18 DIY Face Masks

DIY Face masks…they’re the perfect way to kill time on holiday weekend, while also doing wonders for your skin. Need a clarifying treatment? Look no further. Want to seriously exfoliate? We’ve got you covered. Facialist to the stars Joanna Vargas has given us a slew of face masks (many of which are edible), that are easy to do at home and bear awesome results. See below for the ultimate guide to skin-pampering with these 18 great masks for your holiday weekend…

Vitamin C Mango Mask:

One whole, mashed mango

1/4 cup warmed honey

One tbsp almond oil


Blend all ingredients in a bowl. Mango has amazing anti-inflammatory properties for anti-aging and is packed with vitamin C to combat sun damage. Combined with the hydrating properties of the honey and almond oil, your skin will feel lifted, younger and revitalized.

DIY Glowing Skin Mask

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup mashed strawberries

1/4 cup honey


You can’t sleep in it, but apply all over your face and neck for ten minutes and you will reveal a brighter, healthier you!

Clarifying Egg Mask for Acne:

One egg

1/2 cup plain organic yogurt

3 tbsp almond oil


Wisk the egg in a bowl, then blend in the yogurt and almond oil. The egg is incredible for clarifying and the yogurt is anti-inflammatory. It contains acidophilus, as you may know, which is anti-bacterial, which will shrink any pimples. The almond oil is really great because it’s hydrating. It’s rich without clogging the pores, but it’s going to leave the skin soft and dewy.

DIY Pumpkin Mask:

2 tsp Pureed Pumpkin (canned is fine)

1/2 tsp Organic Honey

1 tsp Organic Greek Yogurt


Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to damp skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with a muslin or washcloth.

Use once a week (make a new batch for each use!)

Charcoal & Clay Detox Mask:

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp yogurt

½ teaspoon of bentonite clay

1 tsp activated charcoal


Apply the mask evenly, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes and remove with a warm damp cloth.

Soothing & Depuffing Turmeric Mask: 

1 tbsp organic Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp finely chopped parsley.


Mix all ingredients together, leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth.

Exfoliating Anti-Inflammatory Mask:

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1/2 tsp of organic turmeric

1 tbsp of almond meal


Mix all ingredients together, leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth.

Triple Action Turmeric Mask:

1 tbsp of organic Greek yogurt

1 tsp of honey

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp aloe


Mix all ingredients together, leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth.

Calming Mask:

1/2 cup chamomile tea

1 tsp rosemary

1 tbsp milk

3 slices cucumber


Apply compresses for 20 minutes to affected area. Cucumber cools and takes away inflammation as does the chamomile and the rosemary. Milk takes away inflammation as well.

Detox Face Mask:

1 cup cooked oatmeal

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp raw, organic apple cider vinegar


Blend all ingredients in a bowl to form a paste. Apply a thin layer to surface of the skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Oatmeal calms while olive oil hydrates. Apple cider vinegar is the most fantastic detox ingredient to rid your skin of waste and impurities. Rinse off with tepid water and reveal glowing, radiant skin.

Hydrating Mask:

1/2 cup Yogurt

1/2 Avocado

1/4 cup Honey


Mix all ingredients well. Apply with a sea sponge. Rinse with tepid water.

Pre-event Mask:

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp olive oil


Scrub into skin for a few minutes using a circular motion to stimulate the lymphatic system, which rids the skin of impurities. Then, leave the mask on for 10 minutes. The lactic acid will assist in resurfacing, while the olive oil will act as an inflammatory. Remove with tepid water.

Exfoliating Mask:

1 organic banana

1 cup cooked oatmeal

4 tbsp organic, whole milk


Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then simply apply with fingertips. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with tepid water for luminous, younger looking skin.

Softening Face Mask

3 tbsp Olive oil

1/2 Avocado


Apply for 15 minutes then rinse with tepid water. Avocado hydrates and provides essential vitamins while the olive oil softens sun damaged skin immediately. It’s also an anti- inflammatory.

Cooling & Refreshing Mask

¼ cup yogurt

3 tbsp aloe

2 tbsp oat grass juice or wheat grass juice

2 tbsp crushed mint


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to the skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth.

Sun Damage/ Sensitivity Mask

3 tbs aloe vera juice

1 tbs aloe vera gel

2 drops rose oil


Apply with a cotton ball to damaged area all over face. Leave on and let soak in. Remove any excess mask after 20 minutes or so with a damp washcloth and be gentle.

Soothing Summer Peach Mask:

½ fresh, ripe peach

½ teaspoon honey

2 tbsp of plain yogurt

1 tsp of cold pressed grape seed oil


Mash the peach in a small bowl. Mix in the yogurt, honey and grape seed oil to form a thick paste. Apply directly to face for 20 minutes to reveal a glowing, clear complexion.

Chocolate Sundae Mask:

1 tbsp whole milk (coconut milk can be substituted)

2 tbsp cacao powder

3 tbsp honey

½ banana mashed


Mix honey with cacao powder and make a fine thick paste. Add milk and mashed banana into the mixture and blend well. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth.

Also see Joanna Vargas’ ultimate at home body scrubs, and click here for her five tips on improving your skin