Make Your Own Masks: 5 DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care Recipes


All you have to do is browse a few birthday cards before it becomes really apparent: people have an aversion to getting older. We’re all for age-acquired wisdom and a lifetime of memories to look back on, but we also wouldn’t turn down eternally youthful skin!

Our team put together some face mask recipes we love for keeping skin looking youthful. Many of these ingredients are fresh, so your skin will benefit from the high nutrient content.

How to Apply Your Face Mask

Before applying a mask, cleanse your skin.

After you apply the mask, lay down with your feet in the air to encourage blood to flow toward your face. Surround yourself with sounds you love—classical music, ocean waves, Food Network (we won’t judge).

In general, you can leave a mask on for about 15-20 minutes, or until it dries. If it dries too quickly, spritz it with water or toner.

Rinse your mask off with warm water and use a washcloth if needed to completely remove it. Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

After you're finished masking, follow up with your normal toner, serum, and oil. Voila! People will be asking you whether you’re taking algebra or geometry next semester. Okay, probably not, but you'll feel great.

5 Anti-Aging Facial Mask Recipes

Don’t worry! We’re not expecting you to go forage in your backyard for herbs or swim to Atlantis to collect a mystical sand substance. We kept it mostly to ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Brightening and Lightening Mask


  • 1 tablespoon organic yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder


If you find your skin is looking dull, mix all these ingredients, apply to your face, and leave it on until it dries. When you wash it off, your skin will look bright and refreshed! Sandalwood powder has a myriad of benefits and is of high importance in Ayurvedic medicine.

The lactic acid in yogurt helps to smooth and moisturize the skin. Massage the ingredients into your face as your rinse them off for some exfoliation.

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“Caught with Egg on Your Face” Mask


All you need is an egg!


Beat the egg and apply the mixture to your face. Once it dries, wash off for skin that appears tighter and more toned. The protein in the egg promotes beautiful, youthful skin.

The potassium preserves moisture. Riboflavin (also known as B2) can help protect from environmental stressors. Eggs are truly nourishing both for your insides and your outsides!

Remedy for Better Looking Eyes


  • White tea


Start by brewing yourself a cup of white tea. It’s best if you bring your water to a rolling boil, then wait a minute or two to let it cool down before steeping the tea. Once the tea has steeped and has cooled to a temperature your face can handle, soak a washcloth in the liquid and place the cloth over your eyes.

Your pores will open up from the heat, allowing the tea to penetrate into your skin and work its magic. White tea works to de-puff the appearance of your eyes. Because it’s also loaded with antioxidants, it’s good for the rest of your face, too!

Avocado Honey Heaven


  • ½ small, ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


Mix ingredients together and apply to your face. If you have combination skin, you may want to apply only to the drier areas of your face. You can leave it on for around 15 minutes, but feel free to take a nap and leave it on a little longer. For deeper penetration into your pores, warm the honey before mixing with the avocado.

Moisturized skin is the enemy of aging. The fats in avocado add moisture to your skin, while the vitamin E helps even the look of your skin tone. Honey is a humectant, meaning it binds moisture the skin. It is also can brighten the look of your skin.

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Rejuvenating Mask

This recipe from Natural Skin Care: Alternative & Traditional Techniques, by Joni Loughran.


  • 1 teaspoon of facial-quality clay (our Purifying Mud Mask would work perfectly)
  • 1 teaspoon of instant oatmeal or oat flour
  • ½ tablespoon of powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • water, to achieve paste consistency
  • 1 drop of any essential oil that you love (neroli, rose, lavender, or frankincense would be perfect!)


Mix first five ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Add enough water to make the mixture into a paste. Add the essential oil of your choice (just a drop!) and mix until combined. Apply to your face and enjoy ten minutes of aromatherapy! Clay is rich in minerals and removes impurities from the skin.

No matter our age, skin can always benefit from detoxing! Milk cleanses and nourishes. Make sure to use high quality, organic, full fat milk for optimal benefits. Olive oil provides moisture and minerals. Honey helps bind this moisture to your skin and lends its own skin brightening qualities. The benefits from the essential oil will differ depending on which you choose, but choose an aroma you love and breathe deep to relax.

Having some recipes for anti-aging masks allows you to whip up something fresh whenever you and your skin need a boost. Try to make time for a weekly mask to keep your skin young and nourished. Invite a friend over and treat him or her to your favorite recipe.

What are your favorite DIY anti-aging recipes? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Marian says

    I just tried something on a hunch- comfrey root powder face mask. Mixed maybe 2 tsps comfrey root powder with enough water to make a smooth paste, applied it to clean skin, waited 15 minutes, showered it off. I looove the way it made my skin feel! Interestingly, it left a subtle slippery film on my skin which feels protective….next time I will put the root powder in a mortar & pestle & get it really smooth, as the powder is quite lumpy & it takes some doing to get it thoroughly blended with the water.
    I’ve seen how well comfrey can heal injuries, so I thought, why not use it on sun-damaged skin?

