What is the purpose of a facial mask? A facial mask removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and help to tighten pores and make the skin appear smoother. When you are ready to use a facemask, choose a time when you are less likely to be interrupted. You want to pamper yourself, so find a time when you will be able to relax.
- First, wash your face and neck with a gentle cleanser. Use gentle circular motions to remove dirt and makeup. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Also, if you have sensitive skin you might want to test for allergic reactions first. The best way to do this is to apply whatever ingredients you are using behind your ear (leave on 15 to 30 minutes), rinse and wait 24 hours. Here are a few tips regarding facial masks:
- Make sure to wash or rinse your ingredients (when applicable) before applying them to your face (i.e. fruits).
- Steam your face – steam your face gently (2-5 minutes over a bowl of hot water). This technique opens the pores so that mask can penetrate deeply and cleanse your pores.
- Apply the facial masks – with clean fingertips or a soft fresh cotton ball. Fruit or egg mask often have a liquid consistency. It may be easier to apply a second layer after a few minutes, once the first layer has dried a little.
- Don’t talk, laugh or even move any facial muscles until it is time to gently remove the mask. Do the best you can here.
- Facial masks should be left on for 15-20 minutes so they can dry.
- When removing masks remember to remove slowly and carefully. Work from the forehead downwards, making sure that none of the material removed comes into contact with eyes, and avoid dragging the skin. Light fruit masks can be removed simply with cotton balls. With clay masks, you need to rinse your face with warm water, and then with cold water.
- And remember, don’t apply facial masks more than twice a week.
Now you are ready for some homemade facial mask recipes. It is best to use masks that ingredients are appropriate for your skin type. Check out the first post in this series to find out what skin type you are here. I have a recipe for each skin type below:
- Oily skin – plain milk of magnesia. Yep, that is what I said, plain milk of magnesia. Rub it on and let it dry. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. It absorbs oil. On the other hand, try pureeing flesh of a tomato and mix with some potato flour to make a paste; let dry. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Normal or combination skin – blend one egg a 1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of olive oil until smooth. Spread on face and let dry. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- Dry skin – one egg yolk, 1-teaspoon honey, a teaspoon of olive oil and some vitamin E oil if you have it (if you have vitamin E capsules you can open them up). Smooth on your face and neck for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
As you can see, there is no point in spending lots of money on department store facial masks when you can do them right in your own home with all natural products you may already have in your kitchen. I hope this post have been helpful and will continue this series with more tips and homemade recipes for skin and beauty care.
If you have any tips, suggestions or ideas let us know and I will include them in the next issue. Hope to hear from you! Enjoy Life!!!