15 DIY Face Mask Ideas For Your Next Self-Care Day

More and more people are turning to natural methods to improve their skin. The secret to beautiful skin is above all a good routine, including a weekly mask. Honey and aloe vera for hydration, mustard for glowy skin: There are so many possible combinations for countless skin benefits (via Healthline). Far more economical than buying a commercial product or going to a spa for a facial, DIY masks have the advantage of being changed regularly according to your desires and depending on what you have in your fridge. Indeed, you have the possibility to control the composition of the mask's ingredients and the kind of mask you desire to do (via L'Officiel).


You don't even need to be an expert! Most homemade face masks can be prepared with the same basic ingredients that are probably already in your fridge. Moreover, mask recipes are nearly impossible to mess up because they are mostly cold preparations that are quick to make and require little to no utensils. So, turn your bathroom into a wellness spa with these quick and easy DIY masks with ingredients that have dozens of benefits for your skin.

Egg mask to minimize pores

Used in countless recipes, eggs are known to have many health benefits; however, those for the skin are often forgotten. It's time to run to your fridge and grab any kind of egg as it will help your skin stay hydrated and minimize your pores. According to a study published in the scientific journal Nutrients, eggs have "vitamins, lipids, micronutrients, and antioxidant molecules," which are all great for you. Moreover, the amount of vitamin E an egg contains makes it an excellent antioxidant.


Egg whites and egg yolks have different properties, but together they constitute a perfect beauty ally. The egg white tightens the pores and absorbs sebaceous secretions, while the egg yolk, on the other hand, is beneficial for dry and/or mature skin. To create your facial mask, beat a fresh egg and apply it to your face. Then, let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it away with water (via TheHealthy). Your skin will be left with a beautiful glow!

Avocado mask for oily skin

Avocado! We love it, and we adore it, especially on our toasts. It is delicious when used in cooking, but it can also nourish your hair and skin. It is even full of vitamins A, D, and E (via EmediHealth). According to research in the journal Archive of Dermatological Research, avocado "reduces UVB-induced damage and inflammation in skin." What's more, it also improves the skin's elasticity, minimizes breakouts, and prevents dry skin (via Healthline).


To create your own homemade mask with this fruit, mash a slice of avocado and add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply the mask to your face for about 30 minutes and rinse with water. You can do this mask every day, and it will add moisture to your skincare routine and leave your skin soft and glowy (via EmediHealth). So, why not take advantage of the benefits it provides to your skin by rushing out to buy some organic avocados at your local market?

Yogurt mask for dry skin

Yogurt has been used in skincare for many years. It controls excess sebum and tightens pores, and it's optimal for dry skin. It contains a lot of proteins, which help repair the skin tissues while making the skin more youthful and radiant (via Greatist).


When choosing a yogurt to do your mask, try to pick an organic plain and flavor-free yogurt or others similar to it, such as Greek yogurt. To create your mask, you can simply spread the yogurt on your face and treat it as a mask, but it can be made even more effective by adding other beneficial ingredients like honey or oats for hydration. It doesn't get any easier than that. Apply it to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse and admire the result. Your skin will be fresh, nourished, and completely rehydrated. You can do it several times a week, as much as you need.

Green tea for inflammation

Green tea is full of skincare benefits. Acclaimed for its antioxidant properties, it is consumed as a beverage not only in Asia, where it originated, but also around the globe. When used as a mask, too, green tea will take care of your skin. "Tea used [...] topically may be beneficial for skin health and, more specifically, for reducing sebum production by the sebaceous glands and for the prevention and treatment of acne," the journal Antioxidants explains. 


Do you have oily or combination skin? Is it reactive and covering itself with blemishes all the time? Green tea masks are a good way to calm complicated skin. To prepare a green tea mask, steep 1 teaspoon of green tea for more than an hour so that the leaves are well soaked. After 60 minutes, open the bag to collect the leaves and separate them. In a container, mix them and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and the same amount of honey. Apply it to clean, dry skin and massage gently. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off gently with warm water. You will get the best results if you use it several times a week (via Healthline).

Honey and aloe vera for hydratation

This plant with healing, soothing, softening, moisturizing, and rejuvenating properties is a true miracle. The benefits of aloe vera on the skin are simply amazing. In fact, its stems contain a gel that is 98% composed of water, as well as dozens of active ingredients, vitamins, and minerals (via Ayda Cosmetics). According to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, aloe can be used for hydration and to help calm face pigmentation. Honey is also a good antiseptic and will remove all bacteria present on the face. All these properties make this gel an excellent ingredient for a face mask.


