Saturday, July 11, 2009


This post is one in a continuing series discussing masques. This post covers masques that can be made from items available at the local grocery store. While organic produce would be the best to use…any fresh produce will do.

Please remember that masks should always be applied to a clean face and never worn for longer than 10 to 20 minutes. The mask should be removed with warm water followed by toner and moisturizer. Any of the following ingredients should be avoided by those allergic to them. Masking should be done on a weekly basis for best results.

Here’s a sample of masks you can make at home and their use:

Ø Fresh strawberries or tomatoes can be crushed and applied to a clean face. This mask loosens the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of our face due to their natural acid. It should never be used by anyone with sensitive skin or Rosacea.

Ø Mashed avocadoes or bananas are rich in vitamins and are especially good for someone with dry and sensitive skin. Following the masking, your skin will feel moist, soft and smooth.

Ø Yogurt or buttermilk, warmed to room temperature, provides enzymes and beneficial bacteria that loosen dead skin cells without the irritating acid found in fruit masks. This type of mask is most helpful to aging, sensitive skin.

Ø Sliced or shredded potato applied to the face reduces surface oils. It can also be used to reduce under eye puffiness.

Ø Cooked oatmeal, cooled to room temperature, adds vitamins and reduces oiliness. Also small amounts of oatmeal can be mixed into any mask that is too strong on its own. For example, if the strawberry/ tomato mask is uncomfortable due to high acid levels, adding oatmeal will not only make the mask easier to apply but will reduce the acid content.

Try one of these masks and see the difference 20 minutes a week will make for your skin…not to mention the relaxation it can provide. Make mask time your time. Lie down in a quiet place, light a few candles and listen to some soothing music. All of these things will help your face look better too!

Next time I’ll have more mask suggestions including herbal masks and their uses.



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