20+ Facial Masks & Steams Your Skin Will Love

Here’s a page full of food masks and herbal steam mixes that can be used for 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) and this treat made from rose petals or even a couple bags of tea.


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

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

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What Readers Are Saying: 62 Comments
  1. Kim says:

    The baking soda and water paste is excellent. I use it at least once a week as an exfoliant.

    • nat says:

      would that be okay for people with sensitive skin?

      • hannah says:

        i think so. i have sensitive skin and it worked ok for me.

      • Lexi says:

        I used it and I got a chemical burn on my face. It felt and lokked like a sunburn, it lasted for a week. Would not suggest using it if you have sensitive skin.

        • Kelly Ann says:

          This happened to me too the first time. The trick is not leaving it on your face long (30 seconds max) and not scrubbing hard. Just focus on the surface layer. 🙂

    • lol says:

      I actually use the baking soda paste everyday and it works very well!!!

    • ariel says:

      does it really work?

    • ayesha sharna says:

      after use this,can i wash face?

    • michelle says:

      I just did a 3-step facial:

      1: boiled a quart of water in a pot and added organic chamomile (I just ripped open 4 tea bags), 5 drops of tea tree and eucalyptus oils. I did this at the counter and tented my face under a big towel for 15 minutes. I was breathing deeply through my nose and mouth alternating. All 3 kill germs and I opened my pores up at the same time.

      2: I made the 50/50 baking soda and water and gently exfoliated my face while my pores were still all open from the steaming. That felt really great. I rinsed with warm water.

      3: While my face was still damp, I circularly applied a mix of 1TBS raw honey and 1 TBS organic olive oil. I let that sit for about 15 minutes.

      Rinsed with warm water
      Then cool water to close my pores

      Feels silky smooth and added a really nice glow! I am not going to put on any makeup until tomorrow

      Thanks for the tips!

    • Robin says:

      I used that method for a few weeks and it really helped, THEN I found another one that was even better, mix baking soda and orange juice, works great

  2. Sarah says:

    I use sugar and olive oil as an exfholiator. It makes your skin feel so smooth and look refreshed. (not reccomended for sensative skin)

  3. Aisha Ilyas says:

    Skin Food For Dry Skin,

    Olive Oil 1 TBS, Honey 1TBS, Milk 1TBS, 1 Pinch of Termaric power, Ground Almond 1 TBS, two drops of Rose Water. Mix all and Message on your face with fingure tips for 3 minutes, Left it on your face for 20 minutes
    It will make your face Gloom
    Caution for Dry Skin
    1- Never Use Soap and Face Wash for your Face for Dry Skin.

  4. TipNut says:

    Very nice Aisha, thanks for sharing that! 🙂

  5. Dawne says:

    Hey all i use beaten egg white on my face and its awesome ,Beat egg white until frothy ,smooth over face leave 20 mins or until dry and wash off,i usually do this every 2 or 3 days .My face has inproved drastically.

  6. Andrea says:

    I tried avocado, yogurt and honey as an entire body mask last night and I loved it. Can’t wait to try the other recipes.

  7. Isabelle says:

    Hey! I use the a great facial recipe!

    1cup oatmeal
    1 tbl spoon honey
    1 half mashed bannana
    1 tbl spoon plain yogurt

    And leave on 15 to 20 minutes
    After I used it I felt Great!
    Oh And Sarah how long do you keep the sugar and olive oil on? And how much do I use?

    • Jacquie says:

      My friend and I made your recipe! it was very nice, but it was a little chunky, and it didn’t really stick to our faces. But its almost just as fun to make a its as fun to put on our face! Thank you for putting your recipe online! Yay!

  8. Gloria says:

    My tip is similar to Sarah’s but I found that coconut oil and sugar make a great scrub for elbows, knees and feet. Just rub on, work in and rinse. Also use it to soften hands after scrubbing, painting, gardening, etc. Skin feels baby soft.

  9. Mrs s says:

    Milk cleanser

    2 tbsp Full Fat Milk
    1 tbsp Honey

    Mix the ingrdeients together. Soak cotton wool pads in the mixture and then use to cleanse the face.

    Skin will feel clean and soft.

  10. Helen says:

    Try powder milk and whole or low fat make. Mix together and make a thin paste. Apply over face and neck and remain until dry. This facial closes your pores and gives you a clear complexion.

  11. Gina Walker says:

    Thank you all so much I am going to try and use all of these, Im going to use my hubby as the guinea pig and see how he looks with each new result.

