Is It Time To Try A Facial Mask?

Is It Time To Try A Facial Mask?

Masks have been used by women for centuries to either hydrate and soothe or remove oils from the skin. Peoples from different regions tried different materials to make their masks. For instance, people in Egypt used mud and clay while Europeans used milk and raw egg.

It is common to divide the types of facial masks into two different groups. There are the masks designed to hydrate the skin and there are those designed to promote blood flow and tighten the skin. An exfoliating product is usually applied to the skin and washed off. But a mask product is actually applied and left on for a 10 to 15 minute period to allow it to work. Follow this with a layer of moisturizer.

There are many different types of masks that can be made at home. These products are a great way to treat yourself and give your skin the added boost it needs after being assaulted by the many toxins and wastes that float around in our air.

Below are some recipes that you can try at home with assurance that you are using only the best that nature has to offer – because it’s directly from nature! If you have a food allergy to any of the ingredients then forgo that recipe and move on to the next.

Look through these recipes – there are a few for dry skin, combination skin, aging skin, acne prone skin and even chapped/sunburned or irritated skin. You should find exactly what you are looking for!

Use a mask directly after having exfoliated. The exfoliation will cleanse the outer skin and remove all dead skin cells before you plump, hydrate or soothe the new cells beneath.

If you are choosing to go with an over the counter product there are several things to consider. First choose a mask that meets the needs of your individual skin type. If you have dry skin over all choose a mask that will rehydrate and add moisture to your skin. And, choose a product that will soften the upper derma of the skin.

Face Mask for Dry and Sensitive Skin

1 avocado
3-4 drops of almond oil

Prepare by peeling and mashing the avocado and adding the almond oil until the mass is consistent. Apply this to the face while gently massaging. Let it rest for approximately 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Moisturizing Avocado

1 avocado
1 teaspoon of apple vinegar
1 egg white
3 teaspoons of olive oil

Prepare by peeling and mashing avocado and start adding the rest of the ingredients. The egg white should be beaten slightly before adding and mixing with the other materials. When the products have reached a consistent texture apply it to your face. Leave this on for 20 minutes and then rinse. This mask helps to add moisture and elasticity back to your skin.

Great for Sun Burned or Irritated Skin
(If irritation is from medication or other medical problems consult with your dermatologist or physician before trying to add anything to the skin surface)

1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not low fat or non-fat)
1 tsp runny honey (microwave for a few minutes to soften hardened honey)

Prepare by combining the ingredients and applying to your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then washing with a steaming wash cloth. If your skin is oily add a few drops of fresh lime juice.

Yogurt Face Mask for Sunburned Skin

1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold)
½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Prepare by mixing the ingredients together and applying to the skin for 10-15 minutes. Wash this off with a steaming warm washcloth. You can also add egg whites to the ingredients.

Soothing Mask for Oily Skin

1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer-let it thaw before using)
1 tbsp honey
An orange or a lemon

Prepare by mixing the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of the juice from an orange or lemon. Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool wash cloth or a steam warm cloth – which ever you prefer.

Acne Prone Carrot Mask

2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey

Prepare by cooking carrots, then mashing them with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Clay Mask for Oily or Acne Prone Skin
You can pick up clay at most health food stores.

A basic fuller’s earth clay (if skin is sensitive, French green clay is a good option)
1 tsp honey
water (for a richer mask, substitute half-and-half)
your favorite essential oil

Prepare by mixing 2 parts of water to 1 part of clay and mix in a bit of honey. Add more water, or cream, if the clay is too dry. Add a few drops of the essential oil and apply to the face and neck. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then remove with a steaming warm washcloth. This mask may require a more thorough rinsing in the shower.

Juice Mask for Oily Skin
Strawberry and lemon juices are natural astringents.

1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 egg white
1 1/2 tsp honey
Optional: 2 drops of your favorite essential oils

Prepare by mashing or blending the ingredients together. Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes. Remove with a steaming warm washcloth.

Combination Skin Rose Mask

Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
2 tbsps rosewater
1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not low fat or non-fat)
1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).

Prepare by soaking the rose petals in a bowl then crushing them. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey. Mix the ingredients well and then apply to the skin. Leave this on your face for 10 minutes and then remove by rinsing or using a steaming warm washcloth.

Milk Mask for Dry Skin

1/2 tsp powdered milk
1/2 tbsp runny honey
1/2 tsp aloe vera gel
1 drops essential oil

Prepare by mixing the ingredients well and applying to the face. Let this work for 15 minutes and washing with warm water.


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