Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer — it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
3 tsp. oatmeal
Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes,
then wash off with warm water. Read more
The secret to proper facial cleansing and radiant skin is to get rid of any dead cells and toxins not thrown off naturally by the skin; remove all makeup, dirt, grime and chemical pollutants; clear out clogged pores and eliminate infection-causing bacteria without stripping away the skin’s natural oils and hydration. Read more
Even though they may make you look scary for a little while, masks are a great way to treat your skin to a once a week spa-like treatment. You can find masks for any skin type with a variety of different ingredients. There are mud masks to help to smooth and detoxify your skin as well as some that are specifically designed to help with acne problems. Other facial masks are for moisturizing or reducing the appearance of wrinkles. All masks are beneficial for your skin if you choose the proper one for your skin type. Facial masks can also help tone and sooth inflammation.
A face mask should be applied once or twice weekly. You don’t want to use them too frequently as they can upset the balance of your skin. The way that most facial masks work is that you put them on your face and wait for a specified period of time until you feel it dry and your skin starts feeling a little tight. Don’t worry if it starts to sting or pull a little - this is a normal part of the process and it is not actually harming your face. Once applied, you usually will give it another few minutes to dry or activate and then rinse your skin after the time specified on the product label. Some choose to use water by itself and others like to remove the mask with a wash cloth, others prefer to rinse with a floral hydrosol, like rose water - it’s entirely up to you. Afterward you should dry your face totally and apply a toner or moisturizer if you used a clay or detoxifying mask as it may have removed some moisture from your skin.
If you are so inclined, there are also full body masks available. These are particularly helpful for acne problems on the back or rough dry patches of skin on others parts of your body. You apply them the same as you would the facial masks. Just be careful where you sit! Body masks can help renew and moisturize as well. If it is not possible to for you to apply the mask properly at home, you may want to try a local spa for a professional skincare treatment. There are many full service salons that offer this type of treatment. If you do schedule a professional skincare treatment, always be sure to drink lots of water before and after to help remove toxins and re-hydrate you body. Water is crucial because just as with a facial mask, a full body detoxifying mask may also remove moisture but on a much larger scale.
Be aware, if you dry the skin too much, it will produce excessive amounts of oil that may exacerbate an existing acne condition. Of course, if you have dry skin already, you do not want to make it more dry. If you have sensitive skin, do not irritate it further with harsh chemicals and soaps.
Herbal clay masks have been found to do wonders for the skin – naturally. The herbs act as a gentle scrub to clear away the dirt, toxins, pollutants and dead skin cells, but they do not strip away the necessary moisture in the skin. At the same time, they are balancing, nutritive, healing and totally free of toxic ingredients. For deeper exfoliation, experts recommend herbal masks at least once or twice a week.
The skin sheds cells at a rate of one million per hour, so it is important to do a mild exfoliation daily. At that rate, it takes the skin about one month to completely regenerate itself and the herbal mask, “peels” away the old cells, so new ones can grow. The dead cells are also the top protective layer of the skin, however, and if we remove too much too soon, we leave the new cell growth unprotected. If the cells are not growing in at the rate we remove them, skin problems will develop.
An herbal facial mask can perform wonders on dry, oily, flaky, or just plain tired skin without damaging the renewing skin cells. Before setting out to purchase a facial mask, first ask yourself what you want to fix or change about your complexion. Is your skin excessively oily? Does it feel dry and tight? Does your skin look dull and flaky in the mirror? Whatever your specific skin type, herbal clay masks (preferably organic) will bring out your best appearance.
Educating yourself about different types of lotions and masks that are best for your skin type will help you keep your skin clear and give you the healthy glow you want. Utilize these tips and you will have beautiful and radiant skin that others will envy.