Hydrating Gel Face Mask Recipes

Hydrating Gel Face Mask Recipes

Gel face mask recipes.

They are extremely hydrating.

They are great for a dry, dehydrated skin type.

They also instantly soothe a sensitive skin, making them the perfect antidote for sun burn.


Follow these two steps for both of the recipes below.

Step 1:

  1. Begin by measuring the water and pouring it into a bowl.
  2. Weigh out the Xanthan gum and sprinkle it onto the water. Xanthan gum is a gelling agent that is completely natural.
  3. Next, mix the gel until it completely dissolves. Be careful not to over-whisk, or the mixture will become too white and frothy.
  4. As an optional step, consider adding glycerine at around 1%; this will help to prevent the gel from drying on the skin.

Step 2: 

Finally, add all the pre-measured active ingredients, mix together, apply, and enjoy.

Rose Face Mask

This is one of those lovely, fragrant recipes.

Step 1

    • 100 ml Rose water
    • 3 ml Xanthan gum
    • 12 drops of Preservative
    • Vegetable oil if required

Step 2

    • 5 drops Geranium essential oil
    • 7 drops Palma Rosa essential oils
    • 7 drops of Rosewood essential oil

Sensitive Skin Face Mask

This recipe is formulated with aloe vera gel, an ingredient I really like for its gentle, soothing properties.

Step 1

    • 76 ml Spring water
    • 3 ml Xanthan gum

Step 2

    • 8 ml Lavender Hydrosol
    • 8 ml Aloe Vera
    • 2 ml St Johns Wort oil
    • 11 Drops preservative
    • 2 ml NFF Moisturiser
    • 10 Drops Lavender essential oil
    • 1 Drop Chamomile oil


These gel face mask recipes are really effective.

The great thing is you can get creative, adding whatever herbal infusions or essential oils you want, depending on your skin type.

You can easily change the colour of your gel without having to use artificial colouring.

For instance, to make your gel yellow, add Marigold or Carrot CO₂. To make them orange, add Sea Buckthorn CO₂, ensuring that you add the colours in step two.

If you find your mask is too runny, just sprinkle on more Xanthan Gum until you achieve the required consistency.

As with all other masks, they should be applied to the skin neat and left on for around 15 minutes to have any real benefit, then rinsed off with warm water.

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18 thoughts on “Hydrating Gel Face Mask Recipes

  1. Priya says:

    Hello can I make rubber mask with xanthum gum at home ?
    Please help
    As it is written you can substitute sodium alginate with xanthum gum.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Kirsten the inci name is Aqua, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Urea, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Oleth-20, Asparagus Officinalis Root Extract, Sodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitol, Ethylhexylglycerin. Kind Regards Samantha

  2. marcina says:

    would like to mix essential oil to jelly base for facial after AHA treatment. will the essential oils penetrate skin if only left on for 15 min.

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