As the end of summer nears, nurturing your skin, minimizing the damage of the summer sun, and maintaining your glow into the fall season all become top of mind.  Facial masks and treatments are a great way to transition your skin for fall weather. DIY beauty treatments have basically been around since civilization began and females started getting serious about grooming. There are a variety of home-made masks and scrubs that can be wonderful natural and economic solutions for dry, oily/acne-prone skin, or even help brighten up your skin tone.

Whether you’re pinching pennies and trying to save for your kid’s college, family vacation, a new car, of if you’re trying to  incorporate an eco-chic sensibility to your beauty regiment by using all natural products, I’ve found 10 awesome and super simple DIY home face mask recipes to help your cause.

DIY Beauty MasksSome useful items to have on hand to make the process easier are: a food processor or my preferred Magic Bullet, small wooden bowl or pestle and mortar, and a new/unused natural hair paint brush or foundation brush.

All skin and combination skin types

Lemon, honey, milk and cucumber mask
– 1 tsp honey
– A few drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice (just 3-4)
– 3 tsp milk
– Half a cucumber pureed in food processor
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, spread onto your face using hands or brush, Gently massage the mask onto your face with fingers, leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse mask off thoroughly with water and gentle cleanser.

Indian skin brightener mask
– 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
– 1 cup of plain natural yogurt
Mix turmeric powder thoroughly into yogurt. Apply mask, and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and gentle cleanser if necessary.

Egg White Face Mask
– 2 egg whites separated from yolk
– 2 tablespoons plain all natural yogurt
Whip eggs and yogurt together. Apply mask to face, and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and apply warm washcloth to face.

Oily or Acne-prone skin

Healing Aspirin Mask
– 1-3 aspirin (depending on amount of coverage needed
– Warm honey (so it’s runny)
– Natural oil: almond, olive, or coconut whichever you prefer
Crush the aspirin into small pieces/powder using pestle and mortar, a rolling pin, or by rolling a coffee cup. Place aspirin in a shallow dish. Stir in a few drops of water to help the aspirin dissolve into a paste. Add warm honey, and a few drops of your chosen oil and stir well. Apply as a mask or spot treat the pimple area (can also be used for rashes) and allow to dry. Leave on 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.

Banana Mask
– 1 ripe banana (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 orange or a lemon
Mix the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon and mix thoroughly. Apply to face, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with a cool water washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth. (For summer months, I suggest using cool water rinse to feel refreshed).

Blackberry Mask
– 1/4 cup of fresh blackberries (you can also substitute strawberries, or blueberries as well as they are one of the foods that contain natural salicylic acid, a common ingredient found in acne medications)
– 1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored/plain natural yogurt
Mash together the blackberries and yogurt or sour cream. Spread on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and mild cleanser if needed.

Dry and Wrinkle Prone Skin

Classic Avocado Honey Mask
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/4 cup of warm honey
Smash avocado in bowl then stir in honey. Mix well. Apply on face, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and mild cleanser if needed.

Dark Chocolate Mask
– 3 ½ oz of dark chocolate
– 1 cup of milk
– 3 tablespoons of milk
Mix milk and salt until all salt is dissolved. Melt chocolate in double boiler (or place small bowl inside a small pot of water as a “make-shift” double boiler as I do since I don’t own a double boiler 😉 ). Be sure to wear smock or cover clothes with old towels to avoid spills. Add milk/salt mixture to melted chocolate, whisk thoroughly, and allow to cool so it is not hot on skin (room temperature). Apply mask to face while mixture is warm and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash face thoroughly with warm water and mild cleanser.

Brown Sugar Face Scrub (not a mask but can be used before applying mask)
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (more if needed)
Place brown sugar in palm of hand (or you can use small bowl). Add the olive or coconut oil and stir in your palm with your finger, creating a paste. Add more oil if needed. Massage into skin in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply warm washcloth to face. Finish with your favorite moisturizer or follow with a moisturizing mask.

Sensitive or Sunburned Skin

Yogurt & Oatmel Mask
 1 cup plain all-natural yogurt
– 1/2 cup plain oatmeal (Quaker Oats Old Fashioned or similar brand)
Mix yogurt and oatmeal together thoroughly and apply to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply warm washcloth compress. (This recipe also works well for other skin types – For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice. For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey)


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