Facial masks have been used to enhance the skin for thousands of years. With natural ingredients such as deep cleaning muds, herbs, minerals and vitamins, facial masks give the skin an instant supply of vital nutrients and also protect it from free radicals, stress and the effects of aging.
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Applying a facial mask once per week is a great way to relax and a fun way to keep your skin healthy.
The type of mask that's most effective for your skin will depend on your skin type. For example, mud masks are most suitable for individuals with oily skin because they absorb oil effectively and offer deep pore penetration. For combination skin, mud should be spread over the T-zone - across the forehead and along the nose to the bottom of the chin. Dry skin requires a deep hydrating and moisturizing mask. A steam facial will open the pores and allow the moisturizing properties to deeply nourish the skin.
When you apply a mask, no matter what it's made from, avoid the delicate areas around the eyes and lips and follow these simple steps:
- Spread a thin layer of the mask over the face and neck.
- Avoid smiling or laughing while your mask is drying so that it doesn't crack.
- Once dry, rinse off the mask under lukewarm water with a soft washcloth or your hands.
- Pat your face dry mostly with a soft towel. Let the rest air dry.
- If you've applied a peel-off mask, start to peel it from the forehead and move downwards to the neck.
Masks designed specially for pampering the areas around the eyes are also available in stores. There are numerous online home recipes for making easy facial masks from common ingredients found around the home. Check the facial recipes on this site for an instant skin tingling sensation.