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Face masks are a common part of a beauty regimen and can easily be made at home from natural products. Common ingredients can include avocado, honey, essential oils, yogurt and more. This is a guide for making homemade facial masks.


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By 5 found this helpful
January 6, 2012

OK, so I just rinsed this off my face and I have to say, it's amazing!

After looking at several other facial recipes on here, I began to notice a pattern of the things people are putting on their face. I did some research then went into my kitchen and literally threw everything into a bowl that required minimal effort (I was too lazy to cut an avocado or kiwi or anything else of that nature). So because of the spontaneousness of this situation, I didn't really measure anything out. However I can estimate for you guys:


Now keep in mind, 1 part is like a dash of something. OK, so here are the reasons why I put each thing in: baking soda exfoliates and heals blemishes; lemon juice is a natural astringent, it loosens the surface skin cells so that they fall off revealing new, fresh skin; milk is for hydrating; oatmeal cleanses, relieves redness, irritation, and dryness, absorbs and removes dirt, is high in antioxidants, and is a gentle exfoliator; and finally flour contains vitamin E and removes dead skin cells.

So all you have to do is mix all the ingredients together (it should be a relatively thick paste with blotches of oatmeal) and apply it on your face with a clean foundation brush or even you fingers.

I completely covered my face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, splash a little water onto your face to moisten it up a bit more (by now your skin should be feeling very tight). Then massage the oatmeal into your skin to gently exfoliate. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Then completely rinse off.

Your skin should feel soft and refreshed!

By magikLAF

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January 7, 20120 found this helpful

Bottled lemon juice containe sulfites so if you are allergic to them do not use this product. Also this seems like something for oily skin. If you have dry skin I wouldn't use it. Just because it is safe for one does not mean it is safe for all.

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March 20, 20170 found this helpful

Oats and yogurt on a white background.

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Mixing yogurt and oats to make a facial mask is a natural frugal and effective homemade face mask. This is a guide about oats and yogurt face mask.


November 14, 20071 found this helpful

My friend and I were messing around; pretty much sticking everything we had ever heard was good for facial masks in a blender and whipping it up. we actually came up with a really nice one! it feels really good.



Like I said, we just stuck it all in a blender. Whip it until it makes a thick paste. If it's too dry, add more milk. Too wet, more cornmeal. Remember to take the tea out of the tea bags. You just want the leafy bits. The first time around, my friend just stuck the whole bag in. : p That made for an interesting mask.

Splash some hot water on your face to open up your pores before you start. Use it as a scrub at first. Make circles on your face with your fingertips with it. Once you've given your face a good scrub, pat on more in an even layer to make a mask of it. Don't leave it on for more than 15 minutes. (I've never left it on that long so I dont really know what would happen. You can be brave and daring and try if you feel so inclined). Wash it off with warm-hot water.

This makes enough for about 5 facials. Perfect for a girl party, or hey, even a guy party. Hope you enjoy it!

By Melanie from Wenatchee, Washington

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September 6, 20130 found this helpful

Actually essential oils are not actually oils if they real. But you are correct that they should be used sparingly for they are very strong

I just wanted to bust that common myth :)

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By 1 found this helpful
June 11, 2007

My mom used egg whites as a facial mask, she always had a beautiful complexion (you never would have known she was 77). I used it when I was a teenager, I always had pretty clear skin myself.

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April 19, 20160 found this helpful

Jar of honey, two honeycomb, and spilled honey against a white background

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This is a guide about making a honey facial mask. Many people recommend using honey to cleanse your face.


March 18, 2011

Mix oatmeal and a little bit of honey. Mix and apply it to your face. Leave on till it dries; then just wash it off gently with warm water and a washcloth.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 15, 2008

Mix it together and rub it on your face. Lay on the floor (with a towel under you) for ten minutes. Rinse off.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 23, 2013

So I just threw in three ingredients in an attempt to clear an oily nose; some lime juice, toothpaste and some scrub. As soon as I put it on it started to burn!

