Homemade Facial Masks – an All Natural and Powerful Detox [+Recipe]

Facial masks have had a long history in natural beauty, especially in Asia. Yang Gui Fei, The royal in Tang dynasty, was famous by her beauty and was said to use a simple, homemade facial mask daily that attributed to her beauty. This mask contained white jade, pearl and ginseng ground and mixed with lotus root starch.

Homemade Facial Mask

The origin of facial masks is said to have originated from the famous Cleopatra. It was said she often applied egg whites onto her face daily and also used dead sea mud from the ocean twice a week.

Homemade Facial Mask

Facial masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, increase circulation and replenish nutrients. The Application of a facial masque provides the maximum opportunity for absorption of active ingredients in a facial treatment!

Homemade Facial Mask

Facials masks are a great way to combat skin issues from wrinkles, discoloration, acne and more. Simple to make – typically only taking 10-20 minutes to sit and voila! Beautiful, radiant skin.

Homemade Facial Mask

You can choose to do facial masks daily or like me – once a week. It’s all in whatever works best for you! Either way – you will reap the benefits every time you use a natural facial mask.




Homemade Facial Mask

There are many different types of facial masks. The most common of these include:

1. Clay Masques – clay masques such as dead sea mud, kaolin, montmorillonite and bentonite provide powerful detoxing while providing relief for inflammation. Great for all skin types and especially great for oily, acne prone and inflamed skin.

2. Nourishing/Moisturizing masques (most popular are sheet masks!) – these masques are often enriched with vitamins and plant oils, helping to soften and restore proper oil and moisture balance in the skin. Great for mature and dry skin.

3. Paraffin Masques – Paraffin wax facials were developed in the 1960s but paraffin has been used in holistic medicine since the times of the Roman Empire. They are touted for their ability to clean your pores, reduce wrinkles, and moisturize. Great for mature and dry skin.

4. Molding masques – Molding masques harden after application and is removed as a single piece. Good for dry and mature skin.

5. Gel Masques – Gel Masks are the type of facial masques with a very thin, non-greasy, aqueous solution with firm consistency. They have a distinguished quality of generating a gentle cool and soothing sensation, they are quickly absorbed by the skin, and settle as an invisible layer so that you can have them for both home and travel needs. Great for dry and mature skin.



Homemade Facial Mask

There are many natural ingredients you can also use to either make a masque in itself or include in your homemade facial masque recipe. Some of the most well known include:

1. Aloe Vera – touted for it’s skin soothing and healing benefits. Most commonly used on sun burn. The best way to get aloe vera is straight from the plant. Break off and inch or two (depending on what your recipes calls for) of the outer leaves which contain the strongest sap, peel off the outer skin and use the sap from the inside. You can also buy natural, 100% aloe-vera gel from Mountain Rose Herbs.

2. Honey – honey kills germs, protects from the sun’s rays and moisturizes skin. It also absorbs impurities making it a powerful acne treatment. The best honey is organic, unrefined and unprocessed.

3. Avocado – perfect for dry skin, avocados contain a vegetable oil that deeply cleanses skin. This special fruit is high in potassium, also known as the “youth mineral” for it’s beneficial cell restoring properties.

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits – making it a powerful antiseptic. Use sparingly! Too much tea tree oil can burn.

5. Natural unflavored organic yogurt – probiotic properties in yogurt are very helpful for damaged or aging skin and it is also useful for moisturizing dry skin.

6. Clay – clay pulls out toxins from pores and help exfoliate dead skin skills. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits – making it a very refreshing and soothing ingredient.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar – apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties – making it a good antiseptic for the skin. (check out my article about other health benefits of ACV!). Just take care to dilute it as used by itself has the potential to cause chemical burns due to the acetic acid content.

9. Activated Charcoal – charcoal helps to draw out impurities and purify skin.



Homemade Facial Mask

It is recommended to take into consideration your skin type and needs when choosing a facial masque. Typically, these are the most common skin types:

1. Mature Skin – prone to more wrinkles and dehydration, you want a masque that will help hydrate and firm skin.

2. Oily Skin – prone to producing excess oils, you want a masque that will help draw out excess oil while nourishing.

3. Dry Skin – prone to dehydrated, dry and cracked skin – you want a masque that will help lightly exfoliate and nourish.

4. Combination Skin – a skin type that has areas of both oiliness and dryness – you want a mask that will gently cleanse and moisturize.

5. Acne prone skin – skin prone to painful pus-filled bumps – you want a masque that will help gently exfoliate, cleanse and draw out the toxins in your skin.

6. Psoriasis, eczema – skin prone to inflammation and flakiness – you want a masque that will gently cleanse and hydrate.

7. Sensitive skin – skin prone to inflammatory responses to certain things – you want a masque that is gentle, limited ingredient and lightly cleansing.



Homemade Facial Mask

  • Clearer skin and smaller pores: a masque deep-cleans your pores, exfoliating dead skin cells, metabolic wastes, and oily residue that can clog those pores.
  • Better hydration: your masque brings moisture to dry skin, softening it, enhancing its elasticity.
  • Easier makeup application: you’ll find it easier, faster to apply makeup on well cleansed and moisturized skin. It will blend and be more aesthetically pleasing!
  • Fewer fine lines and a fuller, healthier look: a good facial masque can reduce signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots, and give your face a softer, smoother, fuller more youthful look and feel.
  • Even skin tone: the right facial masque, regularly applied, reduces hyper-pigmentation and evens your skin tone and texture.
  • Improved oxygenation: every part of your body needs oxygen. Daily masquing promotes sweat gland secretion and opens pores so as to increase the skin’s oxygen content.
  • Firmer skin: masque enhances collagen production and fights off free radical damage, gradually bringing firmer, tighter, younger-looking skin.



