Homemade Face Masks
How to make a homemade face mask
You'll agree with me when I say:
Knowing the ingredients in your makeup and beauty products is important...
They may be harmful to you, or the environment.
Many of them are expensive, or over-priced.
Most don't live up to the hype.
Some don't work at all.
But there is an alternative:
Make your own homemade face mask.
It is easy and fun to do.
You control the ingredients so you know exactly what is in it.
Best of all:
The results are as good as many shop bought products. Sometimes even better.
Believe me, you will appreciate the results far more after applying a face mask you made yourself.
Let me show you how to make homemade face masks that I have tried and tested.
Masks made with natural ingredients that can:
- Help fix acne and acne scars
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Get rid of dark circles
- Remove facial hair
- Exfoliate your skin
- Make your skin glow
- Clean the surface and underlying layers of skin
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Stimulate skin metabolism by oxygenating and nourishing the tissues
Some are suitable for all skin types, some are for specific skin types.
All are easy to make using the step-by-step instructions provided at the end of this article.
And not an E number in sight!
Home made face masks can reduce or even remove the undesirable effects that harm our skin.
Skin Types - What Kind Do I Have?
To get the best results from my homemade face masks, you must know what skin type you have.
This is very important and is the key to getting the best results.
Each skin type has different characteristics.
When you know the characteristics of your skin type you can choose the best treatments.
Here’s the deal:
You will not get miraculous results after applying a single homemade face mask.
But if you apply them often you will see improvements in your complexion.
You need a daily skin regime to ensure your skin is clean to get the benefits.
What defines my skin type?
Your skin type is defined by 2 things:
- Hereditary factors:
the characteristics that are passed on by your parents
- External factors:
things like environment, hormonal changes, climate, stress, and diet.
What influences my skin condition?
What happens inside your body is reflected in the condition of your skin.
- Hormonal disorders
- Some infectious diseases
Can lead to premature wrinkles.
Also, your state of mind can cause premature ageing.
- Mental health issues
- Nerve imbalance
All have a harmful influence on metabolism that can add years on to your face.
Healthy eating and exercise can make a difference but it isn't always easy to do!
What skin types are there?
Normal skin is the 'perfect' skin type.
It has small pores, almost invisible, velvety smoothness and a matte texture.
It is well hydrated and nourished without being shiny.
It also has good elasticity and a nice color.
But here’s the kicker:
If not cared for normal skin can disappear.
It rarely lasts and disappears after the last flush of youth.
Pollution, an improper diet, lack of water, or a harsh climate can also damage normal skin.
To keep your normal skin you have to look after it with nourishing homemade face masks.
Dry skin looks very thin and flakes easily.
It is fragile, irritable and sensitive.
The dryness is caused by under-active sebaceous glands that leaves the skin under-moisturised.
Skin can become dry due to:
- wind exposure
- repeated saunas
- steam baths
- using the wrong cosmetics for your skin
- lack of skin protection ie SPF
Stress and illness can alter the metabolic processes of dermis and epidermis. This makes things worse.
If you have dry skin it is vital that you choose the right homemade face mask for it's care and protection.
Oily skin looks like orange peel, is shiny, and lacks flexibility.
Pores are filled with sebum.
This means the skin fails to remove toxins causing blackheads and spots.
With oily skin the sebaceous glands are over-active. This makes it more prone to infections.
The greasy pores is what gives the skin its shiny yellowish hue.
In hot and humid climates oily skin gets worse. The heat increase sebum production.
If not managed the heat will dry the sebum in the skin pores starving the skin of oxygen.
This results in a deterioration of the skin tissue.
It is vital that oily skin on the face is cleaned to reduce the sebum and prevent these issues. Particularly in hot or humid climates.
You will find many suitable homemade face masks for oily skin on this website.
Combination skin is when you have 2 or more different skin types on your face at the same time.
The nose chin and forehead, which is also known as T-zone, may have more active glands than other part of the face.
This would make this part of your face oily.
The rest of your face may be dry.
Or you may have dry skin, wrinkles and rosacea together with acne.
This makes skin treatment more complicated.
Combination skin occurs due to various factors.
Sometimes it is hereditary.
Or other times it is caused by using the wrong skin-care products.
Certain ingredients can stimulate oil production. This might cause irritation that dries the skin on the rest of the face.
This means you may have to use different cosmetic products on different parts of the face.
Luckily I have homemade face masks for combination skin so you don't have to worry about this too much.
It is easy to muddle dry and sensitive skin.
Dry skin is dehydrated.
Sensitive skin may feel dry but will also be itchy, red, and swollen.
You may also feel a burning or stinging sensation in the skin too.
You need to select products or face masks that are gentle on the skin to avoid causing damage.
If you have sensitive skin preparing homemade face masks is best. You have complete control over the ingredients so you can select things that are gentle on your skin.
Luckily I have a selection of homemade facial masks that is perfect for sensitive skin.
Most of us suffered from mild acne during puberty due to increased sebum production.
But, acne can occur at any age as I found out myself.
Hormonal imbalances, digestive problems and stress are all known causes of acne.
Acne is an infection caused by blockage of pores with germ infested sebum deposits.
The sebum spreads over the face and onto the back, chest and arms.
The worst thing you can do for acne is squeeze the spots. This spreads the infected sebum.
Some lotions and soaps can also increase sebum production making it worse.
Staphylococcus infection is a common cause of acne. This needs to be treated by a Doctor.
Other microorganisms may need to be treated by a dermatologist.
You can only treat mild forms of acne that are not contagious with a suitable acne mask.
As you grow older certain changes occur in your skin:
- your skin tissue looses elasticity
- your skin becomes dryer
- wrinkles develop
- your sebaceous and sweat glands become less active
This results in bags under the eyes, chin and neck. You may also get dark circles.
Some of these effects are the natural side-effect of ageing. But some are a side-effect of your environment or diet.
- hormonal and metabolic imbalance
- lack of sleep
- poor diet
- disease and illness
- environmental factors such as sun, wind and frost
There are a selection of homemade face masks for mature skin on this website.
Rosacea (red skin)
Rosacea is a network of small red blood vessels that appears on the face.
Skin looks pale with a fragile network of red lines on the cheeks, nose and forehead.
It is caused by capillary breakage.
It is often hereditary but other causes include:
- intense facial massages
- sudden temperature variations
- improper diets
- the use of harsh towels or sponges
It can't be repaired but you can prevent it getting worse.
Avoid sudden temperature changes. Don't use cleansing lotions that contain alcohol. Instead try infusions of linden, chamomile or mallow.
Homemade facial masks should calm the skin and have decongestants effect.