Thinking about a holiday getaway but can’t get away? Have you ever seen those amazing videos of DIY face masks and thought “I would love to do that!”? Possibly you thought, “That looks messy but fun!” or “I could never find ingredients for a DIY mask”.
Well, I am here to help you crack the code to the DIY skincare world. Ok, it may not replace your dream vacation to Fiji this Christmas, but it is guaranteed to give you a glow for all your holiday parties.
The holiday season is a particularly perfect time of the year to DIY skincare. There are added ingredients in our kitchen pantries for all those Christmas cookies or hostess bundt cakes and there are seemingly fewer hours in the day to relax and take care of ourselves.
Face mask DIY is a perfect way to squeeze a little self-care into your life. Check out other daily self-care tips.
Try out one of these easy DIY face mask recipes for glowing skin this winter.
Calming Honey Acne Mask
This mask is perfect for acne-prone skin, hormonal breakouts or redness. Honey is an excellent ingredient that has antibacterial properties. Chamomile is calming and nutritional yeast can add further acne-fighting benefits.
Brew one cup of chamomile tea with 2 tea bags and let cool. Replace with Green Tea for an antioxidant-rich mask.
In a bowl, stir one tablespoon of Manuka or Raw Honey and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
Add just enough chamomile tea to create a thicker paste that is still able to be spread across your skin but not drip too easily.
Apply a thin layer to face and leave on for 20 min.
Rinse off and pat dry. Follow with your regular skincare routine.
PRO TIP: Use a clean makeup brush to apply for more even application and less mess.
Exfoliating Brown Sugar Mask
You know you will have some extra brown sugar laying around with all the holiday baking this time of year. Don’t let it go to waste with this good-enough-to-eat exfoliating mask that will make you glow bright like a diamond this holiday season.
The olive oil in this mask provides powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin A. These antioxidants help neutralize free radical damage and the lipid-rich olive oil helps moisturize. The brown sugar acts as a gentle physical exfoliant.
In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of Manuka or Raw Honey and 2-3 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Add 1-2 teaspoons of soft brown sugar. Avoid using clumpy or dried out brown sugar as this may be too harsh on skin or difficult to work into mixture.
Apply to face and massage with fingers in gentle circular motions until brown sugar starts to feel like it is dissolving. Avoid the eye area.
Rinse off and pat dry. Follow with eye cream. If you are feeling particularly dry, follow with moisturizer.
PRO TIP: Save any leftover in a small sealed jar and use it as a lip scrub.
Brightening Lemon & Turmeric Mask
Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are common skincare concerns. These pesky spots tend to be more visible when our skin is most fair in the winter months.
This DIY face mask incorporates the benefits of two brightening ingredients. Lemon contains high doses of vitamin C and citric acid which helps boost collagen and even skin tone. Turmeric has curcumin which helps inhibit hyperpigmentation and helps reduce dark spots and brighten skin.
In a small bowl, mix ½ teaspoon of Turmeric, 1 tablespoon of Manuka or Raw Honey, 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon.
Apply to face with a clean makeup brush.
Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Avoid eyes. Rinse off gently and follow with facial cleanser and regular skincare routine.
Turmeric may stain a bit. Use less if you are concerned about staining or skip the turmeric all together if you plan on going out after your mask.
Hydrating Chocolate Mask
Dark chocolate contains amazing skin-loving ingredients such as flavanols, polyphenols, and other powerful antioxidants. If this face mask doesn’t get you in the mood to make some double chocolate chip cookies, we don’t know what will. The protein from the egg in this mask also helps firm the skin.
In a small bowl mix ½ cup of dark cocoa powder, 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil.
Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes.
Rinse off and wash face with facial cleanser. Follow with regular skincare routine.
PRO TIP: Pair with hot cocoa for maximum holiday vacation vibes.
Minimal Ingredients Necessary
If you haven’t noticed yet, most DIY face masks have minimal ingredients that are already found in your pantry. Since the ingredients were good enough to eat, you know they are good enough for your skin.
DIY face masks can be especially fun to make while the kids are mixing up the cookie batter but also great for moms-night-in. Pair them with fun themed cocktails and you have a perfect girls mini holiday or moms night in.
What do you think about these easy DIY face masks? Do you have a trusty DIY mask or skin care recipe that you whip up in the kitchen?
Tell us some of your favorites or try one above for a sure way to get away…for at least 15 minutes.
Vania Carter-Strauss is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in vascular health, wound care and pulmonology. She is also co-owner of Prude & Boujee, a sheet mask boutique in Reno, Nevada that specializes in sheet masks and Asian skincare. Vania believes in the balance of science and art and loves using her knowledge about the body and health to help people feel empowered in their healthcare and skincare decisions. Visit the shop at 606 W. Plumb Ln. #9 Reno, NV.