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20+ Homemade Facial Masks & Steams: {Fruit & Herbal}

Posted By Tipnut On May 3, 2007 @ 6:25 am In Home Spa | 59 Comments

Here’s a page full of food masks and herbal steam mixes that can be used to make facials, I’ve separated them into two separate groups for easier browsing.

IngredientsBefore getting started:

  • When mixing food items, use sterile utensils and containers.
  • Wash hands really well so they’re clean before handling the treatment.
  • Apply a bit of the mixture to the inner wrist before using on face. This will help ensure your skin won’t have a bad reaction to it (allergies).
  • If skin begins to feel irritated or burning, wash off immediately.


First step is to cover face with a warm cloth to open pores, then apply the facial. Wash off with warm water and rinse with cool (to close pores).

Food Ingredients To Try:

*Times noted are for how long to leave on before rinsing off. Crush or mash fruit well first.

  • Honey–15 minutes
  • Oatmeal & Water Paste–leave on until it’s hard
  • Avocado–20 minutes
  • Strawberries and honey (about 1 TBS)–10 minutes
  • Strawberries, plain yogurt (paste)–15 minutes
  • Strawberries & Cornstarch (2 to 1 ratio)–mash strawberries very well and mix in cornstarch. When a paste, apply then remove after 30 minutes
  • Bananas (ripe)–15 minutes. Can also add 1 or 2 TBS of honey to the banana.
  • Papaya–5 minutes
  • Grapes and honey (paste)–25 minutes
  • Kiwi, 2 TBS yogurt (plain), 1 TBS fresh orange juice–15 minutes
  • Yogurt (plain)–20 minutes

The following herbal steams not only hydrate the skin and help clean pores, they’re also wonderfully relaxing and a great way to de-stress.

It’s a good idea to not overdo them as too many can be harsh for skin. Limit to 1 or 2 a week (maximum), less if skin is sensitive.

If feeling light headed or woozy during the process, stop at once.


  • Clean skin thoroughly and tie hair back so it won’t hang loose and get in the way.
  • Boil a kettle or pot full of water then add the herbs and fruity ingredients (about 1/3 cup fresh or dried herbs and fruit per 4 cups of liquid). Boil for a minute or two then remove from heat. Cover and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  • Place pot on counter or table (on top of a towel to protect the table surface) and remove lid. Cover your head with a large clean towel and position face over the hot steam (with the towel acting as a tent over the bowl to capture the steam).
  • Keep eyes closed and face at least 10 to 12 inches from the boiling liquid. Enjoy the fragrant experience and relax, but don’t overdo it–keep the time between 5 to 7 minutes.
  • When finished, splash with slightly cool water and pat dry.

Recipe Ingredients To Try:

  • Spearmint, Lemon Slices or Balm, Orange Slices
  • Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint
  • Green Tea, Rose Petals, Chamomile
  • Rosemary, Lemon, Honey
  • Lemon Slices, Peppermint
  • Lavender, Calendula, Rose Petals
  • Lemon balm, Lavender
  • Fennel Seeds, Peppermint
  • Chamomile, Fennel Seeds, Rose Petals
  • Thyme, Peppermint, Lavender
  • Parsley, Lavender, Lemon balm
  • Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Cinnamon, Orange Slices
  • Peppermint, Cloves, Rosemary

A few drops of favorite essential oils can also be used. If you love the aroma from a particular herb, try that alone for a pleasant experience. Experiment with different citrus pieces, herbs, and even a spice or two.

Also try some herbal vinegars (see this page [1]) and this treat made from rose petals [2] or even a couple bags of tea.


  • 50/50 Baking Soda & Water. Use gently as an exfoliator.
  • Also see this treatment [3] (found at bottom of page) using gelatin and milk.

You may also like the Sugar Scrubs [4] and the Foot Soaks [5] for a total home spa experience and pampering.

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URLs in this post:

[1] this page: http://tipnut.com/infused-vinegar/

[2] from rose petals: http://tipnut.com/how-to-make-rose-water-4-recipes/

[3] Also see this treatment: http://tipnut.com/blemish-busters/

[4] Sugar Scrubs: http://tipnut.com/homemade-sugar-scrub-recipes/

[5] Foot Soaks: http://tipnut.com/5-homemade-foot-soak-recipes/

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