BeautyHow to make a brightening face mask?

How to make a brightening face mask?

A face mask becomes one of the easiest and simplest options to fix some common skin problems. They are terrifyingly amazing at reducing fatigue and stress after a harrowing day at work, shrinking large or clogged pores, reducing inflammation and redness, nourishing, hydrating, banishing dry or parched patches, and diminishing blemishes.


And what is even better: we can learn to prepare them easily at home, so that by substituting and combining some ingredients, it is possible to enjoy a moisturizing mask that, in turn, is useful for soothing sun-damaged skin. Or even prevent uncomfortable and unsightly acne breakouts. In this way, it is not necessary to go to the beauty salon every time you want to apply one, and ultimately want to enjoy its different qualities.

If you have ever prepared them at home, you have probably already been able to discover for yourself how enormously versatile they are. Thus, it is always possible to prepare one in a few minutes using the ingredients you find in the pantry (or in the fridge). For example, if you have honey and banana you can prepare a smooth paste with moisturizing and nourishing qualities. While if you have brown sugar and honey, you can choose to prepare a face mask with interesting exfoliating properties.

How to make an easy brightening face mask at home?

Although, as we will see in the next section, we can make an interesting variety of different face masks with illuminating qualities, which help to provide shine and a new, more luminous appearance to the skin, it is possible to make a basic recipe with just 3 basic ingredients, which you probably have right now at home (or in your pantry). Take note.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of fresh papaya (crushed), and 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe juice (or 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel).

Preparation: Peel the papaya and crush some pieces, to obtain the amount equivalent to 1 tablespoon. If you have an aloe vera plant, you can choose to collect its juice or pulp yourself. To do this, you simply have to cut one of its leaves and let the pulp come out, collecting it with a small bowl or bowl. Then use 1 tablespoon of this juice and add it to the papaya. To finish, add the cocoa powder. Mix both ingredients and stir well, until they are integrated and combined.

How to use / apply it: Apply to the skin of the face, and leave for 10-15 minutes at most. Then, once this time has passed, rinse your face with warm water. It is recommended to apply it at least twice a week, which will help you a lot when it comes to achieving the best results.

The best brightening face masks you can make at home

Turmeric and lemon mask

Turmeric provides antioxidant qualities which, combined with the skin-lightening properties of vitamin C contained in lemon, makes for an ideal face mask to leave your face perfectly smooth, healthy and glowing.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Preparation: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it to obtain its juice. In a small bowl put 1 tablespoon each of the lemon juice and the turmeric, and mix well until a paste forms.

How to use / apply it: Apply this paste on clean skin, allowing it to dry and act for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Then, once this time has passed, rinse your face with a little clean water, until you have completely removed it. You can apply and use this mask twice a week.

Coffee and honey mask

As we will see in the section where we analyze and discover which are the most interesting natural ingredients when preparing our illuminating facial masks at home, both coffee and honey become two interesting ingredients in our illuminating beauty recipes.

Coffee, on the one hand, has anti-aging qualities capable of minimizing fine lines of expression, locking in the moisture naturally present in the skin, and can also act as a gentle exfoliant. The result is bright, clear and flawless skin.

On the other hand, honey acts as a natural exfoliant, thanks to the fact that its composition contains some alpha-hydroxy acids, such as laconic acid. These alpha-hydroxy acids help gently remove dead skin cells, brightening the complexion.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of coffee powder, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt.

Preparation: In a bowl or small bowl put all the ingredients in the amounts indicated. Stir and stir well.

How to use / apply it: Apply this mask on dry skin, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.  After the time, rinse your face with the help of warm water. You can apply it 2 to 3 times a week.

Honey, lemon juice and cinnamon mask

We are without a doubt in front of a wonderful and sweet combination, which reduces inflammation and dark spots, and illuminates the skin naturally. Cinnamon, for example, provides antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities, although it should be used with care as it can sometimes irritate the skin. Lemon, however, contains a high amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Preparation: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it until you get its juice. In a small bowl add all the ingredients in the amounts indicated, and mix well.

How to use/apply: Simply apply this mask to cleansed skin, leaving on for a total of 15 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water. You will feel how the skin is softer and more delicate.

