Facial masks have had a long history in natural beauty, especially in Asia. Yang Gui Fei, The royal in Tang dynasty, was famous by her beauty and was said to use a simple, homemade facial mask daily that attributed to her beauty. This mask contained white jade, pearl and ginseng ground and mixed with lotus root starch.
The origin of facial masks is said to have originated from the famous Cleopatra. It was said she often applied egg whites onto her face daily and also used dead sea mud from the ocean twice a week.
Facial masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, increase circulation and replenish nutrients. The Application of a facial masque provides the maximum opportunity for absorption of active ingredients in a facial treatment!
Facials masks are a great way to combat skin issues from wrinkles, discoloration, acne and more. Simple to make – typically only taking 10-20 minutes to sit and voila! Beautiful, radiant skin.
You can choose to do facial masks daily or like me – once a week. It’s all in whatever works best for you! Either way – you will reap the benefits every time you use a natural facial mask.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FACIAL MASQUES
There are many different types of facial masks. The most common of these include:
1. Clay Masques – clay masques such as dead sea mud, kaolin, montmorillonite and bentonite provide powerful detoxing while providing relief for inflammation. Great for all skin types and especially great for oily, acne prone and inflamed skin.
2. Nourishing/Moisturizing masques (most popular are sheet masks!) – these masques are often enriched with vitamins and plant oils, helping to soften and restore proper oil and moisture balance in the skin. Great for mature and dry skin.
3. Paraffin Masques – Paraffin wax facials were developed in the 1960s but paraffin has been used in holistic medicine since the times of the Roman Empire. They are touted for their ability to clean your pores, reduce wrinkles, and moisturize. Great for mature and dry skin.
4. Molding masques – Molding masques harden after application and is removed as a single piece. Good for dry and mature skin.
5. Gel Masques – Gel Masks are the type of facial masques with a very thin, non-greasy, aqueous solution with firm consistency. They have a distinguished quality of generating a gentle cool and soothing sensation, they are quickly absorbed by the skin, and settle as an invisible layer so that you can have them for both home and travel needs. Great for dry and mature skin.
NATURAL HOMEMADE FACIAL MASK INGREDIENTS
There are many natural ingredients you can also use to either make a masque in itself or include in your homemade facial masque recipe. Some of the most well known include:
1. Aloe Vera – touted for it’s skin soothing and healing benefits. Most commonly used on sun burn. The best way to get aloe vera is straight from the plant. Break off and inch or two (depending on what your recipes calls for) of the outer leaves which contain the strongest sap, peel off the outer skin and use the sap from the inside. You can also buy natural, 100% aloe-vera gel from Mountain Rose Herbs.
2. Honey – honey kills germs, protects from the sun’s rays and moisturizes skin. It also absorbs impurities making it a powerful acne treatment. The best honey is organic, unrefined and unprocessed.
3. Avocado – perfect for dry skin, avocados contain a vegetable oil that deeply cleanses skin. This special fruit is high in potassium, also known as the “youth mineral” for it’s beneficial cell restoring properties.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits – making it a powerful antiseptic. Use sparingly! Too much tea tree oil can burn.
5. Natural unflavored organic yogurt – probiotic properties in yogurt are very helpful for damaged or aging skin and it is also useful for moisturizing dry skin.
6. Clay – clay pulls out toxins from pores and help exfoliate dead skin skills. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits – making it a very refreshing and soothing ingredient.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar – apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties – making it a good antiseptic for the skin. (check out my article about other health benefits of ACV!). Just take care to dilute it as used by itself has the potential to cause chemical burns due to the acetic acid content.
9. Activated Charcoal – charcoal helps to draw out impurities and purify skin.
It is recommended to take into consideration your skin type and needs when choosing a facial masque. Typically, these are the most common skin types:
1. Mature Skin – prone to more wrinkles and dehydration, you want a masque that will help hydrate and firm skin.
2. Oily Skin – prone to producing excess oils, you want a masque that will help draw out excess oil while nourishing.
3. Dry Skin – prone to dehydrated, dry and cracked skin – you want a masque that will help lightly exfoliate and nourish.
