The Easiest 2-Ingredient DIY Face Mask to Brighten Skin and Fight Redness in Minutes

October 13, 2016
by Jill Russell for Thrive Market

Sometimes the best facial treatments come from your very own kitchen. Consider turmeric—an anti-inflammatory spice we’ve been known to put in both tea lattes and DIY beauty recipes.

Spirulina, a type of nutrient-packed algae available in capsule and powder form, falls into that same category. It has a seemingly unending parade of uses, and gives a brilliant green hue to everything from risotto to tapenade. Plus, one serving delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants, inflammation-fighting essential fatty acids, manganese, B-vitamins, zinc, and iron. Translation: like turmeric, it’s really good for you as part of a healthy diet, and it's really good your skin.

Here’s how to harness spirulina’s power in the easiest make-at-home face mask to fight redness and signs of aging, and detox your complexion in minutes. Throw in honey, which has hydrating, healing, and antibacterial properties, and you have one really effective concoction made with just two simple (and edible!) ingredients.

Use it once or twice a week after washing your face for brighter, clearer, softer skin—no spa required.

Brightening Spirulina and Honey Mask

What You Need

3 tablespoons spirulina powder
3 tablespoons organic honey
Optional: cucumber slices, for eyes


Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. The mixture will have a paste-like consistency.

Smooth all over clean face and wait 20 minutes. For the full spa experience, lie back, close your eyes, and place cucumber slices over your eyelids.

After 20 minutes, gently remove with a damp washcloth, and rinse with water. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer or facial oil.

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3 thoughts on “The Easiest 2-Ingredient DIY Face Mask to Brighten Skin and Fight Redness in Minutes”

  • Elyse Gaudi

    I have tried so many different things to fight my adult acne. After some very intensive research, essential oils became my go to. Pretty much everything in my cabinet is DIY from either ingredients I've harvested from my local area, or from MRH. I changed my diet to Ovo-Pescetarianism. No dairy. No land meat or fowl. Fresh, raw goodness. If I couldn't tell what was in something by looking at it, I didn't eat it. Honestly, I've never felt better. But still my acne persisted. Don't get me wrong, it got better, but it didn't go away like I had hoped. I got rid of my scars, but the breakouts kept happening.
    I'm pretty sure this mask tipped the balance in my favor. I had my last pimple just after this article posted, and I haven't had one since. I do admit that I didn't follow the recipe exactly. My honey is far too precious to me to put on my face. So instead I mixed the Spirulina in with a previous rose mask I had made. The result has brightened my face so much! No more pimples! I'm going to keep track and make sure, but thank you so much for this tip!!!

    • Chrissy Bautista
      Chrissy Bautista November 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

      The Mask you think helped with scars?I have been trying to cut off on the dairy since I have noticed that makes me breakout.But don't really know what to do about my scars.

      • Elyse Gaudi

        I haven't noticed much from the mask for my scars, but I have been able to greatly reduce them by using an essential oil mix daily. I use myrrh, frankincense, lavender, and geranium with equal parts jojoba and avocado oil as a base. I use ACV for toner, and I also put grass fed beef tallow on my face every night, which is AMAZING. Sounds gross, but oh my God! None of this will be instant success, but in the last six months I've been able to tell a very VERY noticeable difference. It's trial and error for what works with you, but it is possible, despite what skincare companies want you to think. The big thing for me was preventing breakouts. No matter how much I cleared up scars there were always new ones, because of the breakouts. Now that those are gone, I'm very excited.

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