Hydrating gel face mask recipes

Hydrating Gel Face Mask Recipes

Do you have dry or dehydrated skin and find it difficult to treat?

Well, what if we let you into a little beauty secret, and that is, that there is one multitasking skincare product that you can build into your skincare routine, that will treat all of the following conditions:

  • eczema
  • fine lines
  • flakiness
  • dehydration
  • dry patches
  • sensitivity

That product is gel masks, they are extremely hydrating formulas for dry, dehydrated skin</ and they help to soothe sensitive skin, and what’s more, you can make them in the comfort of your own home.

Face mask recipes

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

  • 10ml rosewater
  • 3 ml xanthan gum
  • 12 drops of preservative


Step 2


  • 3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops palma rosa essential oils
  • 2 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 drops lavender essential oil
      • 1 drops chamomile oil

    Gel face mask tips

    The great thing is you can get creative with these masks, adding any 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.

    Hydrating gel mask

    If you suffer from dryness or dehydration but DIY is really not your thing, here at the Naked Chemist we offer to gel-based formulations to target these skin conditions.

    H20 hyaluronic complex is a hydrating skin shot formulated with hyaluronic acid and urea, will lift a lackluster, dry skin.

    Quench moisturising gel mask, is full of water-loving humectants that will keep your skin hydrated, and you can switch it up to use as an overnight mask, for an additional moisture boost.

    Hydrogels are becoming all the rage of late, although more technical than the DIY recipes above if this is something you are keen to explore, this blog offers a great recipe to try.

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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