Before you start preparing masks at home, there are a few things you should know. They will prevent unnecessary shopping and will also help you find the right combination for your skin in terms of ingredients.
- Before you make a homemade mask, do a little research on the ingredients you’re going to use. How many of them do you need to make one mask? What are their effects on the skin? Do they have any known side effects or reactions? I recommend getting all the knowledge before and not be surprised after you put it on your face.
- The skin changes over the years. If there’s a mask you usually use and it’s good for your skin, you don’t have to change it because the skin has changed, you can just add another ingredient to it that meets the needs of your new skin.
- One of the main reasons women start making masks at home is costs. So before you rush to buy a lot of different ingredients that you think you’re going to need to make homemade masks, first try working with the ingredients you have at home and see if they do the work.
- Lemon juice and orange juice lighten the skin, reduce pigmentation and give the skin an even look. Therefore, for most of the masks you prepare, it’s recommended that you add 2-3 drops of one of them.
- When you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to make a mask, and on the other hand you have an event where you have to look good, just take an egg white, whisk it and spread it on your face (it must be whisked first to “break” it, otherwise it’s uncomfortable to work with). The protein strengthens and smoothest the facial skin and gives it a younger, healthier look.
- Before you apply the mask, you must lift your hair away from your face. Both to protect the hair from the mask ingredients and also so it won’t stick to the mask and remove some of it from the face.
- Before spreading a mask you must cleanse your face well. First, completely remove all the makeup and then rinse the whole face with gentle face soap. If you use a facial scrub begore, it’s even better. The cleaner the skin, the more nutrients it absorbs.
No matter what the mask is made of and how organic it is, it is forbidden to apply it on the eye area because the eye skin is very, very sensitive.
- After applying the mask I recommend lying down and relaxing, and don’t talk. Speaking and moving the face in general, activates the facial areas that have wrinkles or fine lines (that’s why we actually have them). Speaking or moving your face will actually activate the muscles, which will move the skin in these areas, and will push the mask out of the crease. So the area that needs this the most won’t get it.
- I always recommend removing masks with lukewarm water, but it is also possible with cold water but, not too cold. As a rule, it is advisable to avoid using water at extreme temperatures on the face, whether cold or hot.
- Always prepare the amount you need for one use and no more. If you did make too much, the leftovers are stored in a hermetically sealed container in the fridge for no more than three days. Bought masks contain preservatives and all kinds of ingredients that extend their shelf life, and home masks don’t contain these materials (and it’s a good thing) so their shelf life is short. The day you’re going to use the rest of the mask, take it out of the fridge for two to three hours to get to room temperature. The directive on avoiding extreme temperatures on the face also applies to the mask, not just the water.
- As a rule, I recommend you make the mask just before your going to use it rather than in advance. Every natural substance, the more it stands, the more it loses vital ingredients. And for the most part, the most essential ingredients (like vitamins and minerals) are the first to break down. So the masks are made right before use. If you are going to make a mask that includes many ingredients from the fridge (e.g. egg, yogurt etc.), then I recommend you remove these ingredients from the fridge about two hours earlier and let them reach room temperature. But the actual mixing is done as close as possible to the time of applying it on your face.
- You can add essential oils to any homemade mask. Each one of the essential oils affects both your mood (aromatherapy) and the skin differently. You can find lists of what each oil does, and most companies that sell essential oils list next to the oil what it’s good for, so you can find oil suitable for any skin problem and any mood.
Important datum: use top-notch essential oils that you buy from a well-known supplier such as a reputable nature store or companies that specialize in essential oils. In this field, there are a lot of counterfeits and you can’t exactly know what went into the bottle, if you buy from an unknown supplier.