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.

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books)
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    Banana Facial Masks

    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, and 1 medium banana.

    Vinegar Facial Masks

    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

    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.

    Oatmeal Facial Masks

    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

    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

    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.

    Mustard Facial Masks

    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

    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.

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    Egg Facial Masks

    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.

    Your Comments

    • Buttocks

      DO NOT USE CINNAMON !!!!!!

      • seriously

        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

    • Sab18

      Cinnamon and honey work really well together

      • Heidi

        Complete bs. never use cinnamon.

    • cat

      i need to know for my party tomorrow hows the yogurt one feel/work

    • emily shannazza

      i cant find the cinnamon one

      • cat

        me to

    • mozza2244

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

    • Amira Najwa

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

    • Hannah

      Cinimon is ment for eating retard

    • Hannah

      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

    • alison

      Omg or face was red