2 Homemade Mud Mask Recipes to Take Your Face From Dirty to Glam

Make a homemade mud mask -- real or fake.

DIY beauty is one of my favorite things because it’s so darn cheap, and — even better — so darn natural.

While most homemade masks are fun and beneficial, we’re particularly fond of masks that can take your face from dirty to glam in a matter of minutes. And in our eyes, the only thing that can be considered dirty and glam at the same time (other than Marc Bolan) are mud masks — real and faux.

1. Homemade Mud Mask from Wellness Mama


1 teaspoon of bentonite clay (for firming and detoxing)
1 teaspoon of raw honey (for its soothing and cleansing qualities)
Herbs and essential oils (½ tsp of powdered calendula and chamomile flowers (optional), and 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional))
1 teaspoon of water (more if needed)


Mix the bentonite clay with the herbs (if using) in a small bowl. Add honey and mix into a thick paste. Add enough warm water to form a thin paste and then add lavender essential oil (if using).


Apply to face and neck in a circular motion (avoiding the eyes) and leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until it has hardened. Wash off with warm water.

2. A Faux Homemade Mud Mask from Free People


2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon nutmeg (for its anti-inflammatory properties)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for bringing blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin, reducing oiliness, and exfoliating)


Mix ingredients to form a paste and apply to face and let sit for 20–30 minutes.

If the above masks don’t appeal to you, we’ve published more than a handful of other articles about DIY face masks. Here are just two of our favorites:

Homemade Chocolate Face Mask Recipe

Homemade Yogurt Face Mask with Honey for DIY Winter Beauty

What is your favorite homemade mud mask recipe? Are there any other masks you enjoy making?

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