Face masks are a must have in any beauty regime and an excellent way to maintain beautiful skin. See which ingredients you need to match your skin condition and choose one accordingly. Alternatively, make up your own. Follow this guideline showcasing effective natural ingredients to look out for.
DID YOU KNOW? Face masks are excellent at clearing out pores, cleansing, detoxing and hydrating the skin. But first things first. Determine what skin type you have to help you decide on which mask to buy:
  • Dry & Sensitive Skin ' Use a hydrating mask for dry or sensitive skin.
  • Acne-Prone Skin ' Use facial oil as a mask for acne prone or oily skin. Fighting oil with oil rebalances the sebaceous glands and helps heal spots.
  • Oily Skin 'A clay mask is perfect for oily skin to exfoliate and draw out impurities.
  • Combination Skin ' treat each area separately. Choose a clay mask for an oily T-zone and a hydrating mask for the rest of your face
Natural ingredients are becoming more common in facial products, but what do they do: Bentonite clay comes from aged volcanic ash and draws toxins from the skin. It's mildly exfoliating, and has the effect of binding to heavy metal toxins and impurities from air pollution and food, helping to draw toxins from the skin. Neem Oil comes from a tree. Its healing properties include anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which help control acne and pimples. Neem is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and helps protect the skin from environmental damage. Rooibos Extract has loads of 'superoxide dismutase', an enzyme with excellent anti-aging qualities. The antioxidants in Rooibos stimulate healthy skin cells and help prevent wrinkles. It also prevents and treats bacterial infections on the skin. Manuka honey is raw untreated honey that comes from bees that feed on the Manuka Shrub. Strong healing and anti-inflammatory properties, means it helps reduces redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Manuka promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring. It is excellent at hydrating, anti-aging and helping maintain wrinkle free skin. Aloe Vera is a favourite skincare remedy. It's loaded with immense beauty benefits; including soothing the skin and tackling blemishes. It acts as a calming agent on inflamed and irritated skin. Olive Leaf Extract improves elasticity and hydrates tired skin. Snail Gel boasts a wide range of anti-aging benefits including softened wrinkles, smoother skin, antioxidant protection and improved hydration. The A-Z of Vitamins in your mask: Vitamin A is known to reduce wrinkles, fade dark spots, and smooth roughness to help the skin feel and look younger. Vitamin B3 boosts hydration which helps reduce redness and strengthen the skins outer protective barrier. Also known to minimize dark spots. Vitamin C is a known anti-ager. Proven to mop up the free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changes. Vitamin C also helps smooth and firm skin and fade dark spots. Vitamin E eases dryness and bolster the skin's UV defence. Its main function is to protect against sun damage and absorb the harmful UV light from the sun. It also helps in the treatment of skin inflammation. Vitamin K is great for dark circles and younger, brighter eyes. Fragile damaged capillaries are considered one cause of dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin K may put a stop to this by controlling blood clotting. It also helps treat unsightly skin irritations, like spider veins, stretch marks, blemishes and scars on the skin. Too busy to get to the Spa? Open your fridge, and make a natural face mask at home. The Basic Mask Add water to bentonite clay or kaolin clay to make a paste. Apply in a circular motion until face is covered. Let it dry and remove with warm water. Good for: All skin types The Tropical Mask Mix a banana with a tablespoon of honey until it forms a smooth paste. Apply, and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well. Good for: Dry skin The Green Mask Mix half an avo with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply. Leave for 20 -30 minutes and rinse well. Good for: All skin types, especially dry skin The Cool Mask Blend half a cucumber with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay. Add additional clay to create a paste if needed. Apply and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well. Good for: oily, acne prone or inflamed skin.

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