Over the last few months, I’ve tried quite a few natural face masks using ingredients I had on hand. I have crazy skin that is mostly extremely dry, sensitive, and prone to acne and eczema. Fun! I’m always looking for new ways to exfoliate and moisturize, so I’ve given these masks a try. There are so many variations floating around the internet, it’s easy to find new combinations!
The first two I wasn’t a fan of, as they irritated my sensitive skin. Those with oilier, tougher skin might have amazing results!
Nutmeg, Cinnamon, & Honey — Supposed to calm and exfoliate
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix ingredients together into a paste. Apply to face and leave on as long as desired (5-20 minutes). Lick lips as necessary. Scrub off in a circular motion for physical exfoliation. Rinse thoroughly and continue with regular moisturizing routine.
Baking Soda Paste — Supposed to exfoliate
1 tablespoon baking soda
5-10 drops of water
Add water until you reach desired consistency of paste. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Wet fingers and massage face in circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow through with regular moisturizing routine.
The next two were pretty good: didn’t irritate my skin and gave me subtle, yet pleasant results.
Lemon & Milk — Supposed to exfoliate
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Mix milk with lemon juice and apply to face (careful; this one gets messy!). Ignore the not-so-lovely curdling smell. Let sit on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry. Moisturize as normal.
Oatmeal, Sugar, & Honey — Supposed to exfoliate and moisturize
1 tablespoon ground old fashioned oats (blender)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon warm honey
(Optional – water as needed)
Mix oatmeal and sugar together, then add honey. If necessary, add water and stir well to make paste more spreadable. Apply mask to face in circular motions and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash off (a washcloth is helpful) and moisturize as normal.
These last two are by far the simplest, but also happen to be my favorites!
Mango Skin — Supposed to exfoliate and brighten
Slice a mango in half around the pit, then dice/cut or scoop out the flesh of the mango (keeping skin intact). Take the skin of the mango, flip inside out, and rub the inside all over your face. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and let the natural AHAs do all the work! Eat the mango meat for a tasty snack while you wait. Rinse off and moisturize as normal.
Honey — Supposed to moisturize and purify
Massage warm honey onto face, lick your fingers, and let sit on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off and enjoy your smoother, softer face!
There are so many natural ingredients you can experiment with, all relatively risk-free. Our lives have gotten so inundated with chemicals and fillers you can’t pronounce, it’s nice to be in charge of your own skincare every once in awhile. Do you have any fav kitchen combinations?