Why pay for a storebought face mask when you can use basic ingredients found around the house to make your own simple, hydrating masks and scrubs? Here, I share 25 recipes for 6 different skin types including:
- 9 Face Mask Recipes for All Skin Types
- 8 Face Mask Recipes for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
- Face Mask Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin
Masks should stay on for 10-15 minutes. I love washing masks off with a steaming hot washcloth. Run the washcloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess water and then press to your face for a minute. Then, gently wash off the mask in a circular motion.
Check out my Basic At-Home Facial to get the full benefit of these facial masks.
These Masks Work for All Skin TypesWhile some homemade face masks work best on oily, dry or sensitive skin, I've pulled together a list of 9 amazing recipes that work on all skin types. These recipes are perfect for parties and for groups because they work on all types of skin.
Check out 9 Face Mask Recipes for All Skin Types
Oily, Acne-Prone SkinOily skin is shiny skin, especially in the T-zone (from the forehead, down the nose to the chin). To test if you have oily skin, press a paper napkin to your forehead. When you pull it away, it should be soaked in oils. While you may find this annoying, the good thing about oily skin is it ages better than dry skin. That's something to celebrate! Find out more about your skin type in What Type of Skin Do You Have?.
See my list of 8 Face Mask Recipes for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
Dry, Chapped Skin (Recipes Also Good for Mature Skin)Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You have a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. In women of color, skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup. These face masks, combined with regular exfoliation and daily use of moisturizers should soothe dry, chapped skin.
Check out my list of Face Mask Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin
Combination SkinMost women (some experts say up to 70 percent, although how anyone arrived at that number is beyond me), have combination, or "normal" skin. Combination skin means you may have a slightly oily T-zone and drier cheeks with dry patchy spots here and there. This rose-based mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.
Sensitive SkinThis soothing mask is great for chapped, sunburned or irritated skin.
Treatment for HandsTreat yourself to a luxurious wax treatment like they do in posh spas around the world. Dip hands into warm wax and then peel away leaving hands soft and supple.
Treatment for Dry, Cracked FeetDry, cracked feet are never sexy. While this tends to be a summer hazard, it can happen all year-round. If you can't afford a fish pedicure, get rid of dry heel syndrome with this 5-step process I cobbled together and use myself from time-to-time.
Hair Masks & Hair Rinse RecipesWhy spend money on a store-bought hair mask or rinse when you can make your own hair recipes using ingredients found in your kitchen (or your backyard). These do-it-yourself recipes for the hair are great for different hair textures and types.
Make Your Own Sugar or Salt ScrubHead to a posh spa and you can treat yourself (for a mere $100-$300) to an all-over body scrub. Or you can spend up to $50 on a fancy body scrub. Why buy when you can make a homemade body scrub out of basic ingredients yourself? All you need is salt or sugar, body oil and a nice, warm bath.
Make Your Own Sugar WaxIn this economy, why spend $30 or more on a leg wax when you can do it yourself? I have many friends who wax their own legs and I discovered a recipe for a sugar "wax" on the Double X Website for women. Editor Hanna Rosin shares her family's recipe.
17 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen ItemsI'm on an organic kick right and I prefer not to put anything on my skin that I couldn't, well, eat. This means I'm moisturizing more with oils (think sweet almond and coconut), I'm scrubbing my skin and lips with brown sugar and coconut oil, I'm steaming my face over my teapot and I'm taking baths in milk and salts.
In this article, I share 17 amazing uses for basic ingredients you can find in the kitchen. Make your own baby wipes, get a recipe for a lip scrub, give yourself a steam with a teapot and more.