Facial masks serve a variety of functions and must meet a set of different criteria for each function they strive to achieve. For instance, masks may be designed to absorb oil, hydrate or replenish dull skin. Many people enjoy having a facial but may find that it’s a little too expensive to run out to the salon every week or so. So why make your own face mask? Keep reading to find out.
Regular cleansing on a daily basis will often remove surface dirt and grime, but only a facial mask will draw out the toxins and impurities from beneath the top layer of the epidermis. Many facial masks also help to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores, all of which work to hydrate and protect your skin. You may be tempted to try some of those pore strips which rely on adhesive to cling to impurities and strip them off. Unfortunately, they may also create an uneven skin surface that reflects the light poorly and gives your skin and underlying dull tone.
Why Make Your Own Face Mask?
Most commercially produced facial skin masks are geared towards a specific problem, such as acne or hydration. If this is the route you want to take, just keep in mind that if you experience redness or irritation after one or two treatments, you should discontinue using it. Another option is to make your own mask from ingredients you already have in your pantry at home. One incredibly popular face mask is made using oatmeal because it is a highly nourishing ingredient, soothes red and irritated skin and also exfoliates.
How To Make Your Own Face Mask?
For the best results you should use finely milled oatmeal that is sold at health food stores or organic stores. If you are unable to get those, you can also use raw oatmeal by passing it through a food processor at home. (Click here to see what’s on sale at Amazon right now.) One of the most basic, but also effective, face masks you can make can be as simple as doing the following:
- Place small amount of oatmeal in a bowl
- Add 3 teaspoons of warm water
- Mix until smooth
- Apply to your face
There are also a bunch of other natural items you can add to the mix, depending on the effect you are looking for. For example, honey can be added in order to increase the moisturizing effect on the face. Yogurt may be added to increase the chemical exfoliation affect. Most oatmeal masks will remove excess oil, reduce skin irritation, smooth your skin and soften it at the same time. Depending upon the additives, it can also lighten the skin color and stimulate blood circulation.
Some have found using a raw egg yolk to be effective in helping the healing of blemishes. Using just the raw yolk, apply it to the face for 30 minutes and rinse it with cool water. Egg yolks are high in vitamin A, which helps to nourish the skin and keep it healthy. Avocados also make a good face mask. Peel and cut one avocado and place it into a food processor. Add one third cup honey and begin blending the avocado and honey mixture together. Turn off the food processor and add one quarter cup of uncooked regular oatmeal. Process once more. At this point you can add extra honey or oats for a thinner for a thicker texture. Apply directly to a clean face and rinse after 10 to 15 minutes.
At-home facials can be applied once or twice a week however if you go the professional router, it should not be done more than every two weeks. Ask your skin care specialist how often you should return as she will have a good understanding of the products she is using and how often they can be used on the skin. A good facial mask will help your skin to feel smoother, softer and look more youthful. You can also maintain that appearance by drinking plenty of fluids, eating a well balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep and staying on a good skin regimen.
We hope you found this article useful. If you have any comments, or maybe even a few recipes that have worked wonders for you in the past, we’d love to hear from you. Just use the comment box below. Until next time! Also, if you are interested in a product that does a great job at exfoliating and handling blackheads, consider the Beauty Facial Extreme mask.
Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that we are not dermatologists here at Acne Help Today. The information above on why make your own face mask was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor and/or dermatologist regarding you health/acne issues.