Anti-Aging Face Masks You Must Try At Home – Our Top 15

Keep the signs of aging at bay with these simple face packs in your skincare routine.

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Once you are in your mid-twenties, you get extra conscious of the aging signs that appear on your skin. You start trying several anti-aging products available on the market, but not everything works for you. That is when preparing anti-aging masks at home helps. These are safe treatments that help combat aging signs and make your skin look fresh and youthful. The homemade masks are easy ones loaded with nutrients that make your skin glow and prevent dullness and dry skin.

Dr. Nadir Qazi, a board-certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, says, “An anti-aging facemask can be left overnight, depending on the mask’s ingredients and purpose. Drying or exfoliating masks should not be left overnight, nor should any active ingredients that may cause stress or irritation to the skin in the long term. Overnight masks should focus on hydration and soothing the skin, using ingredients like aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid, and cica or tiger grass.”

Keep reading to know some of the best DIY skincare anti-aging face masks you can prepare at your home.

Causes Of Premature Aging

Signs of premature aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, can start appearing due to a numbers of reasons, which include:

  • Sun Exposure: UV rays damage the skin, causing wrinkles, age spots, and loss of elasticity (1).
  • Smoking: Smoking tobacco accelerates skin aging, causing wrinkles and a dull complexion (2).
  • Unhealthy Diet: A poor diet lacking essential vitamins and antioxidants and a sedentary lifestyle without physical activity can affect your skin and make it age faster (3), (4).
  • Stress: Chronic stress releases free radicals, which accelerate skin aging (5).
  • Poor Sleep: Inadequate rest hampers the skin repair process, leading to signs of premature aging (4).
  • Alcohol Consumption: Excessive drinking dehydrates the skin, causing fine lines and puffiness (6).
  • Pollution: Environmental pollutants damage the skin cells, causing wrinkles and pigmentation issues (7).
  • Genetics: If your parents started showing signs of aging early, you may have a genetic predisposition for the same (8).

Let’s check out some homemade anti-aging face masks that help manage premature skin aging.

Homemade Anti-Aging Face Masks

  1. Coconut Oil Face Mask
  2. Bentonite Clay Face Mask
  3. Avocado Face Mask
  4. Banana Face Mask
  5. Rice Water Face Mask
  6. Coffee Face Mask
  7. Seaweed Face Mask
  8. Turmeric Face Mask
  9. Cucumber Face Mask
  10. Potato and Carrot Face Mask
  11. Aloe Vera Face Mask
  12. Fenugreek Face Mask
  13. Orange Peel Face Mask
  14. Papaya Face Mask
  15. Glycerin Face Mask

1. Coconut Oil Face Mask

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 You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon pomegranate seed oil
What You Need To Do?
  1. Take a bowl and mix the coconut and pomegranate seed oils. Apply the mixture to your clean face and neck.
  2. Let it stay on your skin for an hour and wash it off.
How Often?

You can use this mask daily.

Why This Works?

The face mask makes the skin firm and reverses skin damage. It protects the skin from sun tanning and revives it (9).

2. Bentonite Clay Face Mask

You Will Need 
  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • A few drops of rosehip oil
  • A few teaspoons of water
What You Need To Do?
  1. Mix the clay, oil, and water in a non-metallic bowl until it forms a paste and apply it all over your face and neck.
  2. Let it dry for 10-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask twice a week.

Why This Works?

The mask repairs damaged tissues and rejuvenates the skin. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles and fights skin infections.

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Bentonite clay is most suited for oilier skin types as it can absorb excess sebumi  XA waxy substance generated by sebaceous glands in the body. It covers, hydrates, and shields your skin. from the skin’s surface. However, it can be too drying for people with dry or sensitive skin.

3. Avocado Face Mask

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You Will Need 
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of oats
What You Need To Do?
  1. Smash the avocado in a bowl and add oats to it. Apply the mask to your face and keep it on for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Then, rinse it off with warm water and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works?

The mask is rich in antioxidants that fight the effects of aging – sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles. Avocado also helps protect the skin from UV radiation (10).

Gemma, a beauty and lifestyle vlogger, shared her experience of using an avocado face mask as part of her skincare routine. She said, “My skin has never felt better. I truly believe it. It will leave your skin feeling truly soft and revitalized as well ().”

