Buying face masks is like buying coffee in the mornings; it starts to add up! Thankfully, coffee and face masks can be made at home, which helps us save our hard earned coin. I’m sure most of us have spent money on all kinds of face masks (I know I have). Sheet masks can cost anywhere between two and ten dollars… and for only a one time use?! OUCH. That hurts the wallet (and the soul). Clay masks can have lots of added ingredients, which don’t always have the longest shelf life. That’s why we love these go-to DIY face masks; they are so simple, convenient, and affordable!
Oatmeal Mask: Best for all skin types
- 2 Tablespoons ground Oatmeal
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- ½ Banana
Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator and works best when paired with honey, which has antibacterial properties that help reduce inflammation. Mix two tablespoons of ground oatmeal (we recommend grinding oatmeal in a food processor) with one tablespoon of honey. Lastly, add in half a banana to create a pasty texture. Leave on your face for 10-15 minutes.
Baking Soda Mask: Best for acne-prone skin (especially blackheads)
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Warm Water
Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, and it can help fade acne scars and pigmentation. Additionally, baking soda helps absorb oil from the skin and dries out blemishes. Mix one tablespoon of water and one teaspoon of baking soda until you get a pasty consistency. Gently rub the mixture onto your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave on your face for 10 minutes then gently remove using lukewarm water. It’s best to follow this mask with a hydrating, non-comedogenic moisturizer.
Avocado Mask: Best for dry, flaky skin
- ½ Avocado
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
Avocados are full of biotin and Vitamin A, which are crucial nutrients for healthy skin, while honey helps to moisturize and brighten. Mash half an avocado with two tablespoons of honey until you achieve a pasty consistency. Leave mask on skin for 15 minutes or until hardened then gently remove with lukewarm water or a damp washcloth.
Egg White Mask: Best for oily skin
- 1 Egg White
- ½ of a Lemon
Egg whites contain lots of protein that aid in tightening the skin and absorbing excess oils. The lemon juice has antibacterial properties and contains Vitamin C, which helps to brighten skin. Mix together one egg white and the juice from half a lemon. Gently apply a thin layer to your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave on your face for 10 minutes, then gently wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
If you have acne or acne-prone skin, it’s best to combine these DIY masks with a gentle cleanser, a daily acne treatment that unclogs pores and keeps your bacteria in check, and a daily moisturizer with SPF! If you’re wondering where to start, check out Dermala’s #FOBO Acne Treatment Kit that fights all causes of acne, without those unwanted side-effects.
Note: Before applying face masks make sure your face is clean and dry. For best results, apply a mask after washing your face with warm water or after taking a warm shower to open up your pores. Also, we recommend testing the face mask on a small test patch before applying to entire face.