The Real You Under the Mask

There’s no need to hide behind a mask! Facial masks help improve the appearance and texture of your face. To achieve a healthier, more youthful glow to your skin. They might help you delay plastic surgery. All you need to do is find the right mask at your local drug store, or make your own mask out of all-natural products.

There are many facial masks on the market, so there’s no excuse to forego this important step in your beauty regimen. Here are some types

*Mud masks – for oil absorption
*Hydrating masks – which moisturize dry skin
* Perfecting masks – replenish dull skin

Here are some of the ingredients
*Clay – a key component in masks that removes dirt and dead skin, absorbs excess oils, tightens the skin and helps to stimulate blood circulation
*Curd, cucumbers, lemon juice and brewer’s yeast – these restore skin’s acid/alkali balance
*Gel masks – remove dead skin, and even facial hairs and blackheads; can be used for all skin types
* Cream masks – nourish the skin cells; not recommended for young or oily skin

One important thing to keep in mind about facial masks is that they can sometimes act as an exfoliant. So if you have included exfoliating in your cleansing routine, be sure your mask doesn’t exfoliate too.

How to Use a Mask

When applying your face mask, follow the directions carefully. If you’d like to try making your own face mask, here’s some suggestions:

If You Have Oily skin: Mix a half of cup cooked, cold oatmeal with an egg white, a half cup of mashed apple and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. It should turn into a paste. Apply this mixture to your face and let it set for about 10 minutes. Wipe it off with a coarse cloth and rinse with lukewarm water.

If You Have Dry skin: Combine an egg yolk with a half cup of cooked oatmeal, a half mashed banana and a tablespoon of honey. Make sure it cools before applying it to your face. Keep the mask on for fifteen minutes and then rinse with cool water.

If You Have Sensitive skin: Mix a whole egg, a half cup of cooked oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of almond oil together. Apply to your face once the mixture has cooled and let it set for ten minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Should You Try A Mask?

If you have oily or normal skin and no known allergies or sensitivities, give it a try. But if you have sensitive skin, only try a mask if your skin care professional gives the go ahead.

Copyright (c) 2007 Barry Lycka