Egg whites, honey, and lemon juice are DIY face-mask essentials, and for good reason. Lemon juice helps to lighten dark spots and scars, egg whites tighten skin and shrink pores, and honey helps retain moisture and heal skin. This mask from The Kitchen McCabe combines all of those qualities into one simple mask. You’ll need:
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Small brush
Combine the ingredients in a deep bowl, and whisk until foamy. Then, using a small brush, spread the mixture over your clean face. Make sure to avoid the eye area. Let the mask sit for about 30 minutes or until it has completely dried. Then rinse off the mask with warm water and a washcloth. Splash with cold water, and gently pat dry.
This “mud” mask isn’t exactly made of mud but works nonetheless. Combining the skin-care benefits of Greek yogurt, honey, cocoa, buttermilk, banana, and lemon juice, this mud mask from Essentially Eclectic will leave your skin feeling exactly the same as any store-bought mask. You’ll need:
- 2–3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon buttermilk
- 1/4–1/2 of a banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Note: This recipe makes enough for 3 to 5 masks.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mixture is thick enough that it will not run down your face. Apply a layer to your face, and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse the mask away with cool water, and splash with cold water to close up your pores.
Safe for all skin types, this convenient oat-and-honey mask from Free Peopleis perfect for moisturizing your dry skin or smoothing rough skin. Plus, it’s so easy to make. You’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon oats
Mix equal parts honey and oats together until they form a thick paste. Then apply evenly to your face while gently scrubbing in a circular motion. Next, go to sleep! In the morning, rinse away the mask with warm water to reveal smoother, moisturized skin.
Beauty companies often use caffeine in their products to brighten and tighten skin. But you don’t need an expensive product to get the same effects. This mask from But First Coffee contains coffee grounds which have enough caffeic acid to increase your skin’s collagen production and decrease inflammation. You’ll need:
- Coconut oil
- Used coffee grounds
Start with room-temperature coconut oil, and blend it until it has the consistency of frosting. Mix in equal parts used coffee grounds. Gently rub the mask onto your skin in small circular motions. Let the mask sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Beauty expert Julie Ricevuto of YouBeauty has the perfect DIY solution to cool and soothe a sunburned face. Her mask has anti-inflammatory properties, combating UV damage and free radicals. It will leave your skin feeling healthy and looking radiant. You’ll need:
- 2 or 3 kale leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 2/3 cup chamomile tea, cooled
- 6 mint sprigs
- 1 tablespoon ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost
- 2 teaspoons citrus pectin
Blend the fresh ingredients together, and add the citrus pectin into the mixture until it thickens. Apply the mask to your freshly washed face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then gently rinse it away.