DIY face masks may be gaining more popularity now, but they’ve always been around since ancient times. Simple ingredients found in your pantry can do wonders for your skin, as long as you know which ones to use based on your skin type.
The best part about DIY face masks is that you have control over what ingredients you are adding and if your skin is allergic to preservatives or a few other things, you know it won’t be going into your self-made concoction.
Skincare can be tricky, especially with the wide range of products available in the market, and if you have skin that reacts easily to products, or you’re new to skincare, things can get overwhelming.
While DIY face masks are not always the best option for severe skin issues, they can work pretty well for that instant glow or the patient transformation you may be after. For light to moderate issues, these DIY masks can really help you up your skincare game.
There’s a DIY face mask for every skin type!
Every skin type is different and before you jump on the DIY face mask bandwagon with the very first mask you come across, you have to identify your skin type and concern first. Knowing that will help you target your skin concern and make a mask that will actually make a difference instead of doing more harm.
- Dry skin - honey and avocado mask
Honey is great at hydrating your skin by drawing moisture to the surface. It’s also infused with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it doesn’t irritate your skin. Avocado, on the other hand, has a rich concoction of natural oils that make your skin soft, supple and hydrated.
- Take ¼ avocado and mash it
- Add 1 tsp of honey
- Add 1 tsp of olive oil
- Mix and apply evenly on your face, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes
- Gently wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry
- Sensitive skin - Yogurt and cocoa powder mask
Sensitive skin is easily irritated and prone to reactions and redness. You need a rich probiotic like yogurt which will make a great base for this mask with its skin-soothing properties. Cocoa powder is rich in flavanols, which are known to calm irritation and if you add honey to the mask, it will also provide soothing and moisturizing benefits.
- Take 1 tbsp of yogurt
- Add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
- Put in 1 tbsp of honey
- Mix well and leave the mask on for 15 minutes
- Wash it off with cold or lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry
- Acne-prone skin - Aloe vera and tea tree oil mask
Tea tree oil has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, but since it’s an essential oil, it can literally damage your skin if you put it directly onto your face. Aloe vera has calming properties, and it works great to dilute tea tree oil while deriving its benefits for acne-prone skin.
- Take 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
- Add 1 drop of tea tree oil
- Mix well and apply on cleansed skin, leaving it on for 10 minutes
- Rinse off with lukewarm or cold water and moisturize afterwards
- Oily skin - Oatmeal and egg mask
Oily skin can be acne or redness-prone and it needs ingredients like oatmeal which can soothe the skin while egg whites and lemon can help in absorbing excess oil. If you’re sensitive to lemon, you can replace it with aloe vera instead.
- Use ½ cup of cooked and cooled oatmeal
- Add the white portion of 1 egg
- Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice (or aloe vera gel)
- Mix well and let it sit on your face for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse it off and pat your face dry, and follow it up with a gentle moisturizer
- Redness-prone skin - Matcha green tea and aloe vera mask
The anti-inflammatory properties of both aloe vera and matcha green tea work well to calm redness and irritation. The caffeine present in green tea temporarily shrinks the blood vessels in your face, making you look less red.
- Take 1 tsp of matcha green tea
- Add to it 1 tsp of aloe vera gel
- Mix well and spread evenly on your face, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse off with cold water and gently pat your face dry
- Combination skin - Mint and yogurt mask
Yogurt contains AHAs that can aid in gentle exfoliation of your skin, while herbs like mint or chamomile will help reduce inflammation and calm your skin, balancing the oily and dry areas out.
- Take a few tbsp of full-fat yogurt
- Add a handful of mint (or chamomile) leaves
- Blend it well in a mixer grinder or use a mortar and pestle if you don’t have a blender
- Apply evenly all over the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes
- Wash off gently with warm water and pat your skin dry
- Dull skin - Papaya and honey mask
Papaya has certain enzymes in it that work as natural exfoliators and it effectively gets rid of dead skin cells. Honey brings out your glow by making your skin moisturised and if you add an egg to it, it will control excess oil production and bind the ingredients together beautifully.
- Mash ½ a papaya
- Add 1 tsp of honey
- Whip the white portion of 1 egg and pour it into the mixture
- Blend well and leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes
- Wash it off with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry
- Ageing skin - Banana and honey mask
Banana contains a rich mixture of vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and vitamin C, which makes it excellent to tighten your fine lines while giving your face a bright and moisturized look. Honey acts as a tightening agent for your skin while other ingredients like yogurt and turmeric make your skin calm and glowing.
- Take 1 ripe banana and mash it
- Add ½ tsp of honey
- Add 1 tsp of yogurt
- Sprinkle a pinch of turmeric in the mixture
- Mix it well and let it sit on your face for 10 minutes
- Wash it off with warm water and gently pat your skin dry
- Hyperpigmented skin - Turmeric and yogurt mask
Turmeric has amazing antioxidants that brighten your complexion and reduce inflammation. Yogurt soothes your skin and takes care of the redness while making your skin more even and smooth.
- Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- Add 2 tbsp of yogurt (or olive oil) to act as a buffer from staining your skin yellow
- Mix them well, apply to your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse it off in lukewarm water and pat your face dry