DIY Beauty: refreshing mint leaves face mask

I had a totally different plan for the two packs of mint leaves I purchased from the supermarket; they were not supposed to be used on my face. However, I had forgotten to put them in the fridge and by the time I remembered, I could only salvage some of the leaves from one of the packs. So in the end, I didn’t have enough mint leaves for my initial recipe and ended up doing this one instead – a mint leaves face mask.

Benefit of using mint leaves on the skin
Interestingly, I found out that mint leaves are great to be applied topically on the skin. It helps to prevent dryness of skin, clean up the pores and clear up acne. But I really wasn’t thinking about any of these when I was making this mint mask

Simple recipe
I frequently use a face mask of yogurt mixed with oat or mungbean flour. And all I was thinking was that I didn’t want the mint leaves to go to waste. So I cut the mint leaves into small bits and added them into the yogurt mixture. For those who want to know the specifics, it’s two tablespoons of yogurt mixed with one tablespoon of mungbean powder and some finely cut mint leaves.

Because of the strong mint scent, this face mask is quite refreshing and enjoyable to use. The leaves definitely added an interesting element to my usual homemade face mask and I won’t mind using this more consistently. But first, I must try to use the mint leaves according to my initial plan for them!

I just realized that the mint leaves are great for reducing the blackheads on my nose. Using the same recipe, I used a couple of the crushed mint leaves and rubbed them on my nose area and they’re much cleaner this morning! Something to try if you’ve got blackheads that bothers you.



  1. ktee says:

    Very interesting! I shall try this. Have been doing my ‘green pea’ powder with yogurt mask nightly for the past two weeks. Am happy with the result. I added additional green gram dhall four to the mix a couple of nights ago and my skin seems to like the new combination too. I heard that fresh coconut water is also good as hydrating mask… have you tried it? Very intrigued with the idea…

  2. Amber Norell says:

    Do you think this would be something that would be gentle enough for sensitive skin?
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  3. EcoBeauty says:

    The mint helps detoxify the skin. It’s the star ingredient in GoW’s Wonderful Detox Serum. ? Does the essence of the mint leaves make you tear when you have the mask on?
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  4. Sesame says:

    No, I haven’t tried coconut water but it sure sounds interesting! Okay, next up! ?

  5. Sesame says:

    It seems mint can irritate sensitive skin so you may want to be careful. I found it gentle for mine, which is slightly sensitive.

  6. Sesame says:

    Oh ya, no wonder it’s said to be good for acne prone skin. I didn’t find it irritating my eyes or skin at all…maybe cos it was just the leaves although I did leave in the mask for over 30 mins before using. I think mint leaves are quite good for blackheads.

  7. kaithlin93 says:

    wow another must try mask…hearing the benefit of mint leaves makes me more excited to try this..

  8. Kelly-Ann Thompson says:

    That sounds amazin, thanks for that info… i grow my own mint leaves so would be interesting to try ?

  9. Sesame says:

    Oh, check out my update on using this to remove blackheads.

  10. Sesame says:

    How nice…growing your own mint leaves. Hope you’ll enjoy using it.

  11. Swati says:

    wow!! I am indeed bothered by blackheads lately ?
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  12. Audris Tan May Ching says:

    Good idea! Never occurred to me. I love mint to smell and for drinks. I like the blackheads tip! Thanks, Sesame ?

  13. Y says:

    thanks for sharing this. blackhead is definitely what bother me the most. I’m starting to dislike so much every time I go get my facial the person who doing my facial pulling my nose trying to get blackhead out. My poor nose. I will definitely try this receipt. Is mungbean powder necessary in this receipt? I can find other ingredients I don’t think I ever use mungbean powder before so I’m not sure I will be able to find it.

  14. Sesame says:

    Then you might want to give this a try.

  15. Sesame says:

    Give it a try…I was surprised it worked well for me.

  16. Sesame says:

    You can substitute with oat flour if you can find it cos these ingredients help to cleanse your skin well.

  17. Sue - MakeupMew says:

    I love anything with mint. A mint yogurt mask seems too good to pass up. Especially since you’ve vouched for its blackhead removing powers. I’ve tried mint in st Helene’s Mint Julep Mask. It really works great on oily skin and feels so refreshing too!
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  18. Sesame says:

    Oh the Julep mask is much raved and I believe it works well… although I haven’t tried it myself.

  19. Cyn says:

    If I just rub the mint leaves on my nose without the rest of the ingredients, is it possible?

  20. Sesame says:

    Not sure…it might but the ingredients I used, especially the mung bean powder helps to draw out the impurities too.

  21. Yean says:

    Heya Sesame,
    I live in Singapore, Braddel area. I’ve been looking around for some natural ingredients for example Rhassoul clay, sea salt. Pretty much, things you need for a body wrap.

    Do you happen to know any suppliers or have a recommendations as to where i can go to get ingredients?


  22. Sesame says:

    Ahh…no, not locally. The store that used to sell no longer brings in. You probably gotta get them online.

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