The skin is by far the largest organ of the human body. It is extremely sensitive to external factors, such as ultraviolet radiation, dirt and cold weather, as well as to emotional influences like stress. All these conditions have adverse effects on the skin. The good news is that most problems can be prevented by proper maintenance and care. The skin produces millions of new cells a day, regenerating itself completely within 30 to 40 days, depending on the person’s age. Around the age of 35, however, the skin’s natural rejuvenating processes begin to slow considerably. At this time, the skin can greatly benefit from a facial mask.
There are two basic types of masks:
Relaxing masks moisturize the skin and refresh the complexion
stimulating masks promote blood flow and smooth and firm the skin.
Before applying a mask, cleanse the skin with a facial toner that contains lemon balm or witch hazel.
THE PROPER APPLICATION
begin by covering the chin area with the mask. Then move up to the cheeks and four head. Apply it to the nose. Next, moving outward toward the cheeks. Always lease space around the mouth, eyes and eyebrows. Lastly, spread it on the throat, moving from the bottom up to the top.
Treat yourself to a facial mask once or twice a week. Apply a stimulating mask before going out or a relaxing mask at bedtime, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Always use fresh ingredients. You can prepare the mask on demand or in advance and keep it refrigerated.
TYPES OF FACIAL MASKS
You will need:
4 to 5 very ripe, medium-sized strawberries
2 teaspoons of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of honey
Carefully rinse strawberries in lukewarm water, and dry with a clean cloth or towel.
In a small bowl, mash the fruit with a fork.
Add the cream and honey, and mix well.
Apply the paste generously to the face and throat, keeping it away from the eyes.
Leave the mask on for 20 to 30 minutes.
Contraindications: people with sensitive or sunburned skin could have an adverse reaction to strawberries. Test on a small area first to assess your skin’s reaction.
WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR MASK.
You will need:
1 quart of water
4 teaspoons dried or eighth teaspoons fresh rose petals
appeals from 1 to 2 organic oranges
2 to 3 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of rose water
2 teaspoons of honey
4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
boil the water and remove from the heat.
Add the rose petals and orange peel, cover, and allow to steep until Luke warm or cool.
In a separate pan, heat the milk, floral water and honey; remove from the heat. Add the flour and whisk into a sick paste.
Apply the warm paste uniformly to the face and neck. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
Carefully wash off the dried mask with the fragrant rose – orange water. Pat dry.
Apply your favorite moisturizing cream to the skin.
What are the Benefits of the Ingredients in these masks?
Strawberries stimulate the skin.
Strawberries are an invaluable addition to a stimulating facial mask. They are rich in vitamin C, which perks up tired skin- giving it a fresh, healthy look. They also contain sulfur, which has cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to remove impurities from the skin surface and reduce redness and swelling. Strawberries gently refresh and exfoliate the skin via natural fruit acids and enzymes, producing a radiant complexion.
Honey relaxes the skin.
Because of its antibacterial action, honey is often used in cosmetics, helping to disinfect and heal minor blemishes. Rich in natural sugars, enzymes, and acids, honey is effective against inflamed and swollen skin, renewing it and promoting healing. It can also fresh and dry, stress and sensitive skin.
Whole wheat flour protects and renews skin.
Fresh, whole wheat flour contains vitamin D, and antioxidant that binds environmental toxins, promotes cell respiration, stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory compounds and slows the aging process of the skin. It is also been suggested that the vitamin may help to lower the risk of skin cancer. It is not surprising, then, that many suntan lotions and after some products contain vitamin E. Facial masks containing flour made from whole we can likewise help to protect and renew the skin. Whole wheat flour, which contains extra fiber, may provide additional exfoliating benefits, sloughing off dead skin cells.
TIP OF THE TRADE
Try to use soft or distilled water when preparing facial masks. Hard water contains high concentrations of minerals and other substances that may provoke an allergic reaction. If you use tap water, boiling or filtering is also a good idea.
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