This three ingredient homemade face mask is sure to soothe and replenish your tired skin. Give it a try with the recipe below!
I spend so much of my time focusing my skincare routine on my adult acne, but today, I want to talk about another issue I’ve been having. This last week, my skin has just been….blah. I don’t have acne right now (yay!), and it’s not really dry. It’s just…dull and missing something.
Of course, it’s probably due to the fact that it’s getting cold and I’m outside less. It could also have to do with the fact that the majority of my liquid intake right now is hot coffee (whoops). But whatever the reason, my skin needed a little extra TLC.
This 3 ingredient homemade face mask recipe was just what I needed. It’s soothing, revitalizing, and replenishing. Really, this might be the most soothing face mask I’ve ever tried.
Read on for the recipe so you can try it yourself. Your skin will thank you!
Homemade Face Mask Recipe
What I really like about this face mask is how smooth and clean it goes on. It’s thinner than most other masks I’ve made, but it isn’t sticky and drippy like a lot of the honey masks out there. And, if you’ve ever used Bentonite clay in a mask, you’ll be amazed at how soothing this one is, even with the clay added!
It’s incredibly quick to whip up, and since it’s a single-use recipe, you don’t have to worry about storing it for later!
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The benefits of aloe vera for your skin
Aloe vera has so many benefits for your skin. It provides moisture, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your skin needs. It can soothe all sorts of skin irritations (hello…sunburn!), as well as fade scars and discoloration.
Using aloe on your skin can rejuvenate it and leave it looking (and feeling) more plump and supple.
I personally like using aloe fresh from my huge aloe plant, but if you don’t have enough to supply your needs, you can always buy it online.
The benefits of honey for your skin
The benefits of honey for your skin are pretty well known and documented. It’s used in so many skincare products. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, two huge benefits for your skin!
It’s also great for keeping your skin hydrated and for preventing premature wrinkles.
You can read more about the benefits of honey here if you want to know more.
All around, honey is amazing for your skin, and if you’re not using it, I recommend starting.
When you search for honey, be sure to look for something raw. A lot of honey you find in the store is more sugar than anything else, so be sure to read the labels carefully. If you can get your hands on some manuka honey, that’s even better, and can also be used in this recipe.
Why I love Bentonite Clay in my homemade face masks!
I’ve already covered my love of Bentonite Clay in this post, but in case you missed it, clay is great for fighting inflammation and removing toxins from your skin.
My favorite brand is this one, which you can get on Amazon. I’ve used it for years and always keep it in stock!
Essential Oils and Skincare
There’s not a “one size fits all” essential oil that will work with everyone’s skin type.
I remember getting started and hearing how great tea tree was for skincare. So, I used it in everything! Unfortunately, my dry, sensitive skin hated it. My skin was so dry and tight that it was actually painful, and that’s because tea tree is great for oily skin (which I don’t have).
This is just a great example of exactly how important it is to know what essential oils are best for your skin before making any recipes. Luckily for you, a wrote an entire post about this, which you can read right here.
First, a quick note on the essential oils in this recipe. My family uses and loves Plant Therapy essential oils. I used to recommend another brand, but after a lot of researching, I found a brand I can put my name behind 100%. We love their quality, commitment to safety, and their price. They have certified aromatherapists on staff to talk with, and offer an extensive KidSafe line, which my family loves! You can shop Plant Therapy here and find all of your favorites. New customers can get $5 off an order of $50 or more by using the code “5OFF.” Oh, and there’s always free shipping!
And now, on to the rest of the ingredients:
- 1 tbs aloe vera gel (you can buy this or read further to learn how to make your own)
- lavender essential oil, or your favorite essential oil for skincare (optional)
- 1 tsp Bentonite Clay
- 1 tbs raw honey (manuka honey would also be great!)
First, if you’re using fresh aloe, you’ll want to create aloe vera gel. You can do this by cleaning off the skin of a leaf, and putting all of that “gunk” into a blender for about 30 seconds. That turns your sticky, clumpy aloe into a smooth gel that works great in recipes.
Once you’ve done that, mix your aloe vera gel, essential oils, Bentonite clay, and raw honey in a glass bowl. Mix it with a wooden spoon*, and apply liberally to your face.
Let it sit for approximately 20 minutes then rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.
Note *: you need to use a wooden spoon. Essential oils will leech toxins out of your plastic utensils and break them down, but Bentonite clay is known for pulling toxins out of metal.
How to customize your face mask recipe
Want to customize your homemade face mask for your skin? Here are some ideas you might like!
- Dry skin: add a teaspoon of a nourishing oil like sweet almond or olive oil.
- Uneven skin tone: add a teaspoon of Matcha green tea powder.
- Sensitive skin: add a teaspoon of oat flour (or ground oatmeal)
- Aging skin: add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
While you’re at it, be sure to double check my blog post on essential oils for skincare to make sure you’re adding the best ingredients for your skin.
The perfect homemade face mask for tired skin
This three ingredient homemade face mask recipe is just what you need when you’re battling dry, dull skin this winter. It’s soothing, moisturizing, and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Give it a try today. Your face will thank you later!