Have you ever wondered while reading the back label of a facial mask product, what on earth are half of these ingredients?
If there is one skincare item that no girl can go without and is guaranteed to perform miracles, it’s a face mask. Face masks can be a fantastic one-stop top up for a special occasion or part of your long term skin care regime.
Some facial masks come already mixed and some need mixing, generally the pre-prepared ones tend to be more expensive and there are two main categories in which the face masks fall into; Setting Masks, which includes clay masks, peel off masks, thermal masks and biological masks. And Non Setting Masks; these include masks like, paraffin wax or warm oil masks
We all seek out natural ingredients in the products we use because it’s imprinted in us from a small age to value that mother earth has provided us with all natural and valuable resources, here on our planet, ready for us to use at our disposal. So why are some products misleading us? Claiming to be gentle, but causing long term damage in the process of use or claiming to be herbal and natural, when in reality some of these products contain harsh ingredients, necessary in giving them their long shelf life. Shockingly many more claim to be organic, but how true is this? The true meaning of organic is, products that come from a natural origin at their source? Therefore all the ingredients in an organic facial should have no artificial contributory factors in at all. Consequently any grown ingredients used in an organic facial mask must come from a farm that uses no pesticides or chemicals to encourage product development, before anyone can class it as organic.
Don’t get me wrong, some products are very good and do exactly what they say on the tin, but it’s unfortunate that some companies feel they can stretch the truth. To end the stress, I have listed for my readers established natural facial mask recipes, for everyone to try. Passing control back into the hands of the user, monitor what goes into your healthcare regime for once and for the first time completely disconnect anyone who tries to dictate what you’re using.
The choice of mask depends on the skin type and knowledge of how the ingredients affect the skin.
Clay masks can be classed as natural, because the clays are found in the earth. Benefits of clay masks are that they have natural drawing out impurity and deep cleansing abilities, while some improve circulation and others stimulate the skin. I have listed a natural clay face mask recipe for the four major skin types, check out my recipes below and remember powdered masks need to be mixed with an active ingredient for them to work
1 part Kaolin, 1 part fullers earth mixed with water and a few drops of witch hazel. Use for eight minutes on the face.
Kaolin is also known as white china clay, it has a drawing effect on the skin and it is ideal for bringing any skin blockages up to a head, making it ideal for oily congested skin. While witch hazel, as we all know is ideal for aggravated skin and it is good to use on acne and oily skins.
1 part Kaolin, 1 part magnesium. Mix with rose water or orange flower water. Use for ten minutes on the face
Magnesium is a mild astringent, it helps tone and refine the skin, while tightening pores. Orange flower water gives a stimulating and tonic effect, but it should always be used with a refining mask
Fullers earth and witch hazel. Use for five minutes on the face
Fullers earth is absorbent and has profound deep cleansing and stimulating circulation properties.
1 part calamine, 1 part magnesium, mixed with rose water. Use for five minutes on the face
Calamine is also a mild astringent and its soothing actions help to reduce the redness usually found in sensitive skin types. Rose water is a mild toner and it can be used on dry skin also
Use a face mask once a week as part of your skin care regime; try these natural skin mask recipes out yourself for a month.
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