How to Make Homemade Exfoliating Mask for Glowing Skin

Have you heard of the famous glycolic acid, and lactic acid as the effective face exfoliants? They are indeed great in helping to shed dead skin cells. But in today’s formulation, we’ll create a homemade exfoliating mask using natural AHA and BHA.

Skin exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal new, smooth, glowing skin. And we include this in our skincare routine because of several benefits.

homemade exfoliating mask

You will find out its importance, its benefits, how to do it the right way, how often you should do it, and other more helpful tips that I explain in-depth in this separate post.

But now we’ll focus on the creation of an exfoliating product. I’ve chosen a face homemade exfoliating mask that has a consistency and texture of a gel.

It should be spread on the face and leave for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse. It helps dry, dull, and mature skin-type reveal their new, smooth skin surface.

Are you excited to know how I made this exfoliating beauty that won’t irritate, sting, itch and yet still effective?

First, let me introduce you to my chosen ingredients.

homemade exfoliating mask

Homemade Exfoliating Mask Ingredients

This is a water-based formulation, meaning all the ingredients we are going to incorporate must be water-soluble.

  • The first on the list is distilled water and I mixed this with a hydrosol (floral water). I used rose geranium hydrosol for its subtle, floral scent.

It is a terrific addition to this creation because I didn’t have to include a synthetic fragrance if I want my product to have a great smell.

  • Humectants like glycerin has been added as it draws moisture from the air into the skin, keeping it hydrated.
  • Who wouldn’t love cucumber extract as it helps tighten pores? It comprised largely of lipids, proteins, vitamin C, and a variety of minerals. It also has great emollient (softening) properties.
  • I’ve also added a potent antioxidant ingredient called wild plum harvest. It is a bioactive complex composed of Australian superfruits including Kakadu plum, Illawarra plum, and Burdekin plum.

They hydrate, nourish and rejuvenate mature skin for a radiant and younger looking skin.

  • Xanthan Gum is a natural source thickener and stabilizer.

The star ingredients for this formulation are:

  • Fruit Acid Complex is a soluble mix of botanical extracts that contain many naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Fruit acids of Bilberry Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Orange Extract and Lemon Extract aids in achieving smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
  • Willow Bark Extract is a source of natural salicylic acid-like ingredient. It has been shown to contribute effects similar to those seen from synthetic salicylic acid with none of the drawbacks associated with its use, primarily irritation. As such, it is a safe way to get the benefits of a ß-hydroxy acid.

As mentioned above, this homemade exfoliating mask formulation consists of water so it’s imperative that we include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth.

I’ve chosen a COSMOS-certified one with the trading name Euxyl K712 (INCI: sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate).

Now, let’s head on to making it.

Homemade Exfoliating Mask using Natural AHA & BHA

– glass beakers (USA, Canada)
– glass rod or small spatula (USA, Canada)
– jewelry scale (USA, Canada)
– gloves (USA, Canada)
– amber glass bottle or jars (USA, Canada)

Phase A:
Distilled water                            11.31g
Rose Geranium hydrosol 4.50g
Cucumber extract                       1.50g
Wildplum harvest                       0.30g
Fruit acid complex                      4.50g
Willow bark extract                    3.00g
Phase B:
Glycerin                                       1.50g
Xanthan gum                               0.09g
Phase C:
Euxyl K712                                   0.30g
1.      Combine all ingredients on phase A in a beaker. Stir.
2.      In another beaker, combine phase B.
3.      Check the pH rating of phase A making sure it meets the requirement of the preservative we’re using.
4.      Pour phase B to A and stir well.
5.      Finally, add phase C. Check pH again and get the final rating. Aim for pH between 3 and 4 as this is considered the most effective. (If in any case final pH is above 4, put a few drops of citric acid to lower it down. If pH is below 3, put a few drops of sodium bicarbonate to raise it a little higher).
6.      Transfer to a jar or a container.


In this homemade exfoliating mask for the face I just created, the final pH is at 3.51 which is perfect.

I really enjoy using this skin treat twice a week as it gently exfoliates leaving no irritation on my face.

This skincare step is a must if you want to transform from having dull, dry, mature, and aging skin to having a new, smooth, and brighter glow.

One of the benefits of making your own product is that you have total control and know exactly what kind of ingredients you are putting into it.

You should try this easy formulation! Let me know in the comments how you liked it 🙂

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