Whether it’s for an at-home spa night or you’re just looking to change up your skincare routine, a DIY face mask may be just the thing you need. But with a variety of ingredients and sellers out there, it may be hard to figure out what you exactly need.
That’s where this list comes in. No matter what your skincare concern may be, there is a recipe for everyone’s needs.
1. Sensitive Skin
When crafting a DIY face mask for sensitive skin, it’s typically to address redness and skin prone to rashes. If your skin is sensitive, it’s first important to know what your skin may be allergic or sensitive to before crafting the DIY face mask.
A good base for any face mask is clay. There is a variety of clays available, but when dealing with sensitive skin, your best bet is to use French pink clay since it isn’t tough on the skin.
More so, if redness is a problem, you’ll want to use ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties such as cucumber and honey. For added relief you can also add chamomile oil, which can aid in calming the skin.
2. Dry Skin
For dry skin, a clay mask may not sound the most appealing due to its drying properties, so in this case, the base of the face mask should not be clay.
Instead, using milk powder for the base is a great option for dry skin, due to the fact that not only can it exfoliate dead skin cells which in turn makes the skin glow, it is also known for its moisturizing properties.
However, milk powder’s consistency won’t be enough to stick on the face alone so a thickener (an ingredient safe for the skin) such as colloidal oatmeal will be needed to allow the face mask to sit. For even more added moisture, add aloe vera and jasmine oil to complete the recipe.
3. Combination Skin
Combination skin may be the hardest to deal with, constantly trying to find the perfect combination to not dry out your skin completely, but to also not cause your skin to overproduce oil.
A clay-based mask will be the best option for combination skin since there are clays known to be less drier, which can also take care of the oil. The best clay to use for combination skin is white kaolin clay because using a clay that is dries too much is going to dry the dry parts of your skin even more and cause the oily skin to over-produce oil; the overproduction of oil is typically due to a lack of moisture that is in turn causing the skin to produce excess oil to make up for the moisture that it’s not getting.
Concerns of combination skin may vary and it can be difficult to address every individual concern. Some other ingredients in general that may be added to treat combination skin include matcha powder and sandalwood oil.
4. Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
As stated with combination skin, when you’re dealing with oily skin, it’s important to remember not to dry the skin out too much. Although it may seem counterintuitive, making sure oily skin is properly moisturized is the first step in combatting excess oil.
Certain DIY face mask recipes can also help with deep pore-cleansing to oily skin that will prevent breakouts when the pores are not properly cleansed. The clay will also absorb any existing oils.
For added benefits, add activated charcoal and tea-tree oil. Make sure to add plenty of moisture back into the skin after using this DIY mask. It will need the moisture after being deep-cleaned by the mask.