How to Make the Best DIY Face Mask for Your Skin Type

Make a mask at home on the cheap with these basic derm-approved tips to help you tackle any skin problem.

Hopping on the whole natural, DIY skin-care train sounds easy enough, but it can be tricky figuring out which products in your kitchen will actually improve your skin, rather than make a condition like dryness or acne even worse. Luckily, by starting with a base tailored to your skin type, and adding in problem-solving mix-ins, you can create a mask that's perfectly tailored to your skin type-without shelling out hundreds for fancy masks and serums.

Step 1? Figure out your base. Opt for eggs if you have oilier skin since it mattifies and shrinks pores. If you have dry skin, go with olive oil, which is moisturizing. If you're feeling a little adventurous, you can even use pumpkin as your mask base-it's packed with enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which increase cell turnover and brighten and smooth the skin.

From there, customize your mix-ins based on your skin's needs. Raw honey is both antibacterial and moisturizing, making it great for acne-prone skin since it will balance oiliness without causing irritation or dryness, a common complaint with acne-fighting products. You can also add peppermint oil or tea tree essential oils, or cinnamon (yep!), which all have acne-fighting properties.

If you're looking for brighter skin, reach for cacao powder, pomegranate juice, or lemons. All offer the antioxidant vitamin C, one of the most popular skin-care ingredients right now, since it evens out skin tone, limits UV damage, and increases collagen production.

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