Oatmeal, turmeric and lemon mask

Oatmeal is an extremely interesting natural ingredient for the skin, because it provides nutrition and softness. Combined with turmeric and lemon (rich in vitamin C, with natural antioxidants), it is ideal for brightening the skin and fighting dark spots.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ teaspoon of turmeric and a little fresh lemon juice.

Preparation: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it to obtain its juice. If you don’t have oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal, just put the rolled oats in the food processor, and grind them well until the flakes are finely ground. Then put all the ingredients in a small tale, and mix well.

How to use / apply it: Apply the mask on clean facial skin, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Egg white and orange juice mask

Orange juice is extremely rich in vitamin C, which provides antioxidant qualities. Egg white, on the other hand, provides astringent and exfoliating qualities, in addition to vitamins, minerals, and protein. The truth is that both ingredients combined allow to achieve a mask capable of naturally toning the skin.

Of course, if you are worried about using raw egg white, due to the risk of salmonella, you can choose to use pasteurized egg white, which you can easily find in your usual supermarket.

Ingredients: 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Preparation: Cut an orange and squeeze it to obtain its juice. Next, put the ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk gently until a foamy texture forms.

How to use / apply it: Put this mask on the skin of the face. Since it can drip a bit, it’s best to lie on your back for a while, while letting the mask work for a full 15 minutes. Then, after the time, rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel as soft as it is clean.

Honey citrus mask

An orange and honey mask can be one of the best quick fixes for giving dull skin a beautiful glow.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of orange juice and ¼ cup of honey.

Preparation: Cut an orange in half, and squeeze it to obtain its juice. Then, in a bowl or cup, add the ingredients in the quantities indicated. Mix well.

How to use / apply: Rub this mixture lightly on the skin of the face. Then leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. After the time, rinse your skin with a little warm water. If you wish, you can apply this mask 2 times a week.

Papaya face mask with Greek yogurt

As we have already indicated, papaya stands out for its enormous amount of vitamin C. In addition, it also has an enzyme -papain- capable of dissolving proteins, making it an excellent natural option to enjoy a much clearer and smoother skin.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of ripe papaya, 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt.

Preparation: Peel the papaya, cut it and mash it well with the help of a fork. If it’s a little clumpy, you can choose to run it through a blender or food processor. Then, in a small bowl, mix with the Greek yogurt, until it forms a paste.

How to use / apply it: Apply this mask on the skin of the face, neck and décolletage, with the help of upward and smooth movements. Leave on for 10 minutes, tops. Then wash your skin with lukewarm water. Of course, if your skin is sensitive or reddens easily, it is convenient to reduce the amount of papaya by half.

Banana and yogurt face mask

Bananas are rich in vitamins (especially vitamin E and C), as well as potassium. Combining these nutritional qualities with the good bacteria naturally present in yogurt, we have an illuminating mask that is also useful for reducing fine lines, thus enjoying a much younger and brighter complexion.

Ingredients: ½ banana and 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt.

Preparation: Peel the banana and mash it well. In a small bowl, add the mashed banana and yogurt and mix well until both ingredients are combined.

How to use / apply it: Spread evenly on the skin of the face, and leave for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it dries well. Then rinse with lukewarm water.

Yogurt, honey and turmeric mask

We have already talked about these ingredients on many occasions. In fact, yogurt is tremendously rich in good bacteria and lactic acid. Lactic acid, for example, acts as a gentle exfoliant, useful for removing rough and dull surface cells, revealing much smoother and brighter ones. Honey acts like a true moisture magnet, helping skin feel supple and smooth. And turmeric fights pigmentation.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder.

Preparation: In a small bowl put the natural yogurt, honey and turmeric powder, and mix well until the three ingredients are combined and integrated.

How to use / apply: Spread this wonderful illuminating mixture on the clean skin of the face, and leave for 15 minutes. After this time, simply rinse with warm water.

Cocoa, yogurt, honey and avocado mask

Cocoa becomes a powerful natural antioxidant, helping to lighten the skin, reduce redness and inflammation caused by acne. In addition, it nourishes the skin and reduces imperfections. The yogurt acts as a gentle exfoliant, while the honey and avocado nourish the skin.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of avocado.

Preparation: With the help of a teaspoon, obtain the avocado and place it in a small bowl. Then add the natural yogurt, honey and cocoa powder. Mix well, until it forms a paste as smooth as possible.

How to use / apply it: Apply it on a clean face, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then remove with the help of warm water.

