Want a spa treatment at home? Try a facial mask. There are many masks on the market today. Whether you need extra moisturizer or you want to firm up loose skin, a facial mask will get instant results.
Which Mask Should You Choose?
Facial masks, like most skin care products, are formulated for skin types.
If you have oily skin, a mud or clay mask is a great way to remove oil that is trapped deep in the skin. The mask goes on wet and as it dries, it tightens up the skin and even makes your pores look smaller.
For normal to oily skin, try an exfoliating fruit extract mask. Formulated with fruit enzymes like pineapple and papaya, a fruit mask will dissolve dead skin cells and help unclog pores. Sensitive skin may not react well to a fruit enzyme mask.
A moisturizing mask containing emollients like cocoa butter, olive oil, almond oil, aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin E is good for all skin types. The moisturizers not only restore moisture, but can have a firming effect by plumping up the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines. A word of caution for oily skin: select a mask with fewer emollients that will wash clear of the skin. Too much can clog your pores.
Home-Made Facial Masks
Make your own mask at home with these simple ingredients:
Yogurt: The high level of acids in yogurt makes it a good choice for oily skin.
Honey: A great emollient that works well on all skin types.
Coconut and Olive Oils: Ultra moisturizing and works well on normal to dry skin.
Fruit: For an energizing mask, try using smashed strawberries, bananas, or citrus mixed with rosewater.
Avocados: If your skin is dry, avocados are an excellent choice.
Start by cleansing your face. Then Lay a warm, wet towel over your skin for about 10 minutes to open the pores. Now, apply your mask to wet skin and let it stand for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry.
It’s easy to overlook the benefits of skin care and relaxation when daily schedules are jam-packed with responsibilities, but taking time out for a facial mask can be a replenishing pick-me-up.