11 Expert DIY Recipes for Your Face, Body and Hair

11 Expert DIY Recipes for Your Face, Body and Hair


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A lot of us are stuck indoors — and if we aren’t, we should be. So after a couple weeks of this lockdown, that stir crazy feeling has set in and I’m ready for a little DIY. Afterall, I’m well on my way to a five-star island, my tiny home gym is stacked, my apartment is spotless, my fridge is stocked — what else can I do? Put a bunch of sh*t on my face and hope for the best.

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A little context: There is increasing talk in the skin care industry about clean ingredients these days, and for good reason. There are many, many (so many) ingredients that are in just about everything we use — from shampoos to serums to shaving cream and soap — that are simply not good for us. “They must be necessary,” you say? No. Not at all. Quite the opposite. The U.S. falls behind 39 countries, coming in no. 40 in the world, on banning toxic chemicals from skin care products. The same ingredients in the products we all literally rub into our skin day after day. 

This all has me thinking … I come across a lot of skin care products in my daily life, but what about the stuff we all have hiding out in our own kitchens? I reached out to some skin care experts to see how I could pass the time to look and feel better, and tried out what they had to say. Keep reading below for some great DIY grooming recipes you can try at home tonight.


By: Elina Fedotova, celebrity esthetician and founder of Elina Organics Spas

Benefits: The probiotics, or "good" bacteria, in yogurt (or better yet, kefir) help fight off pore-clogging "bad" bacteria to create a sense of balance for your skin. Baking soda and sea salt act as excellent exfoliators when used in moderation.

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon kefir or yogurt

  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

DIY Directions: Mix kefir or yogurt, baking soda and sea salt all together. Massage your congested areas around the nose, chin and forehead (your T-zone) or wherever you see blackheads. Leave on for one minute to absorb extra oil on the skin and wash off.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

AcneFree Blackhead Removing Exfoliating Face Scrub

AcneFree Blackhead Removing Exfoliating Face Scrub

$7.73 at Amazon.com


By: Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin Care

Benefits: Pineapple enzymes provide a gentle exfoliation. “My Exfoliating Mask has pineapple enzymes and galactoarabinan, which is a naturally derived ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties and causes cell turnover," Vargas says. "It’s great even for the most sensitive skin. You can also use it as a spot treatment to reduce inflammation of a pimple.”

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mashed pineapple

  • 2 tablespoons almond meal

  • 1 teaspoon coconut milk

DIY Directions: Mix together the ingredients and apply to the face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse.

Our OTC Swap:

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

From $75 at Amazon.com

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By: Brandi Black, registered holistic nutritionist and the creator of Feel Best Naked

Benefits: Chlorella and spirulina are known as skin superfoods because they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, plant pigments and antioxidants (such as chlorophyll and beta carotene), which promote skin cell repair and regeneration. Green tea and coconut oil gently exfoliate and hydrate. 

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1.5 teaspoons Sun Chlorella powder

  • 1.5 teaspoons green tea leaves

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted

DIY Directions: This homemade face mask recipe uses green tea leaves (not tea powder) straight from the tea bag, which help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal a softer, brighter appearance. This mask also references Sun Chlorella, but you can substitute with another powder, such as spirulina or even turmeric.

Gently crush a green tea bag with your fingers until the tea leaves are broken down.  Add Sun Chlorella powder [or spirulina or turmeric] and green tea leaves in a small ceramic bowl and mix until incorporated.  Add melted coconut oil until a thick paste forms. (If the paste is too thick, add more coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until the paste forms a smooth, but not runny consistency.) Spread evenly over your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Using a hot towel, wipe off the mask.

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Youth To The People Superfood Skin Reset Algae Mask

Youth To The People Superfood Skin Reset Algae Mask

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By: Andrea Barrera, founder of Gracious Om 

Benefits: Matcha and kaolin clay help control oily and breakout-prone skin while CBD and rose water help soothe irritation.

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon agave néctar

  • 1/4 teaspoon matcha

  • 2 tablespoon kaolin clay

  • 1 dropper of your favorite CBD tincture

  • 1/2 teaspoon hydrosol or rose water

DIY Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, leaving the hydrosol or rose water for the end. (I highly recommend using a non-metal spoon or bowl, as kaolin clay absorbs all the heavy metals and toxins and we want it to absorb them from your skin and not your metal bowl or utensils.) Once you have the ingredients in a bowl, you can begin adding your hydrosol or rose water until it turns into a nice paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 10 to 15 mins, before rinsing off with warm water.

