My Favorite DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

If you’re lucky enough to have sensitive skin as I do, your life is a never-ending quest for products that actually work but don’t trigger an allergic reaction. You know the drill – a gentle cleanser, the right make up, avoiding products with fragrance, and the like.

In my neverending pursuit for the safest, most effective products for sensitive skin, I stumbled upon the wonderful world of face masks. Let me tell you… I love face masks! No… I really LOVE face masks - whether in sheet form, clay, splash or gel. I can’t go a week without having my face mask fix. It’s the perfect treatment for anyone with a harried routine. It provides quick results.

Unfortunately, store-bought face masks and face products are either a hit or miss. And let’s be real, most of these products cost an arm! Which is why after trying tons of face masks, I’ve come to the conclusion that the safest and smartest bets are DIY face masks for sensitive skin!

DIY-ing your face mask doesn’t just save you a ton of money, it gets you in the natural groove of things as well. You leave a smaller carbon footprint and you know exactly what goes onto your face!

DIY Face Masks are a MUST for Sensitive Skin

A complete facial routine for anyone with sensitive skin must include a DIY face mask. More than just pinching pennies, DIY-ing your way to healthy, sensitive skin means you know exactly what goes on your face. It’s a breeze to make, and you can bet that it actually works. All you need is a few minutes, some pretty inexpensive ingredients, and a little nook for some R & R while you let the mask do its magic.

Yummy Yogurt Mask

Let me warn you… you will want to EAT this. DIY face masks for sensitive skin can’t get any easier (or more delectable!) than this yummy yogurt mask.

jar of honey | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

How to prepare and apply:

Simply blend all the ingredients and apply all over your face with your fingertips. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly

Why it works for sensitive skin:

Those with sensitive skin know how prone they are to redness. Yogurt is the optimal base for a face mask because it has soothing skin proteins and contains probiotics. Cocoa powder, a flavanol, calms irritation. Honey, on the other hand, tightens the skin. This triad make a mighty (and might we say, delicious) army!

Honey + Aloe Vera = Ultimate Calming Mask

This was a surprise for me. I raided my kitchen to soothe a sunburn but ended up concocting a DIY face mask for sensitive skin that does more than that!

honey | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

How to prepare and apply:

Stir the raw honey and aloe together and apply over your face with your fingertips. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

This DIY mask for sensitive skin is the boss when it comes to inflammation. It works best for sunburn soothing. But I also discovered (by accident!) that it works just as well for dry skin, rashes, blisters, minor burns, and even scrapes!

Use this mask wherever needed consistently to help prevent scarring.

Oatmeal Monster Mask

Grandma was right about oatmeal. It really does your body good. More than just fiber, oatmeal is rich in anti-oxidant properties. It helps undo skin damage caused by chemicals, UV rays, and pollution. Since oats reduce swelling and inflammation, those with eczema and psoriasis will greatly benefit from this ingredient.

oatmeal | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal

How to prepare and apply:

Mix yogurt and oatmeal until it is pasty. It’ll be thick. Apply to the face and leave this face for 10 to 15 minutes or until it dries. Use paper towels moistened with hot water to wipe off. (Be careful not to wash oats down your drain to avoid clogging!). You may also want to use a steamed washcloth.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

This DIY face mask for sensitive skin is a gentle yet effective concoction. Yogurt is the optimal base for a face mask because it has soothing skin proteins and contains probiotics. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is rich in anti-oxidant properties. What you get is a powerful and delightful combination that heals and soothes your sensitive skin.

Banana and Honey Mask

Here is a DIY face mask for sensitive skin that I couldn’t get enough of!

What You’ll Need:

  •  Half a medium-sized banana (mashed)
  • ½ cup oatmeal cooked with milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon honey

How to prepare and apply:

Mix all the ingredients together and massage onto your face in slow, circular motions. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm (not hot!) water.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

Oatmeal is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is gentle, yet effective enough to cleanse and heal sensitive skin. Bananas contain vitamin A which helps in skin cell production and growth. Eggs contain lecithin, a natural skin emollient. Honey helps maintain the skin’s natural acid layer.