4. Banana Face Mask

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You Will Need
What You Need To Do?
  1. Smash the banana in a bowl and add rose water to it. Mix it well and apply the mixture to your face and neck.
  2. Let it dry for 15-30 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every alternate day.

Why This Works?

The mask is rich in vitamins E and A that provide nourishment to the skin, heal it, and add a glow to it. It also helps eliminate pigmentationi  XThe natural coloring of the skin determined by a pigment (melanin) produced by specific cells in the skin (melanocytes). and age spots.

5. Rice Water Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup of rice water
  • Paper towels
 What You Need To Do?
  1. Take a cup of rice water and soak a paper towel with holes punctured in it for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Soak the towel in rice water for 10 minutes.
  2. Take it out and wring it gently. Place it on your face for 15-30 minutes. Finally, remove it and wash your face.
How Often?

You can do this every day.

Why This Works?

The mask contains flavonoid compoundsi  XNatural components found in fruits and vegetables known for health benefits, especially their antioxidant properties. that fight aging. It also firms and tightens skin (11).

6. Coffee Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon coffee
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
What You Need To Do?
  1. Take a bowl and mix the coffee and cocoa powder. Add coconut oil to it to form a paste. Apply the paste on your face and neck.
  2. Allow it to dry for 15-30 minutes. Then gently remove it by exfoliating with cold water. Pat dry.
How Often?

You can use this mask 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works?

The mask smoothens the face and reduces the fine lines on it. It clears the skin by removing dead skin cells and has anti-aging properties (12).


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Use coffee masks with extreme caution because excessive exfoliation can dry out your skin and result in breakouts.

7. Seaweed Face Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon seaweed powder
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
What You Need To Do?
  1. Take a bowl and mix the seaweed powder with warm water until it forms a fine paste. Apply it on your face and let it dry for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Wash it off with water and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works?

The mask smoothens, tones, and moisturizes the skin. It contains vitamin C, which increases skin elasticity (13).

8. Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric anti-aging face mask at home
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon Kasturi turmeric powder
  • 3 teaspoons rose water
What You Need To Do?
  1. Add rose water to the bowl containing Kasturi turmeric powder and mix them well till a fine, thick, paste-like consistency forms.
  2. Apply the mixture on your face and neck gently and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every alternate day.

Why This Works?

The mask is anti-inflammatoryi  XA medicine or other substance that lessens inflammation, including pain, redness, and swelling. , antibacteriali  XA substance that eradicates bacteria or prevents them from proliferating and spreading disease. , and antioxidant. It brightens the skin and reduces skin pigmentation (14).

9. Cucumber Face Mask

You Will Need
  • Half a cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
What You Need To Do?
  1. Grind the cucumber and add lemon juice to it. Apply it on your face and let it stay for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Rinse the mask with cold water and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply the mask every day.

Why This Works?

The mask contains enzymes that work on your skin to make it look younger and brighter. It also refreshes the skin (7).

10. Potato And Carrot Face Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 medium-sized potato
  • 1 medium-sized carrot
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
What You Need To Do?
  1. Grind the potato and carrot together and keep in a bowl. Add rose water to the paste and mix well.
  2. Apply the paste on your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every day.

Why This Works?

The mask heals skin blemishes and dark circles, and brightens the skin. It contains vitamin A, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the skin (16).

11. Aloe Vera Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera extract
  • A few drops of lime juice
What You Need To Do?
  1. Add the lime juice to the aloe vera extract and mix it well. Apply it on your face and let it dry for 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse the mask off your face and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every day.

Why This Works?

The mask is healing and rejuvenating. It prevents collagen damage and works inside-out to prevent wrinkles from appearing (17).

12. Fenugreek Face Mask

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You Will Need
What You Need To Do?
  1. Grind the fenugreek seeds and add rose water to it to form a fine paste. Apply the mixture on your face and let it stay for 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse it with cold water and pat dry.
How Often?

You can use this mask 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works?

The mask reduces lines and wrinkles on the face. It exfoliates the skin, reduces tan, and adds a glow to your skin (18).

