These 4 homemade face masks (for every skin type!) will help you to work a little bit of safer self-care into your routine without busting your beauty budget!

pumpkin face mask in a glass jar with a wooden lid with plumping mask written on the jar in white letters in front of 3 other glass jars full of masks on a marble surface

Face masks are a favorite self-care addition around here (read more about ALL of our favorite ways to pamper ourselves at home), and while we love keeping safer masks from our favorite brands (hi, Beautycounter + Primally Pure!) stocked in our bathroom cabinets always, we also love to get crafty in the kitchen and whip up our own homemade face masks to change things up.

Why add homemade face masks to your routine? A few reasons, actually! First off, rotating between your homemade face masks and your trusty safer store-bought masks will save you a ton of money! If you typically mask 2 times per week, using a homemade mask (made from basic kitchen ingredients) for one said pampering session means that you go through your store-bought mask half as quickly, and let’s be honest, store-bought masks can be expensive, so going through them at a slower pace is a great way to save some money. Adding homemade face masks to your weekly self-care routine is also really great because it introduces your skin to really beneficial ingredients that may not be included in your store-bought masks (turmeric, honey, and pumpkin, to name a few). 

How do you make a simple homemade face mask?

Don’t let the idea of making your own face masks intimidate you…it is truly *so* easy. When it comes to making a face mask, you’ll essentially just mix up your ingredients and then store the mask until you’re ready to apply! In some cases (like for our homemade soothing mask below), you may need to mash an ingredient (like avocado) completely first, and then add and combine the remaining ingredients. 

4 Homemade Face Mask Recipes

Below, you’ll find 4 homemade face mask recipes for every skin type! Looking for a plumping mask for dry, aging skin? We’ve got it! What about an antioxidant mask for dull, stressed out skin? Check! Soothing mask? Clarifying mask? We’ve got those too! 

homemade pumpkin mask in a glass jar with a wooden lid with plumping mask written on it in white letters on a marble surface

Homemade Plumping Mask

This homemade plumping mask also happens to be perfect for fall, since the main star of the show is pumpkin! Pumpkin contains tons of natural fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which help to increase cell turnover and remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. 

bright yellow turmeric and yogurt face mask in a glass jar with a wooden lid with the words 'antioxidant mask' written in white lettering

Homemade Antioxidant Turmeric Mask

With powerhouse ingredients like turmeric, yogurt, coffee, lemon juice, and honey, this mask is packed with antioxidants, acts as a natural exfoliant, and is sure to brighten, moisturize, and soothe skin. 

mashed avocado and oat mask in a glass jar with a wooden lid with soothing mask written on it in white letters on a marble surface

Homemade Soothing Avocado Mask

If you have dry, inflamed skin, this one is for you! The combination of avocado, olive oil, oats, and CBD will moisturize and soothe even the most stressed-out skin.

dark green matcha and clay peel off mask in a glass jar with a wooden lid with clarifying mask written on the jar in white lettering on a marble surface

Homemade Clarifying Peel-Off Mask

This fun peel-off mask is perfect for clearing toxins, cleansing pores, and firming skin! With soothing matcha, Aztec clay, and brightening lemon juice, you’ll reach for this one again and again.

How to Apply a Face Mask

To apply a face mask, wash and dry your face as normal, and then apply the mask to your clean, dry skin. Once applied, let your mask sit for 10-20 minutes until it begins to dry, and then rinse off with cool water and a washcloth (these soft muslin cloths are our favorites!) until the mask is completely removed. Pat your face dry, then apply the remainder of your normal skincare routine!

How often can we apply homemade face masks?

While we think adding a mask to your self-care routine weekly is great, know that you can mask more than that if you’d like! In order to give your skin a break, though, we don’t recommend masking every single day – 2-3 times a week is a good number to stick with!

How to Fit Face Masks Into Your Routine

For many of us, the idea of fitting any amount of self-care into our routines can seem almost laughable, right? Between work, kiddos if you have them, and all of life’s other commitments, taking a little bit of time to apply a luxurious mask may feel darn near impossible, but it DOESN’T have to! 

Fitting face masks into your routine can look like this: just before you’re about to hop into the shower, give your face a good wash (this cleansing oil is the BEST), apply your mask, and then hop on into the shower! Take care of washing your body + hair (being careful to not rinse your mask off quite yet!), and then *just* before you’re about to hop out of the shower, rinse off your mask! If you’ve got time, though (maybe after dinner has been cooked + eaten, the kitchen cleaned up, and the kiddos are in bed), apply your face mask and then pour a glass of wine and revel in the peaceful (if only for a moment!) bliss that is pampering yourself!

4 homemade face masks - light green, bright yellow, dark green, and orange - lined up in a row with smears beside them on a marble surface

How long are homemade face masks good for?

Since these masks are homemade, they definitely won’t last as long as their store-bought counterparts. We recommend storing them in airtight containers or jars (these are perfect!) in the fridge for 5-7 days. 

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    1. I’d try 2 times a week and see how your skin does! We don’t recommend masking more than 2-3 times a week.