Homemade facial masks are one of the little pleasures in life.
It’s a pampering kind of experience that will leave your skin positively radiant.
They are extremely nourishing and can return a devitalised skin to a youthful, radiant glow.
Facial masks aren’t all created; equally, some absorb oils, others plump, and some gently exfoliate.
There is a lot to sift through, so we have done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best types of face masks you can begin making from the comfort of your own home.
If you want to branch out and try your hand at making your own, then this article on a homemade face mask is an awesome read.
Types of homemade facial masks
Dry skin masks
Face masks occlude your skin, creating a barrier between the air around you and the ingredients in the mask you are using, which is then delivered to your skin. So, rather than the ingredients evaporating into the air, they penetrate deeper, locking moisture against your skin.
Masks with moisturising butters and hydrating humectants will bridge the gap in your skincare routine; they are great if you have a dry skin that is also dehydrated, giving it an intense boost. These masks have a similar action on your skin as intensive moisturise treatments and can be left overnight for superior nourishment.
Clay face masks for oily, acne skin
A mask that has drawing properties such as clay is perfect for an oily skin type, absorbing oil and removing that oily shine which builds up throughout the day.
Kaolin, fuller’s earth, green clay, and bentonite are the key ingredients for these types of masks, they are not only exfoliating, but they also absorb excess oil. They can even temporarily make your pores appear smaller. If you have acne, they should be part of your routine, helping to control excess oil and clearing away troublesome blemishes. This article does a great job of breaking down the types of clay used in homemade face masks.
Gel homemade facial masks for sensitive skin
For dry, sensitive skin, homemade facial masks made from a gel base are perfect. Those readers that know our philosophy will know we believe inflammation is one of the number one causes of premature ageing, that is why we are a big advocate of gel face masks – you can incorporate several ingredients into such a mask that will help to calm an inflamed skin type:
- guar gum
- aloe Vera
- xanthan guar
- sclerotium gel
- panthenol acid
- marshmallow extract
- humectants including hyaluronic acid, sorbitol and sodium PCA
These are all good examples of ingredients that can be added to your gel masks; our hero product Quench hydrating water gel is a great mask, that is both soothing and hydrating, that you may want to consider you think that formulating is too technical.
Often, a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface can lead to blockages in your skin; this is why enzymatic ingredients such as papaya or pineapple, can make an ideal inclusion in your homemade facial mask.
Natural chemical exfoliants like lactic or malic acid also remove excess dulling, clogging, and dead cells – they gently slough off dead cells from the skin’s surface, without causing tiny micro-tears in the skin, and can offer much-needed hydration, leaving your skin looking brighter and more revitalised.
Balm facial masks
These are really great, especially if you are someone on the go, with little downtime, or don’t like a fussy skincare routine. These multi-tasking balms can be used as a skin cleanser, face mask, overnight moisturiser, and more. Created with naturally nourishing ingredients like shea, cocoa, coconut oils, and beeswax, they are incredibly gentle and rejuvenating.
Our ceramide barrier repair balm rich in skin-identical ingredients is a wonderful addition for anyone’s skincare routine, especially those with impaired skin in need of healing.
For those requiring further reading, this is a great article on what to expect from face masks.