Why should we learn how to make our own brightening face masks at home?

It is normal that you want to have a perfectly bright, illuminated and smooth skin, since naturally illuminated and glowing skin becomes a clear sign of health and youth.

Although it is true that we can find a wide variety of facial masks in specialized stores, many of them made with natural ingredients, there is no doubt that learning to make them at home provides, if possible, a greater number of properties, mainly due to the tranquility and security offered by the idea of ​​knowing what ingredients we have used in its composition.

In this sense, the natural ingredients assure us that no dangerous chemical component (or ultimately harmful to the health of our skin), such as parabens, could end up damaging it.

In its elaboration, as we have seen, we can use from fruits to vegetables, through vegetable oils, cereals and even seeds, which are not only excellent ingredients in the kitchen, but also as wonderful beauty products.

What are the best natural ingredients to brighten and lighten the skin?

Although you can get an idea of ​​what natural ingredients you can use when making a brightening face mask, it is always a good idea to have a good summary of what benefits and properties they provide. Here we explain which are the most useful:


Ripe papaya is especially rich in papain, an enzyme useful for exfoliating the skin and helping, in a totally and completely natural way, to remove the upper layer of dead cells from the face.

Exfoliation, in fact, becomes one of the essential steps in the treatment to illuminate and clarify the skin, since it helps to reveal the renewed skin that we have under the dead cells. Hence, it is always essential to get rid of that layer first, in order to obtain a perfectly bright and clear skin later.


Honey becomes another essential ingredient to help brighten and clarify the skin’s complexion, thanks to its moisturizing, soothing, anti-irritant and anti-aging properties.

Rice (and rice water)

Rice is packed with vitamins and other helpful nutrients to help clear skin blemishes, blemishes, and acne. In addition, it is such a versatile food that it can be applied in many different ways.

For example, when cooking rice we can use the water resulting from its preparation, which is especially useful for helping to close the pores. While the grains of rice can be crushed and ground into a wonderful rice flour, perfect for use in our brightening mask recipes.

Aloe vera

It is common for us to find aloe vera gel in many face mask recipes. And it is that aloe vera is full of vitamins (among which the vitamins of complex B, A, C and E stand out), which can rejuvenate the skin, heal it and hydrate it, leaving it perfectly radiant, hydrated and soft.

But its qualities do not end here, since, in addition, it is especially useful for soothing and refreshing sunburned and sun-damaged skin, making it the ideal ingredient for sick days.


The naturally occurring caffeine in coffee is great for energizing and awakening dull, sleepy skin, giving it glow and illumination. But not only that: due to its granular texture, it is an ideal ingredient for the preparation of a mask with exfoliating qualities.

Due to this, coffee is also capable of improving blood circulation, essential as you know to maintain good skin health. Therefore, by exfoliating the skin it helps to leave it very soft, radiant and bright.


Is there anything better than applying fresh cucumber slices to your closed eyes after a tiring day at the office? It becomes a very interesting refreshing agent for the skin, thanks to its moisturizing qualities.

It also helps restore dull skin, giving it its most youthful glow, and is also helpful in evening out the skin’s natural tone and closing open pores, improving – and correcting – the complexion.

Goat milk

Milk is generally an excellent ingredient when we want to refresh the skin. For this reason, for example, it becomes an interesting option when we want to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn. And it is ideal when it comes to taking care of the skin.

In fact, did you know that Cleopatra, the queen of Ancient Egypt, used to bathe in goat’s milk? Helps leave skin soft and supple. And it can be a tremendously useful natural ingredient in any brightening face mask recipe.


In turmeric we find curcumin, which has a series of extremely useful and interesting anti-inflammatory properties, since they help eliminate free radicals present in the skin, and which tend to be quite harmful in the long run.

But its qualities do not end here, since it is useful for stimulating collagen production, making the skin look more radiant, smooth and elastic.

Rice (and rice water)

Both rice and rice water have enormous benefits for both skin and hair. Rice water, for example (which consists of the liquid from cooking rice), works by closing the pores. While the grains of rice themselves are packed with vitamins that help reduce acne, clear blemishes and act directly on skin discoloration.

On the other hand, raw rice grains can be ground in a food processor to make homemade rice flour, which, by the way, is ideal for making our brightening face mask recipes.