  12. Rebecca says:

    For soft skin i use this mixture every two to three days. my skin is like a babies! mix all of these together in a small bowl and apply to rinsed face with fingers.

    A quarter size amount of body wash
    A quarter size amount of face wash
    A quarter size amount of body scrub (optional…don’t use if your skinis sensitive)
    A quarter size amount of face moisterizer
    and A quarter size amount of hair conditioner

  13. vanitha says:

    mix 1tsp of rose water with 2tsp of cocconut oil .A
    pply this mixture on to your face.This will make the skin smooth and supple.

  14. Racheal says:

    spread peanut butter on your face.
    smooth or chunky.
    remove 20ish min.
    rinse with water.

    enjoy 🙂

  15. PErson says:

    Peanut butter? Umm does it actually work?

  16. Darlene Enderby says:

    I was watching a ‘morning show’ a couple days ago and was excited to see someone making this ‘recipe’! Its ‘called’ face cream but its a cleanser and moisturizer for your face, as well as your body! Can’t wait to try it!

    ***You can also put it in a pretty jar with a ribbon on the lid, for a basket-gift!

    ***For the BeesWax, call a local honey farmer. You’ll be able to get it ‘very cheap’ that way!

    Homemade Face Cream
    By Jen Schubr – on Living with Amy

    1/4 teaspoon borax
    1/4 cup water
    1/2 cup olive oil, or oil of your choice
    1/2 ounce (by weight) of grated beeswax (2 slightly rounded tablespoons)

    Dissolve the borax in the water. Set aside.
    Combine the oil and beeswax in a small double boiler or 2 cup glass measuring cup. Heat over hot water until melted and clear.
    In a separate pan, Heat the borax/water mix almost to boiling.
    Slowly pour the borax/water mixture into the oil/beeswax mixture, using a stick blender to mix as you pour. Beat well with the stick blender until the mix is glossy and thickened up somewhat. It will thicken more upon standing.
    Pour the face cream into an 8-ounce jar with a lid.
    Cool to room temperature before using.

    NOTE: If you don’t have a stick blender you can beat the cold cream with a whisk or in a regular blender, but the cleanup will be much more difficult. By using glass measuring cups and a stick blender you will be able to simply wipe most of the excess off with paper towels, then wash in hot soapy water.

    To use as a cleanser and makeup remover:

    Apply with fingertips, rubbing into skin gently. Remove with tissues. Follow up with a warm facecloth and a cold water rinse.

    To use as a scrub:

    Mix a small amount of face cream with a small amount of sugar in the palm of one hand. Apply gently with fingertips in a circular motion avoiding the eye area. Remove as above.

    To use as a moisturizer:

    Apply a small amount to face and tissue off excess. Blot with towel if needed.

  17. Hannah Banana says:

    Hey ya’ll yesterday i was bored searching the web and i decided to look up homemade facial products. I now have a ton of great recipies for masks, scrubs, toners, and creams, and the ones i have tried so far have been infinitely better overall than the nasty store bought chemical filled products. And already my skin is getting clearer;) here’s a recipe for a mask that was great! My face felt super soft:
    ~1 medium sized apple; grated
    ~5 tablespoons honey; warmed
    mix together, apply to face, and leave on for 15-20 min. My face has NEVER felt this soft before!

  18. joan says:

    for a cheep body scrub i use left over coffee grounds. in the shower with olive oil its great and i always have it on hand. the baking soda for black heads is great too . and if you have a big blemish you need to get rid of quick just mix honey and cinnamon dab it on the spot cover with a bandaid and go to sleep, wake up and it is almost gone repeat each night as needed. hope this helps.

    • Ryry says:

      OMG!! joan i am loving you rite now !! im going to a party tomorrow and thank you for the advice on blackheads and blemishes!!!

  19. Amanda says:

    I know that this is a little off topic, but if you have oily hair (like me) about 10-15 minutes before I get into the shower, I apply lemon juice in my roots and work it into my hair. When I’m in the shower, I shampoo it out a couple times and when I’m done with my shower and blow drying my hair, It’s completely unoily.

  20. Natalie says:

    i use sea salt mixed with water then i dab with a dry towel 2 get it off. then i use twinings fresh and fruity tea i dab the wet tea bag on my face then i get a towel and just rub it on my face. i use half the cup then drink the rest.plz dont use the twining method if u hav rashes on ur face cos i had once, then it all flared up. honey is a great alternative.

  21. Jackie says:

    If you want highlights for your hair. I have used a 24 oz can of budweiser after i washes my hair and went out in the sun and it worked ..

