There are so many homemade facial mask recipes out there how do you determine which one you should use? Below, Natures Garden will look at 10 face mask recipes and their ingredients to help you decide. So, whether you are looking for a facial mask to help with acne, to pull out blackheads, or to help give you a glowing complexion, we are here to help.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Key Ingredients
First, let’s look at a few ingredients used in a homemade facial mask recipe. While there are many combinations that can be used in these recipes, there are a few key ingredients needed to formulate a facial mask recipe. Of course, you need a cosmetic clay. This is will help your mask harden. You have several options but we will look at each one below. You will notice, each of our recipes will include vegetable glycerin. Glycerin is used to help pull moisture back into your skin. A facial mask can help pull impurities out of your skin but it also can pull moisture from your skin. It is important to use an ingredient that will put that lost moisture back into your skin. So, let’s look at these two ingredients a little closer.
Vegetable glycerin is a humectant. Humectants will draw moisture to your skin. This will help leave your skin moisturized and not dry. It is a thick, clear, odorless liquid. Vegetable Glycerin is very thick in consistency. It is not only used in facial masks but also soap making, lotion making, and other household items.
Key Ingredients: Cosmetic Clays
There are several choices when looking at cosmetic clay. Below, we will take a closer look at each one. We will also talk about each one.
Bentonite clay, also known as sodium bentonite, is beige green in color. When water is added it will give your products a glide. In cosmetic recipes, it will help to remove toxins and impurities.
Dead Sea clay will provide your skin with rich nutrients. It is rich in iron, aluminum, potassium, and calcium. It also helps to remove toxins and dead skin cells.
French green clay naturally has minerals that will help nourish your skin. When used in a homemade facial mask, it will help remove impurities as it dries. French Green Clay also helps to shrink the size of your pores as it dries.
Kaolin Clay is white clay that is a great option for sensitive skin. It is most often used in makeups. However, just like most cosmetic clays, kaolin clay helps cleanse the skin by removing toxins.
Red Moroccan Clay powder is another great clay for homemade facial mask recipes. It will help remove impurities from the skin. It also will help shrink the size of your pores. However, it is also very moisturizing for your skin.
Rhassoul clay is another popular clay for facial mask recipes. It contains a wide range of skin-loving minerals like sodium silicon, iron, potassium, magnesium. These minerals help not only cleanse the skin but also tone the skin. Rhassoul clay is used in many luxury spas to help with the reduction of pore size, and to help remove dead skin cells smoothing the skin.
Rose clay is another great option for sensitive skin. It contains many skin loving minerals. It also helps to pull toxins from your skin. In addition, it helps to increase circulation, it helps with skin irritation, and finally to reduce inflammation.
The great thing about creating your own products is that you get to choose what goes in them. Why not use natural ingredients to help your skin. Herbs make a wonderful addition to facial mask recipes. So, you can choose the herb or herbs to fit the type of facial mask you are creating. There really are so many options. You can read about some of the benefits of each one and choose the herb that fits your needs best in our cosmetic herb classes. Then, infuse them into your homemade facial mask recipe.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe
Now, let’s look at our first recipe, the activated charcoal mask recipes. So, this recipe contains vitamin E and vegetable glycerin, but what makes it truly unique is the addition of activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a detoxifier. It will cleanse and detoxify your skin.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Candy Cane Facial Mask Recipe
Next, the Candy Cane Facial Mask Recipe contains both beet root powder and hibiscus powder. Beet root powder contains high levels of nutrients including B vitamins and vitamin C. It also contains potassium and magnesium.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Chocolate Facial Mask Recipe
The Chocolate Facial Mask Recipe uses organic cocoa powder. Indulge in a sweet treat without the calories. The organic cocoa powder contains caffeine which is actually beneficial for the skin.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Firming Facial Mask Recipe
The firming facial mask recipe uses the addition of hibiscus powder. Hibiscus powder is called a natural Botox by some. So, it will help smooth wrinkles, tone the skin, and right acne.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe
The Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe uses both alfalfa powder and spirulina powder. This is a fun St Patrick’s Day recipe. The spirulina powder gives the face mask a green color. In addition, the alfalfa gives the mask additional cleansing and purifying properties.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
The pumpkin facial mask recipe uses pumpkin seed powder. Pumpkin seed powder is used for its anti-aging properties. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. It also has skin softening properties.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipe: Refreshing Facial Mask Recipe
The refreshing facial mask recipe is probably our most popular face mask recipe. In fact, it both peppermint powder and peppermint leaf. The mask is infused with peppermint which provides a cooling effect. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and relieved.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipe: Soothing Facial Mask Recipe
Now, the Soothing Facial Mask is the perfect way to soothe your skin and promote healthy cell regeneration. This is due to the addition of comfrey root. In addition, it contains chamomile which is great for softening the skin and is fabulous for wrinkles. Burdock root is added due to its treatment of skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Finally, it contains dandelion root which is great for age spots and skin blemishes as well.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipe: Turmeric Facial Mask Recipe
Finally, we have a turmeric facial mask recipe. What is so special about turmeric? First, it helps your skin glow and look healthy. In addition, it is a wonderful anti aging herb, great for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Lastly, some have found it to heal and help with dry skin.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Creating a Facial Mask
So, we have talked about a few of the key ingredients. We have also talked about some of the recipes that we have formulated. Now, let’s talk about creating a facial mask. Well, there are a couple of options here. First, you have to decide if you want to use a preservative. A preservative is important anytime there is a presence of water in a product that will be stored, like in a facial mask. A preservative is going to prevent bacteria. Other ingredients, like vitamin E, may work as antioxidants, but antioxidants do not stop the growth of bacteria. They simply slow oxidation. So, preservatives are needed to prevent bacteria growth.
Now, some do not want to use preservatives in their products. Well, you do have another option. You can very easily mix your powdered ingredients such as your clay and powdered herbs together. Then, place this mixture in a jar. Separately, place vegetable glycerin in a bottle. You can then sell the jar and bottle as set along with mixing instructions. Not only does this option allow you to exclude a preservative, but there are also a couple other benefits. It is also a quick product to make. Finally, it will have a much longer shelf life. You can see an example of a facial mask created like this in the activated charcoal face mask recipe. However, those that want to mix their facial mask ahead of time so there is no mixing needed, you can see how to do this in the refreshing facial mask recipe.
Homemade Facial Mask Recipes: Using Your Facial Mask
Once you have formulated your facial mask recipe to yours, or your customer’s skin type, it is time to use it. So, at this time, if needed mix the facial mask according to the instructions. Then, simply apply a layer to your face. Allow the mask to harden before removing it using warm water.
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