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DIY Face Masks You Can Make and Apply Tonight

DIY face mask

Why try a DIY face mask?

There’s no question that masking has become a staple in many women’s beauty regimes. The global face mask market has boomed in the last few years, stimulated by innovations, product differentiation, and even social media. That’s right—people’s Instagram selfies with their finest masks gooped on is actually leading to loads of sales. In fact, Adriot Market Research has reported that from 2018 to 2025 the mask market size is anticipated to reach 11.37 million (USD) globally.

If you love masking and using natural ingredients on your skin but are keen on saving money, you can make your own using ingredients you have in your kitchen. Not only are homemade masks great for winding down at the end of the day, but also for soothing the skin. But—there are a few things you need to know before whipping up a mask and slopping it onto your face.

  1. Just because something is healthy to consume doesn’t mean it’s safe to apply to the skin.
    “The idea of a simple, natural face care product sounds good because skincare is freaking confusing,” says Annie Graham, a skincare formulator and owner of XO Treatment Room in Calgary. She warns that people need to be careful about what they’re putting on their face, including bacteria. “Without the proper practices and preservatives used in a lab, a homemade mask can become a funky petri dish in no time,” says Graham.
  2.  Some dermatologists caution against DIY masks.
    “If we’re talking about people with skin disease (significant acne, eczema, psoriasis) then I tend to limit unnecessary variables like masks which may irritate or exacerbate skin problems,” says Dr. Hanna, a Toronto based dermatologist at Dermatology on Bloor. But, for folks with healthy skin, he’s more open to the DIY category, “Homemade masks generally tend to be food-based,” says Dr. Hanna. “And some of theses ingredients may actually help reduce inflammation or be anti-bacterial.”
  3. It may be best to skip certain active ingredients, such as floral essential oils, in your homemade version.
    “Applying a fragranced product to your face may induce a contact allergy,” explains Dr. Hanna. Another ingredient to be wary of is lime and lemon juice. And although Vitamin C is a trusted skincare ingredient, the citrus fruit juice can cause severe irritation. “I would not use lemon as it can irritate the skin,” says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto based dermatologist at Bay Dermatology Clinic and author of Beyond Soap. “If you have some left on the skin and go out into the sun you can develop a photo-toxic reaction which is similar to a burn, which will leave a brown stain on the skin for several months,” says Dr. Skotnicki.
  4. Honey, yogurt, and oatmeal are great for the skin.
    Both Dr. Hanna and Dr. Skotnicki stand behind three ingredients that are good to include in face masks: Honey, for its antibacterial and soothing benefits; Yogurt, due to it containing “lactic acid which is a great exfoliant,” says Dr. Skotnicki; And oatmeal, because it can bestow soothing and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin. (For more doctor-approved skin advice, here are things dermatologists do every summer to achieve glowing skin.)

Now that you know the best practices for playing at-home chemist, we’ve gone ahead and done the research for you. Here are five cost-effective, simpler-than-you-think DIY face mask recipes created by some of Canada’s top skin and wellness experts.

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