Face masks are a hot topic of late, that comes in sheet, clay, pore minimising and gel-based form.
Fortunately, now we’re also counting in DIY because let’s be honest, there is nothing better than giving your skin some TLC, with a homemade face mask and a glass of wine, especially when you can’t bring yourself to leave the vicinity of your humble abode
Instead of raiding Sephora for your next mask fix, you might want to look a little closer to home, The idea that you can easily source ingredients and get creative makes this budget-friendly hack, feels like a day at the beauty salon.
Trust us on this one, because humble ingredients like oatmeal and bran boast exfoliating properties on par with many of your store-bought products, while papaya is brilliant at targeting spot-causing bacteria, and avocado and coconut is super nourishing, offering moisture and suppleness for even the dryest of skin types.
So if you fancy getting creative in the kitchen, here are some spa-worthy homemade masks tips you may want to start thinking about right now.
Home made face mask and their uses
- Draws out impurities, such as blackheads
What you can use in your masks
The idea that you can treat your skin with items that you may have in the kitchen, is really appealing.
Just a word of warning, be sure not to use ingredients such as walnut shells or sea salt on your skin, as they may have rough edges and can create tiny micro-tears, damaging the skins protective barrier function and causing inflammation,
Instead, opt for ingredients that are spherical in shape as discussed below, and that is gentle enough to use on delicate facial skin.
These fruits and veggies can be mashed, blended, and mixed with clays, to create a paste that you then apply to the skin.
Types of home made masks
There are essentially two types of mask you can use:
Setting facial mask
These masks set upon the skin and are stimulating, cleansing, drawing, and purifying. Clay such as Fullers Earth, Kaolin, and Magnesium are all good examples of drying masks.
If you are interested in creating some recipes with the use of clay, you may find the article clay face mask recipes useful.
Wet face masks
These soothe, hydrate, and calm the skin, they are made from Bananas, Papaya, Kiwi, Gelatine, Aloe Vera, Honey, Oats, Milk, and Yogurt, they can also be blended with lovely botanical oils – follow the link for a full selection of the best oils for your particular skin type.
Gel face masks
These are great masks especially if your skin is dehydrated, and are the perfect antidote for sunburn and sensitivity.
They are easier to make then you think, Pectin, Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum can be used to create your gel base and mix with aloe vera, to keep your skin hydrated, plump and youthful all day long.
The naked truth
Ideally, your mask application should only be carried out once your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, and gently exfoliated.
This will help to remove any stubborn skin cells that have adhered to the surface of the skin, whilst also helping the active ingredients in the mask penetrate the skin more effectively, so your skin will get all the lovely benefits from all the ingredients.