3 easy face mask treatments you can prepare at home



Part of one’s beauty regimen is the preparation and presentation of your beauty treatment. Being part of the process of making a hair mask or a lip scrub is fun and puts you in a great DIY mood. We’re here with three great and super easy face masks that you can whip up in a jiff! All you need are a few bowls and a trip to your kitchen pantry.


#1. Simple oat-n-honey face pack

For this recipe, you will need 2 to 3 tbsp. ground oatmeal (not too coarse, not too fine either!), 1 to 2 tbsp. honey, 1-2 tbsp. of warm water, half a tbsp. of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. yogurt. Mix oatmeal and water till the paste is smooth and allow to soak for a few minutes.

Add the honey in small amounts to the mix and keep stirring it in to let it blend.

Once your pack is ready, clean and dry your face before application. Barring your eyes, nostrils, and lips, you can apply the mask to your face in gentle strokes. Allow to dry for 10 or 20 minutes or till the mask feels taut and dry. Rinse off gently, dry your face and follow your toning and moisturizing regime.

Since honey, lemon, and yogurt are bleaching or de-tanning agents, you can consider adding a few drops of the latter two, to your pack if your face is pimple-prone or oily.


#2. Fruity packs

If you live in the tropics, papayas or bananas are a great ingredient in face masks. Either fruit can be mashed with a fork and applied directly onto a cleansed and dried face. Let your pack dry for 10 to 20 minutes or till you can feel dryness all over and rinse off. Follow through with your toning and moisturizer. For bleaching benefits, you could add a few drops of honey and make it a sweeter concoction!

For those of you who have access to strawberries or avocados, switch out the bananas and papayas for these yummy fruits instead.

Remember, some people are allergic to strawberries and it could cause break-outs. So, use with precaution.


#3 Clayey packs

While you can’t actually get ‘clay in your kitchen, you could find ingredients that get the job done. For this recipe, you will need 2 to 4 tbsp. of fine gram flour, 1 to 2 tbsp. of milk or cream, a few drops of lemon.

Gram flour can be made by grinding roasted chickpeas in your food processor or coffee grinder. If you want your pack to be more exfoliating in nature, make sure that the flour isn’t too finely ground.

Mix all your ingredients together to form a homogenous paste. You can regulate the consistency by adding a couple of drops of water or more lemon juice.

Apply in smooth motions onto a clean face. Leave the pack on for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off. Towel dry your face and follow up your regimen.

How I Keep My Face Fresh and Clean

Keeping a clean fresh looking face seems to be quite a challenge in this day and age. Most of us live in large polluted cities where the air quality is really bad. Our skin tends to suffer most, which is why it can be so difficult to find the right skin regimen that actually works. I will now share with you a few tips and tricks I learned while trying them out on my own skin. I hope they will help you with getting and maintaining a clean fresh face with ease.



Get the grime off your face before heading for bed

While washing your face first thing in the morning is, without a doubt, one of the most important commandments of a healthy skin and beauty regimen, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting rid of all the grime, pollution particles and whatnot before going to bed. Just imagine what your face goes through during an entire day. Even if you are not wearing makeup, you still need to cleanse properly. Here is an extra tip: use lukewarm water to dissolve the grime, since hot water can damage your skin and cold water doesn’t help in this respect. Plus, since you are heading for a good night’s sleep, you don’t want to feel too refreshed that you lose your sleep.



Regular exfoliation

Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you should include regular exfoliation in your routine. This can be pretty invasive, which is why people with delicate skin need to schedule exfoliation no more than twice a month. Here is something I learned that helps me cleanse my face deeper than any cleanser or exfoliating creams: I use a facial steamer. Facial steamers work with hot water vapors that help your pores open, and eliminating all the dirt from your face becomes easier. Some models allow you to add some essential oils that can help with specific problems, such as chamomile for blackheads and tea tree for acne.


Don’t forget to sleep well and eat right

You can do a lot of things on the outside and still not get that glowing complexion you are longing for. Don’t forget that no skin regimen can replace vitamins you take from food and a good night’s sleep. Let your skin rest, and enjoy at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Load your plate with fresh veggies and replace any sugary stuff with fruits. You will look and feel amazing!


