Easy DIY Facials at Home to Try Today (Only Two Ingredients!)

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Tired of spending too much money on facials at the store? Try these DIY facials at home that you can customize to your skin’s needs. What I love about these at home face masks is they’re very simple, but still accomplish the same as an expensive facial without any extra chemicals your skin doesn’t need.

Plus, you know exactly what the ingredients are. So if your skin needs a quick pick-me-up, I always keep these ingredients in my house. Go ahead and pick at least two ingredients down below based on what you feel your skin needs.

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How Can I Give Myself a Facial at Home?

All you need are a wet ingredient, a dry ingredient, and some Zen time set aside for you! That’s it. You can certainly go as crazy or as chill as you want on this, but that’s up to you. Just keep in mind that not every one of these DIY facials at home need to be this extensive spa day. You can even whip up a DIY face mask as a gift.  

The general understanding of giving yourself a face mask at home tends to be super complex with expensive products that will take you all day. It doesn’t need to be that way at all! You just need two ingredients minimum and some dedicated self-care time to get the same effect.

This is how I’ve personally done facials since I started my clean beauty journey back in 2012. Most made-for-you facials are full of toxic crap that do more harm than good for your health in the long run. If you’ve never heard of clean beauty, you should really check out the booming clean beauty movement! And take a look at some of my favorite clean beauty brands below while you’re at it:


And while there are plenty of natural facials out there made by brands I trust, they’re usually on the expensive side. I’m all for buying clean beauty products, but when it makes more sense finically to simply make the product yourself, I’m going to go down that route. And that’s the case for DIY facials at home. Most of the time, anyway.

How Do You Make a Natural Face Mask at Home?

You can do a facial at home by yourself by using a couple of ingredients from the list below. How exactly can these facials be customized to your skin? Just mix and match the ingredients based on what you think your skin needs at the moment. You can make a facial at home with home remedies by adding essential oils or three or four ingredients instead of two.

Don’t worry, I’m going to give little explanations for each ingredient and what works best for certain skin types. I also have links to all ingredients for your convenience so you can make your own at-home facial kit for days when you feel a little blah. Let’s get into it!

Activated Charcoal

If you’ve never used or heard of activated charcoal before, you must be thinking “You want me to put burn residue on my face?!?” Definitely not.

Activated charcoal is a very potent and unique kind of ingredient primarily used for detoxing. It’s typically made from burned coconut shells or other natural substances. What makes activated charcoal unique is that it pulls every toxin away from anything it comes in contact with.

The microscopic pores within the activated charcoal are so porous that it can absorb toxins up to 1,000 times bigger than itself. This jet-black powder can be taken either internally or externally, although it is harder to find a bottle full of straight powder. Because of this, it’s usually easier to get the ingestible capsules.

I just break open one or two of them for one of my favorite DIY facials at home. Once the activated charcoal absorbs its toxins, it simply sits with them until it washes away or digests. This means that the toxins won’t re-release into your blood stream and make you feel gross and sluggish later. It’s also a great addition to a home facial for glowing skin!

Bentonite Clay 

Another amazing detox powder, bentonite clay is made from volcanic ash called Montmorillonite. It’s full of minerals, such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, silica, and iron. It can be used topically or as a supplement.

What makes bentonite clay so unique is its detox properties come to life when it comes into contact with water. When wet, if it touches a heavy metal or toxin, they will get sucked right up! It also works similar to activated charcoal; in that it will not re-release any toxins back into your bloodstream if ingested.

You can get massive tubs of the light grey powder, or you can even get them in capsule form. From my experience, it is very common to find the straight powder instead of the capsules. I love to get it in big jars that last me for years, like this one here!

One important thing to remember is that bentonite clay cannot touch any metal when wet. If you use a metal spoon to make your mask, the detox properties will be lost. So try to use a wooden spoon if you can.

What’s the Difference Between Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal?

Great question! From my research, there doesn’t seem to be much difference at all. One thing to note, however, is that activated charcoal seems to be much more potent. As in you probably should not use it on your face more than twice a week.

I’ve seen people put bentonite clay in water to drink every day for help with digestion. Whereas if they drank activated charcoal on a daily basis, they would lose valuable gut bacteria. Activated charcoal is great for relieving more intense or temporary digestive issues, such as nausea and gas.

Another thing I’d like to note is that if you do homemade facials with either of these powders, you might want to moisturize afterwards. They cleanse and tighten your pores, which means you might feel a little dry. I don’t recommend putting both powders together in a mask because of this.

I also love to use aloe vera gel instead of water for my masks! The bentonite clay still works great, plus I’m adding in some extra benefits from this amazing desert plant. So along that vein—

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Aloe Vera Gel as a Base for DIY Facials at Home

The leaves of the aloe plant do way more than treat sunburns! Aloe vera gel is full of nutrients that I’m sure your skin is hungry for. In addition to healing sunburns, aloe also calms general inflammation while soothing and moisturizing your skin. Aloe also has anti-inflammatory properties that fight acne.

If you have a light sunburn, irritated skin, or some acne to fight off, a DIY facial with aloe is a must! I almost always put aloe in my masks because it acts as a more efficient binding agent than water. It’s even one of the base ingredients for my homemade lotion recipe!

You can get aloe vera gel at most health food stores, Amazon, or even the vitamin section of your grocery store. I get a big bottle like this one that I keep in the fridge, and it lasts forever. Just make sure that you get pure aloe!! Don’t get those little tubes of aloe meant to treat sunburns. Those are usually just a bunch of filler ingredients with some aloe in it instead.


Honey for DIY Facials

I know that the idea of putting sweet sticky stuff on your face sounds a bit crazy but hear me out. Raw, unfiltered honey is like a Swiss army knife in natural beauty. You can use it in your hair, on your skin, and as a natural sweetener replacement.

As for putting honey on your face, the benefits are definitely worth it. Like aloe vera gel, honey is very moisturizing. Because of this, I love to put it in my masks if I have a powder. And if you think that honey will be hard to wash off, never fear! It washes out just like the other ingredients in this post. Water will get rid of it just fine.

Raw honey is also one of the best ingredients for fighting acne. Its powerful antibacterial properties help current breakouts and prevent new ones form forming. You can even use raw honey for pimple spot treatments!

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Some combinations that I do on a regular basis include honey and aloe, activated charcoal or bentonite clay with aloe, and honey with bentonite clay. As for measurements, I just do a 1:1 ratio.

An example could be one part honey to one part aloe. I leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes before I wash it off with warm water and pat my face dry.

So to summarize, bentonite clay and activated charcoal are great for detoxing your whole body, with their own respective specialties. Aloe vera gel soothes and moisturizes your skin, while honey fights acne and any bacteria. So experiment with these ingredients and fid your own favorite!

What do you use to make your favorite at home face mask? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “Easy DIY Facials at Home to Try Today (Only Two Ingredients!)”

    1. Aww thanks Amanda! Sometimes it’s really the little things that can make a big difference 🙂

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