Facial mask – The origin
The origin of facial mask started long before the dawn of civilization. Facial mask already existed thousands of years ago before the rise of these different cosmetics that we are crazy about. Let’s take a look at some of its history.
In the Egyptian empire, wealthy people are believed to put on facial masks to maintain their charm. The said first ever face mask they have used is clay. Well maybe that explains the birth of the now famous dead sea mud face mask.
Egyptians have their clay mask while In India they have the so called UBTAN in Ayurveda tradition. Ubtan is an ayurvedic recipe. During the ancient time (Vedic Age) Vedic physicians prescribed ubtan for protection and beautification of the skin. It i:s popular amongst men and women because of the effective result. Ubtan is not only for aesthetic purpose but for religious rituals as well. It is now being used during festivities and wedding ceremonies.
During China’s dynasty era beauty mask is a popular tradition that is believed to improve their complexion and to diminish wrinkles.
Other history of facial masks can be traced in each in every country and it goes on and on.
Benefits of face mask
Everyone of us craves for a beautiful wrinkle free skin and so we have our own best anti aging skin care and or our best skin care products that we apply. But have we thought of face mask? Probably not, we ignore to do it but face mask is one easy skin care routine that gives a quick and a long time solution for our skin problems. It gives an instant gratification for a various skin problems like dryness, irritation and acne problems.
- Diminishes fine lines
- Rejuvinates the skin
- Smoothen and even out skin tone
- Refines skin pores
Apart from the above mentioned benefits, facial mask helps you also to relax and have that “me time”. So go ahead and make your own face mask or grab the best facial mask at your favorite store. Give your skin the splurge it needed after all it is our first line of defense from the outside.
DIY Face mask or store bought face mask
There are many trusted brand skin care products you can buy at the store but if you want to be creative then you can make you own face mask. Mix up ingredients according to your skin type and need. You can have DIY face mask for acne prone skin, DIY face mask for blackheads, homemade face mask for sensitive skin and the like.
Below are some of the best DIY face mask recipe. Mix ant match different ingredients of your choice to achieve a radiant glowing skin.
Honey– natural anti-bacterial and is full of anti oxidants that is good for anti aging.
Cucumber– hydrating and has vitamin c and caffeic acid that is good for inflamed and irritated skin
Egg whites– tightens the skin and minimizes large pores
Lemon– has an astringent effect that helps even out skin tone
Papaya– rejuvenating effect because it removes dead skin cells. It unclogs pores and removes excess sebum.
Oatmeal– when combined with other ingredients helps to retain skin moisture. It is good for sensitive skin, eczema prone and dry skin.
Turmeric-. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effect. It is said to be an effective anti-scar treatment.
Yogurt– the lactic acid in yogurt is good for the skin. I also work as anti aging by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Other essential ingredient you can add to your preferred diy face mask is olive oil, cinnamon, tea tree oil and milk to name a few. Take note these are just few of the hundreds and thousands of ingredients that you can mix up. I just stated the most common and beneficial ones. These are the easiest ingredients that you can buy or probably you already have in your kitchen.
With the above mentioned ingredients you can make different face mask according to your needs and preferences. You don’t need to go to the spa to have that relaxing facial time that your skin deserve. Check your kitchen for any ingredients to make an effective anti aging, anti acne facial mask or moisturizing mask.
Face mask application
Others may refute but I would suggest using face mask once or twice a week. No matter what your skin type once or twice a week facial mask application would be more beneficial. Remember not to over do it to avoid irritation.
Wash you face before anything else, apply face mask and leave it for about 5-10 mins. Others would leave it for 15 mins, that depends on your time. But with in those range is great!
P.S. Face mask is for both men and women. Who says men don’t need skin treatment too?