Honey and Lavender Facial Mask

This DIY face mask for sensitive skin is my go-to mask for those days when I just want to kick back and zone out. Its fragrantly soothing, and calms both my sensitive skin and nerves!

lavender flowers | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

How to prepare and apply:

Mix the honey and lavender oil. Dampen your face with warm (not hot!) water and gently smooth on. Leave for 15 minutes (I do longer as I tend to drift off!) then rinse off with warm water.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

Honey is a natural antibacterial and is great for acne treatment and prevention. It is also moisturizing and soothing. In fact, this mask can be used on any skin type. Lavender in essential oil form, is great for dryness and skin inflammation. It smells great, calms the senses and helps in the skin healing process.

Cocoa & Avocado Dream Team

Think the previous masks were delicious? This DIY face mask for sensitive skin is even better!

avocado | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  •  ¼ medium sized avocado, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey

How to prepare and apply:

Mix all ingredients well until smooth and free of lumps. Apply to clean and dry skin. Leave for 10 minutes. Gently wash off with warm (not hot) water.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

This fully edible (and delish!) mask is a combination of the gentlest and yet most effective ingredients. Avocado aids in skin hydration. Cocoa is an anti-oxidant as well as a skin-soothing ingredient. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. (And yes, sometimes, I have to fight myself from licking everything off of my face!)

The Breakfast Mask

This DIY face mask for sensitive skin is the breakfast of champions, indeed! Start your day right with this simple mask.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup oatmeal

How to prepare and apply:

Stir all ingredients together and leave on face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water. (Be mindful of your drain!).

Why it works for sensitive skin:

This breakfast-themed mask calms skin. If you’ve got sensitive, oily skin, this DIY face mask works as a mattifying agent.

Matcha Mask

A lot of office warriors have ditched their cup of java for matcha or any drink with green tea as base. The benefits are simply amazing. Green tea (matcha) has been proven to have a variety of health benefits including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer prevention. It even encourages weight loss. Matcha as an ingredient for skin products, contains many anti-inflammatory effects.

making matcha tea | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

What You’ll Need:

  •  1 teaspoon matcha powder or loose green tea leaves from a tea bag
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil or sweet almond oil

How to prepare and apply:

Combine matcha powder / loose tea leaves, honey, and oil in a small bowl. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

The green tea and honey duo work wonders for inflammation. It soothes even the most sensitive skin and fights free radicals. The result? Skin damage repair!

Cucumber Mask

Unlike the previous recipes, this DIY face mask for sensitive skin needs a bit of elbow grease. But I saved this recipe for a reason…it's well worth the wait and the effort! Here’s how to make it…

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt

How to prepare and apply:

Whisk the egg white until it is frothy.

Grate the cucumber just enough to squeeze 1 to 2 teaspoons of cucumber juice. (you may want to slice a few for your eyes)

Heat the honey at low until liquefied.

Mix all ingredients and allow to cool.

Apply the mask and let sit for 15 minutes.

Rinse your face with warm (not hot) water.

Why it works for sensitive skin:

This DIY face mask for sensitive skin is an all-in-one facial mask. The honey relieves irritation because of its antiseptic properties. Honey also helps regenerate facial skin tissue. Yogurt eases sunburn and other skin irritation. It works as an exfoliant as well as a moisturizer. (Hello anti-aging properties!). Cucumbers hydrate the skin around your eyes and help prevent breakouts.

girl laying in flowers | DIY Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

CONCLUSION

Caring for sensitive skin isn’t exactly a walk in the park. We are on constant watch of what we eat, what we do, and where we go. These DIY face masks for sensitive skin take a lot of guesswork out of the equation. You know exactly what goes onto your face, and you can be sure that all ingredients are natural and non-toxic.

If DIY-ing your own facial mask isn’t your cup of matcha tea (which, by the way, is a great facial mask ingredient!), we highly recommend, Penny & Pine’s Restoring Oxygen Mask. Its fragrance-free formulation and all-natural ingredients ensure that your skin only gets a combination of the safest and yet most effective properties. This mask is great for all skin types. It offers oxidizing benefits as well as a cool, soothing feel – perfect for those days when your sensitive skin begins to act up.

What're your favorite DIY face masks? 

 


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