precautions especially since this recipe does not call for a carrier oil to dilute them. Don’t assume that more is better—accoring to Rudu, “Two drops of each essential oil in the recipe below is sufficient.”
How To Make an Aloe Vera Mask for Acne Scars, Skin Inflammation, Minor Cuts, Sunburn, or Just Relaxing
In this article, we give you 3 Aloe Vera recipes you can easily make yourself!
Having a glowing and acne-free face is everyone’s dream. Who doesn’t like flaunting a smooth and radiant skin?
To fulfill their desire for perfect skin, people spend hundreds of dollars on skin care creams. However, they still don’t get the desired results.
Well, using homemade and natural face masks is a far better, effective, and inexpensive solution. Have you heard of the aloe Vera mask? Do you know how to make an aloe vera mask?
Aloe vera Mask has some amazing and proven benefits. You can use an aloe vera mask for your face and acne to get significant results.
The gel-like substance derived from the aloe vera plant is known for its healing and therapeutic qualities.
You can use it to get rid of acne, skin inflammation, minor cuts, sunburn, and other such topical skin conditions.
More importantly, the aloe vera mask has no side effects. Many people also apply it directly to their faces. Yes, it’s that harm-free! It provides an instant glow to your face. Furthermore, it is also a great moisturizer free from any harmful chemicals.
Are you excited to know how to make an aloe vera mask yourself? If yes, read further to know the recipe of this miraculous mask!
Ingredients You Need to Make Aloe Vera Mask
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The ingredients you need to make aloe vera mask are easily available in the market. You don’t even need to rush to a market to get them. Most of the ingredients are the ones you use in your day-to-day lives. So, let’s see what you need.
In this article, I will tell you three variants of the aloe vera mask. You can make any one of them according to your convenience and availability of the ingredients:
- Nourishing Aloe and Lemon Mask: To make aloe vera and lemon mask, you will need fresh aloe vera gel, lemons/lime juice/grapefruit. Aloe vera mixed with lemon juice acts as a natural skin brightener and tan removal.
- Soothing Honey and Aloe Mask: Aloe vera and honey mask require 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. The healing power of aloe vera is doubled by adding honey. Honey is known for its anti-microbial and moisturizing properties. Together they help you fight acne and soothe your skin.
- Refreshing Aloe, Milk, and Sugar Mask: Aloe vera, milk, and sugar mask need 2 tablespoons of freshly extracted aloe vera gel, ½ tablespoon of milk, and 1 tablespoon sugar. This mask is amazing to get a smooth, soft, and acne-free skin.
Nourishing Aloe and Lemon Mask
Soothing Honey and Aloe Mask
Refreshing Aloe, Milk, and Sugar Mask
Steps to Apply Aloe Vera Face Mask
Isn’t it super easy and cheap to make a DIY aloe vera mask? It’s equally easy to apply it. Let’s see how to apply aloe vera face mask.
- Step 1: Wash your face properly before applying the mask.
- Step 2: Pat dry your face using a clean towel.
- Step 3: Take your home-prepared mask and apply it gently on your face.
- Step 4: Massage your face in a circular motion for a few minutes.
- Step 5: Leave the mask for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Step 6: Don’t touch your face during this period. Read a good book or just relax.
- Step 7: Wash your face with lukewarm water, and pat dries it.
- Step 8: You can apply a moisturizer if you feel like it. Otherwise, leave your face as it is overnight.
It is more beneficial to use aloe vera mask at night. However, you can apply it during daytime too. For better results, use the mask twice o thrice a week.
It is also advisable to first test the mask by applying a small quantity of it on your hand. If you see redness on your hand, it’s advisable to not use the mask.
Some people are allergic to aloe vera. Hence, it is better to first test it on your hand. Nonetheless, for many it acts as a miracle.
You can combine your mask care routine with other habits to keep your skin healthy. Drink plenty of water. It will keep your skin hydrated. Eat clean. Make sure you add more veggies to your diet.
Thinking about creating and selling your own skin care products? Our clay mask recipes (Lavender, Sea Clay and Turmeric) are a great place to start. Don’t let the list of ingredients intimidate you, they are easy to make. Because the recipe has such a large water content, they can be quite cost effective to sell. When selling skin care, there are some important things to keep in mind, including labeling and claiming what the product can do.
Mask Cosmetic Claims vs. Medical Claims
Depending on what claims you make, the product is classified as a drug, cosmetic or soap by the FDA. If your product claims to treat or heal the body in any way, it is considered a drug and requires additional testing. For your product to be considered a cosmetic, it can only claim to beautify, promote attractiveness or alter ones appearance. The clay masks are considered a cosmetic by the FDA. But, if you make a claim that the masks cure, treat or heal the skin, they are considered a drug. Learn more about medical vs. drug claims here.