    • renee s says

      I always loved alternatives to the commercial concoctions. You never know what they have to add. A favorite DIY mask of mine is a sugar scrub that can be used on your body and face. It’s only recommended you use it once a week on your face though because it is an exfoliant. The original recipe called for a teaspoon of olive oil, but I have switched to coconut oil because it is less liquidy, and we’ll stick on your face better. A teaspoon of honey and squeeze half of fresh lemon. I also started adding a few drops of vitamin E oil to it. Then, add roughly a cup of sugar, give or take, to the consistency you prefer. Mix it all together and apply. I let it set on my face for at least 15 minutes, sometimes longer if I’m watching one of my favorite shows :-). I just keep it in the shower and use it on my body for the rest of the week. I love how it makes my skin feel afterwards. Thank you again for sharing these wonderful recipes!

  2. Patricia says

    Hey my name is Patricia I’m do excited about your disussios I’m 56 years and ageing is showing more s specially my nek what can I use for my nrk

  3. Mario - says

    Yeah. What I really like about them is the active vitamins which are good for the skin. The process is also easy and won’t take too much time. I had experience with white tea and I really recommend it because of the antioxidants, if you want your skin looks younger.

  4. Anne-Marie says

    Hi there. Any home recipes for fading freckles on my daughter’s face? Lemon juice on its own is too strong on her skin and burns.

  5. Mimi says

    Its very interesting to read your blog, I got lots of helpful information, thank you for that. Since very recently, I noticed that my upper eyelids are hooded. I noticed, believe it or not, looking at my pictures,,,, when I compared them with those taken just a year ago, I could see the dramatic changes… I would love to do something about it before its too late. I don’t want to go through a surgery, therefore would love to hear your valuable suggestions, anyone who knows any natural remedy, or a special facial exercise, I mean really anything, would be much appreciated!
    I try to eat healthy, moderated exercise, use a good sunscreen, etc.
    I feel like I need something special, focused just on this particular problem. My skin overall looks not too bad, so hooded eyes would kind of make me look old, if not taken care of.
    Many many thanks!

    • Sophia says

      hey anyone,, asking about using another companies facemask , when AnnMarie & Bunnie went to all trouble of creating organic products, some nerve you have. Lmao !!!!

  6. madhusmita says

    hey thanks for the information. i would also like to know how could i get an even skin tone. i have a lot of tanning in my whole body and especially on my face. how do i remove it?

  7. Penny says

    Wow ‘facial masks without harsh additives, colourants and other unpronounceable ingredients. My face says ‘thank you Annmarie’.

  8. Fortune says

    Wow! Thank you for the information. About the lemon recipe, I have been exposed to a mixture of lemon juice and egg yolk. It works perfectly well and the results are amazing! However, I need to know what I can do about the skin color of my whole body. My facial complexion is lighter than my legs and the outer part of my hands. What can I do to have an even tone that match with my face on these areas?

    • admin says

      Hi Fawn! About once or twice a week works well for most people. It depends on the harshness of the ingredients, how your skin is reacting, and whether the problem (for example, dryness) is still present. 🙂

  9. Donna says

    I like to do a chocolate facial….use a big spoonful of organic cream (cow or goat both great) and some organic dark chocolate (the dark stuff is best because it has all the anti oxidants and other goodies) , melt the chocolate and mix the cream through and paint onto your face and neck. Then sit back and relax….and because its all natural you can lick the bowl !!
    This really plumps the skin and makes it so soft.

  10. Donna says

    Hi!, thanks for the mask recipes! I was wondering why the powdered milk in the rejuvenating mask instead of using actual milk perhaps instead of or in addition to the water? Doesn’t most powdered milk have the fat removed? Just curious!

    • admin says

      Hi Donna! Powdered milk give this mask it’s pasty texture for easy application. Soaking your face in liquid milk is a little more difficult. Powdered milk can also be more concentrated.

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  11. Laura Brito-Hazelton says

    Thank you for the recipes.
    I just wanted to tell you that I saw and bought your products in Austin, Texas this weekend at the Hay House I can do it conference.
    It was great to be able to see all the products and try them. It sure made a difference to me.

    • admin says

      Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by our booth. We had such a great time meeting you and sharing the products. 🙂

  12. Deborah Roether says

    When I was a child I played in the sun with no sunscreen. I don’t think it even existed then. I would come in from a day at the lake and my grandmother would take a cotton ball dipped in whole milk and rub it all over my sunburn. I hated the smell as a child but the next morning I would wake up with no redness and no painful sunburn. I have used this technique with whole cream even today just to nourish my thirsty skin and it loves it! Give it a try!

    • Dottie Jean says

      You are absolutely right! I can’t remember ever hearing The words “sun block” when I was little. But I sure do use it today. Even though I have an olive complexion, I still use sunblock everyday. But try this first. Before applying sunblock (in the summer months only) I wait 15 minutes. I like to allow my body to absorb the vitamin D from the Sun before applying my sunblock. 15 minutes is all you need everyday to soak up some Vitamin D.

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