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15 Face Masks from the Kitchen

Easy and effective face masks you can make yourself in minutes.


The best and most affordable face masks are just in your kitchen! All-natural, these one-ingredient facials will help you save money and avoid food waste. Get healthy skin while indulging on these yummy common supplies. Oh, and be sure to drink lots of water and wear a healthy sunscreen moisturiser.

15 Face Masks from the Kitchen

Meditating is the perfect time to use a face mask

Apple Cider Vinegar

This can be used both as toner and antiseptic. It also lightens scars. After washing the face, dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply over your face with a cotton ball.
15 Face Masks from the Kitchen


Mash the avocado, then leave on the skin for 10 minutes. This fruit is a well-known food for the skin as it is rich in vitamins, A, C, E, iron, potassium, niacin, and pantothenic acid and natural emollients.

Baking Soda

With its gentle abrasive action, it can be used as face exfoliant, in addition to your regular cleanser. It also helps neutralize skin’s pH.


Mash one overripe banana and spread onto face. Rinse off after 15 to 30 minutes with warm water. Another well-known food for the skin, banana is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, folic acid, and vitamins A, B, and E.


This vegetable contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the redness and puffiness in the eyes. Place two cumcumber slices over the eyes and rest for 15 minutes or apply cucumber juice under the eyes. The remaining cucumber can be made into a puree that can be applied as a pack onto face. Remove after fifteen minutes.


This tropical fruit makes an invigorating facial. Peel and remove the seeds from a ripe papaya. Chop it into small pieces and blend in a blender or food processor until a very smooth paste is formed. Apply the facial to already cleansed neck and face, but not around the eye area. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.


Cut one grape in half and rub lightly all over face. This fruit has polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help combat aging.

Green Tea

The antioxidants in green tea help the face look brighter and more flawless. You can just splash green tea on your face and rinse with cool water or you can make a green tea steam facial. Boil green tea and pour it into a large bowl. Bend over the bowl close enough to feel the steam. Stay under for only five minutes.


This is good for dry skin. As a humectant, honey attracts and retains moisture. Use a cloth damp with warm water and pat the skin to open pores. Smear honey onto skin and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then pat the skin with a cloth dampened in cold water to close pores.
15 Face Masks from the Kitchen


An all natural oatmeal facial mask can exfoliate and moisturize even sensitive skin. Try looking for old-fashioned rolled oats than instant oatmeal (for the latter has gone through much processing and may lack some of the nutrients to effectively soothe and cleanse your face). You will only need oatmeal and water. Mix it together to form a paste and put it on your face. Rinse your face in hot water to open up your pores.


Mash a ripe tomato and leave it on the face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. This instant tomato paste is good for oily skin.

Olive Oil

Dab on lips at bedtime if chapped or leave on face overnight. Olive oil is a great source of squalene, a natural moisturizer used in many cosmetics. Natural antioxidants found in olive oil include A and E vitamins, as well as some polyphenols.

15 Face Masks from the Kitchen


To make a mint-leaf astringent, add a handful of mint leavesto a quart of water. Mix and chill until you’re ready to use it. Mintfacial astringent is perfect for normal skin or oily skin. As a natural astringent, it will not dry out your skin while cleaning out the pores and removing the dirt.


Orange juice is good for wrinkles. Soak orange juice into a cotton ball and rub it all over your face. This will help add Vitamin E to your skin and help reduce wrinkles.


This acidic fruit is an excellent facial cleanser that also brightens and softens the skin. Rub lemon juice on the areas that have blackheads before going to bed. Rinse face with cool water when you wake up. Repeat every night until blackheads are dissolved. To brighten and soften the skin, rub a fresh lemon on the face and rinse in the morning. Try adding 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice into your bathwater and soak for 20 minutes for an all-over treatment.

Your kitchen holds more beauty wonders than you know. So before you decide that you need a spa treatment, open your chiller and cupboards first to see what you can “cook” up.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 11 Comments

  1. This is a first for me. We actively avoid oil in our face, yet in this article, it says to use olive oil. I don’t know what to believe anymore. What’s next? StarWars is a story about the crusades?.

  2. Melani Kalev

    Love love love this article! Very useful hints what to do at home 🙂

  3. I like diy facial mask and now using facial mask with oatmeal, egg and apple. The recipe is very easy and effective. Ingredients: Apple, Egg Yolk, Oatmeal. Blend these 3 ingredients well. Spread the mixture all over your face. Let the mixture stay for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse it off with pure water. That’s all. You can try this recipe.

  4. I'm a true advocate of natural face masks 🙂 I've personally tried "oatmeal" face mask and I love it!

  5. Given the amount of toxins in our beauty products, going back to the natural source sounds like a great idea! These look like great fun.

  6. Jen Spillane

    Amazing! These are all inexpensive alternatives. I will definitely be trying out lots of these : )

  7. Will definitely try these face masks out, as they do sound like a ton of fun!

  8. Jennah Mendez

    Next time I do grocery, I’ll have to include these ingredients you mentioned as well. Thanks!

  9. Joanne Samonte

    I have tried cucumber, milk and oat meal. All I can say is, after using them, I feel really refreshed and my face feels smooth 🙂
    But I’ll try other suggestions here. I never know my kitchen can work wonders…

  10. Angie Enriquez

    I hear green tea with ginseng is really good for the skin. It’s available in Chinese stores, but just be careful with fake ones.

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