DIY rejuvenating skin care recipes

It seems that skincare is not only going natural, but DIY too!  I’ve come across a couple of DIY skin savers which many ladies seem to swear by to rejuvenate their face and keep it blemish-free.

Aspirin mask
Aspirin is a form of Beta Hydroxy Acids or BHA’s which is known to help with cleaning pores from inside out and exfoliating the dull, dead layers of skin.  When used over time, BHA’s can help clarify skin tone and contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free.

To make the Aspirin mask, first you need to get uncoated, dissolvable tablets.  Then take two or three tablets and dissolve in a teaspoon of warm water.   You may like to add honey or yogurt to bind the paste together before spreading the mixture on your face, taking care to avoid the eye area.  Leave it for about 10 minutes until it dries and gently rub the mask into the face to exfoliate the skin. Rinse off and moisturize.

Baking soda exfoliator
Baking soda is not only good for cleaning the kitchen sink but apparently, our face too!  Use about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and make a paste with a sprinkle of water.   You can also add oatmeal.  Apply it as you would a mask by adding a little water and rubbing in circles, and then wash off with a washcloth.

Brown sugar glycolic acid mask
Raw cane brown sugar is rich in glycolic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid which is the most popular alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). It can exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the “glue” that holds skin cells together.

To get the benefits of glyocolic acid, mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with a bit of honey and apply to your face. Leave on for about 10 minutes, then massage mask onto face with wet fingertips.  Rinse with lukewarm water.

Brown sugar coffee facial wash
Cleanse your face with brown sugar mixed with a splash of coffee and some heavy cream. The coffee tightens everything up and makes wrinkles disappear while the cream moisturizes.

Coffee undereye dark circle mask 
It seems that using a face mask that has coffee beans or caffiene will awaken and open up the blood vessels around the eyes to make the blood flow and take away some of the darkness.

Aspirin lip scrub
Exfoliate your lipswith a finely crushed, uncoated aspirin with a little white granulated sugar and a bit of jojoba oil for moisture.

I’m certain there are more but these are just some interesting DIY skincare tips that I’ve picked out from the forums.   I’ve not tried any of these though.  In addition, do note that you should not attempt this if your skin is not agreeable to any of the said ingredients. 



  1. Cathy C says:

    I love these skin care recipes – these are wonderful. Great to be able to make these at home and go a la natural


    Cathy: Glad you find them useful. ?

  2. Julie says:

    The aspirin mask works well, I’m not sure about any of the others because I haven’t tried them which leads me to the question if you haven’t tried any of them yourself why would you endorse them?

    Julie: Ha, I didn’t know it is not right for me to share something on my blog which I haven’t tried. ? I think even if I’ve tried these and they’ve worked for me, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for everyone else. I think readers have a choice to pick and choose what they read, and I also have the right to share information which I deem useful, whether it is through my own experience or others.

  3. m says:

    I’m interested about the coffee facial. It seems logical that caffeine would “wake up” your skin.

    Also, I read a post on, describing a study which shows that over time, coffee applied on skin reduces/prevents wrinkles. However, this only works on men! So unfair!

    m: coffee only helps men n termsof the wrinkles? Oh, that’s interesting. I’ve never heard of it.

  4. Answer My Health Question says:

    Will be this effective?? I’ll try this at home!

    Some of the recipes are worth trying. Just make sure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

  5. Jenny says:

    I’ve tried brown sugar. Works well with exfoliating too.

    Jenny: I’m sure it works well and I’ll like to try it sometimes but I’m really worried about the sugar attracting ants. ?

  6. Dreams says:

    What’s good enough to eat has got to be good for your skin treatment right? I have to try this some time.

    Dreams: Yes, as long as you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

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  8. Amy says:

    I’ve been trying many ways or eye product to reduce my dark eye circle but not effective. Sesame , can you elaborate more on the Coffee undereye dark circle mask ? Thanks ?

  9. mooni3 says:

    HI sweety….thanks alot for the homemade masks and stuff…your also right to a point that these might not work well for some women/men. but majority of women tried it and it works wonders for them. what i’ve heard works wonders is the aspirin mask, honey is excellent for the skin, brown sugar acts as an exfoliator, and anything that exfoliates ur skin is good, and also yogurt is good for your skin.
    i have not tried baking soda or coffee though…you know these homemade masks actually originated from indians…i’m also an asian woman and one thing worked awesome on my skin…especially on my acne marks which also stopped from the acne to spread around my face…since it wouldnt stop!! so i tried washing my face with chickpea powder!! its awesome and seriously if i was on a deserted island i wud wish for nothing more than this lol. take some in your hand, dab it on your face, its ok if some of it falls off…dab it on a wet face so it sticks to ur face…then wet ur hands and gently rub ur face in an upward motion…keep doing that for 20-30 seconds but acts as an exfoliator and no side effects! just be careful is ur allergic to the powder dont do it…i have all the branded face routine creams lotions and potions on my dresser, from chanel to clean and clear….this is something which beats them all…though they are good too…its all about what suits whom…
    well ladies goos luck!! i’ll def. try the things in this article!!

  10. mooni3 says:

    whoops….too many typos there lool

  11. coco says:

    Mooni 3 is right, chickpea flour makes an awesome and cheap cleanser or mask. I used to use green clay, but have seen much better results with besan, it doesn’t dry it out so much and is much gentler. for extra punch or as a spot treatment, mix with lemon juice and water…

  12. sesame says:

    I would love to get my hands on chickpea flour…I need to go to special markets for that. Too lazy to grind the chickpeas.

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