5 All-Natural DIY Face Masks That Are Good Enough to Eat
Soothe your skin with ingredients straight from your fridge and pantry
The cost of great skincare can definitely add up. With so many natural and organic beauty products on the market, it can be tough to decide which products to invest in.
Do your skin a favor and simplify your regimen by going all natural with ingredients you can find at home. These DIY masks are not only great for all skin types, but are also made from real fruits and veggies you can snack on while you wait for each mask to work its magic.
Before you apply any of these masks onto your face, start by testing them on your arm or on the back of your hand to avoid any allergic reactions you didn’t anticipate.
Papaya Honey Brightening Mask
If your skin is looking dull and could use a bit of light exfoliation, try this revitalizing mask from Martha Stewart. You’ll need a 1/2 cup of unripe diced papaya, 1 tsp. of plain yogurt and 1 tsp. of honey.
Blend all three ingredients together until smooth and then apply to your face for 8 to 10 minutes. If you feel a slight tingle, you’ll know the mask is working. Then, rinse it off with cool water and pat your face dry. Finish the process by applying a moisturizer to really seal in all that amazing hydration.
Why it works:
The unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells, so your skin will feel plump and smooth. The yogurt serves as a binding ingredient that’ll give the mask its creamy texture and the honey works to help your skin retain moisture. This brightening mask will give you that brilliant, glowing skin Martha herself would approve of.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Matcha Mask
The secret to radiant skin is turmeric, according to Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D., a doctor and wellness expert who has worked with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal. For this mask, you’ll need 1/2 a banana, 1/2 tsp. of turmeric, 1/2 tsp. of matcha powder and a 1/4 cup of yogurt.
Mash the banana first in a small bowl before you mix all of your ingredients together. Then, continue to mix your ingredients until they become well-blended and smooth. Apply your mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Once you’re ready, remove your mask with a damp towel.
Why it works:
Turmeric has been “embraced as an anti-inflammatory agent,” says Lipman. If you’ve been experiencing any redness or swelling, this mask can help soothe those symptoms.
Exfoliating Peach Yogurt Mask
Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, who has worked with A-listers like Julianne Moore and Constance Wu, created this vitamin-rich mask so you can achieve beautiful skin at home. You’ll need 1/2 of a ripe peach (leave the skin on — that’s where most of the vitamins are), 2 Tbsp. of plain, whole cow’s milk yogurt, 1 tsp. of cold-pressed grapeseed oil and 1/2 tsp. of honey.
Mash the peach in a small bowl, then mix in your yogurt, honey and grapeseed oil until it becomes a thick paste. Then, apply it to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Once your timer goes off, remove your mask with a damp towel.
Why it works:
The peach and the yogurt both work to gently exfoliate your skin while the honey will seal in moisture. The grapeseed oil provides vitamins and linoleic acid to strengthen the skin’s barrier so your face is better protected against the sun’s harmful rays.
Pore-Shrinking Egg White Mask
Shrink your pores and get hydrated, soft and super-tight skin with just two ingredients, thanks to beauty blogger Farah Dhukai. All you’ll need is the egg white from 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. of sugar.
Whisk your egg white and sugar in a ceramic or metal bowl until the consistency turns from runny to a white, thick bubbly foam. Don’t use a plastic bowl and make sure you don’t get any yolk in the mixture or the mask won’t foam. Then, apply the mask to your face and wait to feel the bubbles tingle on your skin. Wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes and then look in the mirror to discover shrunken pores and gorgeous skin.
Why it works:
Eggs whites are high in protein so they can help firm up skin, and sugar acts as a natural exfoliant that can help eliminate dead skin build-up so you can steer clear of any blemishes you might feel forming on your face. If you feel extra tempted to taste your creation, you can because it’s basically the same recipe to make sweet meringue. But don’t snack too much or you won’t have any left for your face!
Cucumber Avocado Cooling Mask
If you’ve struggled with dry, flaky skin, try this refreshing mask from Genius Kitchen. You’ll need a 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber, a 1/2 cup of chopped avocado, 1 egg white and 2 tsp. of powered milk.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, blend them together in a food processor until your mixture becomes a smooth paste. Then, apply the mask immediately to your face and neck. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then remove it with warm water, followed by cold.
Why it works:
Cucumbers are loaded with water, potassium and vitamins A and C, which help with sunburns or severely dry skin, according to HuffPost. The flavonoids and antioxidants in cucumbers can also decrease swelling, redness and irritation and provide a cooling effect that’ll feel amazing during those hot summer months. The healthy fats from avocados can help deeply moisturize the skin, leaving your face feeling smooth and hydrated. You’ll love running home to whip up this refreshing mask after being out in the sizzling summer sun or after a beach vacation.