13. Orange Peel Face Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel powder
  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
What You Need To Do?
  1. Mix the orange peel powder and sandalwood powder and add rose water to it. Mix the three of them to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste on your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse after the mask dries and pat dry.
How Often?

Apply this mask 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works?

The mask reduces oxidative stressi  XUnbalanced ratio of antioxidants and free radicals in the body, which can cause many disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. in skin cells, which helps in making your skin firm. It renews worn out cells and prevents the formation of wrinkles (19).

14. Papaya Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • A portion of a papaya
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Need To Do?
  1. Smash the papaya in a bowl and add lemon juice to it. Apply the paste on your face and neck and let it dry for 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse the mask and pat dry.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every day on your face.

Why This Works?

The mask removes dead skin cells and renews skin. It protects cells from free radical damage and helps retain skin elasticity (20).

15. Glycerin Face Mask

You Will Need 
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
What You Need To Do?
  1. Pinch the vitamin E capsules and add it to the glycerin. Mix them well and apply it to your face and neck.
  2. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse your face.
How Often?

You can apply this mask every day.

Why This Works?

The mask moisturizes and heals your skin. It unclogs pores and reduces fine lines. It also nourishes the skin and maintains its health.

Aside from these masks, Dr. Qazi also suggests applying aloe vera, jojoba oil, and honey-based masks. He says, “Aloe vera gel is full of vitamins and is a humectant that keeps moisture next to the skin. Jojoba oil is a natural waxy ester that mimics the composition of the sebum our bodies naturally produce. Due to its similarity with sebum, it tricks the body into regulating its sebum production. Also, it is full of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and an emollient that softens the skin. Jojoba is an occlusive ingredient that seals moisture and hydration. Honey also has emollient and humectant properties to rejuvenate and nourish the skin. In addition, it also has antibacterial properties that may help regulate the skin microbiome.” Yogurt, rosewater, egg white, ginseng, and chamomile possess anti-aging properties that reduce wrinkles by fighting free radicals.

Infographic: Simple DIY Anti-Aging Face Packs

Pampering yourself to give your skin a healthy glow is now as simple as looking for a few ingredients in your pantry. You can give your skin the spa treatment and relaxation it deserves with these home ingredients. With these ingredients, you can now delay the early signs of aging in just a couple of simple steps.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the nourishing combination of ingredients that can protect your skin and leave a supple soft feel behind.

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The signs of aging may not pose any serious health effects, but they may affect the appearance of your skin. Preparing anti-aging face masks at home and using them regularly is an effective way to deal with the signs of aging. These face masks can be prepared with coconut oil, bentonite clay, avocado, banana, rice water, coffee, turmeric, cucumber, aloe vera, carrot, potato, papaya, and fenugreek. These face masks can be applied once or twice a week to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try including these face masks in your skin care regimen to reap their benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does hibiscus work in an anti-aging face mask?

Dr. Qazi says, “Hibiscus is a great source of vitamins and minerals that can benefit the skin, including vitamin C, a common and excellent active ingredient in face masks. Vitamin C is valued for its brightening and antioxidant properties. It has the ability to fight free radicals that damage the skin cells and lead to premature aging. This makes hibiscus an ideal face mask ingredient.”

Do homemade anti-aging face masks work?

Yes, they do. The masks take time to show results though. You need to be patient and be consistent with the face packs to enjoy their anti-aging benefits.

Is it better to choose a clinical anti-aging treatment or try homemade anti-aging face masks?

It depends on your taste and urgency of the situation. If you are looking for quick results, then clinical treatments are for you; otherwise, homemade masks are good enough.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with using an anti-aging face mask at home?

Yes, as some people may face irritation, or have allergic reactions like itching, redness, etc., to certain ingredients in an anti-aging face mask. Hence, it’s usually a good idea to patch test before using it on your face to ensure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.

Are there any tips for storing an anti-aging face mask that I make at home?

Yes, it’s best to store them in airtight containers or jars and place them in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

Key Takeaways

  • With natural ingredients like honey and turmeric, coffee can protect the skin from premature aging.
  • Aloe Vera and lemon have vitamin C and antioxidants that improve skin elasticity.
  • Green tea extract protects the skin from free radicals.
  • Choose the ingredients that suit your skin after a patch test to avoid skin problems.
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