The Recipe:

Natural Face Masks Good Enough to Eat

By:  Ari  Bendersky  Abe's Market Contributor  May 22nd, 2013

We have said a lot about natural skin care products with the loudest message is that your skin is the body's largest organ and absorbs everything you put on it or rub into it. We even created a fun PSA campaign with a loud message that if you use some commercial products, it's almost like having a toxic party on your face. 

Picking which natural lipstick, moisturizer or eye liner you use could be an adventure (albeit a fun adventure) in seeing what works best for you. While you're in that process, if you have a little extra time on your hands and some natural ingredients around the house, you could make your own products. Our friends at Own Skin Health came up with a couple of DIY recipes using regular everyday products like honey, eggs, olive oil, chocolate and coffee to use on your face and hair as a mask. We think these are pretty fab and wanted to share them with you. 

2-in-1 Hair & Face Mask

Honey, Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask and Pore Tightening Face Mask

Hair Mask: Ideal treatment for dry, dull hair. This honey hair mask revives lackluster tresses with just three ingredients – deeply hydrating olive oil, shine boosting honey and moisturizing egg yolk.


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (use 2 tablespoons for normal hair)
  • 1 raw egg yolk (separate the egg and save the egg white for your face) 


  1. Mix egg and olive oil in a bowl. 
  2. Stir in the honey. (tip: warm honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave so it mixes better).
  3. Apply generously to hair and leave on for up to 30 minutes then rinse.

Egg White Pore Tightening Face Mask
While your hair is being treated, use the leftover egg whites for your pore tightening face mask. 
The egg white draws toxins from the skin's surface and helps to tighten pores. 


Beat the remaining egg white by hand and apply to your face and let it harden/dry. Rinse with Own Rejuvenating Cleanser and feel how soft and fresh your skin feels. 

Cocoa & Coffee Skin Brightening Mask 

While coffee and cocoa powder are the staples of this popular mask, you can tailor it for your skin type by adding yogurt and honey if you have dry skin or lemon juice if you have oily skin. 


4 T finely ground espresso or coffee beans
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
8 T plain yogurt
2 T honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin)


Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add the plain yogurt and stir until a smooth paste forms. You can use less yogurt if you like a thicker paste. Stir in the honey. (tip: warm honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave so it mixes better). Apply the paste to your clean face and neck.

Let the mask dry. Wet a washcloth and press it to your face to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid rubbing your face because the coffee grounds could potentially scratch your skin. It's really up to you, you'll get a feel for what your skin can take and how finely ground the coffee is. If you have any leftover paste, store it in the refrigerator for several days and use again when you need a little additional pampering!


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Ari Bendersky

Abe's Market Contributor

Ari Bendersky Ari joined Abe's Market after years of covering music, lifestyle, wine and food for the New York Times, AP, Rolling Stone, Eater, Huff Post and more. He lives naturally by biking, hiking, green juicing and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup at all costs.

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