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February 15, 20050 found this helpful

Great for exfoliating away all the icky dry skin!

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December 9, 20051 found this helpful

Blend ingredients in a blender. Pat on face and leave on until dry. Rinse.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 12, 2013

Makes enough to cover 2 adult sized faces. Store extra in a container in the fridge.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 5, 2007

Put all the ingredients in the bowl (I really don't use measurements, just kind of guess). Do not put the lemon peel in, only put a tiny bit of vegetable oil in, if too much is added it will ruin the consistency.

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January 24, 20021 found this helpful

Here are recipes for homemade facial masks posted by the ThriftyFun community. Post your own mask recipe or skincare tips below.

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May 17, 20060 found this helpful

Chop apple up in blender. Add in honey and sage, and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto face until the honey feels tacky. Leave on 30 minutes and rinse. (for normal skin)

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November 6, 20040 found this helpful

Water poured over a small amount of oatmeal and rubbed on the face is very soothing and good for the skin. It is easy to do, just use a small amount. For more treatment, add water to oatmeal and put the whole glop on your face and leave until it feels a little tight. By racing2elrod

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful

Finely grind the flowering tops of evening primrose flowers, add to paste made of almond oil and ground almonds. Then apply as a face mask for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

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By 1 found this helpful
May 28, 2010

I love to make my own homemade face masks, but I know some stuff isn't safe to use daily. What ingredients are safe to use daily and what ingredients are not safe to use daily? Thanks.

By Cera

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May 29, 20100 found this helpful

Honey, milk, oatmeal, cucumbers, and potatoes.

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May 31, 20100 found this helpful

I like a product called Aztec Clay. You can buy a huge jar of it at health food stores for around $5/lb. A 1-lb jar should last a good long time. All it is is green bentonite clay, I like to mix it with plain yogurt, aloe gel, witch hazel, milk, honey, mashed banana or avocado, or an egg white depending on how my skin is feeling that day and what I have on hand. You can also mix with plain water. It is very detoxifying and makes your skin tingly as it dries. I keep some on hand all year round as it's very useful for insect stings/bites too. Make a paste with water and dab on the bite, let dry or leave on overnight and the bite will be all dried up.

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July 27, 2007

I have about everything wrong with my skin, it is acne prone, oily,and dry! I need organic facial mask recipes because I don't use any of the store bought chemical ones. Please help me!

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 1, 20080 found this helpful

I would like some recipes for mature/aging skin! Please email them to: rstreet1 AT Thank You!

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20080 found this helpful

I have something here that no one here might know. Did you know that sugary foods like of course sugar and brown sugar and honey actually have no nutritional value for your skin? It can actually break you out if you are not careful. Also, very acidic fruits like strawberries and canteloupe aren't good either. Even fatty foods like 2% milk and butter are no good. Here is a list I came up with of ingredients that are actually very good for your skin.

oGrape Juice (fresh from the grape! Not from the store. That has added sugar and fats. No, just squeeze a couple grapes over your face mask mixture.

oBaking Soda (to be used in small amounts like tablespoons

oOats (to be used on all types of skin in any amount)

oEgg Whites (on rare occasions, your skin might tolerate the egg yolk but its so rare it might not even be worth trying)

oFAT FREE milk (like i said, fatty

oAloe Vera Lotion (We put it on our sunburns, don't we? Great to be used in a sunburn relieving mask.)

oOrange Juice (I'm not quite sure why this is good for your skin but it is)

oLemon Juice (not sure about this one either)

oNatural Yogurt (don't try other kinds)

oBananas (This helped my--normal--skin)

oCarrots (Sounds silly. Soften in microwave and mash with fork. Add to mask mixture)

oCucumer (again, I don't know of the nutritional value of htis.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 4, 2009

Does anyone know a good recipe for a natural face mask? One that will make skin soft, but not oily.

