Homemade Facial Mask Recipes

January 6, 2012

A woman applying a face mask at home.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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November 14, 2007

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.


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.


February 15, 2005

Great for exfoliating away all the icky dry skin!


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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.


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.


December 9, 2005

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


January 24, 2002

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


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!


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.


May 17, 2006

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)


November 6, 2004

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


August 12, 2013

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


January 27, 2005

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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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!


July 27, 20070 found this helpful

My sweet, what are u eating? What are u drinking? Do u smoke? Do you touch your face a great deal? Do you take Multivitamins?


(such as the 30 Day Bauty Secret - not the common ones you find in any chemist).

By (Guest Post)
July 28, 20070 found this helpful

I use to have problem skin too. Here was my solution:

I take some vinegar (white) and water it down to a mild level. I wash my face with it twice a day (morning and night) with a clean white wash cloth soaked in it (if your skin is too raw or has sores/scabs on it use witch hazel at first and especially 100% pure cotton balls instead of cloth, but in the end vinegar and wash cloths is what has to be used for best results). I am gentle in my scrubbing, and aways am sure to wash my hands before washing my face. I do not rinse the vinegar off but leave it on, and the smell does not stay. I also keep my hair clean and my hands off my face at all times, if I can. If I HAVE to touch my face I make sure my hands are very clean.


My skin is doing very well now!! It took a little time, but now my skin looks and feels clean and balanced. Acne has cleared up and dead skin removed.

More tips:

I have oily skin and I NEVER put face lotion on it or anything else for that matter, including face make up. I basically wear just colored lipgloss most days.
And I know there is a lot of arguing on this point but from my personal experience what you eat DOES matter. Stay away from fatty foods and food chemicals as much as you can. A trusted doctor of mine says these can, at least, contribute to skin problems.

Hope these tips help sweetie! Hang in there and know there is lots of hope!

July 28, 20070 found this helpful


I have some lovely organic face mask recipes. Please check them out at or go directly to the Home Remedies for Acne post at


Good luck,


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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

the net is moving to slow for me to do this for you right now - but google: "uses for ordinary things".
then go to the first one that mentions reader's digest. One of the tips for acne was to use asprin on it but I can't remember the exact "how to" for now.

July 30, 20070 found this helpful

While I don't know any homemade concoctions I do love the pore refining mask from burts bees. In fact I love the whole burts bees personal care line. They use natural ingredients and offer there products at affordable prices. For the dry skin I would use aloe vera gel. Make sure it is alcohol free, dye free, and fragrance free. I like Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly. I now use it as my only moisturizer except when sunscrean is needed. Good luck!

July 30, 20070 found this helpful

I hope you find something on here that will help you! I found this site a longgg time ago and it's my go-to place :)

here is the index

Aromatherapy & Bath Oils, Powders & Salts


Eye Care

Hair Care

Hand, Foot & Nail Care

Make-Up Recipes

Skin Care

Teeth, Gum & Breath Care


August 3, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for ur help everybody but the face mask that really worked for me was a tomato-oatmeal mask here it is...


1 Tomato, ripe, chopped
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Instant style oatmeal or old-fashioned rolled oats

Blend everything until just combined. Apply to skin, making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay on blemished areas: cheeks, forehead, or chin. If necessary, add a bit more oatmeal to thicken the mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then scrub it off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water.

August 25, 20070 found this helpful

Try this Face Scrub. It will help you.

Strawberry face scrub:

Take hundred grams of strawberries.
One teaspoon of lemon juice.
Two teaspoons of milk powder.

Mash the strawberries and obtain the pulp.

Mix the pulp with lemon juice and milk powder. The scrub is made and ready to use. Apply it on face and neck.

After fifteen minutes, scrub it away by using fingertips and wash your face with tepid water in which juice of half a lemon is added. Splash cold water on your face.

September 1, 20070 found this helpful

You'll need:
* Honey (I use Manuka)
* Plain/natural yoghurt
* Lemon juice
* Some strawberries
* Small drop of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1) Splash face with warm water to open pores. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl until it forms a paste
2) Evenly spread the mixture over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes
3) Rinse off with warm water and then splash with cool water to close pores.
4) If you want, use the Olive Oil to moisturize your skin - but it'll be kind of greasy if you have oily skin - so apply a VERY small amount to skin!

I hope this works for you! You can also check out some websites on Google, as they always have some good sites for all sorts of skin types! Just type in 'natural beauty face masks' or something.

September 21, 20070 found this helpful

I haven't really done much with masks, but I LOVE witch hazel as an exfoliiant. You can but it anywhere, walmart, drugstores, organic food stores, all of them have it, and it's nothing but witch hazel. I put a little on a washcloth, scrub with it, it cleans off your face and makes it feel very clean and good. It even smells pretty good. My skin was terrible when I was younger, this helps a lot, and it's quick enough to do when you get up and before you go to bed! Hope this helps :)

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Honey also works very well for your skin. You put hot water on your face to open your pores, then you put the honey on your face Leave it on for 15-30 minutes then rinse with hot water, and use cold water to close your pores.

By Rebecca (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!

By CheetaPrint (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.

November 28, 20080 found this helpful

Parsley has a very good and soothing effect. There is a whole list of organic parsley masks here:

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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


May 29, 20100 found this helpful

Honey, milk, oatmeal, cucumbers, and potatoes.

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August 4, 2009

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

By Greenie


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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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

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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:

*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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June 27, 2017

Although Elmer's Glue is non-toxic, it is probably not the best ingredient to use as a face mask. Dermatologists generally discourage this beauty treatment and recommend purchasing something formulated for delicate facial skin.

Bottle of white glue like Elmer's Glue.

March 5, 2018

This is a page about making a green clay facial mask. You can mix powdered clay with numerous liquids, depending on the needs of your skin. A simple water and clay mask is great, but you can also use milk, yogurt, or even rose water.

Woman applying green facial mask with a brush.

March 20, 2017

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

Oats and yogurt on a white background.

April 19, 2016

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

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


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November 11, 2010

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