Make Your Own Homemade Face Masks & Scrubs

25 Recipes for 6 Different Skin Types

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Making your own homemade face masks and scrubs is relatively simple. Why pay for a store-bought face mask when you can use basic ingredients found around the house to make masks that cost pennies?

In this article, I share my most popular recipes for 6 different skin types. You'll be able to find the ingredients for these recipes in your kitchen. The key is to use face masks formulated for your skin type.

  • 9 Face Mask Recipes for All Skin Types
  • 10 Face Mask Recipes for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
  • 11 Face Mask Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin

Masks should stay on for 10-15 minutes. I love washing masks off with a steaming hot washcloth. I run a washcloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess water and then press to my face for a full minute. I then gently wash off the mask in a circular motion. Washcloths are brilliant for exfoliating. 

Check out my Basic At-Home Facial to get the full benefit of these facial masks.

These Masks & Scrubs Work for All Skin Types

While some homemade face masks and scrubs work best on oily, dry or sensitive skin, I've pulled together a list of 9 amazing masks and 8 scrubs that work on all skin types. These recipes are perfect for parties and for groups because they work on all types of skin.

  • 9 Face Mask Recipes for All Skin Types
  • My Best Homemade Facial Scrubs: 10 Recipes I Love

    Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

    Oily skin is shiny skin, especially in the T-zone (from the forehead, down the nose to the chin). To test if you have oily skin, press a paper napkin to your forehead. When you pull it away, it should be soaked in oils. While you may find this annoying, the good thing about oily skin is it ages better than dry skin.

    That's something to celebrate! Find out more about your skin type in What Type of Skin Do You Have?.

    • See my list of 10 Face Mask Recipes for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin.

    Dry, Chapped Skin (Recipes Also Good for Mature Skin)

    Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You have a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. In women of color, skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup. These face masks, combined with regular exfoliation and daily use of moisturizers should soothe dry, chapped skin.

    • Check out my list of Face Mask Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin

    Combination Skin

    Most women (some experts say up to 70 percent, although how anyone arrived at that number is beyond me), have combination, or "normal" skin. Combination skin means you may have a slightly oily T-zone and drier cheeks with dry patchy spots here and there. This rose-based mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

    • Rose Face Mask for Combination Skin

    Sensitive Skin

    This soothing mask is great for chapped, sunburned or irritated skin.

    • See my Homemade Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

    Treatment for Hands

    Treat yourself to a luxurious wax treatment like they do in posh spas around the world.

    Dip hands into warm wax and then peel away leaving hands soft and supple.

    • Paraffin Wax Treatment for Hands

    Treatment for Dry, Cracked Feet

    Dry, cracked feet are never sexy. While this tends to be a summer hazard, it can happen all year-round. If you can't afford a fish pedicure, get rid of dry heel syndrome with this 5-step process I cobbled together and use myself from time-to-time.

    • How To Get Rid of Dry, Cracked Heels

    Hair Masks & Hair Rinse Recipes

    Why spend money on a store-bought hair mask or rinse when you can make your own hair recipes using ingredients found in your kitchen (or your backyard). These do-it-yourself recipes for the hair are great for different hair textures and types.

    • Hair Mask: Homemade Hair Mask & Hair Rinse Recipes

    Make Your Own Face Scrub

    Why spend more than $20 on a store-bought facial scrub when they stay on your face for just minutes and all those fancy ingredients get washed down the drain?

    I've compiled some wonderful facial scrubs that work just as well as the pricey scrubs, but all truly all organic and cost literally pennies.

    • My Best Homemade Facial Scrubs: 10 Recipes I Love
    • My $65 Brown Sugar Scrub vs. My $1 Homemade Scrub

    Make Your Own Body Scrub

    Head to a posh spa and you can treat yourself (for a mere $100-$300) to an all-over body scrub. Or you can spend up to $50 on a fancy body scrub. Why buy when you can make a homemade body scrub out of basic ingredients yourself? All you need is salt or sugar, body oil and a nice, warm bath.

    • My Best Body Scrub Recipes
    • How to Make Salt and Sugar Scrubs

    Make Your Own Sugar Wax

    In this economy, why spend $30 or more on a leg wax when you can do it yourself? I have many friends who wax their own legs and I discovered a recipe for a sugar "wax" on the Double X Website for women. Editor Hanna Rosin shares her family's recipe.

    • How to Make Your Own Homemade Sugar Wax

    Make Your Own Lip Balm

    I love a good lip balm year-round, but especially in the cold months when my lips can chap. So imagine my surprise when I learned you could make your own using beeswax, almond oil, honey and a chunk of old lipstick.

    • Get the recipe: How to Make Your Own Tinted Lip Balm

    18 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items

    I'm on an organic kick right and I prefer not to put anything on my skin that I couldn't, well, eat. This means I'm moisturizing more with oils (think sweet almond and coconut), I'm scrubbing my skin and lips with brown sugar and coconut oil, I'm steaming my face over my teapot and I'm taking baths in milk and salts.

    In this article, I share 18 amazing uses for basic ingredients you can find in the kitchen. Make your own baby wipes, get a recipe for a lip scrub, give yourself a steam with a teapot and more.

    • 18 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items

    List of Essential Oils to Add to Your Homemade Face Masks

    Get a list of essential oils that work for all skin types. Not all essential oils work for all skin types. Some may burn or harm sensitive skin, for example.

    Before you buy, it's important to know what works and what doesn't.

    • See my list of Essential Oils By Skin Type

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