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2 ingredient face masks

face masks are wonderful, relaxing, repairing treatments for a multitude of skin types and issues. some masks can be intricate and involved (maybe you’d purchase these instead of DIY), but some can be simple yet very effective.

this posts aims at simplicity, effectiveness, and money saving! there are other ingredients out there that are wonderful, but i tried to focus on using ones you might already have in your home. recipes with the * next to them are my personal favorites, but all are great!

below are just a few 2 ingredient face masks (which of course can still be combined with any other mask ingredients).  after each combination i’ve included the ratios of each that you can start with. i chose to use ratios instead of actual measurements so you can make as little or as much as you want. for example, if the ratio reads 1:2, that means 1 spoonful of the first ingredient and 2 spoonfuls of the 2nd. if you wanted to make less, you could also do 1/2 spoonful of the 1st ingredient and 1 spoonful of the 2nd.

keep in mind some of these will be very runny/watery, so you should try applying  them with a cottonball. waiting for a layer to dry and applying another is also helpful.

don’t forget to leave your favorites, as well as what didn’t work for you, below!

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TO USE:
clean your face and leave it damp. i like to use rose water for this, or just plain warm water. apply mask and leave on for the allotted time. rinse with warm water. easy peasy!

BRIGHTENING – 15 to 20 minutes

  • strawberries (blended) & raw honey (1:1) *
  • fresh lemon or orange juice & raw honey (1:2)
  • strawberries (blended) & full-fat plain kefir (1:1)
  • papaya (blended) & raw honey (1:1)
  • pineapple juice (preferably fresh) and raw honey (1:1) *
  • tomato (blended into sauce or organic paste) and full-fat plain kefir (1:1)

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TONING – 5 to 10 minutes

  • witch hazel (alcohol-free) & organic red wine (1:1)
  • apple cider vinegar & rose water (1:6)
  • rose water & alcohol-free witch hazel (3:1)
  • rose water & fresh citrus juice (6:1) *
  • pineapple juice (preferably fresh) & rose water (1:3)

MOISTURIZING – 15 to 20 minutes

  • nourishing oil (like argan, kukui nut, hemp seed, etc)  & raw honey (1:5) *
  • pure aloe vera & unsweetened coconut milk (2:1)
  • full-fat plain kefir & pure aloe vera (1:1)
  • raw honey and full-fat plain kefir (1:1) *

FINE LINES/WRINKLES – 15 to 20 minutes

  • organic steeped green tea & tomato (blended into sauce or organic paste) (1:2) *
  • organic red wine & spirulina (4:1)
  • organic steeped green tea & organic red wine (1:1) *
  • full-fat plain kefir and steeped green tea (1:1)
  • spirulina and steeped organic green tea (1:4)
  • tomato (blended into sauce or organic paste) and full-fat plain kefir (1:1)

NOURISHING (all skin types) – 15 to 20 minutes

  • raw honey & spirulina (4:1) *
  • hemp seed oil & spirulina (1:1)
  • raw honey and hemp seed oil (4:1) *
  • pure aloe vera & full-fat plain kefir (1:1)
  • full-fat plain kefir & spirulina (2:1)
  • turmeric and strawberries (blended) (1:3) *

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PUFFINESS/INFLAMMATION/IRRITATION – 20 to 30 minutes

  • unsweetened coconut milk or raw milk & raw honey (1:2)
  • organic steeped green tea & raw honey (1:2) *
  • full-fat plain kefir & raw honey (1:1)
  • full-fat plain kefir and organic steeped green tea (1:1) *
  • organic steeped green tea and turmeric (4:1)

BLEMISHES – 20 minutes

  • raw honey & turmeric (2:1)
  • raw honey & sulfur powder (6:1) *
  • raw honey & salt (3:1)
  • bentonite clay & apple cider vinegar (1:1) – 10 minutes only
  • raw honey and apple cider vinegar (2:1) *
  • plain full-fat kefir & pure salt (i use the brand Real salt) (4:1)

BALANCE OILY SKIN – 5 to 10 minutes

  • bentonite clay & apple cider vinegar (most drying) (1:1)
  • kaolin clay &  witch hazel (alcohol-free) (1:3)
  • activated charcoal & either your favorite hydrosol (like rose water) or  distilled water (1:3)
  • real salt and raw honey (1:2)
  • activated charcoal and raw honey (1:1) *

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EXFOLIATING 5 to 10 minutes

  • real salt & raw honey (1:2)
  • MSM powder & raw honey (1:4) *
  • berry juice (blueberry, strawberry, etc.) and MSM powder (5:1)

AND DON’T FORGET – you can mix any of the ingredients under the headers for a great face mask. feel free to mix up 3 or 4 ingredients and see how you like them! i personally love mixing up raw honey, spirulina, activated charcoal, and hemp seed oil for a very nourishing and balancing mask.

leave your favorite 2 ingredient masks below!

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10 thoughts on “2 ingredient face masks

  1. You have probably mentioned this information in a previous post, but how often do you recommend doing a face mask? I want to try all of these!

    1. hey clare! great question! it depends on your skin and the mask, but usually once a week. however, masks used for moisture with no exfoliation on very dry skin can be used up to 2x a week.exfoliating masks should only be used at most 1x a week on average, all else being equal, to avoid long term damage.comment back with what you’ve tried and what worked/didnt work best for you!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration. Love reading your blog! I tried a mix of coconut milk, aloe, raw honey with a splash of olive oil. Skin feels soft & moisturized. Look forward to trying more!

  3. Hey alex I was wondering if there is a reason you usually don’t seem to put it on your entire face–particularly between your eyes and then on your upper cheeks.

    1. hey mary! i usually just stay away from my eye area cuz i use honey in most of them and i don’t want to tug at that delicate skin. other than that, i think i’m just weird and i have absolutely no reason why i don’t put them all over sometimes haha.

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