Benefits of DIY Skincare Recipes

Seaweed Dry Face Mask Recipe TIPS for oil skin activated charcoal


A variety of clay, spirulina, and seaweed powders in jars for dry face mask recipe, set among roses and bay branches, with Mountain Rose Herbs bottle of rose hydrosol to add liquid to mask base.

Taking time to care for your skin is important. This amazing organ is what allows us to face the world every single day. I've been making my own skin-loving recipes for almost a decade, and I've learned which types of recipes are as good as over-the-counter products, which are actually better when made by hand, and which should be left to the professionals. Facial masks are among some of the most effective recipes in the “better when handmade” category.

While I have created countless mask recipes over the years, I have found that dry masks are truly the best when it comes to freshness and convenience, which is really important when you’re a mom! As you may have guessed, dry masks are a mixture of, well, dry ingredients! The dry ingredients stay fresh for much longer than pre-blended masks. When you are ready to apply the mask to your skin, you simply add your liquid of choice to make a paste and then apply it.

You can customize your mask by using different combinations and proportions of ingredients, depending on your skin type. I love to use herbs, clays, oatmeal, activated charcoal, seaweed, and even salt. You can also customize your mask with the liquid you choose.


If you have oily skin and experience occasional breakouts, ingredients like bentonite clay, activated charcoal, and seaweed are great choices! Using seaweed in skin care recipes is a wonderful way to add powerhouse nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Seaweed also contains collagen which can help restore the skin’s youthful appearance. Liquids such as organic ylang ylang hydrosol or witch hazel are also excellent pairings for this kind of mask.  


As our skin ages, it tends to need a bit more moisture. For skin types in need of a little more hydration, rhassoul clayrose powder, and oatmeal will help to nourish, refine, and smooth thirsty skin.These dry ingredients pair well with liquids like aloe vera gel and organic rose hydrosol.

The most important thing to remember is to get creative with your proportions and combinations! Everyone's skin is unique, so DIY skin care is about experimenting. You really can't go wrong, especially when using high quality ingredients.

Swirl of dark green seaweed face mask paste made from dry face mask powder and rose hydrosol.

Basic Seaweed Mask Recipe

Makes about 7 masks.



  1. Add all ingredients to a 4-oz. jar and shake well to combine.
  2. Label so you remember what is in it!

Liquid Options

How To Use A Dry Mask

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of dried mask mixture to mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in 1-2 teaspoons of your liquid(s) of choice.
  3. Thoroughly mix into a spreadable paste. This varies depending on the ingredients you choose, so add the liquid slowly until you have a smooth texture. It should not be too wet, or it might drip off of your face.
  4. Apply the mask to clean skin.
  5. Leave on 10-15 minutes.
  6. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth.
  7. Finish with cool water.
  8. Apply toner and moisturizer of choice.


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