Face masks are the easiest way to home spa experience. Most masks only require a few ingredients you probably have, so why not try some this weekend? 🙂
Peel-off masks are used as scrubs and masks at the same time. It’s best to use them once a week, because they remove dead skin cells, rehydrate and detoxify. It’s best to use a gentle peel-off mask, so that your skin won’t be irritated and too exposed to outer conditions (like weather and low temperatures). If you use store bought peel-off masks, check the instructions on how often it is advised to use it and if you prefer DIY masks, then just do it once a week. 🙂
Peel-off masks usually contain some type of acid, for example masks for acne-prone skin contain salicylic acid and sensitive skin on the contrary can benefit from lactic acid, that is less irritating. Some masks are suitable for normal skin type or for all skin types and those usually combine this acids. It’s good to know, that homemade masks don’t contain high amounts of acid like dermatologists’ masks and that is why they aren’t as fast working. Still, don’t overuse masks, as this can worsen your skin problems.
Now let’s make some face masks! 🙂
Before you use face mask, wash face with mild cleanser and warm water or even steam face over a pot of hot water to open pores. This way peel off mask will easily remove dead skin cells and impurities.
Gelatine and agar-agar peel-off masks
Gelatine is typically used as the main ingredients of peel-off masks. It’s not suitable for vegetarians and vegans and their alternative can be agar-agar (also known as sea gelatine). Agar-agar can be used as a normal mask, where you add nourishing and calming ingredients (like herbal tea and honey) or as a peel-off mask. Here you can read a great tutorial for a vegan agar-agar face mask: link
Gelatine peel off mask for sensitive skin
Like I previously mentioned sensitive skin can really benefit from lactic acid, which is also found in milk. It will also color gelatine, so you will easily see where you applied it. It’s best to apply it with a brush or just use fingers. For this mask you need equal amounts of gelatine powder and milk. Mix both and heat (gelatine must not boil) until it’s warm, but you can still touch it. Apply to face and leave on for 15-20 minutes or less, if it becomes uncomfortable. Peel off and repeat when needed 🙂 This mix can also be used as pore strips (for blackheads), where you apply it only to small parts of face (nose, chin). If you use it like a normal face mask, wash it off with warm water, then with cold.
gelatin peel off mask for oily skin
Oily and acne prone skin will get healthier with salicylic acid, that can be found in lemon juice or raspberries. Use 1 part powdered gelatin and two parts lemon juice. Also add small amount of water to gelatin to mix it. Heat slightly and apply for 15-20 minutes.
Gelatine peel off mask for normal skin/all skin types
Normal skin type also needs some pampering and herbal teas are perfect for this. Peel off mask will act as a scrub and herbs will heal skin. Use any herb you want and need. Use 1 part powdered gelatin, 0,5 part lemon juice and 1 part of strong herbal tea. Use as previously mentioned masks. You can dilute mask with water, if lemon is too strong for your skin.
Charcoal removes toxins from body, because it binds other toxic substances to its surface. It’s safe to use it, because activated charcoal is made only for medical purpose. It can be bought in pharmacies or specialized stores. A small amount of charcoal absorbs much larger amount of toxins, so you can have one container a very long time. Use equal amounts of aloe vera gel and activated charcoal and apply for 15-20 minutes. In this time mask will dry and your face will get stiff. Wash off with warm water and follow with cold.
Aspirin mask for acne
Check this recipe: link
Clay mask for all skin types
Check this recipe: link
Turmeric mask for acne and oily skin
Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, reduces redness and inflammation. Due to antioxidant properties it promoted healing and rejuvenation. This mask can also be used on acne. Use equal amount of turmeric, honey and yogurt. You can also add oils (avocado, almond, olive oil). Apply for about 20 minutes and wash off.
Here is a great video about a similar turmeric mask:
Cucumbers are perfect for a quick refreshing face mask. It’s very moisturizing and decreases puffiness and water retention. Grate 1/2 of a small cucumber and mix with yogurt and apply to face. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash with cold water.
Egg white mask
This mask is firming, because it closes pores and tightens skin. Use on its own or add a small amount of lemon juice. Use the remaining egg yolk as hair mask and shampoo. This mask can be used as a regular mask, that you wash off or as a peel off mask (like gelatin). Some like to add a thin layer of tissue over egg white mask to remove dead skin cells and tiny hair. It’s also useful for oily skin, because it will remove the excess sebum and blackheads and the same can be used on scalp.
Oatmeal and honey mask
This mask works as a light scrub, as daily cleanser and as a healing mask. Use 50% oats, 25% honey and 25% oil (almond oil). Grind oats and add the other two ingredients. Heat slightly and apply for 20-30 minutes.
Do you use homemade face masks? Comment below! 🙂
- How often to use home beauty treatments: link