The Incredible (Totally Edible) Homemade Face Mask

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Photo by Tabitha Alterman

Most of us are looking for ways to save money during this … what are we calling it these days … economic kerfuffle? Of course, one of the most logical places to look is at life’s nonessentials. You know, cable TV, restaurants, European vacations, and of course fancy schmancy cosmetics and beauty treatments.

In more robust times, I’ll spend $10 to $15 on a body care product that I really love. But how about this? For just a few cents, you can treat yourself to this fabulous at-home facial, and then eat the leftovers!

Ingredients and Equipment:

  • 4 grapes, cut in half
  • 1 tsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 washcloths 

Step One:

Prepare the ingredients for your at-home facial, and place them in your staging area, probably the bathroom.

  1. Cut the grapes in half.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together.

Wet the washcloths, and place them on a plate in the microwave. You don’t need to warm them yet — just get them ready. (If you prefer to use the stove, just set the cloths in a steamer basket with a little bit of water underneath.)   

Photo by Tabitha Alterman

Step Two:

Cut the grapes in half and rub them all over your face (don’t forget your kisser!) in circular motions, squishing the grapes into your skin as they begin to run out of juice. And sure, go ahead and eat the skins when you’re done — why not? I’m not here to judge.


Photo by Tabitha Alterman

Step Three:

Pat the clumpy yogurt-honey mixture all over your face. (Hey there, you trying to save the money! Yes, you. Learn how to make yogurt at home — it’s a cinch.)

Photo by Tabitha Alterman

Step Four:

Get ready for the fun part! Warm the towels on half-power in the microwave, for about 45 seconds. (Or heat them gently in a steamer basket on the stove.) They should not be too hot to handle. Place the warm cloths over your face, and lie down to relax until the washcloths have lost all their heat. (Tip: For a more spa-like experience, first light an aromatherapy candle, dim the lights and listen to some pleasant tunes. And remind someone to wake you up in about 15 minutes!)

Step Five:

Rinse the mask off with warm water. Then take your new face out on the town, and party like it’s 1999!

Why This DIY At-Home Facial Is So Great:

  • Grapes contain fruit acids that exfoliate and smooth skin.
  • Yogurt soothes inflammation and redness, and softens dry skin.
  • Honey moisturizes skin, and attacks germs.
  • Heat opens pores, allowing the other ingredients to get to work. Plus, it’s soothing.
  • Relaxing, or giving yourself permission to enjoy a few minutes of R&R, is part of the healing process.

— Thanks to Caudalie and Time Out New York for inspiring this easy natural treatment! By the way, if your budget woes haven’t forced you to cut out beauty products yet, you might enjoy Caudalie’s line, which is free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, sodium laureth sulfate, and other things you don’t want seeping into your precious pores.