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How to Make a Face Mask


Face Mask Recipes

Unlike a trip to a salon or the purchase of a face mask product, homemade masks are cheap since you likely have most of the necessary items in your refrigerator or pantry. Just gather the ingredients, mix and relax!

One popular option is a milk and honey face mask, which is used to combat dry skin. The honey content will help your skin retain moisture, while the milk should soothe irritated skin. Stir 4 tablespoons of powdered milk together with 2 tablespoons of warm water and 2 tablespoons of honey. Then carefully apply the mix to your face, being sure to keep it out of your eyes or mouth. Lay a warm, damp washcloth across your face for about 10 minutes. Use the washcloth to wipe the mixture off your face, then pat it dry [source: Woman's Day].

To combat oily skin while firming your pores, you might want to try this pore-tightening egg mask. Whip the whites of two eggs into a light foam. Spread a thin layer of the foam to your face. Allow the foam to become firm, then simply rinse the mask away [source: Lustig].

Green tea has long been thought of as an anti-aging tool. Making a face mask with the tea might help prevent or reduce the look of wrinkles. Dissolve a single teaspoon of green tea powder into a half teaspoon of water so you're left with a thin, smooth paste. Spread the paste across your face, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse away [source: VivaWoman].

We all know exfoliation is key, so try this tomato facial to do just that. Puree one ripe tomato with a teaspoon each of lemon juice and instant oatmeal. Spread the mixture across your face, allowing it to set for about 20 minutes. Then rinse away to reveal fresh skin [source: Myers].

Are you a novice to using face masks? Keep reading for tips on how to best apply a face mask.


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