Build Your Own Face Mask

One of the most beneficial, easy and 100% natural things in DIY skin care is to build your own face mask.  Mix and match your own custom face mask with the ingredients below.

   Making your own face mask is easy and fun.
You can explore your creativity and use many items that you love.
It only takes a minute to make, it will store in the fridge in a sealed container for a day or two and you will see immediately noticeable results.

Another nice thing is that you can use fresh, whole ingredients. Many of them such as cream/milk, fresh fruit and plain yogurt contain natural AHA's, well known for revitalizing tired skin. I try to use a face mask and/or exfoliate 3 times a week.

As always, do a test patch with each new concoction just in case your delicate facial skin is sensitive to an ingredient.

Dry Ingredients

  • clays

  • ground oatmeal

  • ground nuts - almonds are especially nice

  • teas - I like to have a cup of tea and then use the bag contents and a bit of the liquid)

  • ground herbs

  • mineral muds

  • epsom salts - I tried these straight on my face and they left a pleasant protective coating

  • milk powders - goat milk powder is especially nice

Moistening Agents


Essential Oils

You can add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil to make the experience exquisite and pampering to the max!

Just be sure that it is a gentle oil and one that you are sure is suited to your own skin.

Lavender, Rose, Myrtle, Bergamot, the Geraniums and of course Calendula, Sea Buckthornberry, and Rosehip C02 are my favourites depending on my mood.

Essential Oils shouldn't be used at more than 2.5 - 5% in a face mask, depending on the oils used.

If mixing enough for one or two sessions, 2 - 4 drops should be plenty.

It's always a good idea to do a test patch first, over concentration of essential oils especially in a leave on product can cause sensitivity, rash or burning skin. Less is better.



I like to do my masks in the bathtub, it's less messy that way and more relaxing.

A good time is after an herbal steam session (not recommended for rosacea).

The fun part is that you can put in anything you want, in what ever proportion you prefer. A coffee grinder can be invaluable for grinding your ingredients.

Wash and Rinse your face. Pat your mask on gently. If you've created an exfoliating mask, rub it on gently - never pull your skin or get close to your eyes. You can cover your face with a warm washcloth.

Relax for about 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

You can either leave it at that to encourage absorption and protection from the residue that will be left on your skin, or you can go for deeper cleansing by washing with a gentle handmade soap and following up with your toner and moisturizer.


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