One of the oldest methods of beauty treatment is the application of face and body mask. History is full of instances of women making use of various natural and organic substances to make their skin look young and smooth. Cleopatra is a classic example.
Advantages of using a face mask:
*Improves the blood circulation and gives a glow to the skin.
*Helps in toning the muscles and prevents them from sagging.
*Makes the skin supple.
*Removes dead cells and lends a porcelain-like shine to the skin.
Basic mask for a smooth texture
Beat an egg in the juice of one lemon. Apply on face and neck.
Leave for 15-30 minutes till dry. Rinse off. If this mask suits you use it once a week.
Masks for oily skin
Honey & egg mask (if you are allergic to honey avoid using it)
Mix 1 tsp of honey with one egg white, apply the thick paste on face and neck, leave for 7-10 minutes and wash off.
Mix 1 tsp of yeast, 1 tsp of sugar in ½ cup warm water, cover and keep in warm place. When it ferments use it as a face mask.
Make a paste of one beaten egg white, 1 tsp yogurt and multani mitti (fullers earth). Apply on face and leave till it dries. Rinse off. Use this toning mask at least twice a week.
Mix 2 tsps papaya pulp and 10 drops of lemon juice. Apply on face and neck, leave for 20 minutes and rinse off.
Or take the juice of the pulp of any fruit (orange, sweet lime, water melon or papaya) and apply on the face. This soothes and cleanses the skin, closes the pores and stimulates blood circulation.
Caution: Do a test by applying the juice behind the ear. If it causes redness or itching do not use.
For dry skin
Warm milk is excellent for rough skin. Mix oat meal or almond powder in milk. Apply on the face, when dry scrub in a circular motion. Wash with clear water
Or mix 1 tsp of Olive oil with 2 tsps of fresh cream. Apply on the face and leave for 10 minutes. Remove with cotton wool pads soaked in water.
*Beat a mashed banana in 1 tsp of salad or vegetable oil. Apply and leave for 20 minutes till it dries. Rinse off. This nourishing mask should be used at least once a week.
*1 tsp of honey, 15 drops of orange juice, 1 tsp spoon of fullers earth and 1 tsp of rose water. Mix well. Apply on the face and wash after 10 minutes.
*Mix 3/4 cup of rose water, 1/4 cup of glycerine, 1 tsp vinegar and 1/4 tsp honey. Keep in a bottle, use regularly after cleansing the skin.
Packs for those suffering from acne
*Mix 2 tsp of egg white, 2 pods of crushed garlic and 1 tsp of Lacto Calamine. Apply on the face and wash after 20 minutes.
*Mix in one bottle (250 ml) of rose water ¼ tsp vinegar, 5 drops of glycerine and 2 drops of camphor. This is an excellent moisturiser.
For aging skin
*To a large pinch of crushed almonds add ¼ tsp of cleansing cream or milk. Massage well on the skin. Wash off.
*Mix a few drops of the essential aroma oil Pachholi with almond oil. Apply every morning and at night. This helps to maintain the rhythm of cellular reproduction.
Use a face pack regularly. This will go a long way in keeping the skin healthy and glowing.