DIY Skin Care Masks

We’ve previously discussed the controversy over sheet face masks. The disposable masks come in plastic packaging with even some additional plastic sheeting inside. This packaging and the sheets themselves are usually not recyclable. The EPA reports that a significant portion of consumer waste is materials used for packaging. Plastics can take thousands of years to decompose although we additionally see that microplastics make their way into larger bodies of water, potentially affecting both humans and aquatic life.

However, we can do our part to reduce waste! By creating your own face masks to care for your skin, you can eliminate the plastic packaging waste and maybe even cut down on food waste by using items from your pantry and fridge. Not to mention you can tailor it to fit your needs! Varying skin types can make it difficult to find skin care products that work for you, especially with unknown added ingredients!

What the ingredients can do for you!

Honey Nourishes and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

Avocado Is rich with antioxidants and helps maintain moisture

Banana Is rich with antioxidants and helps absorb oil from the skin

Yogurt Has calcium to aid with skin renewal and zinc for anti-inflammatory properties

Rolled Oats Anti-inflammatory properties

Turmeric Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Cucumber Helps to hydrate skin

Emily listed several recipes for great DIY facial skin care masks in the previous article, so here are a few more that delve into what different ingredients can do for your skin. You can combine the ingredients, apply to your face for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Dry Skin

1 avocado

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey


1 tablespoon plain yogurt

1 teaspoon oatmeal

1 teaspoon honey


Sensitive Skin

1 tablespoon plain yogurt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder


Oily Skin

½ cup of cooked oatmeal

1 egg

1 tablespoon of lemon juice


For Blackheads

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon honey


For Glowing Skin

3 tablespoons rolled oats

1 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon lemon juice


Written by Olivia Giovannini-Dolan, Class of 2020

Photo Credit: Pixabay


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