DIY Ginger Face Masks And Their Benefits

With this magical spice, revitalize your skin and erase the years from your face.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. CP Thajudheen, MD
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Ginger contains many antioxidants that combat aging, decrease inflammation, and stop oxidative damage (1). To make the most of these benefits, you can try making some ginger face masks right from the comfort of your home.

Ginger is known for its flavor and medicinal advantages. It has always been a staple in many kitchens. It is fast becoming a popular remedy to tackle skin issues like aging, acne, and regular breakouts. Check out this list of the top DIY ginger face masks that can improve your skin health and appearance. You’ll be wonderfully surprised at how easy these masks are to make and use.

What Are The Benefits Of Ginger Face Masks?

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1. Reduce Inflammation

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can treat edema (2). When applied topically as ginger oil or in face masks,, it helps keep your skin depuffed and protected from microbes.

2. May Lighten Pigmentation

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Studies show that gingerol, an active ingredient of ginger, has anti-melanogenic properties that help lighten blemishes, brighten the skin, and protect it from UV rays (3).

3. May Prevent Acne And Breakouts

Ginger has shown promising results in treating facial acne (4). However, more studies are needed to establish its efficacy.

4. May Delay The Early Signs Of Aging

Ginger and its oil may slow down early signs of aging

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A combination of ginger extract and turmeric was found to enhance collagen production in rat studies (5). Another study showed that the essential oil extracted from ginger could minimize wrinkles and prevent photoaging in mice (6). Hence, using ginger face masks may help delay the appearance of aging signs.

In the next section, let’s look at a few DIY ginger face masks for healthy and radiant skin.

DIY Ginger Face Masks You Can Try At Home

Note: Always do a patch test before applying ginger to your skin.

1. Ginger, Honey, Lemon, And Milk Face Mask

Ginger, lemon, milk, and honey face mask

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This face mask combines the goodness of ginger, honey, lemon, and milk. Lemon has an astringent effect on the skin and can help lighten age spots and acne scars. Low-fat milk has shown to have beneficial effects on the skin by aiding wound healing (7).

You Will Need 

  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of low-fat milk

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to get a thick paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on to dry for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash your face with warm water and pat it dry.
  4. Follow up with a moisturizer.

2. Ginger, Honey, And Turmeric Face Mask

Honey has emollient and humectant properties that keep your skin moisturized and supple. It also retards wrinkle formation and keeps your skin young-looking (8). Turmeric can help lighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation (9).

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 4 tablespoons of ginger powder

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face and wait for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off, pat your skin dry, and apply a moisturizer.

3. Ginger And Olive Oil Face Mask

This mask is easy to prepare and helps clear dark patches and blemishes. Olive oil helps in moisturizing the skin.

You Will Need

  • 2-3 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
  • 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your face with your fingers.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash with cool water.

4. Ginger And Clay Mask For Blackheads

Blackheads occur due to clogged pores and can result in acne if not resolved soon. Clay draws out impurities and excess sebum from the pores, chamomile soothes the skin, and green tea helps reduce sebum, blackheads, and acne (10), (11), (12).

You Will Need

  • ½ tablespoon of white clay
  • ½ tablespoon of green tea
  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile decoction
  • ½ tablespoon of ginger root

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face and wait for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cold water.
  4. Do this 2-3 times a week.

5. Ginger And Oats Face Mask

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This face mask contains orange zest, orange juice, oats, and ginger. Oranges help prevent UV-induced skin damage, reduce photoaging, and diminish collagen degradation (12). Oats help soothe itchiness, rashes, and dry, scaly skin (13).

You Will Need

  • 3/4 cup of powdered oats
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed ginger
  • Zest of ½ an orange
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water

Directions

  1. Blend all the other ingredients to form a creamy, semi-thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face using your fingers.
  3. Let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wash your face with cool water.

Despite the benefits of ginger on the skin, you may experience some side effects. Let’s find out what they are in the next section.

Are There Any Side Effects Of A Ginger Face Mask?

Ginger has a strong, pungent aroma, which can cause skin irritation. Thus, ginger should never be applied to the skin in its raw form you might feel a tingling or burning sensation. It is recommended not to use ginger face masks on sensitive skin types to avoid rashes or redness.

Key Takeaways

  • Ginger face masks help reduce inflammation and pigmentation. Other benefits include managing acne breakouts and preventing early aging signs.
  • You can prepare these face masks at home by mixing ginger with other natural ingredients like lemon, honey, milk, and more.
  • However, do not apply raw ginger to your skin as it may cause irritation, burning, or redness.

Ginger has antioxidants that help treat several skin care issues. It helps solve issues like acne, aging, and pigmentation. You can prepare a DIY ginger face mask to reduce inflammation, lighten pigmentation, delay the signs of aging, and prevent facial acne. The recipes discussed above are easy to prepare and made from readily available ingredients like lemon, milk, honey, turmeric, or oats. However, you should not use raw ginger on the skin if you have sensitive skin as it may cause skin irritation like rashes or a burning sensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I steam my face with ginger?

Yes. Inhaling ginger steam may help relieve cold and nasal congestion. It is good for your skin too as it can cleanse your face and boost circulation.

Is ginger good for under-eye bags?

Yes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that ginger may help boost blood circulation and reduce the puffiness under your eyes.

Does ginger grow hair?

There is a lack of scientific evidence suggesting ginger helps in hair growth.

Is fresh ginger better than ground ginger?

Fresh ginger is better than ground ginger. Fresh ginger is richer in essential oils that may help rejuvenate your skin.

Sources

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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106649/
  2. Evaluation of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of ginger dry extracts from solutions and plasters
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18058610/
  3. Inhibitory Effect of [6]-Gingerol on Melanogenesis in B16F10 Melanoma Cells and a Possible Mechanism of Action
    https://academic.oup.com/bbb/article/75/6/1067/5949806
  4. Prospective, non€randomised, open€label study of homeopathic Zingiber officinale (ginger) in the treatment of acne vulgaris
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/fct.12140
  5. A combination of curcumin and ginger extract improves abrasion wound healing in corticosteroid€impaired hairless rat skin
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1524-475X.2009.00483.x6
  6. Chemical Composition and Skin Protective Effects of Essential Oil Obtained from Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0972060X.2018.15334367.
  7. Wound healing property of milk in full thickness wound model of rabbit
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S17439191183071678.
  8. Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review
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  9. Are Natural Ingredients Effective in the Management of Hyperpigmentation? A Systematic Review
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  10. Treatment Modalities for Acne Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): An overview
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210003/
  11. Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5384166/
  12. Anti-Photoaging Effect of Jeju Putgyul (Unripe Citrus) Extracts on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Ultraviolet B-induced Hairless Mouse Skin
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5666734/
  13. Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin
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