Easy homemade face mask and body scrub recipes

Apr 08, 2020
Posted in: Health & Beauty   Posted by: Natalie

A pampering face mask or body scrub is not only a great way to de-stress, but also a skincare saviour when it comes to banishing blemishes, hydrating the skin and minimising pores.

But, did you know that the secret to glowing skin might be a little closer to home than you might think?

Humble ingredients like yogurt have long been known for their exfoliating properties, while honey with its antibacterial properties can help blitz bacteria which can cause spots and blemishes. That’s right – step away from the bathroom cabinet, and head for the kitchen… (although these recipes might sound tasty, they are designed for the skin so please resist any temptation to eat them!)

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We asked out team of expert beauty therapists to whip up their favourite homemade face and beauty recipes, and here’s the shortlist:

Clogged pores mask

Oatmeal and baking soda have exfoliating properties, which can remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.


  • 2 tsp. oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


  • Combine the oatmeal and baking soda in a bowl. Slowly add a few drops of water to create a paste.
  • Gently massage the paste over your face and let it dry, leaving it on the skin for 20-minutes
  • Wash off with warm water and apply a moisturiser.


Coffee scrub for your face and body

Coffee grounds make a great exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, which can help to rejuvenate and boost circulation.


  • 60g brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp of melted coconut oil (or olive oil if you don’t have coconut oil)
  • 60g ground coffee


  • Mix together and your scrub is ready to go – gently massage onto wet skin and wash off with warm water
  • After exfoliating, we’d always recommend moisturising from top-to-toe to keep your skin feeling hydrated and silky soft.


Honey and yogurt face mask

This face mask is perfect for evening out the texture and tone in your skin. Yoghurt is packed full of lactic acid which can help to lift away any rough and lacklustre skin cells, while the honey adds in moisture, leaving your skin soft and rejuvenated.


  • 1 tbsp natural, plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp turmeric


  • Mix the above ingredients well and apply using a foundation brush for easy application
  • Let it dry, and gently wash off with warm water after 20-minutes


Hello Vera face hydration mask

For when we meet again, this aloe vera and cucumber face mask is hydration in a bowl and will give dull skin a brightening boost


  • half a cucumber
  • 2 tbsp. aloe vera gel


  • Blend the cucumber and combine with the aloe vera gel.
  • Gently massage the paste over your face.
  • Leave on the skin for 20-minutes and then wash off with warm water.


Before you get creative in the kitchen, here’s just a few things to remember:

  • the above recipes are suggestions only, and you should check the ingredients on anything you apply to the skin beforehand to ensure you have no known allergies or reactions
  • don’t use a mask if you experience skin irritation or an allergic reaction (redness, itching, or rash)
  • only apply a face mask once or twice a week.
  • don’t leave the mask on for too long, or else you could irritate your skin.
  • don’t scrub your skin when washing off the mask. This can cause irritation and redness.
  • check the sell by dates on any products you use and ensure they are in date before you use them
  • make your mask or scrub with fresh ingredients and use within 30-minutes of mixing the ingredients
  • Always do a patch test on a small area of skin before applying to avoid any reactions
  • Some ingredients, such as lemons and apple cider vinegar, can make the skin sensitive to light if used directly on the skin without being pre-mixed so always do your research before applying any ingredient to your skin.

7 responses to “Easy homemade face mask and body scrub recipes”

  1. Stef says:

    Was supposed to be coming to Ragdale today with my sister and best friend for 6 days. Will be doing pampering session and have soft drink just like Alison in front desk does with the big group from London in her welcome chat. Hope you’re all staying safe. ❤️❤️

  2. Karen Smith (Fitgirlslim) says:

    42 of us were so looking forward to our 5 night trip. We should have arrived yesterday 😢 thanks for this great email bringing us a little piece of Ragdale to London. We’ll meet again just as soon as it’s safe to do so! Keep safe all🌈😘

  3. Denny Watts says:

    Excellent information going back to basics, I’m going to try them all.

    Thank you so much.


  4. Julia Scott says:

    Thanks for the tips we are going to be wearing our robes and homemade face packs for our virtual (via Zoom) Ragdale get together on Sat 26th as we can’t be enjoying our yearly trip to you. After over 25 years of coming this will be the first year the ‘Udder Club’ hasn’t been with you. Stay safe and see you in 2021.

  5. Karen Longland says:

    Lovely ideas , thank you! Hoping to visit October 30th!

  6. julieann lowthorpe says:

    Thank you for all of your helpful tips in everything x To all the staff stay well and safe. X

  7. Gill Plowright says:

    What a lovely way to help us thro’ the lock down. I have been sheilding for nearly 7 weeks now and it is easy to forget to treat yourself and I will try all the tips you suggest.

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