10 Exfoliating Face Masks from Common Kitchen Ingredients

December 17, 2019

10 Exfoliating Face Masks from Common Kitchen Ingredients

Face masks (or masques) have been around for centuries. Ancient Egyptian royals used natural ingredients like flour, sugar, oils, and honey to nourish and hydrate the skin and also unclog the pores. Homemade face masks accomplish a variety of tasks; they exfoliate, soothe, cleanse, and heal the skin. They also help remove impurities left behind after cleansing. Masks provide an excellent opportunity for the skin to regenerate, repair, moisturize and condition itself. Today, we will discuss 10 amazingly easy homemade face masks that are guaranteed to leave your skin softer, smoother and rejuvenated!

Benefits of Homemade Face Masks

  • Natural skincare ingredients have emollient, antioxidant, and demulcent properties. They hydrate and exfoliate.
  • Masks condition the skin. They repair and heal blemishes, acne, age spots, and other signs of skin damage caused by environmental pollutants and toxins.
  • Masks are an excellent strategy for rejuvenating aging skin.
  • Many facial masks draw blood to the skin in addition to replacing lost moisture.
  • Face masks remove dead skin cells and reveal younger-looking and healthier skin.
  • They are an excellent way to deeply cleanse the pores and facilitate skin healing and stimulate overall skin health and well being.
  • Facial masques made from common kitchen ingredients are free from chemicals and also inexpensive compared to store-bought ones.

How Often Should You Use Face Masks?

On average, skin cells turnover[i] once every 47- 48 days. So treat yourself to a facial treatment at least once every two months, more if you can. Some masks are mild enough for daily or bi-weekly use, too.

10 Amazing Exfoliating Face Mask Recipes

1. Egg and Yogurt Mask

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Yolk of an egg
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

Whisk together the honey, egg, and yogurt until creamy. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking briskly. Apply to the skin and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. This skin enriching mask is suitable for all skin types.


2. Avocado and Honey Mask

  • Pulp of a ripe avocado – about 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp honey (preferably use raw and organic honey; even better if you can use Manuka honey!)
  • 1 egg yolk

Whisk together the above ingredients and apply to the face. Wash off with warm water after an hour. This is an excellent hydrating and nourishing mask for very dry skin. It removes dead, flaky skin and replenishes all of the lost moisture.

3. Oatmeal Scrub/Mask

You can use this recipe as a mask or as a scrub.

  • 1 tsp finely ground oatmeal or cornmeal
  • 2-3 drops of coconut or olive oil. (You may also use almond oil, avocado oil or sesame oil)
  • 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Mix the carrier oil and essential oil. Add the blend to the meal. You may need to add some more to hold the mixture together. If needed, you can also add a bit of honey or yogurt to the mixture. Gently rub the mixture all over the face and neck. Wash off immediately or keep it on for 10-15 minutes for firmer, tighter, softer, and cleaner skin.

4. Cleansing Rice Flour

Rice, especially Jasmine rice[ii], has exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. Rice flour can absorb excess oil from oily skin and also remove dirt and leftover makeup. Always use organic, non GMO rice flour.

  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • Yogurt, milk or honey enough to make a paste.
  • 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

Mix all the ingredients well. Apply all over the face. Avoid touching the mask to the eyes. When the mask starts to dry, you may wash it off. Follow up with an oil-free moisturizer.

5. Coffee and Cocoa Exfoliating Mask

Avoid this mask if you suffer from acne or rosacea.

  • 2 tbsp fresh, ground coffee
  • 1 tsp organic cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh, edible cream

Combine the ingredients and apply in a gentle, circulating motion all over the face and neck. Wash off after 10-15 minutes with tepid water.

6. Firming, Brightening and Exfoliating Coffee Mask

Avoid this mask if you have acne or rosacea.

  • 4 tbsp fresh, cool coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp fresh, cold, edible cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

Mix all ingredients well. Apply over the face and neck and wash off after 20 minutes. With regular use, your skin will be firmer, softer, and more radiant.

7. Turmeric and Coconut Oil Mask

Coconut oil[iii] in this mask rejuvenates and hydrates all skin types. It is particularly beneficial for fading age spots, scars, and acne blemishes and diminishing wrinkles. This non-pore clogging oil also gently sloughs off dry and dead skin and strengthens underlying skin tissue. The caprylic acid in coconut oil keeps acne and blemishes in check. Always use pure, food-grade and cold-pressed coconut oil. Turmeric is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has anti-acne benefits and also brightens the skin and fades age spots.

  • ½ tsp organic turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp food-grade coconut oil

Mix the oil and powder to make a paste. Apply this paste (use a Q tip) on the acne, scars, and blemishes or all over the face. Wipe off the excess with a tissue leaving a thin layer on the skin. Leave this on overnight. Please use old pillow case covers, since turmeric stains clothes. Wash off the next morning. This mask is gentle enough to be used daily.

8. Rose Petal Mask

It is believed that the beautiful Cleopatra[iv] used rose petals and cream (among other beauty rituals) to keep her skin youthful and glowing.

  • ½ cup each of heavy, edible cream, rose hips, and rose petals
  • ¼ cup oatmeal

In a food processor, finely chop the rose hips and rose petals. In a small saucepan, heat the cream and add the crushed rose petals and rose hips. Simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Now introduce the oatmeal and cook until it forms a thick paste. Cool the paste and apply to skin. Leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

9. Hydrating Face Mask

  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ avocado
  • Drizzle of apple cider vinegar

Beat the yolk until it is foamy. Mash the avocado well and add apple cider vinegar as you form a smooth paste. Whisk the cider-avocado mixture into the egg.

Apply a thin layer on the face. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

10. Tropical Coconut Mask

  • ½ fruit (banana/passion fruit/papaya/mango, etc)
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp each coconut oil and coconut milk

Pulse all of the above ingredients in a blender until thick and smooth. Apply the paste to your face. Allow the mask to set for 25 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Do you have any face masks that you’re particularly fond of? Please share in the comments below!


[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7865480

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27721049

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6335493/

[iv] https://www.powerofpositivity.com/10-ancient-beauty-rituals-used-by-cleopatra/

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