Note: Because this mask has a clay base, as it dries it’ll feel a little tight on your skin and your skin may be red shortly after for 10 to 20 minutes. This is perfectly normal and should go away, revealing a healthy complexion.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

Uncle Bud’s 4.20mg CBD Rose Gold Face Mask

Uncle Bud’s 4.20mg CBD Rose Gold Face Mask

$19.99 for 6 at UncleBudsHemp.com


By: Khadidja Toure, founder of Kubra Kay Skincare

Benefits: Lemon helps with hyperpigmentation and improved skin texture while honey, aloe and avocado — rich in vitamin E and antioxidants — hydrate skin. Sugar acts as a gentle exfoliator. 

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 /2 avocado

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • 2 teaspoon of blended aloe

  • 2 pinches of sugar cane

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon 

DIY Directions: Blend all ingredients into a bowl and apply to the face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask

Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask

$45 at Kiehls.com

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By: Stephanie Flor, founder of Around the World Beauty

Benefits: The hidden gem in red wine is a chemical resveratrol. Beneficial when both ingested and applied topically, it has the antioxidant power to improve blood circulation as well provide anti-stress and anti-inflammatory properties.

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red wine

  • 2 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt

DIY Directions: Combine all ingredients into a bowl and apply to the face. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

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The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Serum

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Serum

$13.50 at Amazon.com

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By: Elina Fedotova, celebrity esthetician and founder of Elina Organics Spas

Benefits: Cilantro works to cleanse the skin, remove toxins and can even help protect against photoaging caused by UVB rays. Peppermint has clarifying and stimulating benefits and celery is loaded with phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

DIY Ingredients:

  • Half stalk of celery

  • Small handful of cilantro leaves

  • Small handful of peppermint leaves

  • Purified water

  • Oatmeal (optional)

DIY Directions: You can pick up organic cilantro leaves (just a few leaves) and a half stick of celery. Then, put in a blender in equal proportions with just a few peppermint leaves and a little bit of purified water. Blend to smoothie consistency and apply to the face for two to five minutes. You can also mix with a little bit of oatmeal to achieve a creamy consistency.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

Eminence Organics Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment

Eminence Organics Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment

$46 at Dermstore.com 


By: Fanny Coste, cosmetic scientist and co-founder of Kinko

Benefits: This serves as a great detox mask for your underarms — perfect for when you’re ready to switch to natural deodorant. Bentonite clay draws out toxins from pores and tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties. 

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon green clay or bentonite clay

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 drop tea tree or rosemary essential oil (optional)

DIY Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.

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Nash and Jones Underarm Detox

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By: Heather Marianna, DIY beauty expert and creator of Beauty Kitchen

Benefits: Coconut oil is incredibly hydrating and granulated sugar is a great gentle exfoliator. Together, this combo works to rid skin of dry patches while adding rich moisture.  

DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut oil

  • 2 cups of granulated sugar

  • 30 to 40 drops of essential oil of your choice

  • (Essential oil recommendations: lavender to calm, peppermint to cool, lemon to disinfectant, orange to uplift and cinnamon to calm nerves)

DIY Directions: Combine ingredients and lather on body for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing. Store any extra in a mason jar for later usage. This is not only euphoria for skin but it also smells delicious and fun to custom to your own wants! For men, exfoliation is so crucial because not doing it leads to ingrown hairs and razor burn from the buildup of dead skin and clogged pores.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

Jordan Samuel Skin Granita di Caffè Body Scrub

Jordan Samuel Skin Granita di Caffè Body Scrub

$34 at JordanSamuelSkin.com

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By: Gregg Giannillo, celebrity hairstylist

Benefits: Egg yolks are densely packed with proteins, such as biotin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin D — all of which are shown to be essential for healthy hair


DIY Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

DIY Directions: Repair damaged hair by treating it with olive oil and egg yolk. Massage oil into hair. Then beat the yolk of one egg and massage it into hair, working from the ends up. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual. Do this once a week for a month, and hair should begin to feel healthier.

AskMen’s OTC swap:

Prose Custom Hair Mask

Prose Custom Hair Mask

$38 at Prose.com


By: Ada Rojas, founder of Botanika Beauty

Benefits: Eggs help repair dry, brittle hair. Lemon is alkaline and helps balance the scalps pH level and when paired with the gentle exfoliation power of brown sugar, helps treat excessive dandruff and removes product build-up.

DIY ingredients: 

  • 2 large eggs

  • Aloe vera stem

  • Castor oil

  • 1 lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

DIY Scalp Exfoliator Directions: Combine all ingredients together. Gently massage into the scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Shampoo and condition as normal. Use it as a mask by leaving out lemon juice and brown sugar and apply to hair, roots to ends, for 30 minutes.

AskMen’s OTC Swap:

R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub

R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub

$38 at Amazon.com

These aren't the only DIY skin care recipes you can find, but they are some of the best for the guys out there. If you're looking for other grooming techniques to try while at home — DIY haircuts, at-home hair color or even manicures and pedicures — just stick with AskMen

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