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How to Make a Home Made Face Mask

Face masks are a hot topic of late, they come in sheet, clay, pore minimising and gel-based form.

Fortunately, now we’re also counting in DIY because let’s be honest, there is nothing better than giving your skin some TLC, with a homemade face mask and a glass of wine, especially when you can’t bring yourself to leave the vicinity of your humble abode.

Instead of raiding Sephora for your next mask fix, you might want to look a little closer to home.

The idea that you can easily source ingredients and get creative makes this budget-friendly hack, feels like a day at the beauty salon.

Trust us on this one, because humble ingredients like oatmeal and bran boast exfoliating properties on par with many of your store-bought products.

Simultaneously, the papaya is brilliant at targeting spot-causing bacteria, and avocado and coconut are super nourishing, offering moisture and suppleness for even the dryest of skin types.

So if you fancy getting creative in the kitchen, here are some spa-worthy homemade masks tips you may want to start thinking about right now.

Home made face mask and their uses

  • soothing
  • hydrating
  • stimulating
  • absorbing
  • cleansing
  • astringent
  • draws out impurities, such as blackheads

What you can use in your masks

The idea that you can treat your skin with items you may have in the kitchen is really appealing.

Just a word of warning, be sure not to use ingredients such as walnut shells or sea salt on your skin, as they may have rough edges and can create tiny micro-tears, damaging the skins protective barrier function and causing inflammation, instead, opt for ingredients that are spherical in shape as discussed below, and that is gentle enough to use on delicate facial skin.

  • bran
  • yoghurt
  • coffee
  • oatmeal
  • papaya
  • cucumber
  • avocados
  • banana
  • coconut
  • honey

These fruits and veggies can be mashed, blended, and mixed with clays, to create a paste that you apply to the skin.

Types of home made masks

There are essentially two types of mask you can use:

Setting facial mask

These masks set upon the skin and are stimulating, cleansing, drawing, and purifying. Clay such as Fullers Earth, Kaolin, and Magnesium are all good examples of drying masks.

If you are interested in creating some recipes using clay, you may find the article clay face mask recipes useful.

Wet face masks

These soothe, hydrate, and calm your skin; they are made from Bananas, Papaya, Kiwi, Gelatine, Aloe Vera, Honey, Oats, Milk, and Yogurt, they can also be blended with lovely botanical oils – follow the link for a full selection of the best oils for your particular skin type.

Gel face masks

These are great masks, especially if your skin is dehydrated, and are the perfect antidote for sunburn and sensitivity.

They are easier to make then you think, Pectin, Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum can be used to create your gel base and mix with aloe vera, to keep your skin hydrated, plump and youthful all day long.


Ideally, your mask application should only be carried out once your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, and gently exfoliated.

This will help remove any stubborn skin cells that have adhered to the skin’s surface, whilst also helping the active ingredients in the mask penetrate the skin more effectively, so your skin will benefit from all the lovely ingredients.

4 thoughts on “How to Make a Home Made Face Mask

  1. Kim says:

    Hello, I’m enjoying your website very much, thank you for sharing!
    I tried your Natural AHA mask and really liked it! I would like to add a preservative (Germall plus) to it, would this be possible? Can you add preservatives to fresh fruit juices or fresh fruits?

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Kim
      Thanks for liking the website, you can add a preservative but if its just for you, add a bit of vitamin E or rosemary herb extract to extend the shelf life for a couple of days. the problem is freshs fruit will naturally degrade quickly.

  2. Elie says:

    Would you ever use real fresh fruit (such as papaya) in a mask that you plan on selling commercially? Could this be properly preserved? or would you use papaya powder(extract) instead?


    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Elie
      It is not a good idea to use fresh fruit in a commercial product, there are many companies who market their companies as fresh, raw and organic but this is just a marketing ploy.

      For stability and longevity always use extracts.

      We love papaya as an ingredient it works like tiny pac men on the skin, gently slouching away dead skin cells, making it a really great ingredient for an exfoliantx

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