moisturizing orange face mask.

Hey, pretty face!

If you’re anything like me, you are a fan of having clear skin. Clear skin = happy skin = happy me.

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about skin and your face. After all, this is a food blog, right?

I know some stuff, dudes. Today we’re talking about food for your face!

I’m really into making things from scratch. A few years ago, I got tired of spending tons of money on beauty products Most of them never really did what they were supposed to, or they made my skin/hair freak out and hate me. The ones that did work were crazy expensive, and all of them were loaded with chemicals, plastics, preservatives, carcinogens and other terrifying things.

Since your skin is your body’s largest organ (sorry, boys), what you put on it is as important as what you put into it, right?

I’ve been making my own homemade masks, exfoliants, face scrubs, hair masks, body polishes and the like since then, and I’ve decided to launch a new section on the site devoted to homemade natural beauty products. Recipes for your face! And your body! And your hair! Yeah!

Anyhow, this orange face mask is amaaaazing for adding moisture and radiance to your face. You know how winter can be a real jerk, making your skin all dry and flaky and whatnot? Well, consider this mask winter’s worst enemy. All you need are a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, too!

Freshly squeezed orange juice is packed full of zinc and antioxidants, which your face loves a whole lot. Oatmeal and dried orange peel are excellent for gently exfoliating the dead skin cells from your face. Honey is naturally antibacterial and is wonderfully cleansing, and also is good for tightening your skin. I’ve been washing my face with it for years!  And yogurt? Yogurt is SO good for your face, guys! It moisturizes, reduces the size of your pores, and even helps with break-outs.

Plus, if some of this mask accidentally drips into your mouth, you can totally just eat it. It’s delish! I speak from experience.

moisturizing orange face mask

Prep Time: 3 minutes


1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal (you can substitute instant unflavored oatmeal)
juice from 1 whole orange
3 tablespoons plain yogurt with active cultures (greek yogurt is great for this!)
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons dried orange peel (found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores)


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Stir until well-mixed and combined. You're looking for a consistency that is thick, but not too runny so it will stay on your face. You can always add extra oatmeal to thicken.

Spread onto your freshly washed and dried face in an even layer, being careful to avoid the eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.

Rinse this mask off with warm water.

Store any leftover mask in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

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96 Responses to “moisturizing orange face mask.”

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    Yahaira — December 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Tried it this morning; My face feels amazing!!
    Absolutely love it!

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    Chloe — January 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi, this looks great! Thanks for sharing your recipe :) was wondering if I can subsitute the dried orange peel for fresh orange zest?


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    Gin — January 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I saw this post a few minutes ago, made it and now it’s all over my face as I am writing this comment. I have very sensitive skin and it’s hard for me to find a good moisturizer. This mask smells wonderful and I feels cool on your skin. I am hoping this will help my skin during this harsh winter months. I am also planning on putting it all over my body tonight while I’m doing my bedtime ritual. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    Would you recommend this an everyday treatment

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    Karen — August 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I just wondered if you mean uncooked oats or do you actually make oatmeal and use it?

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    Jack — August 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Great! This seems to be perfect for every problem on my face at the moment, super dry & bad breakouts. Can’t wait to try this one, thanks!

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    Hi, I was wondering how necessary are dried orange slices to the recipe? My local food store does not have them.

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    Am going to have a go at this looks great.I love the smell of oranges.
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