More and more men and women are getting concerned about the effects of pollution on their skin. As they become conscious about their beauty and premature aging, the beauty product manufacturers responded with a host of skin care products promising to enhance natural beauty and maintain beautiful skin by cleansing, moisturizing, tenderizing, exfoliating, nourishing and removing wrinkles. Some are very affordable while some can cost a bundle. Some are chemical preparations while others are made from natural ingredients. Maintaining beautiful skin can be costly when you rely on these commercial preparations. You can readily make some facial masks at home using natural ingredients that you have in your kitchen.
Some facial masks are quite easy to remove after they have been allowed to dry and have done their cleansing, moisturizing, clearing or tightening effect. Some dry into a thick crust that can be hard to remove, especially those made with eggs (white or yolk), oatmeal, milk and avocado. Here are some of the ways to remove homemade facial masks.
- Light facial masks made with fruits and fruit juices like bananas, peaches, cucumber and mixed with lemon juice and yogurt are quite easy to remove. For normal and combination skin, you can use warm water to rinse the facial mask off. Some recipes call for using mild soap and warm water. This is followed by a cold water rinse to close the pores. When this type of light facial mask is used on dry skin, you have to use cold water to remove it. Warm water will remove more skin oils and compound the dryness of your skin.
- Turmeric facial mask is a traditional facial mask used by brides a week before the wedding. It is combined with gram flour, sandalwood powder, water and almond oil. Once it has been left on the face for about five to ten minutes, you use your palms and the pad of your fingers to apply gentle pressure and rub the dried paste off. This can take a while particularly when removing the paste off along the hairline where it is stuck on fine hair.
- Some homemade facial masks made with avocado, oatmeal and clay can be quite hard to remove as they harden into a thick, crusty layer. Luke warm water, a face cloth and gentle but firm pressure is needed to successfully remove this type of facial mask. Soak the washcloth in lukewarm water and wring out the excess. Begin rubbing off the mask starting from the top of the forehead, along the hairline. Use only one corner of the washcloth. It may take several wipes before you can remove the paste from an area. Use a clean spot of the washcloth as soon as it becomes loaded with the paste. If you continue to use that spot it will only spread the mask into the rest of the face. Rinse the washcloth until it is clean and soak again in lukewarm water. Clean the area around the face first and then along the brow line where the mask has stuck to the brow hairs. Clean the larger areas of the face next
- In some cases, you can use the leftover facial mask as a remover. When the mask has dried and you have quite a bit of mask left. Apply it over the mask. This will moisten the dried mask and will make it easier for you to scrub the mask off with a washcloth. Complete the removal with a warm water rinse, followed with cold water one if your skin is not on the dry side.
Make sure that the facial mask you are going to prepare at home is suitable for your skin type. You have to learn the properties of the ingredients that you will use to get the maximum effect and the desired results. Be very gentle when removing the facial mask off your face, as your skin will be very soft and tender after the facial mask has been applied.