Last week we looked at How to Make Lip Balm. This week it is time for DIY Facial Masks!
Facial masks are a simple way to relax and improve your complexion at home. Commercially made masks often contain chemicals and preservatives for a longer shelf life, but homemade masks have no artificial ingredients. Most people have the necessary ingredients for a face mask in their kitchen, but supplies can be found at most grocery stores or online. Masks help heal irritated skin, pull dirt and oils from the skin and increase circulation. Clay masks also exfoliate to remove the top layer of dead skin for a healthy glow.
Facial Mask Recipes
Homemade clay masks have been used for centuries to draw oils, dirt and toxins from the skin. The type of clay to use depends on the type of skin. Most clays can be purchased at a health food store or online.
- White clay is a very mild clay gentle enough for sensitive skin. It gently exfoliates and increases blood circulation to improve complexion.
- Yellow clay is also mild and works great on sensitive skin. Unlike other clays, it does not pull oil from the pores, so it is the best clay for dry skin.
- Rose clay exfoliates and increases blood circulation, making it a good clay for dry or normal skin types.
Green clay pulls toxins, dirt and oils from the skin, so it is best for oily skin. It has a high mineral content that soothes irritated skin and helps clear the complexion. Do not use this clay on sensitive or dry skin.
Clay Mask Recipe
1. Place one tablespoon clay in a plastic or glass bowl.
2. Add water a teaspoon at a time until the mask is looks like a thick yogurt. Adding too much water results in a thin mask that will not be as effective and take too long to dry.
3. Spread mask evenly over the face with your fingers. Use a circular motion with your fingertips to increase circulation. Avoid the delicate eye area and around the lips.
4. Let mask dry for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
DIY Mask For Dry Skin
This honey in this mask soothes irritated skin while the oil and egg moisturize. Yogurt has been said to minimize the look of pores for a better complexion.
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or other oil high in vitamins)
1. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well. This mask will be sticky and thick.
2. Apply to face with your fingertips in gentle circles.
3. Let sit for at least five minutes before rinsing.
Mask For Oily Skin
Banana moisturizes the skin without using an oil-based product. Honey also moisturizes while it soothes irritated skin.
1 tablespoon of honey
1 banana (ripe bananas work best)
1. Mash banana with a fork until smooth.
2. Combine banana and honey and stir until combined.
3. Apply to face with fingertips. Use gentle circles to increase blood flow to the area.
4. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
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