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.”

  1. #
    Paula- bell'alimento — February 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I am so trying this one. I’m with you those moisturizers that work on my skin are EXPENSIVE and just not feasible. And I think I have to get a weck jar just to hold mine in ; ) xoxo

  2. #
    Kelly — February 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    This looks amazing! Just what my dry skin needs.

  3. #
    Julia — February 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Yea, sooooo glad you posted this! I’ll for sure be doing this, and doubling the batch to eat some breakfast too!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Food for your face! Love that. I’ll be trying this for sure, I really like to use all natural products on my skin and making your own is even better.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This looks so fun!

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    Marilyn — February 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    This looks great Jaclyn! I’m going to try this weekend. I’d love to know more about natural face wash too- honey? I’ll try it.

  7. #
    Jeanette — February 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I just love the idea of a DIY face mask made all natural ingredients!

  8. #
    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. — February 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

    love this addition to your site!

  9. #
    Nicole — February 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m totally doing this. Love this addition to food + words! LOVE.

  10. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This is kind of amazing! I actually might make it!

  11. #
    ashlyn — February 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Can’t wait to try this…actually planning a girls night in this weekend. What recipes do you have for hair? Would you consider emailing it to me?

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    Kaitlin — February 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I am ALL about this. I’m happy you’ll be posting these recipes!

    I’m mad at myself for scarfing my last two oranges a few days ago though. Dammit.

    Oh! And the penis joke was well-appreciated over here. Just wanted to let you know ;)

  13. #
    Taurme — February 24, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Hey! I tried this out about an hour ago and loved it! My skin feels wonderful! Can’t wait for more homemade skincare ideas!

  14. #
    Irene — February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I have like the weirdest skin ever seen and I hate it. I can’t take a hot shower without being all red and warm in my face :( I’m very careful to only use things without chemicals, perfume etc, but as you say, it’s so expensive! I’m gonna love your recipes!! Thank you for posting this, I hope it’ll help me :)

  15. #
    brandi — February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    this is awesome! i love diy stuff like this. i’ve made a lot of sugar scrubs, but i can’t wait to make this!

  16. #
    Kelly — February 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’m making this right now! Where’d you get the beautiful jar?

  17. #
    Brandina — February 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try it and may do so tomorrow. Do you mind if I blog about it and link up to this post?

  18. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    go for it! i hope you love it as much as i do!

  19. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Kelly! The container is a Weck jar, and I am absolutely OBSESSED with them! They come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re all really gorgeous. I got mine at Crate + Barrel, where they have 5-6 different sizes. They’re so fab.

  20. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I love sugar (and salt!) scrubs! I’m posting a body polish scrub next week actually, they’re so fun and easy to make. I feel like homemade cosmetics are just so much more effective than store-bought stuff, at least for me. I get to save money and smell like delicious food–I’ll take it!

  21. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Irene! I too have totally weird skin that freaks out randomly for no reason, it’s ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is how much more expensive it is to purchase products that are chemical/preservative/fragrance free…makes no sense! I mean, there are less ingredients, so those products should totally cost less, right?

    I’ll be posting at least one new homemade beauty product recipe once a week, so stay tuned! I hope you love the recipes…and I hope your skin does, too! :)

  22. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hooray, Taurme! I am so glad you loved the mask, I bet your skin is glowing! I really am a bit obsessed with making my own beauty products, and I’ll be posting new recipes every week so stay tuned! :)

  23. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Hey, that’s totally what I’m here for–subtly cracking phallus jokes. Ha! ;)

    Now you have an excuse to go buy more oranges, hooray! I love any excuse to go buy produce…which is such a weird thing to need an excuse for. I’m going to try my best to make the majority of my beauty product recipes with ingredients most people would have around the house or would be able to find easily at the grocery store…pretty faces for everyone!

  24. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks Brian! I do what I can. I hope you put this on your face and love every minute of it!

  25. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Ashlyn, thanks for your comment! I have lots of great recipes for hair conditioners, rinses and masks! I’m planning on posting at least one new beauty recipe every week, so stay tuned! I’ll see if I can try and round up a few recipes to send your way, but don’t hate me if it takes a little while, because I’m a crazy busy bee these days! :)

  26. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Me too, Jeanette! I am really trying to be conscious about not only what I put in my body, but also what I put on it. Chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances and other gross additives need to stay away from my face!

