Beauty DIY: Homemade Masks and Remedies


A little DIY beauty can be fun so here are a list of widely available ingredients that I use regularly for my very own homemade mask and treatment.

When egg whites dry, they have a temporary tightening effect which can help tone and and shrink pores. Simply beat up an egg white and apply onto the face for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. As for the yolk, it can also be used on its own as a mask for healing blemishes. Egg yolks also very high in vitamin A and you can mix it with a little honey for a moisturizing mask.

Baking soda
Baking soda is great as an exfoliator. Simply mix with a few drops of water to form a paste or into your cream or gel facial cleanser. Massage onto the face gently in a circular motion to smooth rough skin and rinse with warm water. Baking soda can also be used as a teeth whitener. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush before the toothpaste goes on and brush away.

Known for its moisturizing and healing properties, honey has always been used by models and pros for all kinds of treatments. Mix with oat meal to form a moisturizing facial mask. To treat chapped lips, apply a thin layer of honey onto lips before you go to bed. Reapply during the day if necessary.

Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is a skin lightener and is great for fading undereye circles. Simply place a slice of raw potato or a cheesecloth filled with grated potatoes over the whole eye area for 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to let the potato juice come into contact with your eyes.

Lemon juice
The acids in lemon juice is great for lightening skin and fading scars. To lighten discolored elbows, soak your elbows in a bowl of lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes. Lemon juice can also be used to lighten hair under the sun. Simply spray onto your hair before you hit the door.

The drug itself is a beta hydroxy acid which can help reduce oil, dry up blemishes and exfoliate the skin. All you have to do is crush up a few uncoated aspirin, mix with water to form a paste, spread it your face, leave on for 15 minutes or so then wash it off. You can also use aspirin to create a treatment for ingrowns. Click here for more details.

Believe it or not but beer can be used to help add body and shine to your hair. All you have to do is pour it in your hair after you shampoo, let it soak for a while then rinse out with cold water.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Asprin && honey work really good = )
    a good mask is to sprinkle some non coated aspirin pills so that they get kinda gritty .. add a dab of honey && rub it into your face && let it stay for about 10 minutes .. then rinse.
    aspirin alone is great to exfoliate.
    as for the others .. i `ll deffinately be sure to try them.
    thanks for the great tips <3

  2. heyys. thanks for the tip last time on onnegyaru stuff u noe about the lighting for heir lemon juice thing i have black hair and if i use that will it get brown or grey? lols thankyous

  3. hi, i know this is not relevant. but could u give asian women with single eye lids, tips & illstrations on how to line our eyes with eyeliner & eye shadow. thanks. :) God bless.

  4. i luv your blog!!! i tried some of your make up tips, and they really work!!! re remedies- i have oily skin, and i “treat” myself once a week with the mask from flavorless milk of magnesia. I apply a thin layer to the skin and rinse in 10 min. The skin looks amazing!!!

  5. as im writing this comment…
    my face is actually covered with egg white, lemon juice and honey…
    its reallllyyy gooood!

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