Masques. Everyone I know is way too familiar with this skin and hair treatment. Frankly speaking masks are not exactly the daily skincare product. Masks are meant to give you fast and visible effect. Initially mask treatments were done with clay, mud or similar components providing for deep cleansing effect which in return provide for an immediate improved looks. Nowadays really there is such a huge variety of masks in the market, in spas, stores, supermarkets offering all sorts of treatments, with gels, creams, oils, clay, butter and what not. Some use actual fabric masks to provide for a wrapping effect, those masks are soaked in the active mask ingredient providing for extended time to the ingredients to work.
Our expectations from the natural version of the mask would be the real uplifting effect on the skin. So internet is full of recipes of using raw fruits and vegetables, juices, yogurt and other food ingredients as masks. Some recipes may have really good effect some not so good.
Though there are a couple of points I’d like to point out in regards of natural masks one can consider at home besides the professional spa treatment.
Clay masks. There is a great variety of clay which can benefit close to any skin type and provide for wonderful results. Mud-masking has been around since ancient times, for good reason. Good old-fashioned earth has lots of skin benefits. The clay until now is the star component in many even main stream masks as they absorb impurities and help heal your skin. Besides this clay provide the skin with immediate boost of nutrients.
Some popular clay I can mention would be the following
Bentonite clay – This is a volcanic clay. When activated on the face it’s structure allows it to absorb dirt, bacteria and debris from the follicles through an electrical attraction. A great clay to use home for deep cleansing mask.
French Pink Clay – is great for sensitive skin. It is said to be mild and soothing which gives a refreshing and healing effect to irritated sensitive skin. Great to use as a healing and hydrating mask in case if you have sensitive or irritated skin.
Green Clay – this clay is mega rich in minerals. So if you need a good boost to the skin this would be a great option to use in the home mask. But do not overdo or use with very sensitive skin. It is best for normal or oily skin.
Kaolin Clay - White kaolin clay is the gentlest and thus great for sensitive dry skin. It doesn’t absorb so much as it does soften with super gentle bits for a mild exfoliation. Very nice to use at home to make the skin more supple and gentle.
Rhassoul Clay – this is ancient clay mined from Morocco and is crazy-rich in minerals. This clay is the perfect magnet absorbing all impurities—sebum plugs, blackheads, and oil around hair follicles. It doesn’t, however, leave you dry because of its elasticity and texture-improving effects. Perfect to be used for prone, oily skin.
Those were only some popular clay. There is good variety still to look into. But let us see when and how we can use a clay mask. Masques do not store very well because of the high clay and water content. Clay is very difficult to preserve when activated and there are no natural or naturally derived preservatives that can prevent microbes in a clay masque. Therefore, the best way to deal with clay mask is to store it dry and activate it right before the use.
To properly activate the clay mask and save it from drying too fast do use humectants such as glycerin or honey. This would keep the mask from drying too quick. Best use natural floral water to activate the mask to the required texture to have maximum effect.
The clay is only working while it is drying, but once it’s dried there’s no point leaving the masque on your face. So keep it on until it dries and then remove with warm water.
The best way to apply clay facial masques is when they are warm to the touch. The heat promotes perspiration while opening up the pores.
You can enrich your mask with essential oil or herbal extracts (best glycerin or water based). But do follow the recommended amount to avoid allergic reactions.
You can try this example mask
Rhassoul clay - clay 13.5 gr
Orange blossom or Rose Otto water (can use cucumber for refreshing mask or frankincense water for mature skin) 14 gr
Glycerin (as an option can use honey, or our HONEY MOISTURIZER which works great for this treatment or Cucumber Glycerol Extract to go for a refreshing and uplifting mask) 1.5 gr
Essential oils depending on your skin type (try frankincense oil for mature skin, chamomile if you have irritated or itchy skin, ylang ylang for combination skin, black seed for normal and dry skin) up to 0.3 gr (which is about 7 drops)
Active extracts: can use our Eco Marine Algae Extract as a great antiaging and ant wrinkle agent or Siberian Ginseng Extract as skin tightening agent. 0.6 gr (up to 10 drops)
Clay powders to have a tendency to clump so here’s how to blend them smoothly. First, blend the clay with the glycerin or honey until they are very smooth. Next trickle in the floral water slowly while stirring. Now you can add your essential oils
Mix the ingredients and apply to the face keep for 10-15 minutes until dry then wash with warm water.
You can experiment with ingredients though mind to not overdo with essential oils and active ingredients.
This was about clay masks which do give you the feel of home spa and provide skin with deep cleansing as well as giving it a rapid boost of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Now as for the face masks right from your kitchen. Here of course there is a huge field to your experiments and a lot of fun. Experimenting with fresh vegetables, fruits and other food stuff is fun and is fairly safe. I do not mean to say that natural extracts or oils are not safe. They are but are very concentrated which makes the difference for those with less experience. There are multiple out of kitchen face masks recipes. I will not give one and will let you make one. As each mask you create would serve exactly what you want to do to your face and the choice of ingredients would depend on your skin condition at the moment.
There are different categories of ingredients. Vegetables, fruits and berries containing natural fat are great ingredients to hydrate and moisture the skin. Those would be avocado, milk, cream, olive oil.
Ingredients that give toning and brightening effect would be those containing acid like citrus, vinegar, some fruits containing acid and vitamins like bananas, grapes.
Ingredients that provide nutrients boost would be those packed with vitamins and minerals like oats, honey, apples, nuts
Ingredients giving tightening effect would be some like eggs, and humectants like honey. Those would lock the moisture to the skin leaving it more supple and tight.
Clarifying effects can be reached with some spices like cinnamon for example, chamomile or dill for example which provide for great antibacterial effect.
Caffeine containing ingredients help with swelling and puffiness so the use of tea, coffee would be a great option in this case.
The combination of ingredients would depend on what exactly you want to see as the effect of the mask. So do experiment and enjoy the masks with great smells and effects.
We would really love to hear from you and see pictures with the results.
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