It is actually much simpler than we think to make these at home. You need a base, a liquid, and the rest of the ingredients – those with the properties that you are looking for according to your skin type and the exact treatment required. The only thing you need to ensure is to have a consistency that sticks well to the skin you are applying it on. Yes, you could use these masks elsewhere on your body. If you have spots on your hands and you wish to make a ‘hand mask’ instead, this do-it-yourself recipe base will help you acquire that.
The base is a solid to which you will add a liquid to form the paste. Although there are other forms possible, here are some of the most popular ones:
• Shredded almonds
• Cat litter (for exfoliating masks only)
From these ingredients, you need to select at least one liquid, or more, and perhaps one or a few pasty ingredients to make your mask. It all depends on what you need, but also on the results desired and the appearance you want your skin to have. You can definitely mix from different categories. However, if you have mixed skin on your face, two masks are recommended – don’t mix the ingredients as the result won’t be necessarily what you are looking for.
a) To exfoliate
1- You can simply add water to clay or oatmeal and use this as a mask. These two only deep-clean. As for exfoliating, you can use cat litter.
2- Add three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of unrefined salt, which is incredible for every hard-to-hydrate dry spot, such as elbows, cheeks, forehead and feet.
3- Mash an apple to create a pulp and add to base.
4- Watermelon juice is great for exfoliating and deep-cleaning.
b) To remove spots
1- Put oatmeal in a blender and shred until powdered. Add water and lemon juice.
2- Grated cucumber works great on spots and stains.
3- Grate a raw potato for spots and eczema.
c) For dry skin
1- Avocadoes and olive oil are fantastic hydrators.
2- Carrot or asparagus pulp deep-cleans oily zones and helps fight acne.
3- Mashed apricots hydrate the skin.
4- Mashed avocadoes penetrate and nourish the skin.
5- Mashed bananas nourish the skin.
d) For oily skin
1- Blend a few tomato skins until you get a mashed texture. Add a bit of potato flour to make a paste.
2- One part water and one part lemon juice rids your skin of excess oil.
3- Add crushed tomatoes to clean oily skin.
4- Pineapple pulp also deep-cleans well.
e) For anti-aging and refreshing masks
1- Cut a grape in half and rub directly on skin, or blend to make a juice and add to a base.
2- Celery juice replenishes dull skin and keeps it looking young.
3- Fresh orange juice slows aging and hydrates skin well.
f) For all skin types
1- Mash half a papaya, an avocado and a banana.
2- Mix half a cup of strawberries, half an apple and one quarter of a cup of corn flour in a blender to get a paste. Leave on your face for about half an hour.
3- Add three slices of mashed papaya, two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of fresh orange juice to a base.
One last ingredient you can add
This is totally up to your discretion, especially if you can’t really afford this as they are quite expensive, is to add a bit of essential oils. Only the the natural ones will do, though. Don’t use the room fragrances as these contain too many harsh chemicals and the results won’t be the same.
• Dry skin: lavender, sandalwood
• Oily skin: geranium, lemon, ylang-ylang
• Acne: sage, lavender, carrot, tea-tree
• Eczema: carrot, chamomile, lavender.