By ecoscrimper101

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Google aspirin mask. It helps when you have oily skin, prone to blemishes. Some other ideas I have read somewhere and tried:

-Plain yoghurt

-Yeast, mixed with water to make a paste

-Honey and cornmeal (the gritty texture means you can have a scrub when you rinse it off)

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April 8, 20160 found this helpful

Take one medium sized banana and mush it up into a paste, leave it on for 10-20 minutes then rinse off. Hope this works!! :)

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By 0 found this helpful
March 7, 2010

I have started to experiment with homemade skin products and essential oils, having read an article about the chemicals in skin products. I am building up the oils, etc. and would like to start making natural peels and face masks. Could anyone tell me which is the best cosmetic clay to purchase for mature skin? Once again, many thanks.

Helen x

By Helen

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March 8, 20100 found this helpful

ALL clay absorbs moisture. Don't use ANY clay on you face or it will suck the moisture right out of it!... I'd only use Bentonite clay powder to absorb moisture, like as a deodorant or used as an adult baby-powder.

If you are trying to absorb oils, then most people use Bentonite Clay. It's fairly cheap too!

Some people will add slippery elm powder or white-willow bark powder along with powdered lavender &/or lichen. Lichen helps stop perspiration odor, but I don't know which lichen to use.

Here's a sample:

http://www.more  owder?mv_pc=gbas

*Also, don't use cornstarch or rice-flour on you body or feet. Because these are food products, they can promote fungus & bacteria growth!

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

Here are recipes for homemade facial masks posted by the

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Homemade Facial Mask

Do not try the "cure for pimples" facial, when I was done I had

two times as many pimples as before! It was a nightmare to

remove. My face is burning, the only good thing is that it

leaves your face feeling like a baby's bottom! (11/08/2007)

By Hannah

Soft healthier looking skin ten minutes

I read one of the things on here and thought it wouldn't work so

I adapted it to what I liked. It makes skin radiant, healthier,

and smooth! You'll love the smell too!

You're going to need

  • 3 tea bags
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 4 tsp of maple syrup
  • 2 tsp of butter
  • dash of milk

Lightly whisk the egg white to a froth then split the tea

bags and add the leaves to the egg, mix together, add the maple

syrup and baking powder whisk again then add the butter and

milk. Whisk once more then put in fridge to set and rise.

Take out of the fridge mix again (it will fall). Taking a

small amount rub all over your face and leave for ten minutes,

try not to move your face. After take a damp flannel and wipe

of, splash face with some warm water then cold. Pat dry then

leave for 10 minutes and wipe face again. This will leave your

face soft and silky. Yes I have tried it! It works wonders on my

dry cracked face. Once you have rinsed the residue the first

time, your face will be red and blotchy when you have finished

your face will be smooth and healthy looking! (12/04/2007)

By Katheryn from UK

Homemade Facial Mask+blemishes

Try this for your blemishes:
Make sure your face is clean. Get these round Bandaids and

dab the cotton part with olive oil and lemon juice mixed and

place them exactly on you blemish. Use it overnite for a week or

until it fades away. You will notice your blemish fade away from

day 1
Good luck. (12/14/2007)

By Alia

Baking Soda Mask

Baking Soda has natural bacteria fighting properties which make

it ideal as a facial cleanser. I mix about 5-6 Tbsp of baking

soda with half tsp honey and a tsp or 2 of milk or water, enough

to make a pate. The honey acts as a adhesive and it also has

soothing properties. I add about 4-5 capsules of Vitamin E or

it's healing properties. Test a small patch of your skin to make

sure it doesn't burn before you do a full application. You can

keep this in the fridge for two weeks.

You can make a double batch and do you face every two weeks.

This works best if your face is clean, so using a facial bar,

gently wash and dry your face. Apply the mask and rinse after

15-20 minutes. You may follow with a toner. I make one by mixing

4oz of rose or lavender water, 1 tsp crushed lemon grass and 1/2

tsp ground ginger root. Shake and let sit 1/2-2 hours. Depending

on the strength you need, if you have sensitive skin steep less

time. Oily skin a little longer, strain. Test a patch of your

skin before you do a full application.

