If you’re like me, you love face masks. There’s nothing better than a Thursday night at home with a few friends (or just my cat) watching Netflix and doing some much needed skincare. Stores like Lush have made it easier than ever to use organic, healthy, homemade skincare products on your skin, but, if you’re also like me, every time I walk into Lush, I see the list of ingredients and think-- wait, I can make this at home (and for less than 20 dollars, geesh).
And apart from a few mistakes at home (honey is always so much stickier than I remember), making organic products at home is amazing and easy! For someone with sensitive skin (like me), homemade skincare has the added benefit that you know exactly what’s in it, and those ingredients tend to be gentle on the skin and can be modified to individual needs.
The sustainable skincare that seems so hard to obtain can be easily made at home with some of my favorite face mask recipes. Not only is it better for your skin and your wallet, it can also benefit the environment. The best part, though, is getting to experiment with your own recipes, trying new things to see how they work on your skin. Lots of these ingredients can be mixed and matched for your own special combination. So sample these tried-and-true face mask recipes for yourself, or make your own!
The Breakfast Parfait: Oatmeal and Yogurt
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Celebrate the creamy goodness of this face mask recipe with a friend.
Modified from this face mask recipe by Loli, oatmeal is dermatologist-recommended for homemade skincare. Oatmeal soothes dry skin and can help nourish and calm, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory for skin damaged by harsher treatments. Yogurt, meanwhile, has lactic acid that acts as a mild exfoliant on your skin to cleanse and tighten pores. Apply this face mask recipe to clean, damp skin and take it off 15 to 30 minutes later for clean, calm skin results.
Combine three teaspoons of oatmeal (leftover from when you swore you were going to eat healthy breakfasts)
Add a teaspoon of milk (almond, hemp, or normal)
Slightly warm the milk and mix in the oatmeal to form a thick paste
Add a teaspoon of honey or rose water
Add a teaspoon of yogurt (plain or coconut)
Millennial Hydration: Avocado and Honey
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Sometimes an avocado face mask recipe can be something that’s just so personal.
Honey is my FAVORITE ingredient for face masks. Not only is it delicious and all-natural, but it has bacteria-fighting properties, helps lock in moisture, and has antioxidants to prevent inflammation. It’s basically the backbone of every mask I made (not only because I love smelling scrumptious). Avocado also hydrates and fights inflammation, making this the perfect face mask recipe for irritated skin. This recipe even makes leftovers! (though I’m not sure if that’s for more face masks, or a snack later). Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Cut 2 avocados in half, discard the pit.
Mash the avocado with your hands.
Add ¼ a cup of honey.
Use a muddler/masher to mix the honey and avocado together.
Chocolate Chunk: Cocoa, Avocado, and Honey
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No, this is not how you apply the chocolate face mask.
With many of the same ingredients as Millennial Hydration, homemade skincare in this recipe can result in even more soothing from cocoa’s antioxidant properties. This face mask recipe should be applied to dry skin for 10 minutes and washed off with warm water.
Mash ¼ of an avocado (and snack on the rest).
Stir in one tablespoon of cocoa and one of honey.
Melted Split: Banana and Milk
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An inaccurate representation of what this mask looks like.
Banana is great for a healthy glow, as are most types of fruits. It hydrates and softens skin. Milk also soothes irritation, even for extra damaged skin, like sunburns. For this mask, apply to dry skin for 15 minutes then rinse in lukewarm water.
Mash half a banana in a bowl.
Mix in one teaspoon of milk and one of honey.
Protein Pack: Egg and Yogurt
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Danny DeVito supports your skincare regime.
Egg is one of the most controversial ingredients for homemade skincare. While it can be extremely hydrating, face mask recipes with egg do carry a risk of salmonella (with none of the yummy taste of raw cookie dough, unfortunately). But if you’re willing to take the risk, eggs are versatile for skin types and needs. Just the yolk can be used for dry skin, while the egg white is better for oily skin (and mixed with lemon or honey, works wonders), and normal skin can combine the two! For this recipe, the yogurt works to help clean pores while egg whites help remove bacteria. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse!
Beat one egg white.
Add tablespoon of yogurt and half an avocado.
Sugar Lip Scrub
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Try this homemade skincare for Big Karen Energy.
For a fun addition to your normal face mask recipes, the sugar lip scrub is an excellent homemade skincare pal. Sugar helps get rid of dead skin (but should be used in moderation and in its refined form to prevent skin damage!) Make sure the scrub is room temperature before you apply, and leave it on for two to four minutes before removing with a warm washcloth.
Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil and honey in a bowl.
Mix coconut oil and honey.
Add two tablespoons of sugar.
Apply in circular motions to lips.
Store in glass container.
Homemade skincare is an easy and fun way to bring sustainability into your life and save money. The face mask recipes you have at home can also be used for your body. As with any skincare, see a dermatologist if you experience irritation (not to mention, don’t put any food you’re allergic to on your skin!). If you love skincare as much as I do, this positive, creative activity that comes with good skin and a snack. When the world expects you to spend money and devote less time to yourself, you can push back in small ways like homemade skincare!