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Masks bought off the shelves may sometimes burn a hole in your pocket. This may be why you’re looking for cheaper alternatives to give your skin the treatment it deserves. You turn to the internet to source DIY mask recipes using ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

With all the chopping and blending before you can rest the DIY mask concoction on your skin, the million dollar question really is: how well do they work? The DV team went through blind half-face tests to see how DIY masks stack up against off-the-shelf masks.

For a fairer comparison, we tested DIY masks against Vichy’s new range of volcanic masks, which are made from natural minerals. Read on to see how our test went.

For radiant and brightened skin: DIY brightening mask vs. Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

Vichy Masque Peel 1

A deeper look at the ingredients in the masks

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

  • AHA: Made up of fruit acids to achieve chemical peeling effect. This will help skin appear brighter as it sloughs off dead skin cells from surface of skin.
  • Volcanic rock: Containing rich minerals, this ingredient doesn’t just act as a physical exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells, but also eliminate impurities from skin.
  • pH Balancing Thermal Water: From the French volcanoes, it boosts the efficacy of the mask
  • Vitamin CG+ Mannose: This ingredient carries skin brightening, antioxidant and hydration benefits.

DIY brightening mask

  • Lemon juice: Because of its acidic nature, it has a slight exfoliating effect on skin that can help give a brightening effect.
  • Cucumber: This has a cooling and calming effect, which can help soothe the acidity of lemon juice.
  • Yogurt: This ingredient hydrates skin, and at the same time help make the mask easier to spread on face more easily

Vichy Masque Peel Application 2

We applied the DIY mask on the right side of Tiara’s face, and Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask on
the left side of her face.

Tiara’s impression of both masks


Tiara says: Besides it being a little sticky, the DIY mask also gives me a slight irritation, which I suspect could be from the acidity of the lemon juice. However, like the Vichy mask, the DIY mask left my skin soft to touch. The brightening effect for the DIY mask is negligible, but it could be because I only left it on for five minutes. The Vichy mask, on the other hand, delivered a brighter complexion within just five minutes, which was a pleasant surprise.



Verdict: Considering the Vichy mask gives me good results within such a short time and without any irritation, I’d vote for the off-the-shelf mask over DIY ones since it makes me feel safer, knowing that it won’t give my skin any discomfort.

Additional tips to masking

If you feel irritation on your skin after applying a DIY mask, wash it off thoroughly right away. If your skin tends to get sensitive with new skincare products, consider the Vichy volcanic masks, which have gone through sensitivity tests to make sure they are safe to use even on very delicate skin.

Click to the next page to see our second test.