Style & Beauty

Homemade Face Masks

Turn back time with these DIY moisturizing and anti-aging masks

 

By Katrina Caruso

 

Making a mask at home can be an easy way to treat yourself and your skin to some love and self care. All of these masks can be made with ingredients that you most likely already have at home.

A few tips first:
– Always wash your face before applying a mask.
– Most masks can stay on for 15–20 minutes, or until they dry up.
– You can apply a face mask with a facial brush if you prefer.
– Rinse off the mask with warm water, and then tone your skin, followed by moisturizer.

Avocado Honey Mask
Ingredients
– ½ small, ripe avocado
– 1 tbsp. (15 mL) honey
Instructions
– Mash up the ingredients in a bowl, using a spoon or fork.
– Use immediately. Spread onto your face and neck.
– Rinse off after 15–20 minutes with warm water.
– Pat dry.
Tip
– You can warm up the honey before for a great feeling and better cleansing.
Why this works:
– Avocado is rich in good fats and very moisturizing.
– Honey is clarifying and will help with any impurities.
– The two combined allow for a super soft finish.

Flaxseed Mask
Ingredients
– ½ cup (125 mL) plain Greek yogourt
– 1 tbsp. (15 mL) honey
– 1 tbsp. (15 mL) ground flaxseed
Instructions
– Mix in a bowl, using a spoon.
– Apply mask to face.
– Massage the mask into your skin for 30–60 seconds.
– Rinse off after 2–3 minutes with warm water.
– Pat dry
Why this works:
– Flaxseeds are mildly exfoliating
– Yogourt is moisturizing and will give a brightness to skin.
– Honey is clarifying and will help with any impurities.

Coffee Mask
Ingredients
– 1 tbsp. (15 mL) ground coffee
– 1 tsp. (5 mL) cocoa powder
– 1 tsp. (5 mL) coconut oil or olive oil
– 1 tsp. (5 mL) Honey (optional)
Instructions
– In a bowl, mix the coffee and cocoa powder.
– Slowly add the oil (consistency will become paste-like) and then the honey.
– Apply to face and neck, massaging in small circles.
– Let dry for 15–30 minutes.
– Gently remove mask with warm water.
Pat dry.
Tips
– You can use coffee grounds that have been used to make coffee (I use those from my French press).
Why this works:
– Caffeine is a stimulant, and the grounds are mildly exfoliating.
– Oils are moisturizing.
– Honey is clarifying and will help with any impurities.

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