Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mask me, please!

Who doesn't like to go to a Spa every now and then?
I have never been to one and after Sunday morning, I might not need to go any time soon.

For the first time, I decided to do a homemade facial mask. Didn't feel like spending quite some euros on a cream/mask product, that no matter what they say, it will always have a bunch of chemicals in it.
I have very dry/sensitive skin and I'm super careful with it; I can't use any kind of cream so the idea of using natural ingredients sounded like a great plan to me.

After a week in NYC, where temperatures were most of the days below 0C, my skin was super dry and in need of some extra treatment.

I first did a Cleansing Mask followed by a Moisturizing Mask.

A) Cleansing Mask  (also good for Sensitive Skin):
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • a bit of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
How to:
1) Put the cucumber and water in the blender, and blend it until you get a liquid solution
2) Pour it into a bowl and add the milk.
3) Stir it for a bit.
4) Apply it onto your face with cotton balls and let it be for 5 min.
5) Rinse it with warm water and tap a towel on your face until it's dry.

B) Moisturizing Mask:
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 table spoon of honey
  • water
How to:
1) Mash the banana.
2) Mix it with the oatmeal.
3) Add the honey and mix, mix, mix and a bit more mix.
4) Add a bit of water until you get a creamy consistency.
5) Apply it onto your face with a clean foundation brush and let it rest for 15 min.
6) Rinse it off with warm water and dry your face gently.


My experience:
After Mask A), my skin was suuuuper fresh and felt so clean!!! While you have the mask on your face, you might feel it drying up and this feeling of someone pulling out your skin; it doesn't hurt though. Once you wash it off, that feeling is gone and freshness is back!! Totally recommend this one. 
If you were make-up every day, this might be a good thing to do every 3/4 days. 
I made too much mask for 1 usage, so with the remaining, I stored it in the fridge and should stay good for at least 5 days.
Mask B) was also efficient and got the same "pulling" feeling while the mask was drying up, but once it was off of my face... damn!!! It felt like baby skin! Seriously, my skin was getting flaky and so, but after this mask, it's super moisturized and feels very soft.

So, all in all, you just need 20 minutes of your day (plus 10/15 min more to prepare all the masks), and you will feel like brand new!
I'm planning on doing this every week, so let's see how it works on a long term basis.

What about you? Do you do any masks? Homemade or you buy creams?
Let me know in the comments!

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