What are you willing to do to become beautiful and keep years off your age?
For the ancient Egyptians who, according to existing historical records, were particular with their appearance, beauty regimens, no matter how weird they may be to us now, were very important. Their beauty regimens even included snake massage, but such topic shall be for another article. For now, let us focus on a particular beauty regimen that originated with them and has survived to this day—the facial mask.
If you browse through the many types of facial masks available in your department store now, you would note that there are plenty to choose from. We have facial masks that promise different effects—calming, revitalizing, refining, nourishing, toning, soothing, and purifying. We also have different bases for every facial mask on sale such as—gel masks, Egyptian clay mask, fruits, and herbs, as well as nourishing masks.
Before facial masks became such a huge business, however, Egyptians already made use of a simple face mask to preserve their skin’s beauty. Historical accounts tell us that Queen Cleopatra of Egypt used egg whites, which she lathered on her face as a mask and rinsed off in the morning. We can be sure that her beauty regimen did work. In fact, she was able to appeal to two of history’s greatest leaders—Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
While I am not saying that using a facial mask is a sure way to get the attention you want, using a facial mask will help you improve your facial complexion. This article will, therefore, consider the various organic products you could make use of to make your face mask.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is not only great for healthy and shiny hair but also excellent in rebuilding damaged skin cells. How do you benefit from its rejuvenating properties? You simply need to cut off an inch or two from the outer leaf portion of the aloe vera plant and use the sap it contains. Let the sap stay on your face overnight then rinse it off in the morning. The gel from aloe vera is both refreshing and transparent so you could conveniently use it on your face even when you are outside your home.
- Dead Sea mud
Other than using egg whites for her facial masks, Queen Cleopatra also made use of mud from the Dead Sea as it contains a high level of minerals essential to the skin. Modern facial masks that contain minerals from the Dead Sea are alternatives you should consider. After all, only a few of us are fortunate enough to live near the Dead Sea.
- Kaolin clay
Kaolin clay (or Chinese clay) is another common ingredient of clay masks. Kaolin clay, which comes from the Kaolin hill of the Chinese province Kiangsi, efficiently clears oil and dirt from the skin. If you have oily skin, you will find Kaolin clay masks to be very effective for you.
- Montmorillonite clay
Red or blue montmorillonite clay is great for those who have oily skin but is not for those who have dry skin. Like Kaolin clay, montmorillonite clay works to rid the skin of toxins and oils and highly effective in addressing skin problems such as acne.
- Kitty Litter
It may freak you out to read of unscented cat litter having benefits for your skin, but that exactly is what skin experts recommend. Unscented kitty litter comes from Bentonite clay and is a common ingredient in specialty clays that pricey spas offer. Kitty litter is great especially for those who have oily skin as it effectively tones and reduces greasiness. Create a paste of kitty litter by mixing it with warm water and lemon extracts. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it there for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
You may also choose to create a paste of kitty litter with drops of peppermint, rosemary, and lavender oil. Applying such paste on your skin will not only work to rid your face of impurities but will also help you clear your mind as you do so. Again, leave the mixture on your face for a full 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
- Virgin Coconut Oil
Native to individuals in the Pacific, Virgin coconut oil is great for those who have dry skin by helping keep the skin radiant and healthy. You may choose to apply virgin coconut oil topically or take it internally—either method will bring you the same beautiful result on your skin.
Avocado does taste not only great as a fruit but also has great effects on the skin. Avocado face masks are great for those who have dry skin as avocado contains vegetable oil that works to cleanse the skin.
Your skin deserves pampering too, once in a while. Pamper your skin with honey, which is especially effective in cell rejuvenation and acne treatment. Not only does honey work to moisturize your skin, but it also keeps your skin safe from germs, as well as the sun’s harmful rays.
Yogurt is not just great for those who are conscious of their weight but is also great for those who want to have beautiful and youthful skin. Yogurt’s probiotic properties make it effective in treating the damaged skin as well as moisturizing it.
Apple contains alpha hydroxyl acid or AHA, which helps exfoliate your skin and free it from dead cells so a healthy layer of cells can grow. Mix in grated apple with honey to make a face mask. The moisturizing effect of honey and the exfoliating property of apple will help rejuvenate your skin.
Mash in cooked carrots with honey and apply on your face for ten minutes to help fight skin aging. You should be careful not to massage the mixture onto your face, however, and remember to rinse it off with warm water before you pat your face dry. Carrot and Honey masks are great for all skin types and prevent the formation of wrinkles.
Lemon, along with egg whites, is great in preventing and getting rid of blackheads. All you need is a mixture of two egg whites and a teaspoon of lemon extract or juice. After leaving the mask on your face for ten to twenty minutes, you can rinse it off using warm water.
Mash a ripe banana along with the contents of four Vitamin E capsules. Simply apply the paste you create onto your face and let it stay there for ten minutes before using warm water to rinse it off. Banana and Vitamin E masks are effective in moisturizing and re-firming dry skin.
Pulverized walnuts are great for exfoliating the skin especially when you combine them with yogurt to make your face mask. A quarter cup of pulverized walnuts along with a quarter cup of chilled yogurt is sufficient to make the mask. Massage the mask into your skin for ten minutes to help exfoliate it before rinsing it off with warm water.
Strawberries are also great for exfoliating and soothing skin. All you have to do is mash in at most four strawberries with a quarter cup of yogurt and apply it on your face, gently massaging the mixture in. Again, leave the mixture on your face for ten minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
Create a paste from the extracts of a quarter of an orange and a teaspoon of plain yogurt. Once you have smoothed the mixture on your face, allow it to stay in place for five minutes before rinsing it off. Not only will the orange extract help rejuvenate your skin but also invigorates you with its citric scent.
Skin experts say that papaya puree is the most effective of all non-abrasive facial masks because of its papain content. Papain does not only remove dead skin cells but dissolves them along with oil, helping you keep your skin smooth and youthful.
Chopped and dried apricots along with milk help revitalize the skin. To make this mask, simply blend in dried apricots, milk, warm water, and a tablespoon of honey to make a puree. After making sure that the mixture’s consistency is that of baby food, apply it to your face and leave it there for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. You will note that your skin will feel as soft as a baby’s afterward.
Cucumber face masks are great especially for tired skin. Simply blend it in with parsley and full-fat yogurt and leave it on your face for 15 minutes.
Unlike the ingredients you have read above, phytoceramides are for internal instead of topical application. Phytoceramides come from plants and work to boost your collagen and elastin levels to keep your skin youthful. This practice is common especially among Japanese women who recognized the efficacy of plant-derived ceramides for the skin. Taking phytoceramide capsules while regularly applying an organic face mask will increase the efficacy of your face mask in keeping your skin healthy.