Simple Face Masks & Scrubs: Treat Your Skin at Home

Simple Face Masks & Scrubs

A basic skincare routine requires twice-daily care, the consistent use of a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Once you’ve got the basics covered, you might also want to consider how your complexion might benefit from a facial mask or scrub. Which one? Maybe both. That depends on the overall health and appearance of your skin and what you hope to accomplish.

If uneven texture or occasional dryness is an issue, you might want to consider using a facial scrub to help keep your skin looking smooth and flake-free. Relaxing with a mask could be your best option for clearing excess oil, calming irritation, or infusing parched skin with much-needed moisture.

Although scrubs and masks can make a noticeable difference in the way your skin looks and feels, they don’t need to be complicated or expensive to work wonders for your complexion. With just a few simple ingredients, you can treat your skin to a spa-like experience at home.

Why Consider Making Your Own Facial Masks and Scrubs?

Facial masks and scrubs are easy to use and deliver fast results. Although you could purchase ready-made products, you don’t need to. Instead, you can easily make your own facial masks and scrubs as needed with little effort. Not only do products made with supplies you already have on hand cost a lot less, but you’ll also have complete control over every ingredient. That means you’ll never have to worry about your scrubs or masks exposing your skin to parabens, artificial fragrances, or other chemicals and compounds that can compromise healthy skin function or harm the environment.

Want to Make an Exfoliating Scrub?  

The outermost layer of your skin is in a continuous state of renewal. But as those processes begin to slow, skin cells can begin to shed unevenly and cling to the surface. Gentle exfoliation with a facial scrub can help keep your complexion smooth and supple while clearing clogged pores. However, you’ll want to keep in mind that over-exfoliating can cause irritation and dehydration. Remember to use a light touch while using any of the following natural face scrubs.1

Brown Sugar & Honey

Brown sugar is a popular choice for DIY scrubs. For a nurturing, hydrating scrub, try blending equal amounts of brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey. As the brown sugar helps clear depleted skin cells from the surface, the coconut oil infuses your skin with moisture. When you add honey into the mix, your scrub has considerable anti-aging and anti-inflammatory potential.2

Olive Oil & Oatmeal

For a less abrasive alternative, consider using a simple oatmeal scrub. First, grind 2 parts oatmeal in a food processor or blender. Once your oatmeal is finely milled, blend in 1 part almond oil (or olive oil) and one part honey. If the consistency of your scrub is too sticky or thick, add a few drops of water or a bit more oil. Oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that also helps keep your skin hydrated.3

Coffee & Yogurt

The texture of ground coffee makes it an excellent source of “grit” for a DIY scrub. Coffee beans are also packed with skin-friendly antioxidants, and several sources suggest the caffeine helps stimulate circulation. When you mix ground coffee with plain yogurt, your skin benefits from the infusion of B vitamins as the lactic acid loosens the bonds that help keep dead skin cells from shedding.4

Ready to Relax with a Simple Mask?

When you’re making facial scrubs and masks at home, you can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like. Since each batch is made as you need it, you’re free to experiment and revise your recipes. When you’re ready, apply your facial mask to clean, dry skin while avoiding the delicate eye area. Once applied, relax for 10-15 minutes while your skin absorbs the goodness. Then rinse. You can pamper your complexion with one of the following recipes 1-2 times per week.

Oatmeal & Avocado

In a small bowl, mix a quarter of a ripe avocado with a tablespoon of rolled oats and a tablespoon of honey. You can leave the oatmeal “as is” or further refine the texture in a food processor (or blender). Once your ingredients are mixed, apply your mask and relax as this dynamic duo soothes irritation, calms inflammations, and replenishes essential moisture.5,6

Banana & Olive Oil

Banana is hydrating but won’t make your skin feel oily. It’s also high in antioxidant vitamins. If you mix a few tablespoons of mashed banana with a tablespoon of olive, argan, or jojoba oil, you’ll have a soothing, hydrating mask. But banana is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. If you have oily skin, consider adapting this recipe by mixing your banana with egg whites or aloe vera gel.7

Activated Charcoal & Aloe Vera Gel

For this simple recipe, all you need is an equal measure (1Tbs) of activated charcoal powder and aloe vera gel, and 5 drops of tea tree oil. After mixing the charcoal and aloe, add the tea tree oil. Apply the mask to your face. Once the charcoal mask dries, rinse your face with warm water. Activated charcoal has antibacterial properties that can be beneficial for blemish-prone skin.8

When Should I Use a Mask or Scrub?

The best time to use a mask or scrub is after cleansing and toning, but before toning and moisturizing. Using a skin-balancing toner after cleansing helps restore your skin’s delicate pH balance. With that balance restored, the surface is more receptive to any nutrients in your scrub or mask.

After rinsing your mask or scrub, apply your toner a second time, then help boost skin hydration by applying a nurturing, protective moisturizer. For best results, apply a  BOTA™ face moisturizer while your skin is still damp from rinsing and toning.

To learn more about caring for your skin with natural ingredients, visit BOTA™ to read The Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. Then take a moment to browse our selection of plant-powered CBD-infused toners, serums, moisturizers, and body care products. Formulated for specific skin concerns, all BOTA™ CBD skincare products are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.

 

Sources

  1. Simply Natural Beauty Tips. (2021) Which is Better: Face Scrub Or Face Mask? Pros, Cons, and When to Use.
  2. Dermatocare. (2021 September 02) 8 Benefits of Honey on Skin: Known From Dermatologist.
  3. Dabbles & Babbles. (2013 November 24) Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub
  4. Zoom. A Mukhopadhyay. (2020 May 21) 5 Natural yoghurt-Based Face Scrubs to Bid Goodbye to Dead Skin Cells.
    5. MarieClaire. B Rodriguez, C Hall. (2021 July 13) 12 DIY Face Mask Recipes for Skin That Glows/
  5. Wellness Bells. S Menon. (2019 May 31) Avocado Face Mask Benefits.
  6. Be Spotted. JR. (2021 January 05) DIY Face Masks – 10 Best Recipes.
  7. Healthline. C Cobb. (2019 August 07) What Are the Benefits of a Charcoal Mask?

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