How to Make a Face Mask

Types of Face Masks

When deciding what kind of face mask to use, consider your skin type. Natural ingredients in homemade masks can help alleviate certain skin problems.

For dry skin, try a mask that includes honey. This natural ingredient is a humectant, meaning that it will help skin retain moisture. This makes it a popular ingredient in moisturizing beauty products, especially because it's also easy on people with sensitive skin [source: National Honey Board].

To beat oily skin, try eggs -- but only the egg white, which is believed to firm up the skin by tightening pores. Egg yolks can be used in face masks but are better suited to dry skin [source: WebMD]. For a different approach, apply liquid milk of magnesia to the face and rinse off once it has dried. This longtime folk remedy is also thought to help clear up acne.

Those seeking an anti-aging remedy can turn to face masks that include olive oil or tea. Certain teas contain antioxidants, and when used on the skin they can help combat the sun's harmful effects, which eventually result in wrinkles [source: Mukhtar].

To exfoliate, use a face mask with oatmeal, sugar or cooled coffee grounds for extra scrubbing power. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can dull your skin's appearance. The result is skin that is fresh, smooth and relaxed.

On the other hand, if you want to soothe irritated or sunburned skin, try a mask that includes cooling cucumbers or milk. Apricot juice is another suggested option.

If you're looking for recipes that are suitable for each type of skin, read on.