You can keep this in the bottle the water comes in. Keep it

in the fridge for up to 8 weeks. The cool toner feels good on a

freshly scrubbed face. This may not be a good toner for dry

skin. Follow with a non comedigenic moisturizer. The only two I

know of both work wonderfully: Clinique's Dramatically Different

Moisturizer, you'll know it because it's yellow, and Mary Kay's

Oil Free Hydrating Gel, it's lavender. I prefer the Mary Kay, it

gives me a glow. I hope you enjoy these recipes. They work well

for me. (12/29/2007)

By Ms. Motley

how to remove dead skin off your face

Rub some sugar on you're face until you have no more dead skin

and then put you're favorite mask on you will feel fresh.


By Camila

Homemade Facial Mask

My acne isn't too bad, but obviously I'd rather have none. What

I do is take a tea bag (something like chamomile or 'Sleepy

Time') soak it in hot water, squeeze out the excess water and

just lightly pat it around your face. It smells good, feels

great, and I think it makes your skin look really healthy! Hope

it helps you! (03/09/2008)

By Nikki

Homemade Facial Mask

What I have found that works well for acne that anyone can make

is to use this basil acne tonic. it is so easy to use!
all you need is:

  • water
  • basil leaves

Boil the water and add the basil leaves. Then let the water

sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Rinse your face with

this; it works.

By Jeannie <33</p>

Sweet Facial

This is so easy and does not take that long.

  • 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1-2 cups milk

Stir in bowl (batter should be thin). Apply to face and rub in

for one minute. Let stand 15min. Then wash off.


By Brianna

Smooth acne free skin

You only have to use:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 of a cup of toothpaste
  • 1/4 of a cup of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 of a cup of sugar
  • 1/2 of a cup of soda of your choice (optional)
  • 1/3 of a cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil (optional)

Mix until a creamy substance, if not creamy enough add a

little more flour, keep on for at least 15 minutes or more, it

really works. It might not be appealing, but it's wonderful in

the end! (04/11/2008)

By Kori

Homemade Facial Mask

Sun spots and redness can really mess up your love life. So

knock um dead with this spicy concoction. The mango infuses in

your pores and you achieve a sun kissed glow that will make any

guy salsa dance. OLE! Get your mango on.

  • 1 cup fresh mashed mango
  • 1 tsp Tabasco (mucho picante)
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • tsp finely chopped parsley
  • mint infused cotton balls(optional)
  • 2 cups milk

Blend till it is thick. Spread over face with hands (don't be

afraid to get dirty ladies). Keep on for 12 minutes. Remove

with mint infused cotton balls (this has no affect on your

skin, but smells really good). Rinse with hot milk, followed by

cold milk to close pores.

There you have it for all you wannabe sun kissed beauties.

Enjoy chicas!

By stephypooh

Homemade Facial Mask

I tried this. It moisturizes as well as makes you glow.

  • 2 tsp natural yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp natural cocoa

Mix together and apply to face and neck. Wait 30 minutes until

dry. Rinse off. Skin glows and feels so soft. (05/26/2008)

By Abby


A lot of masks involve toothpaste! Yea it works as long as you

rinse your face afterwards with cold water! If you leave it on

you end up with blisters and your skin burning when you wake up.

By XxgunsxgoxbangxX

Homemade Facial Mask

I tried Acne mask by pua. I'm making this comment to help people

make good choices about what face mask works best. My friends

and I made 2 different face masks at different times and we

tried this one out and it burned ALL of us not just me. I have

sensitive skin, not like my friends this burned us for future

reference don't use face masks that involve baking soda and

soda. (08/09/2008)

By burned

Homemade Facial Mask

I have just created a great face mask that works on spots:

  • 3 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 cap full vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

Stir until it is smooth and creamy. Apply to your face,

what's leftover can be refrigerated and used the next day!


By sj

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