Picture this. You ran out of your favorite La Lune Naturals Seaweed Powder or Indian Healing Clay face mask. You want to do a face mask while you’re waiting for your order to be replaced. Here are a few ideas that can help you make easy DIY face masks with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen right now.
Don’t throw overripe fruits or leftover fruit pieces away, but use them for nourishing homemade face masks. Mashed banana, avocado, strawberries and papaya make hydrating and balancing natural face treatments. Honey, yogurt or oatmeal add consistency to your fruit mask, and essential oils add natural fragrance.
Fruits and Vegetables To Use in Face Masks
You can use almost any edible fruits and even some vegetables for a face mask, but these are some of the best options for different skin types:
- Strawberries are astringent and a good choice for oily skin.
- Papaya is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and suitable for normal to dry skin.
- Cucumber is hydrating and mildly astringent. It works for all skin types and is especially good as a treatment for sunburned skin.
- Avocado is rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and essential fatty acids. Avocado masks are especially beneficial for dry skin.
- Banana has many nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, and a banana face mask is a nourishing treatment for dry skin.
Making a fruit facial is easy. Mash the fruit either by hand or in a blender, and apply the mask on clean skin. Leave for 10-20 minutes, remove the mask and wash your face. Finish with a toner and Fractionated Coconut Oil as a moisturizer.
Additional Ingredients for Fruit Masks
Some fruits are so juicy that the mashed fruit alone can be difficult to apply and to keep on your face. Add yogurt, honey or oatmeal to improve the consistency. Honey is hydrating, antibacterial, contains antioxidants and works for all skin types. Natural live yogurt is antiseptic, softening and mildly bleaching, and oatmeal exfoliates without irritating your skin.
Essential oils add natural fragrance to your homemade face masks, and many essential oils have skin healing properties. Just 1-2 drops of any essential oil is enough for one face mask. Mix the essential oils thoroughly into the fruit mash.
- Lavender oil is healing, balancing, and anti-inflammatory.
- Geranium essential oil is balancing and suitable for all skin types, especially combination skin.
- Chamomile oil is a good choice for dry or sensitive skin.
- Rose essential oil is hydrating and one of the best oils for dry, sensitive and mature skin types.
Even natural ingredients can irritate sensitive skin types. Always try the mask on a small patch of skin first.
Learning to make your own face masks means that you know exactly what goes into your beauty products, and you can avoid synthetic fragrances and chemical preservatives. Using leftover fruits and overripe fruits for face masks also means less food waste. Combine different fruits depending on what is in season or what you happen to have in the fridge.