Retro Wisdom: DIY Mayonnaise Face Masque

Take a sandwich staple and slather it on your face? Why not!


In an era of face creams that cost double my monthly grocery budget and pedicures involving piranhas, I’m feeling compelled more than ever to embrace the simple, uncomplicated, appointment and waiver-free beauty routines of yesteryear. Take for instance, this good old-fashioned mayo masque. This retro treatment is so quick and easy, the only ingredient required is—you guessed it—mayonnaise!


Here’s how to do it: Grab a jar of full-fat mayo from your pantry or fridge. Pop the top and apply a generous layer to cleansed skin—about 1/4-cup is all you’ll need. Sit back and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your face clean with lukewarm water, rubbing skin in a circular motion with your fingertips or washcloth. Use cool water for one final rinse and pat your newly moisturized complexion dry with a towel.

Why it works: The oil and eggs in the mayo are proven moisturizers, and the vinegar has a stimulating effect, which can help dead skin cells turnover.

Tips: If the thought of having your face smell like egg salad grosses you out, feel free to mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is my go-to) to mask the smell. To bump up the moisturizing effect and hide the smell, stir two tablespoons of mayo in with one teaspoon baby oil. Your face will feel baby-bottom soft and oh-so supple. As with any face masque, use caution when applying, being careful to avoid your eyes.

meghanEditor by day and the voice of High Plains Thrifter by night, Meghan McAndrews is known for her weekly nacho night get-togethers and ongoing commitment to bringing big hair back. In her free time, she can be found scouring church-basement rummage sales, cooking in her kitchen or daubing it up at the bingo hall.  

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18 thoughts on “Retro Wisdom: DIY Mayonnaise Face Masque

  1. I must confess that I used Mayo in my hair as a deep conditioner, when I was a teenager in the 90′s. it smelled god-awful but it really did make my hair glossy and manageable.

  2. Today was the first day this season that I had to break out the more heavy duty face cream. When I first read the title of this post, I thought “yuck”. But I’m going to keep an open mind and give it a try.

  3. Go the extra mile and just slather it into your hair at the same time. It’s great for dry hair and the egg in the mayo adds some body. If you don’t like the smell of mayo, add some lavender essential oil.

  4. Never thought of mayo as a moisturizer/cleanser. I think I would definitely have to put some baby oil or lavender to mask the smell of mayo. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I have heard of this but knowing me so well, I’ll have a turkey and tomato sandwich in hand and slather the Mayo on thick enough to catch the drippings with my sandwich! LOL Nothing like Beauty and a Sandwich Combo Deal!

  6. Wow, this is one I’ve never heard of before, using Mayonnaise to make a face mask. This is definitely something that everyone has in their fridge. If you ever run out of your usual face mask just grab the Mayo. Thank you for sharing this DIY face mask tip.

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