Most homemade facial masks contain only a few ingredients, many of which are already in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. Simple to make and use, these masks can help to alleviate dry or oily skin, remove dirt and soften your face and neck. If you choose a recipe that uses raw egg or egg white, keep the mixture clear of your eyes, nose and mouth, since raw egg might contain harmful bacteria.
Facial masks intended for your skin type will deep clean your pores and remove excess oil. WittyLiving.com's mask recipes for oily skin feature 1 tsp. of citrus juice, lemon or grapefruit and two egg whites. Variations on this basic formula include adding a very ripe tomato or 1 cup of mashed strawberries. After mixing your choice of ingredients, apply the mixture to your freshly washed face, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, and pat your face dry.
Although all facial masks help to remove dead skin cells, a mask made for dry skin should be gentle, without ingredients that intensify dryness while exfoliating your skin. The Free Makeup Tips site suggests using plain olive oil as a facial mask for dry skin or mixing the olive oil with one egg yolk and warm honey. Or whip up an avocado mask. The Beauty Cosmetic Guide site recipe uses 1 tbsp. of ripe avocado, 1/2 tsp. of honey and just a bit of ground almonds. Mix the ingredients until they're creamy, apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your face with warm water, and rinse with diluted vinegar to balance your skin's pH before you apply a moisturizer.
A facial mask for normal skin should clean your pores, remove dirt and exfoliate without drying your face. FatFreeKitchen.com recommends mixing one egg white, 2 tsp. of vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of apple juice. The apple juice or oatmeal will help to clean your face, the egg white will tighten and tone it and the oil will add moisture. Apply the mask to your face, and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water. For blemished skin, apply a raw egg yolk, and then rinse with cold water. For sensitive skin, apply warmed honey to your face, leave it on for 20 to 25 minute and then wash with warm water.
Combination skin, with its normal and oily areas, needs ingredients that will clean the oily areas without over-drying the normal ones. FatFreeKitchen.com suggests using a mask made of one egg white, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal and 1 tsp. of olive oil. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The rose mask uses rose petals, which have a gentle astringent property. You might not have them on hand, but they're available from dealers selling botanicals for soap-making and cosmetic purposes. Soak five rose petals in water to soften them. Remove the petals and crush them. Add 2 tbsp. of rose water, which you can purchase at health food stores, 1 tbsp. of plain yogurt and 1 tbsp. of warmed honey. Mix the ingredients, apply to your face and leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.
Since aging skin has lost some of its tone and is beginning to show fine lines and wrinkles, a facial mask should soothe the dryness around your eyes and mouth or leave your face feeling tighter and toned. To plump up wrinkles, mash a quarter of a ripe banana, and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water, followed by a cold-water rinse to help close your pores. For a firming mask, Beauty Cosmetic Guide suggests mixing 1 tbsp. of honey, one egg white, 1 tsp. of glycerin and enough flour to make a paste, or about 1/4 cup. Apply the mixture to your face and throat, leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. Glycerin is available at craft stores and through retailers selling soap-making supplies.