I rarely find the time to get out and treat myself to a spa afternoon. In reality, even if I did find the time I’d probably fill it up thinking about the zillion things I could be doing at home! I just prefer to find ways to relax and spoil myself at home. I guess you could call me a homebody.
Over the last year or so I’ve tried out a few different homemade face masks, and today I’m sharing my favorites! I turn to these all the time and they never fail to impress me! The coolest part is that I can find most of these ingredients in my pantry, so I can do these anytime I want!
I love to start out my spa sessions with a lip and face scrub. For each of these, you only need a few basic ingredients, and if you are missing some you can still make a mask with just a few of the ingredients.
- Brown Sugar (key, must have ingredient)
- Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil)
- Vanilla (optional)
- Honey (optional). Honey is great for so many things – acne, aging, boost in complexion, and clarifying.
My go-to recipes
- 1cup of Honey
- 1cup of Brown Sugar
- 2tbs of Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil)
I prefer using the Coconut Oil and like to use it in its solid state. This way I can mash everything together and it forms a creamy paste. I also store a portion of this batch in my fridge. It makes a lot so feel free to adjust the measurements to make less. You could add a few drops of Vanilla to this too. Vanilla is a great antioxidant!
Recipe #2 (I use this mostly for my lip scrub)
Equal parts of:
- Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil (I use about a tsp each). You could use Olive oil in place of Coconut Oil.
- Splash of Vanilla
Mash everything together, store in a container. When you go to use it just dab your finger in the mix and apply to lips in circular motions to exfoliate. You can use this for your face too.
Okay, now that you’ve prepped your face it’s time for a nourishing face mask! Here are 5 face masks for different skin types/purposes.
Grapefruit/Oatmeal Mask (this is a great post winter/winter mask)
- 1 Red Grapefruit
- 1 Cup of cooked Oatmeal (great for calming inflammation)
- 1 Cup of Milk (soothes skin)
Mash up grapefruit, mix all ingredients together, apply to face. Leave on face for 15-20 min. Rinse with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer as needed.
Blemish Prone or Acne Skin Mask
- 1 Tsp of Oats (ground it up to make a flour like consistency)
- 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
- A few dashes of salt
- Warm Water
***If you’re sensitive to Baking Soda you can reduce the quantity and increase the oat quantity accordingly. So if you do ½ tsp of Baking soda you’ll use 1.5 tsp of oats.
Mix all dry ingredients together, add warm water until you reach a pasty consistency. Apply mask, leave on until hardens. Rinse with warm water, apply moisturizer.
- 1 Banana Mashed
- 4 Tbs of honey
- 2 Tbs of Water
Blend ingredients together, apply to face. Leave on face for 20-25 min. Wash off and apply moisturizer as needed.
Combination Skin Mask
Combination skin is typically oily in the “T” zone and try around the rest of the face.
- ½ of a Banana mashed
- 2 Tbs of Honey
- 1 Tbs of water
Blend ingredients together, apply to face, leave on face for 20-25 min. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize as needed.
Combination Skin Mask #2
- 1Tbs of Graham Flour (for absorption and also evens skin tone)
- 4 drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (nourishes and revitalizes skin)
- Full Fat Milk (just enough to form paste)
Apply to face, leave on for 10-20 min. Rinse with water, and apply lotion.
Mother Daughter Spa Night
My two girls just LOVE it when we have our Mommy Daughter Date Nights! And of course, one of our favorite things to do is to have a Spa night while watching a fun movie together. If you’d like to keep things super simple, I often use this recipe for my youngest daughter. She tends to have super dry skin and she raves about how good this feels on her skin. I’m sure that has more to do with the excitement of the night, but I’ll take it!
Simple Honey Face Mask (Bonus Recipe)
- 1 Egg (raw)
- 1 Tbs of Honey
Apply to face, leave on for 15-20 min. Rinse with water.
Do you make any homemade face masks? Let me know what your favorite one is in the comments! If you try one of these let me know too!