# How to choose a mask ??
Masks can help clean pores, absorb oils, and give the skin a radiant glow. The best idea is to test the mask first. Apply a small amount behind your ear, wait for 20 minutes, then wash off. Then wait 24 hours. If the skin behind your ear is normal, then go ahead and use the mask.
° Wash your face. Always wash face in upward, circular motions. Always do to your neck whatever you do to your face. After washing face, remove residue with a wet cloth and splash at least thirteen times. Masks work best when they’re applied to clean dry skin.
° Follow directions. Don’t keep a mask on longer than suggested. Not keeping it on long enough will be a waste of money and time.
° Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water after removal of mask.
°Follow up with your favourite toner or freshener, and then apply your moisturiser.
# Choosing a face mask
Those of you with a normal skin can go for a mask, once in a week. For oily skin, two to three times a week is a great way to keep oil and breakouts at bay. If you have dry skin, a hydrating mask once a week cam really help, but keep the deep cleansing varieties for once-a-month treatments.
Making a facial mask at home with all the ingredients available in the kitchen is quite easy and inexpensive.
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Start by splashing tepid water all over your face. Massage your face gently with water. Repeat it twice or thrice and let your face air dry.
While your face is still damp, massage vitamin E containing oil on your face. Let your face soak the oil for 5 minutes or so. Use a mild soap to remove the oil from your face.
Again splash your face with water at room temperature. Repeat it for 2 to 3 times. Avoid towel drying for your face.
Next make your facial mask. Blend 1 egg white or fresh Aloe Vera juice of same quantity, 2 tsp vegetable oil and 1 tsp pure apple juice in a clean bowl.
Dip your hands in the facial mask and apply the mask to your skin. Start with your chin, move upwards and then outwards skipping the area around the eyes and lips.
Now you have to just sit back and relax. Cover your eyes with wet cotton balls or cucumber pieces. The mask has to dry completely.
Mask takes anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes to dry. Splash water all over face and gently remove the mask with light massage strokes on your face. Continue doing this till your face is cleared of the entire home made facial mask. Let your face air dry.
Use this home made facial mask once or twice a week or depending upon the time you have on hand. You will feel fresh and have much younger looking face all the time.
# Masks for a Dry Skin
1 Coconut Mask – For this you need enough coconut oil to spread upon your face. Rose water for rinsing. Massage the coconut oil in gently. Next take a towel, dip it into hot water, wring it out and spread it over your face.If you lie down, the circulation will absorb the oil. Repeat this process 4-5 times and then rinse your face with warm water. The rose water is to remove all traces of oil. See your skin shine.
2 Tomato Pulp Mask – Crush some tomatoes, drink up the juice and spread the pulp all over your face. It tightens up your skin, and closes the spore. The tomato juice is for refining your skin from inside.
# Masks for an Oily Skin
1 Fuller’s Earth Mask – For this you need 1 tbsp of Fuller’s earth and rose water to make a solution. Spread the paste over your face if it has blemishes or is greasy. If rosewater is not available, witch hazel may be used as a substitute.
2 Orange Mask – For this you need half a cup oatmeal, juice of half an orange, glycerine and a little egg white to make a paste. Beat the egg white and then add oatmeal and juice to it. The glycerine is to moisturise the skin. The egg white get rids of wrinkles and the orange is just to feed the skin. With this mask, open pores and greasy complexions are miraculously rejuvenated. Normal skins can also be treated with these masks.
3 Honey Mask – The best way to use the honey face mask is to dip your fingers into a bowl of fresh warm water and then dip it into honey. Spread the honey over your face and throat with an upward movement and avoid the eye regions. Let the honey get absorbed into your skin and then wash well with warm water. This leaves the skin glowing like pearls.
4 Cucumber and Milk Mask – This is wonderful for lightening up the skin, cleaning it, toning it and getting rid of sunburn. Extract the juice of a cucumber. You can use the pith as extra cleansing material after you have used the face mask. Add the white of an egg and a little bit of milk powder and rose water for a beautiful smell. Spread this paste all over your face and neck. This is wonderful for toning and moisturising your face, whatever your age is. It is completely natural and has no side effects.
5 Kaolin Mask – Mix 3 tsp of Kaolin with half a tsp each of rose water, glycerine and tincture of benzoin; both kaolin and tincture of benzoin can be easily be procured at drug shop. Apply the mask with a brush, leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Your skin will appear soft and smooth with a glowing colour.
# Masks for a Normal Skin
Avocado Pear Mask – Mash or liquidise half an avocado pear with 1 tsp of sunflower oil. Apply the mixture to the face and neck avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
# Anti- Ageing Mask for Blotchy Wrinkled Skin
Oatmeal Mask – This should be applied every other day. Mix 2 tbsp of oatmeal with half cup of milk and cook gently till it becomes soft. Stir in 2 tbsp of olive oil and beat together. Allow to cool, then spread it over the face and neck. Leave it on for about 25 minutes and then rinse away with lukewarm water.