While we don’t want to DIY everything in our beauty routine, face masks are fantastic products to mix up at home. They’re quick and easy, and it turns out that there are lots of ingredients in your kitchen that can give you an amazing complexion. But of course, everyone’s skin is different—and so everyone’s perfect mask will be different, too.
So how do you know what ingredients to use in your perfect DIY mask? Don’t worry, we’ve done your homework for you. No matter what type of skin you have or what concern you’re looking to address, we’ve rounded up the best tried-and-true face mask recipes to give you the glowing skin of your dreams.
If you have: Red, irritated skin. Try: An oatmeal honey mask. Why: Colloidal oatmeal (which shouldn’t be eaten!) is amazing at calming itchy, dry skin thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory. Raw honey is a natural humectant, so it’ll help keep your skin moisturized. And green tea is not only calming for your complexion, but is also loaded with anti-oxidants. How to make it:
1/4 cup colloidal oatmeal
3 tbsp brewed green tea, cooled
1 tbs plain yogurt (optional, if you want a thicker mask)
1-2 tsp raw honey
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a thick paste. If your mask is too thick, add a little more green tea. If it’s too runny, add a little more oatmeal. Apply a thin layer onto clean skin and leave for 20 minutes until it sets. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy calm, soft skin.
If you have: Acne-prone skin. Try: A strawberry yogurt mask. Why: Naturally high in salicylic acid, strawberries are born acne fighters. Plain yogurt is both calming and hydrating to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out thanks to the oil-zapping effects of the acid. A little honey is added for bonus anti-microbial superpowers. How to make it:
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp honey
Blend the flesh strawberries into a fine, but not liquified, paste. Mix in the yogurt and honey. Apply to clean, dry skin for 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize.
If you have: Dry skin. Try: A banana-avocado mask. Why: Bananas aren’t just good for your insides, they’re amazing for your outsides, too. Containing wonder ingredients like potassium (which hydrates skin) and vitamins A, E and C, which all help to naturally exfoliate your complexion. Both avocados and egg yolks are loaded with healthy oils and fats which help keep dry skin moisturized. How to make it:
One ripe banana
1/2 a ripe avocado
1 tbsp raw honey
One egg yolk
Mash the avocado and banana together with a fork in a clean bowl until the mixture is relatively smooth. Add the raw honey and egg yolk and mix well. Smooth over your face and let it set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Make sure you use sunscreen after using this mask, especially if you use other skin products that contain hydrogen peroxide; the egg yolk may make you slightly more sensitive to the sun’s rays.
If you have: Sensitive skin. Try: A chamomile-oatmeal mask. Why: If you have easily annoyed skin, chamomile is your new best friend. Not only does it have powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe existing issues, it’s so gentle that it’s practically impossible for it to cause new ones. Added to oatmeal and honey, this is a wonderful gentle mask that will leave your sensitive skin looking and feeling amazing. How to make it:
1/2 cup colloidal oatmeal
1/4 cup strongly brewed chamomile tea, cooled
2 tbsp honey
Add the chamomile tea to the oatmeal one tablespoon at a time, stirring as you go, until the mixture is pastelike. Then add the honey. If the mask is too runny, add a little more oatmeal. Apply all over your face, neck and chest and let set for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.