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Who was that Masked Woman? The Facial Mask for You
Choosing the right face mask for you can be difficult. What is in the mask? Will you have an allergic reaction to something in it? Which one will work best for my face and skin type. The answer is to not choose one at all. Give yourself a quick and simple do it yourself beauty treatment by making a facemask at home right in your kitchen. It will be natural and you will know exactly what you are putting on and into your skin.
Though you can certainly put together your own facemask based on your knowledge of your own skin care, there are some ideas out there you can use. Whether you use the ideas here or make up your own, you will be sure you are avoiding additives and preservatives. If you like, you can even strive for a 100 percent organic facial mask.
The first will work best for dry skin. Take 2 ounces of fresh avocado, an ounce of orange juice, a teaspoon of acacia honey, and a teaspoon of molasses and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil and put them in a blender for blending or a large bowl if you prefer to mash them by hand. If, for some reason, the mixture comes out too thick, go ahead and add another ounce or so of orange juice. Once you have your paste together, use your fingers to spread the mixture over your entire face and neck. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes, but longer would be better. A warm flannel is best to rinse the mask off your face and will help exfoliate and clean your face as you wash off the mask. If there is some left over, it can be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two. You will find your face moisturized and feeling healthy after this homemade facial mask.
If you have sensitive skin this homemade honey face mask will likely work best for you. Start off by warming a small pot or crock of honey in a double boiler. Periodically check on your hand to make sure the honey gets warm, but it not hot. Once it is at a comfortable temperature, rub the honey onto your entire face generously. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm, then cool water. You will feel refreshed and your face will look healthy after this simple home facial treatment.
Oily skin can be a problem with facial masks, but a homemade egg white mask will work great for your oily skin. Whisk one egg white in a bowl until the peaks are stiff. Add 6 drops of witch hazel and 6 drops of lemon juice to the whites. Then, gently put the mixture on your face but be sure to keep it out of your eyes. Leave it on your face for about 15 minutes before rinsing well with warm water. This will help with your oily skin without drying out your face.
If you have sensitive, sunburned, or damaged skin you may want to try a butter face mask. You will need a tablespoon of unsalted butter that you have softened, and a large mashed up strawberry. If you have normal to dry skin use a 1 inch slice of cucumber pushed through a sieve, use a tablespoon of lemon juice for oily skin, or try adding 1 egg yolk if you have very dry skin. In a bowl, beat the butter and your chosen ingredient. Apply the mask as soon as it is combined and leave it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. With a wet, warm washcloth, remove the mask. With butter being a great source of vitamin A, this mask will really help your sunburned or damaged skin.
Facial masks can be fun and very helpful for skin care. There are times, however, that it is difficult to tell which one is right for you. So, by making one of the face masks offered here or designing your own, you will know what is in the mask and can custom make it for your skin type and needs. Kitchens aren't just for meals any more; it can be your own private beauty spa