A young lady sent this question to one of my social media sites, I’m sharing my response to help anyone who may be curious.
Question: Why use a facial mask?
First, let me say facial masks are used for a variety of purposes.
They can be used for hydrating, moisturizing, and restoring pH balance, to name a few. If you are seeking to reduce any of the concerns below, here are some suggestions that may easily be made a home.
TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Try turmeric and honey. Honey is good for anything inflamed including Rosacea and Eczema. Honey is an antibacterial agent that has calming and healing properties. Turmeric is an antioxidant that also calms the skin and prevents scarring, Use this mask 1-3 nights a week as needed.
TO REDUCE ACNE
Try honey (antibacterial and healing) and baking soda. The baking soda reduces breakouts and will balance pH levels and the honey will act as an anti-inflammatory. Use this mask once a week and then build up to twice a week as needed.
TO REMOVE / REDUCE DEAD SKIN
I would not suggest using a mask. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to your cleanser. The brown sugar will dissolve as you massage it into your skin reducing any microscopic cuts in the skin.
Do this no more than twice a week.
TO LIGHTEN OR TIGHTEN SKIN
Try lemon juice (alkaline), powdered milk (lactic acid), and honey (antibacterial). Only use this once a week then give your skin time to recuperate due to the high acidity of the mask.
I caution you to keep the masks only for 15 – 20 minutes. Anything left on your skin for more than 20 minutes may trigger a chemical reaction such as peeling, burning, or redness. Then you will need to come see me or schedule a virtual consultation for further assistance.
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