DIY Face Masks Using Ingredients You Already Have At Home!
Living in frigid Minnesota, my skin has suffered extreme dryness over the winter and I was desperate to try and help rejuvenate my skin without having to go out and purchase face masks at the store that tend to have a lot of unnatural ingredients. I started searching my cupboards and the internet just to see if and how I could make any sort of face mask, and I was shocked to see how many different ones I could make with what I already had at home.
I am by no means a skin-care expert, but all of these recipes are tested by me and used every single week. I encourage you to look through your own cupboards to see what unique masks you can make for yourselves! Oats, honey, sugar, chocolate, avocado, eggs, etc all can be used to make face masks that suit skin from super dry to super oily! The internet is a powerful tool overflowing with resources, and I hope that these 3 simple DIY face masks inspire you to reduce your purchase of face masks in favor of creating your own.
Coffee Ground Exfoliating Scrub
I love this super simple exfoliating scrub because I always have the ingredients to make it, and it makes my skin SO smooth. Plus, who doesn't love smelling like a yummy coffee drink?
What you need:
1 tbsp coffee/espresso grounds
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
Dollop of coconut oil
The process: This mask could not be any easier to make! All I do is find a small jar, toss all of the ingredients in, and then mix it with my finger. I use the coffee grounds both dry and wet, it just depends on the time that I drank my coffee and if I remember to put it in the jar beforehand to dry out. The coconut oil is optional for this mask, and you can use as much or as little as you prefer. My skin is super dry with this cold weather in the Midwest, so I have been using a good amount of coconut oil on my face each day.
This is the consistency that I like the scrub to be at, and I only leave it on my skin for 5-10 minutes before taking off. This mask is great to put on right before a shower too for an easy way to rinse it off!
Banana and Oat Mask
This mask is definitely not the prettiest, but it makes my skin look so bright every time I use it! You can either mash it all together with a fork if you are lazy like me, or you can blend it together for a smooth mask.
What you need:
1 overripe banana
2 tbsp oats
Dollop of honey or coconut oil
The process: The first thing I do is cover my oats and the optional coconut oil with water in a bowl and then microwave for 30 seconds. While that is cooling off, I take an overripe banana and just mash it up with a fork in another bowl. Once the oat mixture is cool, I stir it into my mashed banana until it is a smooth(ish) mixture. I will warn you- this is not an appetizing looking face mask! To make the mixture look less like baby food, you can blend all of the ingredients together in a blender for a super smooth mixture. I leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off.
Charcoal and Bentonite Clay Mask
This mask is so simple, and it is the only thing that actually reduces the appearance of blackheads on my face. I seriously swear by it, and I do it at least once a week! This mask tends to dry my skin out a bit because I mix it with water, so I either put coconut oil or use my lotion bar afterwards. Alternatively, you can add a bit of coconut oil to the mixture instead of water to not have to do the second step.
What you need:
1 tsp activated charcoal
1/2 tbsp bentonite clay
The process: Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a jar and add water until it forms a paste-like consistency. The image above shows the consistency that I like for my mask, you can make it thicker or less thick depending on your preference. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes, or until it turns light grey on your skin before rinsing it off.
If you have a favorite face mask, we would love if you posted it in the comments below! As always, thank you for supporting us and our mission to Cut The Crap!