Homemade Facial Masks: 9 Recipes That Work

Forget spending time and money at your local spa. The secret to great skin is as close as your kitchen! Pamper yourself with these simple, homemade facial masks.

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Banana Facial Masks

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Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That's right: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey (a natural acne remedy), and 1 medium banana.

Vinegar Facial Masks

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Using vinegar as a skin toner dates back to the time of Helen of Troy, and it’s just as effective today. After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also create a homemade facial mask by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.

Milk Facial Masks

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Here's another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

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Oatmeal Facial Masks

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If you're looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial. Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)

Mayonnaise Facial Masks

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Why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing homemade facial mask with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.

Yogurt Facial Masks

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You don't have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist. To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

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Mustard Facial Masks

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Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it won't irritate.

Lemon Facial Masks

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Create a facial that both exfoliates and moisturizes by mixing the juice from 1 lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil or sweet almond oil.

Egg Facial Masks

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For a little pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You'll love your new fresh face.

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104 thoughts on “Homemade Facial Masks: 9 Recipes That Work

  1. Just using the egg recipe was fine for my dry skin , but why in the world would you use cinnamon!!

  2. Mix cooked oatmeal and Alpine sterilized milk. It works wonders :)

  3. I’ve always battled with dark circles under my eyes and would like to find and easy home recipe that would help


  5. I hate you so much I did this a day before a date and my face is red how am I suppose to tell him?! Oh i put mayonnaise on my face and now it’s red as a FREAKING FIRE TRUCK!!! How do I get the red away?!?!

  6. Banana is the only one that seems safe. These can irritate skin. Try coconut oil or honey

  7. I used the one with oats, and replaced the yogurt with lotion it still works. It made my skin so soft.

  8. First of all they DONT mention cinnimon BTW who puts cinnimon on their face they should think before doing and second of all there is NO facial with cinnimon ever

    I put a thin layer of mayonnaise on my face. Waited fr bout 10 mins (although it said 20).
    Now my face is Red/blue and swollen. Won’t even be able to go to school tomorrow.
    This is horrible. Can’t believe I tried it. Don’t make the same mistake as me!

  10. I don’t think I’m gonna try any of these cos they don’t sound good!!!

  11. wow they put up how to make a face mask now for almost everyone that has used it has suffered that is just wrong they should have test it before they put it up online .wow

  12. if you put the cream inside your nose it really helps with clearing the sinusus

  13. the cinnamon made my face feel so great and look even better!! use axtra for better results!!!!

  14. Guys use what it tells u to put on your face
    I read the comments and there like cinnamon omg don’t use it well in the first place it doesn’t even say to use cinnamon

  15. after trying multiple face masks, lemon juice, honey and sugar work best. i have sensitive skin and it works well.

    1. omg people just don’t use this website seriously. It looks like it dose not work and as everyone is saying DONT use CINNAMON and for the people that use cinnamon there skin has got used to it.now go to a different website

  16. really don’t use cinnamon it kills like hell my face is burning ooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww

  17. I wanna try it but seeing all this comments…make me feel a little bit creepy to try it out…does it really help?

    1. me too. my sister and I want to try a homemade face mask instead of our packaged ones but at the moment, I don’t feel so good about this….

    1. You really shouldn’t call anyone a retard if you can’t spell “cinnamon” or “meant” properly. It makes you look ignorant. Just some friendly advice.

  18. Ummm.. I have a way that I honestly think is better
    Step 1 get a small bowl
    Step 2 Get the ingredients listed Below
    Satin Smooth Satin Release
    Davies Gate Seeds And Grains Refressing face bar
    Quince Lotion
    Aloe Vera
    OK now that you have those ingredients put all of them except the regression face bar in the bowl and mix them till the liquid is one color then take a face brush or along or paint brush and paint it on you face after you have washed your face with the refressing face bar then fill the bath with as much hot water you can handle to steam your face wait until five or 3 minutes are gone then rince its really easy and I hope it makes you feel awesome if it burns your face it may mean that you are illergict so please be careful

  19. I’ve always wanted to be a breakfast food, and this recipe helped.


    1. Greek yogurts make my kids faces break out if they spill it.. i dont understand half of these recipes

  21. Cinnamon is good for acne scar but be careful because not everyone can use it. Test it on small area first

  22. I came across this discussion because I am wondering if I am allergic to mustard. My face went bright red last night the minute I licked the curry spoon so I checked the ingredients for gluten (I’m coeliac). I can only surmise that I am allergic to mustard as well as wheat.

  23. mwhahahaha I use cinnamon every night and my skin is the best its ever been

  24. I use cinnamon but my pimples and blemishes are going away. I think it depends on your skin type.

  25. this is ridiculous i put it on and my face went bright red i thought i was going to have a allergic reaction as i have before my face went blotchy so do not try this ever it is ridiculous! and i was only trying to have a fun night and it turned into a disaster.

  26. 200 ml yoghurt, plain
    1 table spoon honey
    10 drops tea tree oil (Cleansing)
    5 drops lavender oil (For aroma, and antibacterial)
    2 drops spearmint (For soothing)
    cornflour or oats to thicken.

    NEVER use spices like cinnamon, cloves or mustard on your face, the skin will burn itself off to get rid of irritants. If you do use an antibacterial moisturiser, or mix some non-perfumed moisturiser (E45 for instance) with Honey (It draws water to the skin). let it dry out (Or set). Wash off with cold water.

  27. it is supposed to burn and turn red, that means its working. I tried it, the same thing happened to me. The cinnamon makes it burn, its just spreading the toxins around. That’s why its called the burning face mask.

    1. NEVER use spices like cinnamon, cloves or mustard on your face, the skin will burn itself off to get rid of irritants. If you do use an antibacterial moisturiser, or mix some non-perfumed moisturiser (E45 for instance) with Honey (It draws water to the skin). let it dry out (Or set). Wash off with cold water

      1. I have NEVER had a problem using Cinnamon on my face andvits extremely sensitive.

    1. NEVER use spices like cinnamon, cloves or mustard on your face, the skin will burn itself off to get rid of irritants. If you do use an antibacterial moisturiser, or mix some non-perfumed moisturiser (E45 for instance) with Honey (It draws water to the skin). let it dry out (Or set). Wash off with cold water.

    2. U need to see a Dr if it made your heart burn u should see a Dr for that too

      1. Same!!!! I thought i was allergic but i guess i’m not the only one :D

          1. omg that hurt don’t use this. my face is red with bumps all over

          1. Anything with lemon is too acidic for your face (it has a ph of 2-3; skin products should have a ph of 4.5-5.5). It will burn or dry your skin.

    1. OMG My face is so red and its giving me HUGE pimples!!!! DONT USE THIS RECIPE! And my face hurts SOO bad. Use it if you with but just remember that I warned you!!! :(

    2. omg! I did that too and I had to hold my face in the sink!!! There was alot of extra mask so me and my friends ended up eating it… (As weird as it sounds, it was not that bad)

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