  27. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Marilyn! I miss your pretty face, which will only be more lovely after you use this mask, pinkie swear! I am obsessed with honey as a face wash! I started doing it about two years ago and my skin loves me for it. I just wet my face with warm water, squeeze about a quarter-sized amount of honey into my palm, rub my hands together and spread the honey over my face. I gently massage it in using the tips of my fingers in light, circular motions and then I splash my face with warm water to remove the honey. A quick splash of cold water at the end to close up the pores and I’m good to go!

    Honey has natural antibiotic properties, so it basically seeks & draws out imperfections and impurities in your skin. It will improve the tone and texture of your skin, and if you use local honey it will help decrease any allergy or hay fever symptoms you may experience during allergy season. It’s the best ever! Once a week, I add about a teaspoon of brown sugar to the honey in my palm to naturally exfoliate my skin. It’s the bomb dot com, for realz. Do it!

  28. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks Sylvie! I am definitely a little obsessed with making my own cosmetics and beauty products. Once you start making your own, you realize how much better they work than the stuff you shell out tons of money for, so it’s even more awesome!

  29. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Haha! Love it! You’re always thinking ahead; I like that about you, little lady.

  30. #
    Jaclyn — February 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks, Kelly! Your dry skin will totally thank you for using this face mask. It’s really great and soothing on winter skin, especially if it’s been really windy and your face is all windblown and red, like mine gets. It’s a godsend!

  31. #
    Katie — February 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I’m loving your new series!!! I just made a sugar scrub for the first time last month and that’s what I gave out as bridal shower favors for my best friends bridal shower the other week–they were a hit. I can’t wait to give this face mask a try!

  32. #
    Brandi D — February 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m looking forward to making some today. I’ve been trying to make my own products for a while now and am always on the lookout for recipes, so I’m excited to see what else you have to share. I’m trying to live by if it can’t go in my mouth, it shouldn’t go on my skin.

    Best wishes!

  33. #
    Ellen — February 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  34. #
    liz — March 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    hooray for this new set of posts coming our way. I’ve been wanting to learn more about making scrubs/washes like these – and this one looks like a fantastic place to start…can’t wait to try the honey wash too.

    Question: What’s the reason for not using regular old-fashioned oats? Why just instant or steel-cut? Thanks!

  35. #
    Laura — March 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Cannot wait to make this! Love your blog

  36. #
    Maria — March 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    This winter has been so unkind to my skin and hair. Just tried this incredible recipe, my face feels heavenly. I will be using this several times a week.

    Tip: I added extra yogurt to thicken it up. It kept dripping off of my face!

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    Lisa — March 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This mask looks so great. Having a bunch of girl friends over tomorrow night and think I will make this as a little take home gift. Can’t wait to give it a try. So, you said you use honey to wash your face. Any honey in particular? Do you have one you love more than another? I love the idea of using products you already have. I have also tried it all and spent so much money on beauty products. Never happy with them always have half used containers of product all over the house. Can’t wait for this new section on your blog. Just started reading it and I’m loving it. Thanks for sharing!

  38. #
    courtney — April 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Ooh love! I like how you packaged it too. We’d love for you to share your DIY trends w/ us beauty lovers at Taaz.

  39. #
    Ivy — April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love this! tried it this morning. Don’t know if this has been mentioned, but RAW Unpasteurized honey is the only way to get all the great benefits. Local farmers markets is a good source-but talk to the vendor and find out where the honey came from and if it is raw & unpasteurized. Or contact your area’s beekeeping community to find local honey. Thanks again!

  40. #
    Vee — June 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have mild acne but I have scars from past breakouts and enlarged pores. I was wondering if I could use orange peels and yogurt as a face mask because I heard it works.
    Also do the peels have to be dried or could I use them fresh? What’s the difference.


  41. #
    Kate — July 21, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I love homemade masks and beauty products because there are a lot less chemicals and usually all natural ingredients. I will definitely try this out! Sounds great :)

  42. #
    ShopDevious — August 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    fabulous! i’m wondering if you know of an alternative to the honey part of this recipe as i’m extremely allergic to honey, but i do want to try this.

  43. #
    Mia Natural Skin Care Author — November 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Lovely recipe! Looks very fresh and soothing. Have you considered adding a little apricot kernel oil? It’s very light and easily absorbed with your skin so it goes well with your recipe. It doesn’t leave a greasy or oily feeling either and works great with other ingredients. As the author of many DIY skin care books (, it’s one of my favorite natural ingredients. Thanks for sharing your post. :)


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