DIY Beauty: anti-aging face mask with silken tofu

What’s for cooking today? Well, it’s tofu, a nutritious and healthy food! And do you know that besides eating the tofu, you can use tofu directly on your skin? No? Neither did I until recently, after I came across a skin whitening face mask using this ingredient in a Chinese book.

Tofu benefits for the skin
Because tofu is made with soy milk or soy beans, it contains saponin that has the ability to exfoliate dead skin and draw out pore-clogging debris. Tofu also contains the amino acid glycine, isoflavones, as well as other proteins and vitamin E, which can moisten the skin, increase skin elasticity, and help reduce the formation of wrinkles. Apparently, it also has skin whitening effects.

Organic tofu is available
I haven’t been eating a lot of tofu actually but recently bought some to steam with eggs. So I remembered the face mask recipe and decided to set some tofu aside for that. I noticed that the supermarkets are selling organic silken tofu but at double the price of the usual! I decided to skip it because I can’t ascertain for sure if it’s truly organic and am not about to pay for the difference, even though the difference is less than a dollar.

Tofu face mask recipe
Anyway, it’s quite easy to create the tofu mask. I first tried using it alone but found it rather messy in the sense that there was nothing to hold the crushed tofu together. So I resorted to mixing the crushed tofu with yogurt and the mixture you see here is just that and it’s much easier to apply to the skin.

Skin whitening recipe using yeast
You can add other ingredients to the tofu mask. Instead of yogurt, you may like to try using honey. I also remember reading a skin whitening recipe where you can add some yeast to the crushed tofu.

Good to eat and fun to use
I kind of like using tofu because of the subtle smell. It’s also quite fun to crush the tofu and apply all over the body although I have to concede that there will be quite a mess to clear up thereafter. So do you like eating tofu? Would you like to give this mask a try?


  1. xin says:

    i just had tofu for dinner yesterday ? mom always cooks tofu. not a big fan of tofu on its own but i love all other soy products. thanks for sharing the tip ? will pinch some if next time mom cooks it

  2. Amanda says:

    Can you buy those fresh tofu on a pallet in Singapore? I sort of think that the tofu you show in the picture are processed ones with preservatives. But then I think fresh tofu may not be as easy to crush as the silken tofu you show.

  3. sesame says:

    It’s stated on the packaging that this one does not contain preservatives and this tofu cannot be stored for more than 2 days so it should be fresh. I would want to try those Japanese ones though…wonder if they’re different. Haven’t come across the pallet ones…or wait, maybe those are the ones from the wet market.

  4. sesame says:

    Yeah, give it a try…you might like it and it smells okay…just tofu smell. Haha…

  5. Mai says:

    W0w l00ks gd!! u reck0n i can mix this with the 0ats fl0ur, speaking 0f which i need t0 use the mask t0day..didn’t had a chance t0 use when i was 0n vacati0n!!

    0n a different n0te, d0 u kn0w 0f any hair gr0wth supplement 0r pr0ducts that actually w0rk? i have been l0sing strands 0f hair since vacati0ning as the water there was n0t as clean as th0se in SG.. *sad*

  6. sesame says:

    Yes, you can mix this with the oat flour…no problem.

    I’m not sure about hair growth supplement but you might want to take a look at Phyto range of products…they do have some good stuff. My hairstylist also recommend Regaine, which is like a hair tonic.

  7. dee says:

    Thanks for the info! I’m definitely going to try this. I’m already using rice flour, turmeric, yogurt, various oils (LOVE grapeseed oil), and gram flour… Actually, I was looking up information on using tofu as a mask, for use as a moisturizer, after I wash off the rice flour mask.

  8. Sesame says:

    Hope you’ll enjoy using this! ?

  9. Nashima says:

    This have been my fav face mask since I was 16, it just give me natural glow and fairer effect on my skin, was recommended by my gf and I use it like once a week ESP before putting on make up for events. But again suitable for non acne skin, some skin might cause whitehead too.

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