Making your own beauty face masks at home is easy and inexpensive. You will be able to compose a mask that best fits your skin’s needs. The first thing you need to do is to determine your skin type. That will dictate which ingredients you will use for your mask. If you are unsure of your skin type, perform this simple test: Wash your face, and pat it dry. Take a few papers of rice paper and blot them on various places of your face. If the rice paper sticks, your skin is oily. If it does not, you have dry skin. If the paper sticks only on your forehead, nose, and chin, you have combination skin and oiliness in the T-zone area. You may also need to adjust ingredients in your mask if you have sensitive or mature skin.
Oily Skin Masks
Clay masks work wonders for oily skin. The clay pulls excess oil from the skin and unclogs pores. It can also help to clear up and prevent blackheads. You can buy clay to make your mask at beauty supply or health food stores. Mix the clay with some water and honey until the consistency is thick but smooth. Apply it to your skin and allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the mask with warm water, and follow it up with a moisturizer. Strawberries are another great face mask ingredient if you have oily skin. The berries naturally contain salicylic acid, which will help to dissolve oil and fight breakouts. Mash the strawberries and mix them with some yogurt or sour cream. Apply the mask to your face, and wait 15 minutes before gently washing it off. The yogurt or sour cream will help to soothe your skin. Avoid using masks more than once or twice a week, as this will strip your skin of essential oils and cause excess dryness.
Dry Skin Masks
Dry skin will benefit from masks that contain moisturizing ingredients. Honey really helps to moisturize skin. Combine it with egg yolk and olive oil for a mask that will leave your skin looking fresh. You can also mix avocado with honey for an extra moisture boost. A banana and yogurt mask will exfoliate your skin in addition to moisturizing it. Leave the masks on for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing them. After using a facial mask, apply moisturizer. Use the beauty face masks only once or twice a week to avoid damaging your skin.
Combination skin Masks
Making your own beauty face mask ensures that you will find the right ingredients to balance the different areas of combination skin. Mix a banana, avocado, olive oil and yogurt for a mask that is will moisturize dry skin and pull excess oil from the T-zone. A rose-based mask also works well for combination skin. Combine rosewater, yogurt or sour cream, and honey and leave it on for 10 minutes. Follow facial masks with a moisturizer specially made for your skin type.