The Easier Way to Create a Homemade Mask for Glowing Skin

Female with mask on her face

A lot of the facial masks on the market now that promise to give you glowing, healthy skin are full of chemicals and other ingredients you really don’t want coming in contact with your body.

You probably have everything you need to create a homemade mask for glowing skin in your kitchen right now, and if the ingredients are edible, they’re safe to put on your skin.

DIY masks can also be a lot cheaper than some of the other alternatives, too.

How to Make a Mask for Glowing Skin at Home

Making a homemade mask for glowing skin at home may not even require a special trip to the store for ingredients, especially if you’re pretty committed to a healthy diet (many of these are staple items!).

These are all things you may already have at your house (maybe not the pumpkin, but it’s possible!).

This particular mask brightens, exfoliates, balances oil production, and moisturizes.


  • 1 ripe organic banana or 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • ¼ cup oatmeal


The easiest way to mix everything up and get a smooth consistency is to toss all the ingredients into a food processor.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can also mash the banana and avocado with a fork until they’re mostly smooth, then add in the other ingredients. Mix well.

Pat a little warm water onto your face, dry until skin is just slightly damp, and apply the mask. Wait 10-15 minutes and rinse well with warm water.

Moisturize as usual (we recommend coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond oil). Refrigerate any leftovers and use the mask again mid-week, if needed.

You can use this mask two to three times per week.

Note: If your skin is sensitive or very dry, leave out the lemon/lime juice.

Problematic Ingredients You May Be Using

Navigating the shelves of today’s skin care products can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield. What’s truly going to be helpful and what has negative long-term side effects?

Luckily, you don’t have to wonder when you’re making a homemade mask for glowing skin. If you’re curious, though, here are some of the ingredients commonly found in commercial facial masks:

  • TEA: Nope, not the tea you can drink! TEA stands for triethanolamine and it’s often used as fragrance, an emulsifying agent, or pH adjuster. Depending on what else is in the product (or in other products you’ll be applying to your skin on top of potential mask residue), TEA could interact with other preservatives and form carcinogens that are then absorbed into the body through the skin.
  • Parabens: These are added to skin care and cosmetic products as preservatives (you’ll see “paraben” at the end of an ingredient, i.e. methylparaben). Parabens can act like estrogen in the body and disrupt the endocrine system.
  • Synthetic fragrance: These are made up of chemicals and you never know what concoction it is that you’re getting from a product that simply lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. It’s best to steer clear.
  • Propylene glycol: You could irritate your skin if you frequently use products containing this ingredient. Though you probably won’t be using a mask on a daily basis, it’s something to consider, especially if propylene glycol is in other skin care products you use.
  • Diazolidinyl urea: This is a formaldehyde-releasing ingredient often added to personal care products as a preservative. Instead of adding formaldehyde (a carcinogen) to a product, companies will sometimes use ingredients like this one, which release small amounts of formaldehyde over time. In addition to the link to cancer, formaldehyde is a potential skin irritant.

Why the Ingredients in This Mask?

The ingredients in this mask work together to brighten, moisturize, fight aging, slough away dead skin cells, and reveal a brighter, glowing complexion.


Bananas can instantly moisturize and soften your skin, and over time they may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The high concentration of vitamin C can brighten your complexion.

Did you know you can also use bananas in your hair? Untrained Housewife shared her experience here.

Picture of bananas


Pumpkin is a natural acne-fighter. It can help fight inflammation and make your pores look smaller.

If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun, vitamins A and C can soothe your skin and make it feel softer.

The enzymes in pumpkin can also help whisk away dry, flaky skin when you rinse it off.


You probably know all about eating avocados for glowing, beautiful skin, but you can apply it to the outside, too.

It’s rich in vitamins E and K, which soften the skin while repairing damage and reducing scarring. The fatty acids in avocados also moisturize your skin.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is not just for moisture. The oil also contains antioxidants called polyphenols, along with vitamin E and other natural antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage.

Raw Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial and moisturizing properties, so it’s good for acne-prone and dry skin. It’s one of the best ingredients you can put on your face, regardless of skin type.

There are also antioxidants to slow aging, so you get to enhance and prolong your youthful glow.

