5 Best DIY Face Masks

Sunscreen is surely one of the best ways to care for your skin during sunny months, but blocking UV rays isn’t the only way to care it. You don’t have to hit the spa or dial up a local aesthetician to undergo pricey facial treatments, either. In fact, there are seemingly countless ways to whip up masks at home that cater to your skin’s specific needs and cost little to no money if you already have some or all of the ingredients. Below are five of the best options.

1. Anti-Aging Mask

Bananas do more than make your morning bowl of Corn Flakes a little bit more exciting. In fact, the yellow fruit is so chockful of nutrients that it makes a great DIY mask all on its own, moisturizing and softening skin that might appear delineated with age. Reader’s Digest says that you can simply mash up a banana and spread it over your face and neck. Allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes and rinse it with cold water to feel the fruit’s uplifting effects on your skin.

2. Scar-Softening Mask

No matter how long ago you had acne, it sometimes still shows on your face in the form of scars. Luckily, there’s a DIY mask to diminish the appearance of these and other permanent marks from your face. Its ingredients include lemon, an acidic ingredient used by many skincare professionals to fade both acne scars and age spots. Another ingredient, nutmeg, is a proven anti-inflammatory.


½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp honey

Juice from ¼ of a lemon

Combine everything and let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Some first-timers find it stings too much to keep it on for that long; if that’s the case, dilute the lemon with water to lessen its acidic effects. Afterward, be sure to moisturize your skin. Another important note: though you may see results after a single application, it’s important to make this mask regularly in order to achieve visible changes.

3. Brightening Mask

If you want to delve deeper into a daydream — perhaps one where you’re relaxing in a warm pool on a faraway island — this tropical fruit-based mask from Women’s Day is the one for you. Like the anti-aging mask, all you’ll need is a single piece of fruit, but you might not have this one handy: papaya.

Cut a ripe papaya in half and take out the seeds and pulp. You’ll only need the peel, which you will then rub on your face and neck. Be sure to focus on the areas with thinner skin, as well as areas where you might have fine lines. It takes about 20 minutes to dry, and, afterward, you can wash it off with warm water.

This process, which can be repeated twice weekly for continued effects, will exfoliate and brighten your skin. The fruit’s enzymes can also help your skin bounce back after sun damage if you really do end up by the pool on that tropical island.

4. Cleansing Mask

Another Woman’s Day concoction for cleansing includes an ingredient you might not expect: olive oil. However, if you use a high-quality brand your skin will feel surprisingly clean and you can apply it daily.


1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp olive oil

½ tsp lemon oil (an essential oil that’s not the same as lemon juice)

Massage the mixture over your skin and then immediately wipe it off with a washcloth.

5. Blackhead-Fighting Mask

Anyone who has ever cracked an egg knows that the yolk and the whites can be a bit sticky if they get on their hands; this mask uses this characteristic to its advantage to pull dirt and blackheads from pores. It also keeps oiliness at bay and brightens skin.

Ingredients and Supplies

1 egg white

Thin tissue or tissue paper

Soft paintbrush (optional)

Brush a layer of egg white onto your face. While it’s still wet, apply a layer of thin tissue or tissue paper on top, leaving holes for your eyes and nose. Brush another layer of egg white on top of that and let the mask dry. Then, gently peel the paper off of your face, pulling it gently upward to remove dirt from your pores (some who have done this mask before have been able to see the blackheads that it removes). To finish, wipe your face with a damp washcloth and lock in your newfound brightness with a moisturizer. You can also read derma nova pro reviews, which is also very effective and recommended skin care product.

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  1. Laura on May 8, 2014

    I was wondering, if you wanna use two masks (for example, the scar-softening and the blackhead-fighting) how do you have to do it? one in the middle of the week and the other in the weekend? or each every other week?


    • Ali Lawrence on May 9, 2014

      Hi Laura!

      Thanks for commenting. Yup I do the two masks on two different days. It doesn’t matter on the time apart (I just would wait at least a 2-3 days in between). Or you could find a mask that does both…the cinnamon/nutmeg/honey/lemon mask seems to do both for me. If you have really bad black heads I would try a baking soda mix-http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/08/the-best-way-to-get-rid-of-blackheads.html

  2. Laura on May 8, 2014

    I was wondering, if you want to use two masks (blackheads and scars, for example), how do you have to do it? one in the middle of the week and the other in the weekend, the both in the same day, or combine them one each week? Thanks!

  3. Bronwyn on May 9, 2014

    Please don’t use citrus on your face. It can cause major acid mantle disturbances as well as cause photosensitivity and major sun damage as a direct result. It’s bad news, and makes your skin sad.
    Also, baking soda’s ph is so off from your own skin it can also destroy your skin. Please research your ingredients more as to not cause damage!

    • Ali Lawrence on May 12, 2014

      Everything in moderation. Yes, baking soda and citrus can do that kind of damage if you use too much of it. And let me tell you, there are a lot worse products on the market that people use on their face all the time. However, I’ve used both products in moderation and can say they have helped my face from experience, but of course people’s skin react differently so just use common sense when putting together your own face mask.