Numerous facial masks exist that you can add to your weekly skin care program and a there are many reasons you would need to add one. The mask you choose will be for a specific purpose, based on your age, gender, skin type and purpose, such as hydrating, exfoliating, deep cleaning or refreshing. And, regardless of your skin type, there is a facial mask that best suits you.
However, some of these masks can be very expensive. Or you may have run out of your favorite mask and don’t have time to buy more before your next weekly at-home spa date. So what can you gather from your own kitchen and home to produce the same results you get from a tube you buy at the local salon or from your favorite online store?
First, know your skin type! If you have oily skin you’ll do best with a clay type mask; dry skin needs rehydrating; mature skin can use a bit of firming up and dull skin needs some exfoliation to boost the radiance.
Oatmeal can be used for all skin types for exfoliation. Mix 1 packet of prepared oatmeal with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp of olive oil and apply as a scrub. Or mix 1 tbsp of finely ground oatmeal (not cooked) with 1 tbsp of organic yogurt and a few drops of honey. Apply this as a mask and leave it on your face for 10 minutes. Splash it off with warm water and follow with a warm washcloth to get the remaining oatmeal off your face. You can use either of these 2 times weekly to remove the dead layer of skin and get a brighter appearance to the skin.
Sugar might be nasty for your insides but it’s great for your outside! Believe it or not, sugar also has some anti-bacterial properties outside the body. Sugar is a great exfoliant because it doesn’t tear the skin like salt and you can use oil to help moisturize at the same time. Mix a couple of tablespoons of crystalized sugar with water to make a paste and rub softly over your face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse with warm water and then use a warm washcloth to clean the rest, especially if you used olive oil in the mix.
Avocado is the ultimate food – both inside and outside your body! High in healthy fat it fills you up without filling your out. And, once they get too ripe to eat you can turn the leftovers into a face mask. Mix a whole avocado, 1 room temp egg white and 1 tsp of lemon juice well; apply to your face (no eating please!) and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Soothe, moisturize and kill the topical bacteria all at once with a combination of 2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Apply it to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Do this three times a week to help balance the pH of your skin, kill bacteria and moisturize your skin.