Lemon or Lime Juice

Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which has the added benefit of brightening your skin and shrinking pores when applied topically.

The same alkalizing effects that come from your daily hot water with lemon also come into play when lemon (or lime) juice is applied to your face. It can help fight bacteria associated with acne breakouts.

Picture of limes with lime water


If you’re dealing with excess oil, the oatmeal will help balance your skin out. Rosacea? Oatmeal will help soothe that, too.

Adding oatmeal to a facial mask also increases its exfoliation properties without putting your skin at risk for little microscopic tears that do more harm in the long run.

Some over-the-counter exfoliants are too harsh and jagged, and they can damage your skin over time.

You can also use oatmeal all over your body, in the shower (no need to set aside a half hour or more for a bath!). One Good Thing by Jillee made up some cute bags that you can take into the shower or keep by the sink to use on your hands.

Who Can Benefit from This Mask?

Any skin type can benefit from the properties of this mask. Those with dry skin will benefit from the moisturizing properties of the oil, avocado, and oatmeal, while those with acne or scarring will enjoy the antibacterial effects of the honey and brightening from the lemon or lime juice. 

We do recommend doing a test patch first, just as you should do with any skin care treatment. At least a few hours before you plan to use it all over, put a small amount of the mask on your jaw line or on the inside of your arm and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it away.  

In Love and Health,




Last updated: Friday, February 5, 2016
  • nancy

    Hi Kimberly,
    I was wondering if you have a post in which you talk about what products you use on your face? I have been battling with eczema in my face and body for a long time now and it seems my facial eczema seems to get worst through the years. I cannot use any products I used to use like anti-aging products and scrubs and exfoliators. For this reason my skin texture has really deteriorated and I have large pores due to not being able to exfoliate because it irritates my skin. My skin is dull, no glow, lacks luster, and is always reddish. I have also aged a lot after having to stop using my anti-aging products. What natural care products can I use that are gentle but can also prevent me from accumulating more wrinkles.

    • Sonya

      HI Nancy,
      I just came across your comment and would like to share some things with you. I too, deal with eczema and have found that I have an overgrowth of Candida in my body. Dermatologists have no reason as to why people get eczema, so I had to do my own research :) There are a plethora of articles out there stating that Candida is a major influence of eczema. I had to do a Candida cleanse because mine was so bad. After cutting out sugar, dairy and wheat I have seen a great improvement!!!! For my daily skin moisturizer, I use pure organic coconut oil, pure essential oil from Frankincense and lavender on my face and body. It actually helps fight the Candida and repair my skin! And Kimberly seems to have some really good recipes here so drink, drink, drink these yummy green smoothies!!!!!

  • Jennifer

    Hi my name is Jennifer and I am 26 years old and have been battling a sensitive stomach since my gall bladder removal surgery in 2012. I have lost over 40-50 by focusing on eating healthy and cutting out all gluten, dairy and any processed foods. I started juicing and focusing on the order in which I eat my foods (based off your lovely book). Problem is, I broke out with acne worse than I have ever had it before. Originally I assumed since I started juicing my body was in a complete detox, but after three weeks later, the acne never went away. I would love to not have to load on the makeup to cover the acne as we all know that is a vicious cycle in itself. I was wondering if there is something I am doing wrong that is making me break out WORSE than before? I know stress is a part of it as well, however I have really been focusing on calming body mind and soul. As we all know how self conscious we are of our acne, I feel better than I have ever felt before, but now more self conscious than ever. I need some help! Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration to all of us. ~Best of love Jennifer

  • Lorie Holland

    I never thought of using homemade mask before. I just buy mine from the supermarket. I have not thought of switching probably because it actually delivers on its promise but with a bit of side effects on my sensitive skin. It leaves small blemishes after a while but it’s not that noticeable. There might be underlying side effects if I kept using it. There’s nothing to lose but more to gain if I try an alternative like this.

  • Jess

    I need tips!!! I have splochy red bumps along my cheecks and temples, it gets worse in the sun and calms down when I`m inside, but its still pretty intense. I drink loads of water, I am vegan, I use all natural products and wear sunblock everyday (and usually a hat too!) and my problem wont go away! I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what I can do?