One of my favorite ways to pamper my skin is by applying weekly face masks. I try to use a face mask 3 to 4 times a week depending on my skins current condition. Face masks are the part of your skincare routine that can work as treatment and prevention by targeting specific skin issues.
Weekly face masks help to keep your skin in tip-top shape. While there are many amazing face masks on the market available for purchase you can also make your own effective face masks right from your own home. There are endless DIY face mask recipes but here are a few of my favorite!
DIY Face Masks
Bentonite Clay + Tumeric + ACV
This mask is a powerhouse for kicking that stubborn acne to the curb. Bentonite clay works to actually pull toxins and dirt out of your pores. Tumeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory that helps to calm and reduce the appearance of red acne marks. Apple cider vinegar kills acne-causing bacteria, removes excess dirt and dissolves dead skin cells all while restoring the skins acid mantle (the protective barrier on our skin).
- 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay
- 1/2 teaspoon or one capsule of turmeric
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (or enough to turn the mixture into a paste)
Mix the ingredients together ensuring to use either a plastic or wooden tool (bentonite clay absorbs metal and can expose it to your skin). Then evenly apply the mixture to your face. As the mask begins to dry it will become tighter and start to harden, do not let the mask fully dry as it can actually suck the moisture out of your skin. Allow the mask to dry slightly then wash it off and apply a toner. Your skin may be a little red, but this is normal as the mask will increase the blood flow to your skin.
Manuka Honey + Activated Charcoal + Bentonite Clay
This is another great mask for cleansing the pores and healing the skin only this mask tends to be less drying than the first.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey reduces redness and heals congested and inflamed skin. It also oxygenates the pores to draw out bacteria. Activated charcoal helps to pull out dirt clogging the pores which make them appear less visible. These two ingredients mixed with bentonite clay create the perfect vacuum to suck up and remove debris from the pores.
Mix the ingredients together, again not using any metal tools, to form a thick paste. You may need to add more honey or water if the consistency seems to dry or thick. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. This mask will not dry as the base is made from honey. When time is up, rinse and apply a toner to help balance the skin’s pH and remove any darkness left from the charcoal.
Matcha Green Tea Powder + Mankuca Honey
Matcha is an anti-inflammatory so it helps to treat rosacea and even acne. Combined with manuka honey the mixture creates a gentle skin-soothing mask.
Combine the two ingredients and apply evenly to your skin. Leave the mask in for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse and apply a toner.
Spirulina + Bentonite Clay + ACV
Spirulina contains tyrosine, vitamin E, and selenium which all provide anti-aging effects. It also contains antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and prevent premature aging of the skin. Combining spirulina with bentonite clay and ACV gives you the perfect anti-aging acne fighting cocktail.
- 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
- 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (or as much as needed)
Mix the ingredients together using a plastic or wooden spoon and apply to the skin. Allow the mask to dry slightly then remove with water and follow with a toner.
DIY face masks are a fun way to personalize skin treatment to meet your exact needs. Give these masks a try on your next at home spa day!
If you have and DIY face masks you love let me know in the comments below.