Long before Ayr Skin Care was officially born, we were avid “make it at home” mask users. DIY natural face masks are amazing, as they have no preservatives at all and can be made quickly from a wide variety of ingredients that are already found in your kitchen. Read on for some of our favorite face mask recipes, as well as valuable advice on how to use them!
Pros and Cons of DIY Natural Face Masks
While they’re easy to make and fun to use, homemade facial masks do need to be applied right away. If you leave your at-home mask lying around, you’re risking bacterial growth that may harm your face!
Bacteria loves fresh fruits, veggies, and any other fresh ingredients you may choose to use, and can turn your mask ingredients into a bacterial buffet. Although it is tempting to make a double batch of face mask to use later, do NOT do it! Make a single use, and toss the rest. Your face will thank you for it.
At-Home Facial Mask Recipes
Because we are gluten, soy, dairy, grain free at Ayr Skin Care, we have a couple of unique DIY natural face masks for you to try. Check out our favorite recipes here and enjoy a spa day any day!
Matcha Antioxidant Mask
- ¼ Tsp. Matcha
- 2 Tbsp. Dried Coconut Milk Powder
- 2 tsp. Aloe
- 1 tsp. Tapioca Powder
You can use regular green tea that’s been ground very finely instead of matcha tea. For your aloe, you can get it fresh and then peel and pound it to mush, you can use premade aloe gel from the store, or you can use crushed cucumbers. Instead of tapioca, you can use kaolin clay or cornstarch if you’re not allergic.
Measure all your ingredients into a small bowl and mix together until smooth. Apply the resulting mixture to your clean face with a fan-shaped makeup brush. Leave the mask on for 10-15 min before rinsing off completely.
Make sure you avoid your eyes!
- Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, and is rich in antioxidants.
- Dried coconut milk powder is tricky, as sometimes it has added corn. If you have allergies, avoid maltodextrin. The type we use is organic with acacia in it.
- Make sure your aloe gel does not contain alcohol; instead, look for citric acid, ascorbic acid, and potassium sorbate added as natural preservatives.
- Follow up with a facial oil or moisturizer to lock in the benefits of any facial mask!
Red Rose and Strawberry Nourishing Mask
- ¼ Cup Fresh Rose Petals (Without Insecticide!)
- 5 Medium Sized Organic Strawberries
- 3 Tbsp. Filtered Water
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- ½ tsp. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 Tbsp. Tapioca Powder to Thicken
If you prefer, you can enhance this DIY natural face mask with coconut milk or natural, fresh squeezed fruit juice instead of water. Instead of tapioca, you can use kaolin clay or cornstarch if you’re not allergic.
Puree the rose petals, strawberries, and water in a Vitamix or blender, scraping the sides until it is smooth. Measure out 3 tablespoons of this mixture into a small bowl, and add the honey, lemon juice, and tapioca powder.
Use a fan-shaped makeup brush and apply the mixture to your face while avoiding the eyes. This facial mask has alpha hydroxy acids from the strawberries and lemon, so you might experience a mild tingling. Leave the mask on for 3-7 minutes before rinsing off.
It’s important to note that our measurements will give you much more than you need for a mask, but we found it was necessary to add a little extra to ensure the blender would work. Make this mask with a friend so you don’t have to throw any of this delicious DIY natural face mask away!
Enjoy some labor-free facials this Labor Day with one of our easy-to-make at-home facial recipes.