I love face masks. I think it has something to do with the fact that you can do other fun things while your skin is getting a nourishing treat. I usually lie in bed with my eyes closed savoring my quiet time for a few minutes. Sometimes I catch up on reading or I might even spend time watching a good movie while my face is getting fabulous. But be careful not to scare anyone!
There are so many procedures and treatments for the skin, but what exactly is a face mask treatment?
What is a Face Mask?
A face mask is a treatment that usually stays on your skin for about 15 minutes. The list of ingredients you can include in a homemade face mask is quite long. Honey, aloe vera, vitamins, herbs, clay, seaweed, nut butters, essential oils, eggs, fruit, vegetables, milks, and other ingredients are all used in face masks.
When you are making your mask, don’t simply choose ingredients you like or have on hand. Determine your particular skin type or condition and create a face mask to address those needs. For example, if your skin is very oily, you want a mask that can draw out the oil and impurities. If your face is very dry, you want to use ingredients that will hydrate your skin. That’s one of the benefits of making your own face mask, you control what goes in it.
The Benefits of Facial Masks?
Here are some of the benefits of using a facial mask. It can:
- hydrate and moisturize
- heal blemishes
- minimize scars
- tighten and nourish
- boosts skin repair
- promote faster cell turnover rate
Okay, let’s have some fun and make our own signature face mask. Let’s pretend you have dry skin. Actually, I won’t be pretending because my skin tends to be on the dry side. What kind of mask are you going to make? We’ll let’s look at the different types of facial masks you can make.
Different Types of Facial Masks
- Cream masks hydrate the skin
- Gel masks nourish and hydrate the skin
- Clay masks absorb and draw dirt and oil from the skin. They also tighten and refine the skin.
Why don’t we make a cream mask because our dry skin needs the hydration? What ingredients are excellent for hydration?
Honey – It is proven for its antibacterial and healing properties. It acts as a humectant, so it draws moisture to the skin. It will tighten and brighten the skin, and any skin type will benefit from its use.
Avocado – This awesome fruit is loaded with important vitamins. It also has moisturizing power to make a huge difference in the quality of your skin.
Milk – Milk contains natural lactic acid. This acid gently exfoliates the skin. It softens the skin.
What are we going to name our face mask? Since no one will probably see or use it other than yourself you might be wondering why you should name it? I find that when I name my masks, it makes the whole experience a lot better. Who hasn’t been drawn into buying a product just because it sounded so nice?
Let’s say you were going to purchase a face mask. There were two on the shelf, both the same price and size and packaging. One label read “face mask” and the other read “Luxurious Exfoliating Honey Mask”, no doubt you’d be drawn to the one with a nice name, not the generic one. So, let’s name our face mask.
Okay, your mask is going to contain honey, avocado, and milk. Can you think of a catchy name? How about Avocado Honey Moisturizing Mask? Or what about Milk and Honey Moisturizing Face Mask with Avocado? Or, here’s a simple one – Honey Plus Moisture Face Mask. Have fun with this and put your thinking caps on to come up with a name you’ll love. Don’t over think this little exercise; it’s supposed to be fun!
Here is one of my favorite mask recipes for dry skin.
Honey Plus Moisture Face Mask
1/2 mashed avocado
1 tablespoon honey (raw or manuka is better)
A little milk to make a spreadable mask
Mix all ingredients together and apply to your clean, damp face. Leave on for about 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Follow up with a toner. After the toner, put oil (coconut, avocado, jojoba, olive or almond) on a cotton ball and apply gently to your face in a circular motion to lock in the moisture and give skin elasticity and protection. Your dry skin will drink in all the moisture, vitamins and nourishment from this mask. With regular use, your skin will be so much better to the touch and to the eye. Enjoy!!
I am passionate about organic, natural skin care recipes, and I have shared many over the past several months. Here are some of my best homemade face mask recipes:
I’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite face mask recipe?