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If there’s one fact that’s gospel in the skincare world, it’s that everyone has different skin with its own individual needs. People have dry skin or oily skin or aging skin or combination skin. Others have problems with redness and others would like to get rid of dark spots. Whatever your special requirement is, there’s a homemade face mask for it.

Below is a homemade face mask for just about every skincare need. And many of these masks take care of several needs in one go. Make sure to apply the homemade face mask to clean skin. You’ll want to leave each mixture on your face for about twenty minutes. Then rinse off completely.

Oily skin

Oily skin can be a real pain. It’s often prone to breakouts, is obnoxious to continually dab at with wipes and you run the risk of drying out skin if you over cleanse to try and fix it. A natural homemade face mask is a good way to cleanse skin without overdoing it on harsh chemicals. To cleanse, exfoliate, tighten pores, help acne and dry skin a bit, combine a couple handfuls of strawberries with a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add a dollop of bentonite clay and mix together in a blender. All of these ingredients will help dry up excess oil.

Dry, tight skin

Have dry skin that needs a boost of moisture? Combine equal parts mushed avocado, raw honey and mushed banana. Add a few splashes of milk, but not so much that you end up making the mixture soupy. All of those ingredients are great natural moisturizers for skin.

For an even skin tone

In the ongoing beauty battle, one of the worst enemies is an uneven skin tone. That means dark marks from breakouts, uneven skin tone from sun damage and all the other issues that leave skin less than bright. Two of nature’s best skin lighteners are lemon and honey. They treat redness, fade scars, tighten skin, even skin tone and all around lead to a bright complexion. For this homemade face mask, combine one part freshly squeezed lemon juice with one part raw honey. You can also add a couple drops of optional frankincense essential oil to help fight scars.

Anti-aging

Aging is always a concern, no matter how old you are. If you’re past a certain age, you want to reverse it. If you’re before that point it’s a matter of preventing wrinkles and fine lines. If you’re trying to fight aging, you’ll want four things: moisture to plump up skin and get rid of fine lines, antioxidants to get rid of free radicals that can age skin, a brightener to get rid of dark spots and exfoliation to keep new, younger cells turning over.

So with that in mind, combine two parts organic plain yogurt and two parts fresh lemon juice with one part pureed cucumber and one part purred fresh aloe leaf (minus the outer skin of the leaf). The aloe and cucumber will provide moisture and antioxidants. The lemon will brighten skin, and the lactic acid from the yogurt will exfoliate.

Even out combination skin

Combination skin comes with its own concerns. Part of your face might be an oil slick an hour after you’ve washed it, while other parts might be red and dry. Unfortunately, there’s no one-fix mask for combination skin. The dry areas will need a moisturizing treatment like the one above, and the oily parts will need the oily skin recipe above.

Though an allover idea is to combine slightly blended oatmeal with honey to form a granulated paste. Scrub clean skin with it to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. That will moisturize the dry areas, as well as promote cell turnover and clearer pores in the oily region.