If you have oily skin, the idea of moisturizing it may seem counterintuitive. However, the skin often overproduces its natural oil (sebum) when it senses that sebum levels are too low. If you’re washing your face multiple times per day with harsh cleansers, you might be stripping your skin of the oil that it needs, and causing it to overproduce as a result. To tame oily skin, then, it’s important to give your pores the nourishment that they need without either stripping them of oil or clogging them.
We’ve created this DIY moisturizing mask for oily skin to deliver all of these benefits and more. It’ll gently lift away dead skin cells, help to heal damage and soothe redness, moisturize, and balance oil production. Another great thing about this face mask: You can find most of the ingredients in a grocery store if they’re not already in your refrigerator.
About the ingredients
As the base of this DIY face mask, you’ll use jojoba oil. This natural oil is an amazing moisturizer for oily skin because it can help to balance your skin’s oil production while it delivers hydration. The structural makeup of jojoba oil closely resembles that of sebum, so it can effectively trick the skin into cutting down on its sebum production. When shopping for jojoba oil, try to look for a product that’s USDA certified organic and contains no filler ingredients, like Desert Essence’s Organic Jojoba Oil.
This mask also features lemon and yogurt, which contain natural citric acid and lactic acid (respectively) to gently purge your pores and lift away dead skin cells. It also features strawberry, which contains natural salicylic acid to help keep your skin clear. Finally, we’ll use banana to hydrate your skin and soothe redness.
How to make the mask
To make the mask, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, ¼ of a lemon, 1 tablespoon of yogurt, one strawberry, and one small piece of banana (about half the length of your thumb).
First, you’ll need to get the strawberry and banana to the right consistency. You can either put them in a blender with the yogurt and blend until they’re smooth or put them in a bowl with the yogurt and mash to a paste.
Next, squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mixture. Drizzle the jojoba oil over top of it all, and mix to combine all of the ingredients evenly.
How to use the mask
Before using this mask, you should remove any makeup and/or sunscreen, and gently cleanse your face. We recommend holding a warm (not too hot!) washcloth over your face for about five minutes before using the face mask. This will open up your pores, preparing them to receive all of the nutrients.
Mix up the mask again in case any of the ingredients have separated. Then use a clean makeup brush or clean fingers to smooth it over your skin. Cover your thin in a thick, even layer of the face mask, and then lie down face-up to let it settle. (We recommend having a good book or episode ready to pass the time).
Let the mask sink into your skin for 30-40 minutes, or for 20 minutes if you have sensitive skin. Then rinse the mask away with warm water, and use a washcloth to gently wipe away any leftover residue. Follow up with a cold water rinse to seal your skin’s cuticle, then enjoy your bright, glowing complexion!
Camille Bond is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has interned in the film industry and the publishing industry, as well as for a political campaign. When it comes to the world of beauty and wellness, she loves researching natural skincare brands, concocting DIY recipes, and discovering new mediation techniques!