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Unmasking the DIY Face Mask

June 15th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass

Everything You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Mask


Homemade face masks are making the rounds on social media. People are excited to peel off their products (and, unfortunately, their skin) and reveal a brand new face underneath.

Homemade face masks are some of the best ways to brighten up your face.

While not all masks are created equal, with a little bit of knowledge of key ingredients, you can mix up a mask that’s suited to your complexion. Let’s look at a few different masks and how they can help solve your skincare needs.

The Vinegar Mask

We talked recently about the hype surrounding Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV is great at restoring the skin’s pH levels, and this is perfect for those of us with red, blotchy or irritated skin. Diluting Apple Cider Vinegar with distilled water, and applying it to your face with a simple spray bottle, is a great way to restore skin’s tone.

ACV’s astringent and antibacterial properties have the ability to remove impurities in the skin, as well as tighten up pores, making your face appear clean and smooth.

Always dilute ACV with at least a 1 to 1 ratio. Those with sensitive skin should use a 1 to 3 ratio or more, as the vinegar can sting and even burn skin if used in high concentrations.

The Charcoal Mask

charcoal powderCharcoal is used primarily for oily skin, or skin with acne. Charcoal itself has absorbent properties, and this is why it’s useful as a mask or cleanser.

Charcoal can draw up dirt, oil, and other impurities from your skin without being metabolized (i.e. absorbed into your skin.)

This means, when you peel or wash off charcoal, it takes everything with it, leaving you with a cool, clean face.

For a quick charcoal mask, mix .2 grams of activated-charcoal, ½ teaspoon of bentonite clay, and 1 ½ teaspoons of water together. Apply to the face, and after 10 minutes, wash with a warm, damp cloth. Don’t overdo it, though. A charcoal mask once a week is enough. Using a charcoal mask every day can leave skin unprotected and excessively dry, and that can do more harm than good.

The Clay Mask

natural clay maskLike charcoal, clay masks are useful for cleaning out pores and tightening up the skin. They can be used to treat acne and excessively oily skin. And like charcoal masks, they should be used sparingly. Also, it’s important not to leave a clay mask on too long. While most people wait until the clay is completely dry and hard, it’s better to wash it off as soon as you feel it drying. While the clay is wet, your skin is busy soaking up those key minerals. Bentonite clay, like the kind found in Aztec Indian Healing Clay, also stimulates blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. But once it’s hardened, it no longer serves any purpose. Peeling and pulling it off your skin can cause unnecessary redness, irritation, and tearing. Before it gets to hard, wash it off with warm water. The result will still be the same: smooth, soft skin.

We All Wear a Mask

Whether you want to clear up those blackheads or even out your complexion, face masks are a great tool for skincare. But remember to be gentle with your skin. Don’t peel off pasty, rock-hard masks. Wash them off with warm water and soft fabrics. You want your skin to feel fresh, not burnt. And be sure to apply moisturizer afterwards, to keep skin protected. Remember: your face is your first, and best, mask, so treat it with care. Image skincare logo

And if you’re unsure which face mask is the right one for you, give us a call or stop in for a free consultation with our Esteem team. Our Image Skincare product line consists of four different ready-made face masks for any skin type, and our skincare professionals are available to find the right mask for you. While simple skin solutions can be whipped up quickly at home, products like Image Skincare offer scientifically proven formulas that interact with your skin for optimum results, meaning less work for you, and a smoother, youthful looking face. 775.329.3000