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Facial masks

Ideal for experiencing the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of treating the skin, facial masks are a great salon treatment. A good facial mask will improve your complexion by drawing out impurities, cleansing blocked pores, absorbing excess oil, and hydrating the skin. The result will be skin that is softer, smoother, and refreshed.

Facial masks are salon treatments specially formulated to meet the needs of both males and females, of all skin types. Some salons or spas may even customise the product to each individual - ensuring an even deeper cleansing and rejuvenating result.

The process is simple; a mixture made up of specific ingredients is smoothed in a thick layer over the skin, and allowed to set for a period of time. If you're having a treatment for oily skin, you will notice a tightening sensation, as the mixture dries. Eventually the mask will be removed with a washcloth and warm water. Facial masks are rarely given alone; rather, they are typically offered as part of an overall beauty treatment involve such pampering services as cleansing, steaming, extraction, and massage. Cost varies depending on the time spent and the products used. For optimum results, a series of treatments are suggested.

If you are on a limited budget, you may wish to pamper yourself with a facial mask purchased from your local chemist. Alternatively, you can enjoy the benefits of a home recipe facial, which is very inexpensive and easy to do. You can find recipes on the internet or in beauty advice magazines and books.

Home recipe examples :

Normal to oily skin :
  • Beaten egg whites with a few drops of lemon juice
Dry skin :
  • Mix egg yolk with olive oil and warmed honey
Skin prone to breakouts :
  • Combine oatmeal with water to from a paste
Procedure :
  • Spread mixture on face
  • Allow to dry
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool water

Many fruits and vegetables can be used for a refreshing effect, however please use caution with acidic ones (ie strawberries) if your skin is dry. Do not attempt this beauty treatment more than once a week, and when you do, try to vary the ingredients.

If you are allergy prone, you may wish to do a patch test 24 hours prior to applying your homemade mixture. Simply apply a small amount behind your ear, and wash off after twenty minutes. If no signs of adverse effects appear within 24 hours, it is safe to go ahead and use your mixture.



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