5 easy face masks you can make at home

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When it comes to my self-care, there’s not much like a hot bath, glass of wine, book in hand and a face mask. Homemade face masks are popular and easy to whip up, and most of the ingredients are likely in your kitchen cupboard!

While some of these DIY masks may resemble mushy baby food, don’t be alarmed – they get the job done. The cold winter air may have dehydrated your skin and left it feeling a little worse for wear, but my top five DIY face masks are easy to make and will leave your skin glowing, hydrated and ready for the warmer months ahead. The next time you feel like a fabulous pamper session but you have a baby in one arm, and a nagging toddler in the other, with no time or budget to get to the store to buy a face mask or indulge in a salon appointment, head to your kitchen once the kids are safely tucked in bed and give one of these a try.

1. Honey, cinnamon and lemon juice face mask

This mask is fabulous for targeting dark spots, melasma and hyperpigmentation. These three ingredients work together to target inflammation and dark spots. Honey is a natural antibacterial inflammatory, so it will lessen any redness, swelling, or dark spots naturally.

How to make it:

  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (if you have extremely dry skin, substitute with olive or almond oil)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix ingredients until smooth. Apply to face, avoiding the eyes, and rinse with warm water after 30 minutes.

2. Classic oatmeal face mask

Oatmeal has long been used to hydrate the skin without clogging the pores. Don’t we all remember our very first oatmeal mask from Yardley as teens? Oatmeal is a wonderful multifunctional ingredient that not only calms the skin down but can help eczema and psoriasis too. Dry and irritated skin will be gone with this staple DIY face mask.

How to make it:

  • ½ cup raw oatmeal
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large helping of plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey

“Homemade face masks are so popular and easy to whip up with things from your kitchen cupboard…”

Combine the oatmeal and water in a small saucepan (for the stove) or bowl (for the microwave) and cook for five minutes. Add the yoghurt and honey. Mix it all up and let it cool, but apply to face while still warm so you get all the benefit of that oatmeal. Relax and let it work its magic. Rinse after 15 minutes.

3. Brown sugar and coconut oil face mask

The benefits of this mask will astound you1 Containing just two ingredients, brown sugar is both a physical exfoliant and a chemical exfoliant because it’s a natural source of glycolic acid. Simply put, it will give you smooth, soft, glowing skin. The addition of coconut oil gives you a surge of hydration during and after your mask, so your skin won’t dry out after exfoliating. Coconut oil also has wonderful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, it’s literally vitamins for the skin.

How to make it:

  • 2 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil

Mix sugar and oil and apply to skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

mother-applying-diy-face-mask-that-she-made-to-improve-her-skin-and-live-a-happy-lifestyle4. Banana face mask

There’s no need for Botox or facial fillers when you have bananas lying around your kitchen. Bananas are rich in antioxidants that nourish and revitalise dry skin, as well as smooth rough and ageing skin. If you have acne-prone oily skin, you can use a banana face mask or peel topically for oil control and to reduce further breakouts.

How to make it:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (if you have extremely dry skin, substitute with olive or almond oil)
  • 1 tsp. honey

Mash the banana into a bowl and add the lemon juice and honey until it forms a smooth paste. Apply to face for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

5. Coffee face mask

Who doesn’t love coffee? Personally, I’d be lost without it. But did you know that caffeine has been used in skincare for years already, and the benefits are astounding? Coffee beans reduce inflammation and redness, while also lessening the appearance of under-eye circles. The grounds are a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells for a brighter complexion.

How to make it:

  • ½ cup ground coffee beans
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of milk (almond milk is a great substitute, too)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice (if you have dry skin, substitute with olive or almond oil)
  • 1 tbsp. of honey

Mix the coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add the milk and stir until a paste is created. For a thicker paste, use less milk. Mix in the lemon juice and honey, and apply to your face. This mask sets and dries on the face (this will take up to 20 minutes). Once the 20 minutes are up, rinse!


Mandi Strimling is a South African-based journalist, blogger, social media influencer, and media personality. She owns the website, Rave Review, which has fast become South Africa’s favourite online accessory. Mandi is also a content creator, has an addiction to makeup, sports and has a soft spot for a good cheesecake. 

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