A face mask using aloe vera and honey helps to moisturize and smooth the skin to limit its aging. To prepare this facial mask, mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera with a one-fifth tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face without forgetting your neck to moisturize the skin deeply. Leave your concoction on your skin for five to 10 minutes and then rinse (via Nature's Aid). The more you use this mask, the more radiant your skin will look.

Oatmeal and fennel for moisturizing

Now, it's time to add your favorite breakfast to your beauty routine and transform it into a mask. The oatmeal facial mask is universal because it is suitable for dry, oily, dehydrated, and sensitive skin. Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, oats can be perfectly combined with fennel seeds (via research published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology). These seeds are reputed to be excellent against acne and skin aging. Mixed together, they are the perfect recipe for a soothing mask that will moisturize and plump your skin.


To bring this mask to life, pour 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds and oatmeal into a quart of boiling water. Then, mix the preparation in a blender to thicken the mixture so you will be able to apply it easily to your skin. Leave it on for about five minutes before admiring your new moisturized skin in the mirror (via Bustle). You can do it several times a week to admire all of the mask's benefits.

Mustard for a glowy skin

Mustard is one of the essential ingredients for seasoning hot dogs, sausages, and hamburgers. But this unusual ingredient could be your skin's best friend. Indeed, mustard is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and it has many free radicals that will fight the aging of the skin and will make it glow (via WebMD).


Surely the easiest face mask to make, you only need to mix the mustard — use mild, non-spicy mustard — properly and spread it on your face. You can use your hands or a flat and clean makeup brush if you want to feel fancy. Mustard is quite strong, so it is recommended to do a patch test on a few centimeters of your skin to see if you have an allergic reaction (via Bustle). If no irritation occurs, you are good to go, and you can spread it on your face before admiring your glowy skin.

Ground coffee for dark circles

Coffee: the most consumed beverage in the world is no longer the one we truly desire. Instead, we'd rather not utilize coffee grounds. Did you know that instead of throwing away its grounds, you can use them in your skincare rituals? These little beans and grounds are full of active ingredients that can beautify and stimulate the skin.


Why would coffee have positive effects on your face? Well, simply because it contains a large number of antioxidants, minerals, and potassium, among other positive attributes. All these benefits are revealed by the roasting of coffee beans. In fact, it is not the coffee that we drink that contains the most minerals and other wonders for the body, but rather the coffee grounds — the remaining residue. Naturally, the main virtue of coffee is its caffeine, but this molecule isn't just a real asset for the body but also for the skin. Coffee reduces the effects of aging, prevents acne, and helps reduce dark circles (via Healthline). To prepare a mask with this magical ingredient, mix together equal parts of coffee grounds and olive oil. Apply it to your face and leave it on the skin for about 20 minutes. Rinse off gently with warm water. You can repeat this mask up to three times a week (via Healthline).


Aloe Vera for acne

Aloe vera is used in many areas such as skincare, hair care, health, nutrition, and wellness. Its transparent gel is found in its leaves, and if you have one at home, it may just old your next beloved beauty hack. You can use the gel, which is composed of 98% water, in your skincare routine for extra hydration, according to the Journal of Food Science and Technology. In addition, a study published in Plant Foods for Human Nutrition declares that aloe vera has certain assets that can make it effective in fighting acne as it has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is thus a plant that contains many beauty secrets.


To prepare your mask, mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds, which will stimulate the skin. Apply the mask to your face and wait 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water (via Derm Collective). Your skin will feel fresher and ready to face the day.

Charcoal for blackheads

Do you have oily or combination skin? Do you want to deeply purify it? Here is a real must-have for cleansing acne-prone skin or skin with visible blackheads. All over social media, people are talking about it and its detoxifying action for the skin. If you guessed activated charcoal, you'd be correct! It's not exactly the remains of logs from the fireplace, so avoid rubbing them on your skin to remove your blackheads. The process is a little more complex than that.