Benefits of Owning Your Own Facial Steamer

cal1A facial steamer is a pretty great thing to have, mainly because you do not have to pay for an expensive trip to the spa and get a treatment. I personally prefer having my own facial steamer at home, because I can use it as many times as I like, without having to pay extra. I will talk to you about a few reasons why I think having your own facial steamer is so great.




I can pick my own hours

cal2I don’t know about others, but I tend to lead a pretty hectic life, so it is not always easy for me to know if I will be in a certain place at a certain hour. So, scheduling a visit to the spa is not exactly something I am keen on doing. For me, having a facial steamer at home means that I can indulge in the pleasant sensation of having my face well taken care of, without having to face rush hour just to get to the local spa.




I can choose what treatments to apply

cal3Various essential oils can be used for cleansing your face. Of course, at a spa, you can choose from the menu what you find most appealing, but this is not exactly cheap, and you may not always have all the choices you would like to have. For instance, I really enjoy my steam bath with a bit of tea added to the water. I use chamomile for its soothing effect, and I feel my face well rested and taken care of. Since I am gradually becoming interested in anti-aging treatments, I also use rooibos tea for my steam bath, since this has antibacterial properties and it also reduces wrinkles. Green tea is another fixture in my steam baths, because of its antioxidant properties.




Other uses

I do not use my facial steamer only for cleansing my pores, although it does a really swell job. I love the brush attachment used for exfoliation, because this one really makes my skin look young and rejuvenated. Seeing that pollution is quite an important factor in how our skin is affected day by day, I don’t say ‘no’ to an exfoliation session once in a while. Another thing I use my facial steamer for is clearing my sinuses. Whenever I catch a cold, I have quite a big problem with runny nose symptoms and blocked sinuses and this little piece of engineering helps me get through the rough patches without suffering a lot.

How to prepare your face for a steaming session


The advantage of a good steam facial cleansing is that it leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Incorporating facial steaming as part of your weekly pamper routine is a good practice in healthy skin care. A good steaming lets your skin “throw out” accumulated impurities and helps unclog your pores. Clean pores reduce the risk of sebum collection thereby reducing the appearance of pimples and acne.

The importance of steaming one’s face cannot be diminished. However, pre-steaming regimen is equally important. Without preparing your face, steaming may prove ineffective or worse, damaging.



What’s first?

A clean face without make-up and oil is a must before steam application. Depending on your skin type, you might want to use baby soap or mild cleansers for moderate to sensitive skin. Do not use anything harsh on your face such as a coarse-grain exfoliating agent, as this might irritate your skin during steaming. Some skin-types which are acne-prone or dry and patchy could suffer heat damage if they are exfoliated prior to steaming.

Once you’re done with washing and cleaning, gently pat down your face with a clean and non-abrasive towel. Do not rub or scrub your face with the towel as it may irritate your skin.

Make sure to prepare the steamer or boiling water during your face cleanse. You would want to jump in to the next step immediately.


What’s next?

After your face is cleaned and dried, gently place your face above the steamer or water bowl. If you’d want a more intense steaming session, you can cover your head and the steamer or pot with a towel. Many steamers also come with spouts that direct steam in a single directional stream.

For a luxurious spa experience, you could add a few drops of essential oils and fragrances to the steam. You could use rose essence for a whimsical romantic lie-in, or lemongrass or lavender for an energetic day ahead!

Always remember to test in small doses and patches as some oils or pigments may cause allergies or breathing difficulties.


What’s last?

Just like pre-steaming sessions and routines are important to prepare your face, post-steaming sessions are important to retain the effects. Steaming expands pores that push out the “junk” that your skin has collected due to exposure to traffic, pollution, oils, and make-up. If the pores aren’t minimized to lock in moisture, impurities can lodge themselves in and create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Most beauticians suggest toners after steaming followed by light moisturizer. In the absence of a toner, you could splash your face with cold water (use clean hands!). Remember to always moisturize your face after steaming as it tends to leave your face dry.

Do remember NOT to steam your face every day. Steaming depends on individual skin types, weather and climatic conditions, and time of year. Don’t overdo a good thing! Stick to one steaming a fortnight or at the maximum, once a week. Be careful about the steam temperature to avoid burns and irritation. Happy steaming!