Walk by the cosmetics aisle in the drugstore and what do you find? Facial masks are mixed in there with facial cleansers, serums, anti-aging products and moisturizers. They help to deep-condition the skin and are not usually used every day (though you most certainly could if you wanted to), but are they helpful for added moisture and cleansing. The results are usually temporary, however regular use and consistent application can help alleviate inflammation and irritation for long-term results.
Facial masks are especially helpful as pick-me-ups throughout the week. Sleepless nights, jetlag, stress and a poor diet all contribute towards poor, dull-looking skin. Facial masks can help combat those symptoms so that you can appear fresher and more radiant. It’s not a cure for all, so make sure that you also treat the source of your problems and not just the effects on your skin. Natural facial masks work great in conjunction with good habits and a healthy diet.
For quick and easy do-it-yourself facial masks that you can do at home using natural ingredients, here are some nifty ideas:
1. Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Mask
With a brown sugar and honey facial mask, you get the best of both worlds when it comes to exfoliation and moisturizing benefits. Brown sugar is a natural exfoliator that can be found in almost everybody’s kitchen. Simply crush 1 tablespoon of brown sugar granules into finer particles and mix in 3 tablespoons of raw honey. Honey is one of the best moisturizers for the skin and it contains anti-inflammatory properties that delay, if not reverse, the ageing process. Apply the mixture to the face in circular motions and let it soak into the skin for 5 -10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
2. Egg White Nose Strip
Simply separate 1 egg white from its yolk and beat lightly until slightly foamy. Spread the egg white all over the nose area or any areas that are prone to blackheads. This works amazing on the nose more than anywhere else on the face. Cover with a strip of tissue paper and wait 10-15 minutes for it to dry completely. Once done, peel back the tissue paper and hardened egg white carefully.
3. Oatmeal Facial Mask
Oatmeal is incredibly gentle on all skin types, including the most sensitive skin types because it contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation. As a mild soap, it can be used as a cleansing agent because it contains saponins.
By leaving it on as a facial mask, it helps treat dry skin and get rid of blackheads, white heads and dead skin cells. Using a blender, simply grind up ¼ cup of rolled oats until it resembles a flour. Mix in some warm water and wait until it softens into a mushy texture. Apply the texture onto the face and gently massage it into the pores. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
You can also use instant oats or oat flour, but steel cut oats are not recommended unless they have been thoroughly soaked and softened.