Simple, Homemade Face Mask Recipes


Talk about perfect timing. Just as the weather is getting cooler and we're approaching dry-skin season, Mother Earth News reader Pamela Koontz sent in a few of her favorite homemade skincare recipes. As she pointed out, when compared to commercial products, homemade skincare can save you money, is often easier on the environment, and makes it easy to care for your skin naturally. So, go ahead, "whip one of these up and let nature do all of the work!"

Farmer's Wife Secret Mask2 chilled egg whites 
1/8 tsp cornstarch

Whip the egg whites until they form peaks; then slowly add the cornstarch.  Apply the mixture immediately to your face, leaving it on for 20 minutes. Rinse face with cool water. 

Bumblebee Facial Mask1 tbsp dried milk
1 egg yolk
1 tsp honey

Mix honey with the egg yolk and then stir in the dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply. Remove after 20 minutes with cool water.

Glorious Green Face Mask1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 smashed avocado
1/3 cup of honey

In a bowl, mix smashed avocado with the honey, then continuously add oatmeal. When all ingredients are mixed well, apply to face and relax for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a splash of cool water.

No Monkey Business Mask1/2 banana
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sour cream

Smash the banana and add the honey and sour cream. Apply to face and leave on 15-20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp cotton wash cloth.

Pamela Koontz
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Louise Lindo
9/13/2010 1:36:55 PM

I love the recipes for masks;good simple ingredients. I do however need to know which mask is good for what type of skin, dry skin, for oily skin ,for tigntening pores etc

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