You’ll be surprised to know how easy it is to create your own healthy and effective facemasks at home, using ingredients you already have in the kitchen.

You can experiment with various ingredients in different combinations to find a facemask that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and cleansed.

Here are a few everyday ingredients and their benefits for your skin:


Oatmeal is a good binding ingredient and has a good paste-like consistency for application.

On top of this, oatmeal helps to absorb excess oil from your skin. It contains antioxidants, avenanthramides, and anti-inflammatory compounds, making it ideal to soothe irritated, dry or itchy skin. It is also a great treatment option for those who suffer from acne.

Oatmeal also contains the cleansing agent, saponins, making it a mild soap. Because of its texture, oatmeal is a natural exfoliant, and helps to remove dead skin cells

Brown sugar

Sugar is a natural humectant, which means it moistures and hydrates your skin.

It is also a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid. This generates fresher looking skin. Glycolic acid is typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.

Also, because of its texture, sugar makes a great exfoliant, often used in scrubs.


Honey naturally moisturises skin, locking in moisture. It also fights bacteria, with its anti-bacterial properties.


Bananas have been called nature’s botox. Bananas contain potassium, which is great for healing blemishes on the skin, along with powerful antioxidants, which suppresses wrinkles.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a great moisturiser and antioxidant that helps, and can be used to adjust the consistency of your face mask.


Milk contains lactic acid, which helps to perk up aging skin. It evens out discolorations, lightening dark spots. It hydrates the skin as it increases its ability to retain water. Milk also improves skin function by improving the production of collagen.

If the consistency of your facemask is too thick, add a bit of milk.


Yoghurt is a great ingredient to use as a base for your facemask, and helps to bind other ingredients.
It contains probiotic enzymes, nourishing skin, fighting acne and tightening pores. And, just like milk, yoghurt contains nutrients that help forestall premature aging.


Avocado reduces wrinkles and has anti-aging properties. On top of this, avocados are full of healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Avocados can also be used to thicken the consistency of your facemask.


Cucumber’s cleansing attributes make your skin soft and supple. It also has a cooling effect, and can be applied directly to your skin if sunburned. Together with this, cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate puffiness.


Egg is another great ingredient for binding or adjusting a facemask’s consistency.
Egg white is rich in vitamins and proteins, giving your skin a nice lift, while also tightening your pores. This fights age-related skin sagging.
Egg whites are a great toner, and draws out excess oils, while the yolk moisturises.


As an astringent, lemon helps to diminish dark marks on the skin, brightening it at the same time.


You might be surprised that something as acidic as vinegar is good for your skin, but its acidity means it has antiseptic properties, which get rid of bacteria. Vinegar also restores and regulates your skin’s pH balance
While white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar is popular for use in facemasks, use white wine vinegar if you are looking for a milder alternative.


Apple contains a mild fruit acid, namely alpha hydroxyl, which removes dead skin cells, as well as controlling oil.
Apple also contains antioxidants that help to prevent cell and tissue damage.

Baking soda

Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant for removing dead skin cells. It also opens and deep cleanses pores. This makes it great for clearing blackheads and absorbing excess oil.

Rose water

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it will soothe irritated skin.


Beer might be the strangest ingredient on this list, but it is surprisingly good for your skin.

It is a soothing cleanser, and contains vitamin B, hops, saccharides, and yeast, all of which help to dissolve dead cells and gives your skin a healthy glow.

You can play around with these ingredients to create the perfect facemask that suits all your facial needs.

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