So, if you’re planning on adding a clay mask to your line…what can you say? Acceptable claims include saying the masks are moisturizing, conditioning, calming, skin-loving, beautifying, mattifying, or hydrating. You cannot advertise the masks as intended for certain skin conditions. For example, calling the mask a “Sea Clay Mask for Acne,” implies that it is intended to cure acne. Even if it has beneficial properties for acne-prone skin, the product was not tested to treat the skin by the FDA.
Medical and cosmetic claims can be a little confusing and frustrating. I’m sure you have seen plenty of people selling their products by making medical claims. Every small business owner must make the decision for themselves to adhere to the rules of the FDA or not. While it’s unlikely that the FDA would knock on your door, it is possible. I always recommend to err on the side of caution to protect you and your business. It’s not worth the risk!
Labeling the Masks
Now, let’s talk labeling. For each recipe, we included free downloadable labels that can be printed on label paper and applied to the jars. These labels are great for gifting to friends or for personal use. But if you’re selling the masks, they need to be properly labeled with ingredients. To properly label your products, there are several rules to adhere to; click here to see the complete labeling guide by the FDA. It’s not the most interesting subject matter, but reviewing labeling rules and regulations is a must for small business owners.
Let’s take a look at the recipe for the Lavender Clay Mask, and go over how to properly label this product. The ingredients need to be listed in order of prominence in the recipe. The list of ingredients need to include the common name for the ingredient. Including the INCI name in parentheses is not required, but can be helpful for your customers. Learn more about INCI names and labeling here.
The ingredient list would look like this:
Water (Aqua), Kaolin Clay (Kaolinite), Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima), Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Mica, Emulsifying Wax NF, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis Flower Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
The first few ingredients are straightforward. Water, kaolin clay, avocado oil and argan oil are listed along with their INCI names in parentheses. Including the INCI name in parentheses is optional. Then, we get to purple Brazilian clay, which is made up of several ingredients. The ingredients within the purple Brazilian Clay are listed, separated by commas.
Moving right along, we get to the Polawax Emulsifying Wax, which is a brand name and is protected by trade secret laws. The official INCI for that is “Emulsifying Wax NF.” BTMS-50 is made up of different ingredients, so the individual ingredients are listed. The same goes for the evening primrose extract and Optiphen. Lavender 40/42 essential oil does not contain multiple ingredients, so the INCI name goes into the parentheses.
All the ingredients can look intimidating to a customer. So it’s important to educate yourself about the ingredients in your products to address any questions or concerns. Choosing to not properly label the product in order to make it look “safer” or more appealing is not the answer. Being able to address the importance of preservatives (“This product would grow mold without it!”) or the importance of an emulsifier (“That’s what binds together the water and skin-loving oils”) gives your customers the ability to make informed decisions about the products they buy. It will also build trust in you as a maker, and in your company.
If you’re looking for more labeling information and resources, check out the blog posts below. In addition, take the time to thoroughly read the Cosmetic Labeling Guide. If you find it overwhelming and boring (I hear you!), take it piece by piece and read small sections everyday. Marie Gale is also a fantastic resource on labeling; I highly recommend perusing her blog and investing in her book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling.
When it comes to medicinal plants aloe vera is one of the first that comes to mind because of its many topical benefits. Besides being a great natural skin healer, what really makes aloe vera great for the skin are its antiseptic properties, favouring facial cleansing and removing dead cells. If you have this plant at home and want to use for cosmetic purposes here OneHowTo.com explains how to make facial mask with aloe vera simply and efficiently.
Aloe vera is a powerful moisturizer and great skin regenerator, which helps us combat premature ageing and look young beautiful. It is also very useful in cases of sunburn or skin dryness.
To make any aloe vera face mask it is advisable to have your own aloe plant at home, in this way you will always have the leaves handy so you can use them whenever you want. You’ll only have to cut an aloe vera leaf and prepare any of our recommended face masks.
If you want to moisturize, refresh and regenerate the skin of your face we recommend a aloe vera and lemon mask which is very simple to prepare. Take a leaf of aloe vera, open it in the middle and remove all its contents known as the pulp.
Place the pulp of aloe in a plastic or wood container and add the juice of a lemon. Mix well and apply on your face with gentle circular motion going upwards; you can also apply on the neck and decollete. Leave on for 20 minutes and then remove with warm water.
If your goal is to exfoliate, revitalize and nourish your skin to prevent premature ageing, then a great alternative is the aloe vera, cucumber, milk and honey face mask.
Remove the pulp of an aloe vera leaf, add half a previously blended cucumber, two tablespoons of honey and a little milk to give a more liquid consistency. Apply on your face for half an hour and notice how your skin looks renewed and fantastic.
And if you want to make a quick and simple aloe vera mask you only have to mix a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of milk and the content of an aloe leaf. Apply on your face and leave on for 10 minutes, remove carefully so that the sugar exfoliates your face to help you look great.
Aloe vera is not only a perfect ingredient to make your skin beautiful, it can help in many other things. If you want to discover all the benefits of aloe vera you will find them here.
