A good DIY facial mask is one of my most popular “do you have a good recipe for a ______?” requests. For a long time I wondered why. Masks aren’t typically part of a daily skincare regimen. I used to respond with “why do you want to make a mask? Why not a cleanser or toner?” The most typical response to that was something along the lines of “Oh I could never make something like that. Masks look simple.” And that’s true–you can make a good DIY mask out of just about anything you have in your kitchen, pantry, or garden. You might just need to add a few little extras like clay or seaweed powder, but even those are optional.
Simplicity is definitely one of the draws of the DIY facial mask.
The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that the reason people love masks so much goes beyond simplicity.
Daily skincare regimens typically consist of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. They are most often rushed upon waking in the morning, and performed sleepily at night. They are seen as more of a necessity to keep skin in check, rather than something that’s actually pleasurable.
The facial mask is different. There’s nothing rushed about it, since it needs to sit on the surface of the skin for a period of time before being removed. You can’t just slather it on and then run out the door because well, it’s usually green, gray, brown, or opaque white. You apply the mask at a specific time of a skincare regimen–after the cleansing, toning and maybe exfoliating, and before the moisturizer–so there it does require more of a ritual than a typical daily routine. You’ve got to plan for it.
The facial mask moves skincare past the daily regimen and into a self-care ritual.
That’s why people ask for it–it’s a subtle request for more self-care and pampering in their lives. Not everyone can indulge in a spa treatment or other typical pampering excursion on a regular basis, but we all need and deserve pampering. A DIY facial mask is the perfect way to give yourself a treat, an opportunity to slow down for a bit and enjoy some nourishment, and enjoy the lovely glow that follows.
My favorite way to make a truly nourishing DIY facial mask is to start with a freshly blended green or fruit smoothie or juice, and add clay.
Here’s one of my favorite DIY smoothie facial mask recipes:
- 2 cups baby spinach (rich in A vitamins and essential fatty acids)
- 1 cup diced pineapple (contains bromelain–an enzyme that promotes gentle exfoliation)
- 1 kiwi (Rich in Vitamins C and E)
- 1 avocado (Naturally moisturizing with healthy fats, and rich with carotenoid antioxidants)
- Juice from half a lemon (Vitamin C, citric acid)
- 1 cup of spring or filtered water (hydrating, also may contain minerals depending on the source)
- 1 tablespoon of mineral-rich Bentonite, Rhassoul, French green, or white kaolin clay (or a combination of clays–but use the kaolin if you have drier, or more sensitive skin)
Click HERE to read more about different clays and muds.
- Add all ingredients into a high speed blender, except the clay. Set aside 2 tablespoons of smoothie in a small prep bowl, and pour the rest into a glass or mason jar.
- Add your clay to the smoothie in the prep bowl, little by little, until you get an opaque, paste-like consistency.
- Apply it to the entire face and neck, avoiding the eye area and lips
- Leave it on for 15 minutes, and drink the remaining juice or smoothie while it sets
- Remove gently with a soft cloth and warm water.
- Tone, and apply moisturizer
I hope you try this smoothie facial mask recipe yourself!
Please leave a comment below and let me know how it goes.
Here’s a picture of me in my own DIY facial mask. I’d love to see yours! Post it on Instagram and tag me @rachaelpontillo 🙂
If you liked this recipe, click HERE for a similar one.
Also, if you want to learn how to up your mask (and other skincare product) making skills, check out my online course, Create Your Skincare!
*Image credits Rachael Pontillo.