Masking Makes the Difference


If you have a skin complaint, it’s a good bet that there is a mask that will help. Some people think only of relaxing spa experiences when they think of masks, but the right mask can be a part of your regular beauty routine and a real treat for the skin. At-home masks may not be as rigorous as the masks you would receive from an aesthetician, but you can use them more often, they are less expensive and you can obtain desirable effects. To maintain your healthy skin between professional treatments or to do them completely on your own, try these easy at-home facials as often as once a week.

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Fruit Masks To Brighten and Moisturize

You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply to face and neck. Let it set for ten to twenty minutes, then rinse with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, two tablespoons honey, and one medium banana. Mash banana into paste, mix with honey and yogurt and apply.

To brighten skin, cut a slice of ripe papaya and remove the seeds and pulp. Rub the inside of the papaya peel on cleansed face, focusing on lines around the mouth and eyes, crow’s feet, and thinning temples. Let dry fifteen to twenty minutes, then rinse with tepid water. The enzymes in papaya exfoliate, repair sun damage, diminish age spots and smooth skin.

Pumpkin can contribute to your new beauty routine by providing a nourishing facial mask. This bright orange food is not only high in vitamin A, C and antioxidants; it also has wonderful moisturizing properties. To make a quick and easy mask, blend two tablespoons of cooked pumpkin with one tablespoon of honey. Apply to face and leave on for about ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

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Mud Masks To Soften and Rejuvenate

A mineral-rich mud or clay face mask deep cleans and purifies the skin while increasing circulation and stimulating cell renewal. Dead Sea mud is nutrient rich and contains anti-aging and skin-healing properties that make it ideal when used alone, or in combination with other ingredients. For the highest mineral content in a mud mask look for mud mask products with Dead Sea listed in the ingredients.

  • Mix 1/2 cup of Dead Sea mud with three drops of chamomile oil, one drop of peppermint oil and four drops of lavender oil. Apply a thin coat to face and allow to dry for up to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
    • Combine one tablespoon of dry facial mud with two teaspoons of crushed peppermint leaves and two teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal. Add three tablespoons of water and mix to form a thick paste. Apply to the face and allow to dry for up to fifteen. Rinse and pat dry.

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