Home made face masks containing natural ingredients are quick and simple to create at home.
Bases: The base of a face mask is natural clay or gel. Clays are generally for deep cleansing. Gels are suitable for sensitive skin.
Green clay (argile verte): Suitable for all skin types (except sensitive skin), rich in minerals, antiseptic, cleansing, balancing, and, stimulating circulation lymph and blood.
Clays: Fullers earth - Suitable for normal-oily skins only, cleansing, and stimulating effect.
Kaolin: Suitable for normal-oily skins, astringent, detoxifying, cleansing, and stimulating circulation of lymph and blood.
Essential Oils for Face Masks
Norma dry skin: lavender, sandalwood, Roman chamomile
Normal oily skin: lavender, juniper
Mature skin: Frankincense, neroli, rose otto
Sensitive skin: Roman chamomile, rose otto, German chamomile,
Purees: Purees are helpful for various skin conditions such as fruit purees (strawberry puree will act like an alphahydroxy), cucumber puree (cools the skin), yogurt (cools and softens the skin), milk (removes dead skin cells and softens the skin), honey (acts as an anti bacterial).
Special effects: You can add rose petal powder for fragrance, citrus peel powders for astringency, neem powder for anti bacterial action (especially useful for acne prone skin), oatmeal for soothing the skin, and milk powders.
How to apply: For applying facial mask, first rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores. Then apply mask. In the final rinse, use cold water to close the pores.
Rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores. Apply honey and leave for half an hour. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
This is the traditional mask, also used for a bride, seven days in advance of marriage. Take in a cup half a cup of besan (gram flour), 2 tsp of turmeric powder, 2 tsp of sandal wood powder, 2 tsp of ghee or almond oil, add some water to make a paste. Apply to face and whole body and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rub with pressure with both palms and fingers to remove all the paste.
Oily Skin Mask Mix 1 tsp. brewer's yeast with plain yogurt to make a thin mixture. Apply it thoroughly into all the oily areas and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Dry Skin Mask
Mix 1 tsp. of butter in 1 teaspoon of water. Apply it thoroughly into all the dry areas and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water,
Banana mask for wrinkles
Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy and apply on face and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Take 2 tsp oatmeal and 1 tsp baking soda and add water to make paste. Apply to face and all over the skin and rub gently.
Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Apply on your face and leave for overnight. Wash your face with warm water.
Split 2-3 grapes and rub the flesh over face and neck. Rinse with cool water.
Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Apply it thoroughly on face and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Choose the right clay for your skin type. Add plain water or floral waters or try wetting agents such as fruit purees . Make a thick paste of the clay. Apply the mask to your skin and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Repeat weekly.
Multani (Gypsum) Mitti Body Mask
Make a paste of multani mitti adding water to the mitti powder. Apply to whole body and hair. Take bath after half an hour.
Banana Face Pack for Dry Skin
Mash half cup of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 ripe banana.
Apply this pack on face and neck and leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off.