Cleansing and Beautifying
Masks are a fantastic way to spot-treat areas of your body that need a little extra TLC from time to time, and are a great addition to any skin care routine. Designed to deliver a potent boost of nutrients and other active ingredients, masks nourish, balance, and rejuvenate target zones while providing you with an excuse to treat yourself to a deeply relaxing, therapeutic experience.
A few tips:
- Remember to cleanse your face before applying your mask and to clean thoroughly afterward.
- If you have sensitive skin, dab the mixture onto a small patch of skin first to see how it reacts before applying it to your face.
- To minimize mess and even out the distribution of the mixture, try using a clean paint brush instead of your fingertips to apply.
DIY Pore Tightening Face Mask for Oily Skin
Ingredients: plain, unsweetened yogurt (1 tablespoon), egg white (1)
In a small bowl, whisk egg white until frothy and then stir in yogurt until smooth and apply. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off.
What it does for your skin:
Yogurt: As a gentle, non-oily moisturizer, yogurt will soften and condition your skin while combatting the bacteria that causes acne. If you’re suffering an acne breakout, yogurt may be able to help with this, however, an acne face cream might be your best option.
Egg white: As the egg white dries, it helps to tighten large pores while wicking away excess oil without over-drying.
DIY Exfoliating Face Mask for Dry Skin
Ingredients: Honey (warm, 1/2 tablespoon), banana (1/2), and oatmeal (2 teaspoons powder)
In a small bowl, mix ingredients to a paste and apply. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off.
What it does for your skin:
Honey: Did you know that honey never goes bad? It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, which make it an ideal treatment for acne infections. It’s also a gentle moisturizer.
Banana: Bananas are not only moisture-rich, but they’re excellent sources of potassium as well. As the base of this mask, it is great for moisturizing and evening out skin color and blemishes.
Oatmeal: As the exfoliant ingredient in this recipe, the oatmeal powder smooths away dead skin to leave it looking and feeling fresh. It is also deeply nourishing and used in treatments for eczema and in many sensitive skin products.
Adding Tea Tree Oil
One of the more famous essential oils, tea tree oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for minor to severe skin conditions, thanks to its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.
In the field of beauty, tea tree oil:
- reduces inflammation
- disinfects and treats acne, blackheads, and other blemishes
- helps to fade scars
While it is a fantastic additive to a base of olive or coconut oil as a makeup remover, consider adding 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to your homemade face mask for an extra, healing boost. Remember to spot-test your skin’s reaction to the mixture before applying to the face.