  22. al says:

    A simple yet effective facial to remove blackheads from the nose area..

    Simply get brown sugar like 2TSP then add honey to it.. It will almost look like grainy sand but sticky.. Then apply around the nose area.. Use this facial each time you take a shower.. =)

  23. Mdouglas says:

    I tried a facial once that was absolutely awesome:
    1 tbsp honey
    1 tsp creme
    1 tsp of granulated almonds (very very finely chopped, you can get a bag of it in the baking section of any grocery store)

  24. Mdouglas says:

    Another good one, but kinda gross:
    egg whites and honey and baking soda, just whipp til its frothy

  25. Mdouglas says:

    * baking soda is also a great tooth whitener, Dont for the love of god use lemons…although it works it wears down your enamel, once thats gone you’re screwed, baking soda is safe for your enamel and does the trick

  26. Leasha says:

    1 tbs of unflavored jello
    1 1/2 tbs milk
    Microwave for 12 seconds. Then put on face. Let dry then peel off and the blackheads come off with the peel. Make sure you steam your face first and do not dry. Use about 2 times a week.

  27. Barbara55 says:

    I seen this used on Dr.Oz. Going to give it a try.
    Red Wine Facial

    1 cup yogurt
    2 tbsp honey
    4-5 tbsp red wine
    Place 1 cup of yogurt in a bowl. Add honey and red wine. Whisk it together and apply liberally to face. Let all ingredients soak in and then rinse with warm water.

  28. dancerMe129 says:

    I just used the honey and grapes facial and my face is hard…I’m waiting for my time to be over!!

  29. bee says:

    i used the peaches and oatmeal mixed together with honey and my face is so smooth!

  30. madhumitha says:

    honey tip is awesome! it worked.

  31. cayde says:

    apples (mashed) 1 tbsp honey 3 tbsp oatmeal rub it together , spread on face ,rinse, and viola your skin is smooth

  32. Megan says:

    The 50/50 baking soda and water was a great combination! Stung at first but I have really oily skin so it dried everything out. My skin is so smooth now. I will probably do this every few days … don’t want to dry it out too much.

  33. alyssa says:

    could the honey make you break out because of all the sugar?

    • Alesha says:

      I’ve never had Honey do that.In fact Honey works as an antibacterial to clear germs. I always use Honey in my masks, which I give myself every other day, because its so good for you and works aa great binder.

  34. TSlover says:

    I have a facial that really worked in my skin (I have very sensitive skin) and most of them don’t work..
    But I’m so glad it did!
    2 tablespoons of plain yogurt mixed with uncooked oatmeal. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
    After using this, my face had never been so clear!

    Here another~
    Chop off a slice of tamato (Use the stem as a gripper) and dip it in sugar. Tamatos clear acne and helps you to steer clear of cancer! Use a little bit of sugar if you do have sensitive skin. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.

  35. Sweet&&soft face says:

    If you make a fruit smoothie anyfruits you have or like blend it so it’s a smoothie add put it in a bowl add yogurt plain or yogurt with fruit at the bottom and mix it then add honey. Put it on your face for 15-20 minutes. 2-3times a week. If you like to put stuff on your eyes then put moist tea bags not dripping or soaked but moist on your eyes will get rid of puffyness and if you want softness but cucumbers. But make sure to put your hair up in a soft bun not tight. And a headband. Have funn ladies!:)

  36. Amber says:

    I used the baking soda & water paste and it worked so good! It stung a little bit at forst but after my skin was so smooth!

  37. elicia says:

    thank you, I tried the peanutbutter mask and it has worked for me and my step sister

  38. Heather says:

    After you exfoliate with the baking soda and water paste, be sure to use some kind of moisturizer. Of course not everyone’s skin is the same, but it is important for me to do so I thought I’d mention it!

  39. ALLIE says:

    I read in a book about using egg whites, so I tried it and it worked fantastic.

  40. mandy says:

    I need a nightly facial wash for my very oily skin, tried a few scrubs but skin has gotten worse.. Help..

  41. Cloverstone says:

    I’m loving these all natural recipes, glad to have found this site!! 🙂 What brought me here is I’m looking for a homemade daily toner to prepare and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions? (I looked but haven’t found the category if there is one.)

  42. georgia says:

    My skin has uneven skin tone and I have little bumps on my face, especially on my cheeks. I don’t have sensitive skin, does anyone know what masks or steam recipes would balance out the redness and get rid of the bumps?? x

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