Charcoal is known to absorb dirt, sebum, and any impurities that we don't want on our skin. It also smoothes the skin and removes blackheads. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make charcoal a great ingredient to use as a mask (via LilyAna Naturals). To do so, simply mix 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder with 2 teaspoons of water. Optionally, you can add 1 teaspoon of honey. Leave it on for about 15 minutes so it has time to dry and rinse with water (via Healthline). Your skin is ready to be moisturized!

Turmeric for blackheads

Turmeric is a plant native to Asia. Often used in cooking, this spice is also excellent for external use. It is especially known to reduce blackheads. Indeed, research shows that turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it can prevent and treat bacteria present in excess on the skin, which can lead to blackheads. As a bonus, it reduces dark circles and the appearance of hyperpigmentation, since it is rich in antioxidants (via research published in the Journal of Agriculture and food research).


To create this miracle recipe, put one-eighth to one-half teaspoon of turmeric powder in a bowl. Add a few drops of cider vinegar, honey, and lemon juice and mix everything together. Leave your mask on for 15 minutes, and that's it: a very simple recipe that will make your skin glow after each mask. Turmeric might be an irritant to some, so a maximum of two masks per week is ideal (via Draxe).

Papaya for hyperpigmentation

Often used in shampoos, perfumes, and deodorants, papaya is an exotic fruit that is very popular. Thanks to the enzymes it contains, papaya is an ideal natural ingredient for fading dark spots and drying up small pimples that may appear spontaneously. This exotic fruit is great for removing damaged or dead skin cells, but it is also used to treat acne (via The Times of India). Its scent will transport you to the tropics, so why not turn it into a wellness mask? This way, you can look and feel rejuvenated at the same time.


To prepare this mask, cut a few slices of papaya into small cubes and blend them to make an orange puree. If you want to accentuate the effects of the papaya, add honey for its antiseptic and exfoliating properties. Apply your mixture immediately to your face for a few minutes and rinse it gently with water (via eMediHealth). You can now apply a moisturizer to deeply hydrate your skin.

Matcha for wrinkles

In addition to being delicious, matcha can also be very beneficial to your skin. You can also use this powder directly on your skin. That's right! Matcha is a very effective ingredient and is very popular amongst Japanese women, which shouldn't come as a surprise because matcha hails from Japan. Now, this beauty secret is making its way to Western societies, and people everywhere are having clearer-than-ever skin. In fact, on the skin, its antibacterial and antifungal properties shine. What's more, matcha also hydrates skin and reduces the effects of aging. If you have fine lines, it's time to opt for a matcha face mask for your next self-care day (via Enso).


To create your own mask, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of matcha with water. You can also add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt if you have dry skin (via Zen Green Tea). Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face with water (via Matcha Oishii). Your skin will be luminous and beaming. Afterward, apply a day or night cream to add moisture to your skin and multiply the effects of the matcha mask.

Tomato for clear and radiant skin

In sauces, salads, and soups, tomatoes refresh our taste buds. As it turns out, they can also improve your skin. This juicy fruit that is suitable for all skin types, and they're rich in vitamins B, E, and C. What's more, they also have anti-aging properties and stimulate collagen production while gently exfoliating the skin (via Healthline).


To get started, open your fridge and grab a ripe, juicy tomato. Cut it up, blend it to make a puree, and then strain its juice. Apply this to your entire face and leave the mask on for about 15 minutes. Finally, rinse with water to see soothed, radiant, and rejuvenated skin. You can also combine it with the juice of a cucumber to add some extra benefits to your face mask (via Firstpost). It's recommended to test your mixture on a small area of your skin beforehand as tomato is acidic and can cause redness on sensitive skin (via Healthline).

Pumpkin for brighter skin

An iconic element of fall, pumpkins are the star of October! We can't wait to find them on the porch of every house and, of course, to make pumpkin pies. But what we really want is to use their gooey pulp to make a homemade facial mask. It may come as a surprise, but pumpkin is an ingredient that will transform your skin. Indeed, pumpkin has many skincare properties. From beta-carotene to magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, and E, the pulp of this fruit is very nutritious and brightens the skin thanks to alpha hydroxy acids (via The New Jersey Vain and Vascular Medical Center).


To take full advantage of this autumnal food, you can create a simple recipe to sublimate your skin. All you need is 2 cups of pumpkin puree, 4 tablespoons of honey, and one-fourth of a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix everything together and apply the mask to damp skin. Leave it on for five to 10 minutes before removing it with a cloth. Now, you are ready to apply your favorite moisturizer (via Prevention).