Homemade Facial Mask

Now onto the main debut! My homemade facial mask that is all natural, simple and very powerful at detoxing, fighting inflammation and providing a radiant, youthful glow. Great for all skin types!

What you need:

1. Bowl and a spoon or other mixing utensils

2. 3-4 tablespoons Bentonite clay

3. 1 tablespoon Activated charcoal

4. A drop of Tea Tree Essential Oil (caution – too much can burn sensitive skin)

5. 4-5 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (more or less for consistency) (be sure to dilute with warm water as too high a concentration of ACV can be irritating to the skin – especially sensitive skin).


How to use:

Mix all ingredients together and apply a thick layer onto a clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Let sit for 10-20 minutes as tolerated. Rinse thoroughly.

I recommend exfoliating prior to use for better results (except not on a daily basis as you can exfoliate too much! A great exfoliating option is pink Himalayan salt with water) and following the masque with a great skin oil like Tamanu oil.



The charcoal can be messy both for your bathroom/kitchen and may get in your hair – I typically do this facial masque before a shower to wash off in the tub vs. in the sink.



Homemade Facial Mask

All of the ingredients listed in this article are all natural and generally safe for application. Please note that some topical reactions and allergic reactions may occur. It is always advised to try a small amount on a small inconspicuous area of skin to test before applying larger amounts. It is also always advisable to consult your physician or dermatologist before trying a new skin care product to ensure it is right for you.



Homemade Facial Mask

For some – committing 10-20 minutes to a facial masque may sound like a hassle but I promise it’s an easy routine to add to your day or night whether daily or weekly! I always find things to accomplish while the masque is setting – I am never just twiddling my thumbs waiting for the timer to sound! I promise, if you make time for your skin to apply a facial masque routinely as often as possible – you will reap the benefits! Go ahead, pamper yourself :).

I would also like to point out that this is great for men as well! Men should also take care of their skin and this is a great way to do it. Don’t be afraid to have healthy, soft skin! The women in your life and you will appreciate it. 🙂

Please, feel free to leave a comment below – share an experience, share your thoughts or ask a question! I’ll be happy to respond as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Sherry S.




10 thoughts on “Homemade Facial Masks – an All Natural and Powerful Detox [+Recipe]”

  1. Hello Buffy! That is great to be blessed with youthful skin! I definitely agree it’s good to take care of it now – you won’t regret it!

  2. Hello Nate! I am glad you enjoyed my article and are interested in trying a facial mask! They are great for men as well :). I personally love honey – it is so soothing, moisturizing and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties! It is great for sensitive skin but in general, every skin type will benefit from it! To answer your question – you can most certainly use honey by itself! You would simply apply a small amount (too much and be prepared for drippage!) onto a clean face with clean fingers and let sit for 10-20 minutes. I recommend using a raw, organic, unrefined, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey (such as https://amzn.to/2Lh9ebW) . Let me know how it goes!

  3. Now I know more about facial masks. I’m not that familiar with them, but the honey mask interests me. What would I do though? Just dab honey all over my face and let it sit there for a few minutes before washing it? I’ve heard of mud masks and seen egg/mixture masks, but never knew about a lot of the ones mentioned here. 

  4. Wow, this makes me want to try this. I have always looked younger than I am, so I never really thought about protecting and helping out my face. When I was younger, I just wanted to look older, and the facial mask commercials always said that they will make you look younger lol. So I wasn’t interested. But now, since I’m getting older, and starting to look like an adult. I just might do this to keep my face looking young and healthy. Thank you!

  5. Hello misty! I am glad you enjoyed my article :). There are many infrequents you can use in a homemade facial mask! I just listed some of the most commonly used. Lemon is safe to use on skin that is not sensitive, red or irritated. Lemon can be good for helping to lighten skin pigmentation’s and draw excess oils from oily skin. Some things to keep in mind when using lemon include:

    Always do a patch test by applying lemon on a small part of the facial skin that is more sensitive or breaking out.Always dilute lemon juice with plain or rose water., if your skin is sensitive.Never expose the skin to the bright sun after applying lemon on it.Always use fresh lemon juice because the concentration of vitamin C in lemon reduces with time.

    hope that helps!

  6. I loved your article on homemade facial masks. I love to make my own facial masks- and I found your article very
    helpful. I didn’t know the origin went back to Cleopatra. I definitely think natural face masks are the way to go.
    I’ve used bentonite clay before- I like it, but it made my face feel really dry afterwards. I’m sure if I use
    the recipe you recommended it will feel better. I also use honey and lemon quite a bit together as well. You don’t mention lemon- but do you think this is good to use on your face?

  7. Hello RoDarrick! I am glad you found my article enlightening and useful for your wife! I hope she gleans some new beauty secrets from it :). Feel free to return to share her experience

  8. Thanks so much for writing this exhaustively interesting content on home made facial masks. My wife is a fashionista and spends more to maintain her look and keep wrinkles away. I would definitely suggest this post to her. I never knew the benefits attached to facial masks before. I just always see it as just a normal application to maintain  smooth skin but I couldn’t have guessed it has this much depth. Thanks so much for sharing this post to enlighten me. My wife would be very thrilled to learn all thats in here because I’ve never seen her with a facial masque before, so most likely she doesn’t have a detail explanation on how things work here. Thanks.

  9. Hello and thank you Chris! If you have any women in your life that can benefit from this article and my recipe – feel free to share! 🙂

  10. You have a great article for the homemade facial mask. I had no idea that Cleopatra was the first to use a facial mask. I know women are always trying to beautify themselves and you just helped them out a great deal. By breaking down the various types of mask will give the a good understanding of what would be best for their skin. Great article and keep up the good work.

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