Using food as a beauty product is very ~hawt~ right now, and I, too, have been swept up in the foodie beauty zeitgeist. What makes me feel more unjustifiably self-satisfied than smearing yogurt on my face and knowing that I “made” my face mask myself (store-bought ingredients notwithstanding)?? Absolutely nothing! If you also want to get in on this trend and feel like a fresh Stepford wife, read on.
There are lots of recipes out there, but I always like to “have fun” and “play around,” so I compiled a list of ingredients that feature in many face mask recipes. Generally, you’ll use a semi-liquid base and dry add-ins. You really don’t need a lot for one face’s worth of mask. A tablespoon of mask is probably good for about 2 people. You can also store most of these masks in the fridge for at least a few days (or, if you’re a risk-taker like me, at least a week).
Below, the ingredients are categorized by their function, so you can mix and match ingredients to your hearts content!
- You need at least one semi-liquid base so that your mask will have the right consistency and actually adhere to your face. You can use as many of these as you want in one mask!
- Plain, unsweetened yogurt– acts as a mild chemical exfoliator because of the lactic acid and is very soothing
- Avocado– very moisturizing because of all the fats and oils and has tons of vitamins that are good for your skin, including vitamins B6, C, E, and K.
- Raw honey– very moisturizing and has some antibacterial properties which is great for people who are dealing with pimples
- Oatmeal– moisturizing, extremely gentle, cleansing, and anti-inflammatory
- Papaya– contains lots of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin and an enzyme called papain that is great at breaking down dead cells while being gentle with live ones
- You can then add whatever other ingredients; sometimes I try to make masks that hit a lot of different skin problems and sometimes I try to make one that addresses one problem as much as possible. Just play around! Have fun! It’s so fun!
- Turmeric– is anti-inflammatory, reduces sebum production, and is antibacterial. super awesome for acne!
- Cocoa powder– lots of antioxidants which can help repair damaged skin and reduce inflammation
- Coffee grounds – coffee is a diuretic and can draw water out of your skin, making it look tighter; also a great exfoliator!
- Green tea leaves – also has lots of antioxidants! nice and soothing
- Uncooked rolled oats – Super gentle exfoliator; all the same benefits as oatmeal but probably less intense since these aren’t covering as much of your skin
- Lemon juice– fruit acids are used in a lot of skin care products as a chemical exfoliant; this will help get off dead skin and treat acne! This can be too harsh for sensitive skin though, so be careful and use sparingly.
- Olive oil– super moisturizing! Once again, this is extreme for some already-oily skin, so use sparingly.