4. Combination Skin – a skin type that has areas of both oiliness and dryness – you want a mask that will gently cleanse and moisturize.
5. Acne prone skin – skin prone to painful pus-filled bumps – you want a masque that will help gently exfoliate, cleanse and draw out the toxins in your skin.
6. Psoriasis, eczema – skin prone to inflammation and flakiness – you want a masque that will gently cleanse and hydrate.
7. Sensitive skin – skin prone to inflammatory responses to certain things – you want a masque that is gentle, limited ingredient and lightly cleansing.
BENEFITS OF FACIAL MASQUES
- Clearer skin and smaller pores: a masque deep-cleans your pores, exfoliating dead skin cells, metabolic wastes, and oily residue that can clog those pores.
- Better hydration: your masque brings moisture to dry skin, softening it, enhancing its elasticity.
- Easier makeup application: you’ll find it easier, faster to apply makeup on well cleansed and moisturized skin. It will blend and be more aesthetically pleasing!
- Fewer fine lines and a fuller, healthier look: a good facial masque can reduce signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots, and give your face a softer, smoother, fuller more youthful look and feel.
- Even skin tone: the right facial masque, regularly applied, reduces hyper-pigmentation and evens your skin tone and texture.
- Improved oxygenation: every part of your body needs oxygen. Daily masquing promotes sweat gland secretion and opens pores so as to increase the skin’s oxygen content.
- Firmer skin: masque enhances collagen production and fights off free radical damage, gradually bringing firmer, tighter, younger-looking skin.
THE BEST ALL NATURAL AND MOST POWERFUL HOMEMADE FACIAL MASK FOR DETOX
Now onto the main debut! My homemade facial mask that is all natural, simple and very powerful at detoxing, fighting inflammation and providing a radiant, youthful glow. Great for all skin types!
What you need:
1. Bowl and a spoon or other mixing utensils
2. 3-4 tablespoons Bentonite clay
3. 1 tablespoon Activated charcoal
4. A drop of Tea Tree Essential Oil (caution – too much can burn sensitive skin)
5. 4-5 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (more or less for consistency) (be sure to dilute with warm water as too high a concentration of ACV can be irritating to the skin – especially sensitive skin).
How to use:
Mix all ingredients together and apply a thick layer onto a clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Let sit for 10-20 minutes as tolerated. Rinse thoroughly.
I recommend exfoliating prior to use for better results (except not on a daily basis as you can exfoliate too much! A great exfoliating option is pink Himalayan salt with water) and following the masque with a great skin oil like Tamanu oil.
The charcoal can be messy both for your bathroom/kitchen and may get in your hair – I typically do this facial masque before a shower to wash off in the tub vs. in the sink.
SAFETY AND SIDE EFFECTS
All of the ingredients listed in this article are all natural and generally safe for application. Please note that some topical reactions and allergic reactions may occur. It is always advised to try a small amount on a small inconspicuous area of skin to test before applying larger amounts. It is also always advisable to consult your physician or dermatologist before trying a new skin care product to ensure it is right for you.
THE TAKE AWAY
For some – committing 10-20 minutes to a facial masque may sound like a hassle but I promise it’s an easy routine to add to your day or night whether daily or weekly! I always find things to accomplish while the masque is setting – I am never just twiddling my thumbs waiting for the timer to sound! I promise, if you make time for your skin to apply a facial masque routinely as often as possible – you will reap the benefits! Go ahead, pamper yourself :).
I would also like to point out that this is great for men as well! Men should also take care of their skin and this is a great way to do it. Don’t be afraid to have healthy, soft skin! The women in your life and you will appreciate it. 🙂
Please, feel free to leave a comment below – share an experience, share your thoughts or ask a question! I’ll be happy to respond as soon as possible.
John Toedt; Darrell Koza; Kathleen Van Cleef-Toedt (2005). Chemical Composition of Everyday Products. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-0-313-32579-3.
Joni Loughran (2002). Natural Skin Care. B. Jain Publishers. pp. 113
Patrycja | Aug 29, 2017 | Chic Blog | The Origin and History of Cosmetic Face Masks