Wanting a facial but COVID causing you to social distance or watch how much you are spending? Have a spa day at home—or at least make you own facial with supplies you likely already have in your pantry (so you aren’t breaking the bank or feeling any guilt for treating yourself)!

Food items like oatmeal, bananas, strawberries, and honey are common household items that are also used in DIY facial recipes. Food facials are a favorite of our spa goers because of their all-natural ingredients and their quick and easy recipes.

Oatmeal-Based Facials

Oatmeal facials are a perfect solution for those with oily or acne-prone skin because the oats help to absorb excess oil and serves as an anti-inflammatory. Note: When discussing oatmeal-based facials, we mean plain oats, not the instant oatmeal.

Quick Recipe:

  • ½ Cup Dry Oats
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey

Directions: Squeeze the juice from the 1/2 lemon into a bowl and add the ½ cup of oats and honey. Mix thoroughly and apply to the face. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse clean with cool water.

Banana-Based Facials

Did you know wiping your face with a banana peel can help with oily skin? Sounds weird, but no one will know your secret weapon against oily skin and breakouts. Bananas are excellent food sources of Vitamin E and even C—so they can also benefit those with dry skin and mild wrinkles as well.

Quick Recipe:

  • 1 Banana, any size will do

Directions: Peel the banana and mash it in a bowl or blender. Fewer lumps will help make it more spreadable, but it is not pertinent for the banana facial to work. Then, just apply the mashed or blended up banana to your face! That’s it—well rinsing it off with warm water after letting it sit for 20 minutes, then you are good to go!

Strawberry-Based Facials

Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, which greatly helps fight against signs of aging, and their texture also makes them a great exfoliator as well.

Quick Recipe:

  • 3 Ripe Strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey

Directions: Mash the strawberries in a bowl and add the honey, mix them well. Apply the mixture to your face, rubbing gently as you do, and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then a quick splash of cool water to your face to help close your freshly cleaned pores.

Honey-Based Facials

Honey has been an additive in many of the above listed food facials. It’s no surprise considering that honey is a wonder ingredient—it’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, moisturizer, and a cleanser all in one!

Quick Recipe:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons Honey

Directions: Warm honey in a small bowl—not too hot, you don’t want to burn yourself. Apply a thin layer of the warm honey on your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and splash of cool water when all honey has been removed.


Following any facial, be sure to apply your favorite toner and moisturizer. Be cautious when going out in the sun and wear sunscreen!