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Homemade Mask Recipes

I used to think big companies could make better skin care products than I could with homemade mask recipes. Then I learned that everything we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. So I started reading the labels of my favorite products and realized I was trying to nurture my skin by poisoning my cells.

There are some concentrated products like vitamin C serum that we can’t make in our kitchens. It is natural and effective, and worth the investment. However, many items in our kitchen combine to create excellent skin treatments. Plus, they are fresh and good enough to eat.

Greek Yogurt and Honey Homemade Mask Recipe

I got this go-to homemade mask recipe from the remarkable team at Face Yoga. Greek yogurt is thicker and provides better coverage. Any honey will do, but raw or local honey will deliver the maximum nutrients to your skin.

This mask is gentle enough to use every day, though once or twice a week is plenty. If you are allergic to honey, do not put it on your skin. You can do a simple yogurt mask instead or use one of the spice variations below. For vegans or people with a dairy intolerance, plant-based yogurts deliver the probiotic benefit.


  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Mix and apply liberally to clean skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and rinse.

Why This Works

Studies show yogurt benefits your skin in all the following ways:

Honey is a natural source of nutrients and proteins that helps nurture your skin. Research demonstrates it can reduce signs of dry skin, prevent wrinkles by restoring the upper layer of skin, and assist with healing after a burn.

There are three great variations on this mask. With plain yogurt and honey, you can put the mask on your lips and close to your eyes.

If you add any of the ingredients below, avoid your eye and lip areas.

Yogurt and Honey with Turmeric

Turmeric provides extra antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. Use this homemade mask recipe to help with acne or psoriasis. Do not use turmeric on your skin if you are allergic to the spice.

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric (too much turmeric can leave a yellow residue)

Mix and apply liberally to clean skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and rinse.

Yogurt and Honey with Cinnamon

A series of studies show cinnamon kills bacteria and fungus, making it useful against acne. Cinnamon also stimulates and revives blood flow to your skin. It is especially effective when combined with honey.

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix and apply liberally to clean skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and rinse.

Cinnamon can be drying, so apply moisturizer after this mask.

Yogurt and Honey with Activated Carbon

Homemade mask recipes
Activated carbon powder in capsule form

Activated carbon may not be in your spice cupboard, but it is a powerful cleansing agent that is great to have on hand. You can purchase it in capsule or powder form. In addition to face masks, it is a common ingredient in natural toothpaste recipes.

Use this homemade mask recipe when you want a deeper clean of your pores. Activated carbon draws bacteria out of your pores.

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon activated carbon

Mix and apply liberally to clean skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and rinse.

Activated carbon can be drying, so apply moisturizer after this mask.

Homemade Banana Mask Recipe to Soften and Plump Skin

This homemade mask recipe combines banana with diced banana peel. I’m not a fan of chunky masks and hesitated to try it, but as soon as I did, I was a fan! The mask is cool and soothing, and my skin feels plump and fresh after washing it off.

Bananas deliver potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, and vitamin A to your skin. The result is a moisturizing homemade mask that some say can temporarily plump fine lines. Combined with anti-inflammatory honey, skin-softening yogurt, and brightening turmeric, it’s a spa experience at home.


¼ to ½ ripe banana with peel
¼ teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon full-fat yogurt
1 pinch of turmeric

A lot of the nutrients are coming from the banana peel, so make sure and include it! I sliced the peel into thin strips and then cut it across into tiny cubes. Mash the diced peel with the banana and mix in the remaining ingredients until it is a yellow paste.

Apply a thin layer over clean skin and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and enjoy your soft skin as you apply moisturizer.

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil) Homemade Mask Recipe

This mask helps remove dead skin cells and exfoliate while moisturizing your skin.

The vitamin C in lemon juice neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen production.

You can use olive oil or coconut oil for this recipe, depending on what you prefer and have on hand. Both oils seal in your skin’s moisture. Olive oil is richer in antioxidants, but coconut oil has more bacteria-fighting properties, so you win either way. Coconut oil is easier to mix in warmer weather when it’s already liquid.

If your skin is very sensitive or prone to dry out, use one of the yogurt masks above and avoid lemon juice on your skin. If your skin burns, stings, or turns red remove this mask immediately.


  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Mix the lemon juice with the honey and oil and apply. Massage the mixture into the skin gently for a minute or two. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

How to Exfoliate My Lips

This simple recipe is an effective way to exfoliate chapped lips. It removes dead skin and kills bacteria. Once a week is sufficient for this treatment, especially on dry lips. You can use plain honey as a chapped-lip treatment every day.


  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon organic honey

Many recipes call for a teaspoon of each, but you only need enough to cover your lips. I usually put a little sugar in my palm and add an equal amount of honey. Then it’s easy to mix with one finger and apply.

You can put the sugar and honey into a bowl, mix them well, and then apply them to your lips. For more exfoliation, gently use the sugar granules to scrub your lips for a few seconds. Then let it rest for five minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Honey contains magnesium and antioxidants. It also kills bacteria and helps your skin heal.

Homemade Mask Recipes are Natural Skincare

DIY skincare recipes are more than simple, affordable solutions. They are a way to be the master of our beauty and well-being.

Not long ago, I got excited by results photos on Instagram. A company was promoting an ‘all natural’ skincare product with ‘wholesome’ ingredients. They had astounding before and after pictures where women looked twenty years younger. I’m happy with my skincare routine but like to try new things.

Don’t Get Sucked In By the Hype

The first red flag was a fear-based sales page. However, my normal thinking process had been suspended by the astounding photos. They repeated how ‘all natural’ it was and said it was a unique formulation that included green tea and aloe. So, I ordered the product without reading the complete ingredient list.

It took a few days to arrive, and my brain resumed normal function. I thought about the fear-based sales page. I began to wonder what was really in it.

When I read the ingredients, it included magnesium aluminum silicate, something I’d stopped using twenty years earlier. There is some correlation between Alzheimer’s and aluminum in the body. While these products have not been found responsible, it seemed reasonable to be on the safe side and avoid applying aluminum salts directly to my skin.

The second red flag was DMAE. In skincare, DMAE is known as the ‘instant facelift,’ and there are studies showing it can produce those results (hence the photos). The dark underbelly is that DMAE is toxic to skin cells, halting cell division and killing some cells 24 hours after exposure.

Many people have a higher tolerance for chemical solutions than I have, and DMAE is probably better than Botox. However, I was looking for something natural and based on healing and regeneration, not toxicity and cell death.

The beauty industry will use our desires and insecurities against us – and there is big money in it. In 2020, the skincare industry brought in $145 Billion.

Natural is Beautiful

That’s why natural skin products we can make from high-quality foods are such an excellent option. Many of the most expensive products on the market use the same ingredients that we do at home.

Why pay more for an industrially packaged version of what you can make fresh?

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