Why the skin looks dull, without light or shine: its main causes

The reasons why you might want to use an illuminating face mask are more than obvious: it is extremely likely that your skin looks dull, dimly lit and, above all, without any kind of shine. Although at certain times of the year, it is normal for it to occur, it is always necessary to try to find out about the causes that could cause it, as a form of prevention or even treatment.

Dehydrated skin

Dehydration tends to decrease the volume of blood flow to the skin. As a consequence, the skin tends to appear pale and fatigued. Although it may seem like a short-term problem that could be easily resolved with a simple glass of water, many dermatologists agree that it should actually start to look like a long-term problem.

The reason? By not providing the skin with the hydration it needs, it can end up causing lasting damage to it, such as the formation of fine lines of expression, scales and even sagging, as well as deep wrinkles as a result of severe chronic dehydration.

Solution: It is essential to stay properly hydrated, trying to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. And it is that the hydration of the skin, as you probably know, starts from the inside.

You don’t hydrate properly

More often than not, a dull complexion is crying out for some moisture. The stressful factors of daily life, together with certain pollutants present in the environment, can influence the formation of cracks on the surface of the skin, which gives it a rather dull appearance.

Therefore, the skin must not only be hydrated internally, but also externally, using creams with moisturizing qualities.

Solution: Moisturizers are especially useful for filling in those uncomfortable fissures and fine lines with added lipids, the skin’s natural fats, allowing for a much smoother, more reflective surface. Ceramides, for example, are very useful moisturizing ingredients, by repairing the barrier function of the skin, and therefore improving water retention. The most useful? Apply the moisturizer with smooth, upward movements, which will help stimulate the cells around the face and neck, by increasing -and improving- blood circulation. This will deliver oxygen to the skin’s surface, ultimately helping it look as healthy as it is nourished.

Chronic stress

Although a little stress can be positive, the truth is that we tend to live intensely stressed every day, which ends up becoming a serious problem for our health.

In this sense, did you know that stress plays an important role in the brightness that our skin can have, or even the lack of it? It is known that stress causes an increase in the so -called stress hormone, cortisol, which can end up negatively affecting blood flow to the skin, and therefore affect skin repair.

Solution: It is essential to know how to manage stress, especially to prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. The most advisable thing is to try to take enough time at home to be able to de-stress, practicing some type of physical activity that helps us relax (such as walking, running, practicing meditation or yoga…), and learning different strategies that help control stress. and calm the mind. On the other hand, it has been shown that adopting a very positive attitude also tends to help a lot.

Lack of sleep

Sleep becomes the natural restoration time of our body, allowing in turn the different cells present in our skin to repair and regenerate. However, if that period is shortened or altered, the skin cells may simply not perform as well as they should. And the result will show on the skin the next day: why do you have dark circles, and also the feeling of having dull and tired skin?

Solution: Sleeping and resting properly, as well as sufficient and necessary time, is at least essential. The recommended thing in this sense is to rest between 7 to 9 hours. On the other hand, nighttime face masks and nighttime moisturizers can be very helpful, as they tackle the toughest skin issues while you rest, providing hydration and moisture.

The environment

You probably know that the weather, as well as certain pollutants in the air, can ruin any well-cared-for skin. For example, even if you tend to have oily skin for most of the year, the reality is that during the winter the weather can end up becoming surprisingly dry.

Lack of humidity, low temperatures (cold), strong winds or excessive exposure to UV rays can wreak havoc on unprotected skin. In this sense, in one study, researchers compared women who lived in rural areas with those who lived in urban areas, during a period of more than 20 years; They found that city dwellers had a higher number of spots, as well as brown lines.

Solution: It is not necessary to move to return to the countryside, and live in the middle of nature. In most cases, it is enough just to wash your face well before going to bed, avoiding and removing makeup, since both cosmetic products and contaminating particles can end up clogging the pores while you sleep.

The key is to continue with the nightly skin care routine, and the next morning, choose to apply a good antioxidant product, useful to eliminate the free radicals that you are usually exposed to every day, to prevent them from harming you. And finally: don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun and pollutants by regularly using a suitable sunscreen.

Practicing physical exercise can also be very helpful, since aerobic activity has been linked to improved blood circulation in the skin, helping in the process of eliminating toxins from our skin cells, and a better exchange of nutrients.


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