I think a couple of years back, I blogged about how I make my own masks, scrubs and toners. Recently, a couple of readers were asking me about it again so I’ll share with you again.
Normally I would still use skincare products from the stores but every once in awhile, if I have the time and the ingredients on hand, I’ll make my own skincare.
The most common one I usually do is a Honey Oatmeal Yogurt scrub. This is best for me when I have very dry and sensitive skin. Simple and very effective! It’s even good for people with eczema!
One cup of natural oatmeal
3/4 cut of yogurt (plain and natural)
2 tablespoons of honey
Mix them all together and you are ready to start scrubbing! Have a warm shower to clean your skin before you start. I use it all over my face and body especially good to exfoliate your back. When you are done exfoliating, just rinse it off! It’s cheap with fresh ingredients that are easily available at home!
There are probably a lot more different recipes out there but I’ve yet to try them. Here are some that were introduced to me by Porcelain The Face Spa which lists a different mask for different skin types. I may try them when I’m in the mood!
For all Skin types: Egg White Mask
- 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl
- Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl.
- Mix them up and apply to face.
- Leave on face for a few minutes.
- Rinse face in warm water.
For Oily Skin types: Strawberry and Lemon Mask
Strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents. Note: Recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut recipe in half for just you.
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tsp honey
- 1 cup strawberries
- Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils
- Mash or blend the above ingredients.
- Smooth over face.
- Let it stay for 10 minutes.
For Dry Skin types: Dark Chocolate Mask
Dark chocolate – better for your skin than you think! Here is how to use dark chocolate on your skin for a delicious facial. If you love chocolate and happen to have some to spare, try this delicious facial.
- 2 bars of dark chocolate
- 2/3 cup of milk
- Sea salt
- Heat nutty dark chocolate in a boiler. 3 minutes will work well.
- Mix sea salt and 2/3 of a cup milk in a bowl.
- Remove melted chocolate from heat. Mix melted chocolate with salt/milk mixture.
- Allow to cool.
- Apply to your face while cool but not hardened. Before the chocolate becomes hard, smear on your face and leave it on until it hardens.
- Wash or chip off with a mild cleanser and warm water.
For Sensitive Skin types: Yogurt Face Mask
This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
Extra tip: This mask works well for other skin types as well. For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey.
- 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold and I love the brand Fage’s “Total” pictured here, because it’s creamy and thick)
- ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).
For Combination Skin types: Rose Mask
This mask, based on roses, is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.
- Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
- 2 tbsps rosewater
- 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat)
- 1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).
- Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl.
- Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
- Mix well and apply to the skin.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.