How To: Natural Face Masks with Real Ingredients

As summer rolls along, it is important to treat your skin well. One way to go about this is by buying a face mask from a store or local spa, but this can get quite costly. What to do instead? Here are Emily Cristobal’s best recipes for making your own face mask at home.


Whether you want to treat acne, keep your face hydrated or combat oily skin, there are many fresh and natural ingredients that you can use to help improve the health of your skin. By making your own face masks, you’ll not only save money but also have complete control of what your skin is sinking in.

If your skin needs more moisture, an easy face mask to make includes:

  • 1/2 Avocado

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • A handful of oats

These ingredients help with hydrating and nourishing your skin. Honey helps you retain moisture, without feeling oily. When it is massaged into specific areas, honey can also help with the appearance of scars and increase both healing and tissue regeneration. Oats also have beneficial healing and moisturising properties; they can calm and soothe your skin. By mashing avocados into this mixture, healthy oils prevent roughness and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

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To improve the texture and tone of your skin, you can make a mask with:

  • 1 tablespoon of natural, plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

Because one of the main ingredients in yogurt is lactic acid, it lifts away rough and old surface cells to reveal newer and brighter ones. Using honey also adds softness and elasticity to your skin. Turmeric is really beneficial in preventing pigmentation.

With summer heat on its way, a good way to combat oily skin is by using:

  • Half an avocado

  • 1/4 cucumber, blended.

This mask has a cooling effect on your skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh. Cucumbers are hydrating, soothing and contain Vitamin C, which reduces your chances of breaking out. The avocados in this mixture help regulate oil production and reduce inflammation, because they are rich in Oleic acid.

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It is important to keep in mind that everybody has different skin types. Before trying these ingredients or masks, you should do a patch test first; put some of it on the side of your neck to see how your skin reacts. Don’t forget to be mindful of expiration dates and use the mask on the day you make it. With these tips in mind, I hope you try out these homemade masks for yourself!