Two Simple, Skin-Balancing Masks to Make at Home


As hard as we try to put our freshest face forward every morning, there are inevitably days that have you looking out of balance. Maybe you splurged on sugar, you've been stressed or you're trying out a new product that doesn't do good things for your skin.

When it's time to regain control, I recommend these two do-it-yourself masks. Use them whenever your skin is unruly. They're going to become your favorites! And for a fantastic store-bought mask, check out the end of the post.

Calming Raw Honey Mask

Honey: it works wonders for skin, but keep in mind it must be raw! Heated honey loses the active enzymes that make it such a fantastic skin care secret. Honey contains mild alpha hydroxy acids, so it will gently exfoliate, leaving smoother skin behind. And honey's humectant properties attract moisture and plump up tired, dull and dry skin. After cleansing and drying your face, coat with raw honey and leave on at least 20 minutes before rinsing (though sticky, it rinses away easily with warm water).  To make your mask an even more powerful exfoliant, add pureed pineapple or papaya before applying.

Refining Bentonite Clay Mask

You can purchase a tub of bentonite clay in the Whole Body section of Whole Foods for a few dollars- and it will last you forever. Bentonite clay was recommended to me by the skin-savvy makeup artist Karim Orange, and I've had fun experimenting with it ever since! Add few pinches to your regular cleanser to boost exfoliation, or mix a palmful of clay with a few drops of water, apply to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with a gentle circular motion that will exfoliate as well.  Your skin will look more refined, less oily and altogether even.


If you're not up for whipping up a mask at the bathroom sink, Arcona's Tea Tree Mask is a fantastic store-bought choice for taming difficult skin. Its tea tree, witch hazel, sulfur and multiple clays (bentonite, kaolin) are a powerful combo.  Because the scent can linger afterward, I like using it before a shower to make sure it's fully rinsed away.