4 DIY Skin-Changing Facial Masks

Homemade oatmeal mask in a glass jar. Gentle scrub for sensitive
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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.



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Sophie Uliano is New York Times best-selling author and leading expert in the field of natural health and beauty, who takes a down-to-earth approach to beauty focusing on what's truly healthy. Join my masterclass to get started.