DIY masks are a great way to feed and nourish your skin. Applying a mask is also a wonderfully luxurious ritual – The ultimate in self-care. Homemade masks are an easy way to get great skin care at a rock bottom price. Honestly, you could go to a spa and spend way over a hundred fifty bucks for a facial that isn’t half as good as the one you can do at home with kitchen ingredients. This is why I created these 4 DIY skin-changing facial masks.
When creating a mask, you first need to decide what your goal is. Do you want a deep exfoliation, a deep cleanse, a moisture infusion, or an antioxidant boost? This will largely depend on your skin type. Allow me to make a few suggestions with recipes….
Sun Damaged/Mature Skin Fruity Mask
Notice this is first on the list…because it’s MY skin!!! You need some deep exfoliation here. Not necessarily mechanical exfoliation but deep and gentle un-glueing of those pesky dry dead skin cells.
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange
1/4 cup of papaya juice (I just toss half a peeled papaya in my blender)
1/4 tsp of L’Ascorbic Acid powder (leave this out if your skin is sensitive).
Mix all the ingredients in a little bowl. Apply with a brush on cleansed skin. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes. If your skin tingles, it’s a good thing. If it burns, remove the mask. Rinse with warm water. Moisturize as usual.
Deep Cleansing Lavender Clay Mask
This is a great mask if you feel that you need to dig deep into those pores and remove grease, oil and residue.
1 tbsp clay
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
3 drop lavender or tea tree essential oil (I used Organic Aromas Oils).
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and apply with your fingers or a brush on a freshly cleansed face. Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Soothing Rose Gentle Scrub Mask for Sensitive Skin
1 tbsp fine oatmeal (I pulse old fashioned oats in my blender for a few seconds to make a powder)
2- 3 tbsp Rosewater and glycerin
1 tsp Rosehip seed oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to freshly cleansed face with your fingers. Lie down (or the mask will fall off!), and enjoy a 10 minute rest while the ingredients nourish your skin. Before rinsing off, massage the mask into your face neck and chest, then rinse. I love to do this mask before a shower.
Marine Mineral Magic Mask
I love this simple mask that will infuse your skin with the most nutrient-dense food on the planet – algae
1 tsp Spirulina powder
1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
2 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to your freshly cleansed face with a brush, or saturate a sheet mask in the mixture. Leave on for 5 – 15 minutes (if you skin is very sensitive, just do 5 minutes). Rinse and moisturize as usual.
If you are interested in starting a collection of essential oils for home and skin care use, I highly recommend in investing in the Master Aromatherapist Starter Kit by Organic Aromas.