Midday Fix: DIY face masks

Anna Pamula

Renu Day Spa
617 Central Avenue
Deerfield
(847) 940-9727
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Homemade Masks From The Garden

Start by removing your makeup, then cleanse your face and body before you mask it. Take a warm shower or bath prior to mask application to open the pores. This will allow the mask to better penetrate your skin. You can also steam your face with a commercial steamer, or the steam from a pot of hot water. Be careful, the steam and hot water can seriously burn your face and/or body.

Wear a headband to protect your hairline from the sticky face mask and to keep away any stray hairs or bangs. Apply all face masks over your kitchen/bathroom sink to avoid a sticky mess on the floor.

Some Words of Caution

Lots of fruit like lemons, limes, and oranges contain citric acid. When you use them in a skin treatment always be careful with how much you use. Too much can cause acid burns. If you have sensitive skin be extra cautious of these ingredients. The same applies to all essential oils, they are very powerful. Be very careful what and how much you use, you can never be too careful when it comes to your skin. Always do a patch test on a small piece of skin to see how you react to the ingredients.

Finishing Touches

Rinse off all your masks with cool or cold water. The warm water opens the pores and the cold water closes them. You want to finish the mask application by closing the pores. Complete the treatment with an application of vegetable oil tailored for your skin type or your moisturizer. Don’t forget your sun protection.

THE BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS IN FACE MASKS

TOMATOES

Tomatoes are an excellent food that is healthy for your skin. Eating tomatoes provides natural sun protection from UV rays and promotes youthful skin. Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that offers many benefits for skin. These benefits include protection from UV rays, delaying skin aging, and protection from skin cancer. Applying tomatoes on your skin is beneficial. The tomato has cooling properties which soothe sunburn and contain astringent properties which tighten large pores. The tomato has a rich lycopene content which can slightly tan your skin and give you that glowing look. Tomatoes have natural acids in them which help regulate oily skin. Tomatoes also clear acne, deep cleanse pores, fight premature aging and lighten skin. Let’s look at the nutrients found in tomatoes which promote healthy skin:

Nutrients       Benefits for Skin      
Vitamin A       Fades dark spots and blemishes. Smoothens out rough skin.
B-vitamins      Slows down the aging process of skin. Fights off free radicals that cause fine lines and damage to healthy skin cells.
Vitamin C       Helps build up collagen and maintain skin firmness and elasticity.
Calcium Composes the uppermost layer of skin. Heals dry withered skin.
Potassium       Solves dry skin by moisturizing and hydrating skin cells
Magnesium       For youthful radiant skin. Slows down the aging process of skin.
CUCUMBER

A cucumber mask is one of the most basic and well-loved facial treatments of all time. A cucumber hydrates, softens, relaxes, strengthens your connective skin tissue, prevents water retention, reduces swelling, relieves irritations, soothes sunburns, cools you down, cleans, feeds, reads a bedtime story, tucks you in and kisses you good night… well almost, anyway this sounds like one “mother” of a skin care ingredient.

ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera contains over 75 different nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.

The gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellin in Aloe Vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.

Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it’s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion.

PARSLEY

A sprig of parsley is much more than a decorative garnish. It contains an impressive amount of vitamin K- two tablespoons of parsley contains 153 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. Vitamin K is renowned for its ability to regulate blood clotting, and diminish dark under-eye circles. Parsley is also worth using for its antioxidant myristicin properties, which activate an enzyme that prevents free radical damage.

Homemade Parsley Face Masks help to restore skin tone by treating pigmentation, scars, blemishes, and dark spots. Besides, it also refreshes and softens the skin, and regulates oil production.

Role of lemon juice in face masks

Lemon juice is a natural astringent and toner. It tightens and shrinks large pores, and has antibacterial properties that destroy germs on skin. It also lightens skin tone, fades blemishes, acne scars and dark spots.

Role of honey in face masks

Honey is a natural humectant which means it locks moisture in the skin cells. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that protect skin from bacteria and germs. It also defends skin from free radical damage, clears out acne and prevents further breakouts. Honey helps fade acne scars, blemishes and dark marks, and slows down skin aging. Use raw or local honey to avoid allergies. Don’t use honey in masks if you are allergic to bee stings.

TOMATO LEMON FACE MASK

Ingredients:
1/2 ripe tomato
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Directions:
Blend 1/2 of a tomato into a smooth puree. Combine the tomato puree with ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Using a clean cotton ball, apply the mixture all over your face. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. When the time is up, rinse off with cold water. Pat dry.

TOMATO HONEY FACE MASK

Ingredients:
1/2 ripe tomato
1 Tbs honey

Directions:
Blend the tomato till you get a smooth puree. Stir in the honey and mix well. Apply the mixture onto your face. Sit for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to sink deep. When the time is up, wash off with cold water. Pat your face dry.

TOMATO CUCUMBER FACE MASK

Ingredients:
1/2 ripe tomato
1/4 cucumber

Directions:
Wash and peel 1/4 of a cucumber. Blend it to a fine pulp with 1/2 of a tomato. Apply the mixture to your skin in a gentle circular motion. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.

ALOE VERA CUCUMBER MASK

Ingredients:
1/2 cucumber
2 Tbs aloe vera gel

Directions:
Peel the cucumber and cut it in pieces. Put the cucumber pieces together with Aloe Vera in a food processor and blend them until you have a nice smooth paste. Spread the paste gently and equally with your fingertips on your clean face and neck: keep the eye area clear. Now lie down, relax and leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse it out with cooler or cold water.

SWEET AND SOUR PARSLEY MASK
This is a great anti-inflammatory face mask.

Ingredients:
handful of regular parsley leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp raw honey

Directions:
Smash the parsley leaves in order to make a paste of it. Add the honey and lemon juice to prepare the face mask. Apply it on the face and rest for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with plain water, pat dry the face and follow up with a good moisturizer. This parsley face mask can be applied once a week for skin revitalization and twice a week to get rid of skin inflammation, dark spots and acne.

Oils from your pantry are good for skin.
All skin types: coconut oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil
Dry skin: avocado oil
Oily skin and breaking out skin: grapeseed oil

We recommend a gauze facial mask as a helpful tool to keep the product on the skin and to make the removal of the mask much easier. If your facial mask contains a lot of pulp or has excessive liquid, apply the product over the gauze mask. If you use sliced fruits or veggies apply gauze mask over the slices.