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by Jenn Sinrich · Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Jennifer Haley, M.D., FAAD,
187 · May 4, 2021 · Updated July 15, 2021 · Post may contain affiliate links.
No matter your skin type, be it oily, dry or somewhere in between, everyone can benefit from adding a boost of hydration to their skin care regimen. “All skin needs moisture to remain plump and balanced—even oily and acne-prone skin,” explains Molly Lamb, esthetician and owner of Skin by Molly in Brooklyn, New York.
“We all have free water levels in our skin that need to remain flowing in order to have healthy skin—and a hydrating mask is a great way to ensure that hydration levels are balanced.”
While you can certainly find your fair share of hydrating natural face masks at your local beauty store or at one of several online marketplaces, many of the key ingredients used in these over-the-counter masks may already be in your fridge or pantry.
For example, cucumber is the champion for hydrating vegetables, and yogurt provides essential probiotics and lactic acid to nourish and exfoliate, while honey nourishes and hydrates your skin, explains Elina Fedotova, celebrity esthetician and founder of Elina Organics Skincare . Another wonderful mask she recommends to her clients is a calming blend of watermelon and cucumber, mixed with honey.
8 Hydrating Face Mask Recipes for Every Skin Type
If you’re looking to amp up your hydration, doing so at home is not only convenient, but it also gives you the empowerment of knowing what you’re putting on your face, since many over-the-counter varieties contain fillers and chemicals that could do more harm than good. Here are the homemade recipes for creating a hydrating face masks that experts recommend.
1. Hydrating Face Mask For Normal Skin
- 2 tablespoons honey (warmed)
- 1 teaspoon cottage cheese
Combine ingredients in a bowl and apply to face in a circular motion. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off and patting face dry.
Honey is an antibacterial, so it’s ideal for acne treatment and prevention. It’s also full of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in the environment that can lead to p remature aging.
Additionally, Michelle Schlekewey, esthetician and Director of Guest Programs and Services at Golden Door, explains that honey provides a nice complexion boost thanks to its moisturizing and soothing properties. “Aside from the calcium, cottage cheese adds selenium, an essential mineral for youthful, glowing skin, and is also a great source of vitamin D,” she says.
2. Hydrating Face Mask For Combination Skin
- 1 egg white
- 1 avocado
Mix ingredients in blender and apply mixture over the entire face for extra hydration and nourishment.
“Egg white supplies the skin necessary proteins and amino acids and avocado adds healthy fat and oils with a number of different fabulous vitamins,” says Fedotova. “The t-zone will not need extra oils so the egg whites will help to close the pores and purify the complexion.”
3. Hydrating Face Mask For Dry Skin
- 2 medium-sized carrots
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
Boil the carrots and place in a blender with butter and honey. Apply to face for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Dry skin could be the result of numerous factors, but one of the most common is merely lack of oils. “Utilizing the natural fat and vitamin A in butter will help the beta carotene in the carrots penetrate the skin more effectively,” says Fedotova. “The carrots also give a calming, healing and nourishing effect to the skin, while adding a gentle, sun-kissed glow to the skin.”
4. Hydrating Face Mask For Oily Skin
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup strawberries
Blend ingredients well and apply mixture to face. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Rich in vitamin C, strawberries can help fight oily skin, as well as nourish and revitalize overall skin tone, explains Schlekewy. “Because they’re acidic in nature, they’re effective in removing excess sebum on skin as well as lightening blemishes and acne scars.”
5. Hydrating Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons milk
- ¼ tablespoon turmeric
Mix ingredients in a bowl slowly. Apply mixture to face and leave on for 10-20 minutes before rinsing off.
“Lemon provides antibacterial benefits that can help tame breakouts—and it also serves as a natural skin brightener and lightener,” says Schlekewy. “Milk is rich in B-vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, calcium and other potent antioxidants, so it provides a slew of skin benefits!”
6. Hydrating Face Mask for Acne Prone Skin
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoon aloe
- 1 tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, apply mixture to face and neck. Leave on for 10-20 minutes before removing with warm water.
Acneic skin typically is inflamed and irritated due to infection present within the pores. The oatmeal is soothing and calming to the skin. The aloe balances oil, while the yogurt helps exfoliate clogged skin while infuses hydration back into the pores.
7. Hydrating Face Mask for Glowing Skin
- aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons vitamin c powder
Slowly add aloe vera to the vitamin C powder until a paste is formed. Apply mask to face and neck and leave on for 5-10 minutes before removing with warm water.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that contributes to a healthy glow and enables the skin to absorb nutrients effectively.
8. Hydrating Face Mask for Mature Skin
- 2 drops vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Mash the avocado well, adding the vitamin E and turmeric powder. Mix thoroughly. Apply to face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove thoroughly with warm water.
Avocado’s nutrient dense and antioxidant properties are ideal for aging skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from free radicals and pollution that damage skin cells. Turmeric also has many antioxidant properties that aids mature skin.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.