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Face Masks

There are different kinds of facials offered by professional salons. The facial most suitable for you will depend on your skin type, your lifestyle, your constitution, approximate metabolic balance, etc. Your beautician should be able to advise you on the type of facial you require. However, the ideal is to go to a salon which has dermatologists who will check your skin and then recommend the appropriate facial.

A facial is beneficial only if it is done in a scientific manner. It is therefore extremely important that you get a facial done by fully qualified, experienced personnel in completely hygienic surroundings. The basic steps in a facial include thorough cleansing with a brush preferably after steaming, application I of the appropriate product with massage, use of the required mask (according to the skin type, colour, specific problems, etc.) followed by cleansing again. To get the most out of a facial, have one every three or four weeks, depending on your skin condition.

Apart from the basic facials which cleanse, steam and massage using anti aging rejuvenation products and techniques, there are facials which provide other benefits as well. A bio-lift facial includes treatment for dark under-eye circles. What makes this facial unique is the bio-mask, which gives a face-lift effect. All products used in this facial should be hypoallergenic. In a paraffin facial, a special paraffin mask is applied, under which are layers of gauze with anti aging and rejuvenating creams which seep into the skin. Free radical fighting agents like vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin E are used in the antioxidant facial. AHA facials use products with high-strength AHAs which are beneficial for pigmentation, dull skin and mild wrinkling.

Honey Mask (For Oily & Blemished Skin)

Massage a small amount of slightly heated honey onto skin. Wheat germ may be added for its abrasive action, protein and nutrients.

Creamy Avocado Mask

Mash 1 tablespoon ripe avocado, add 1/2 tsp honey and mix. Stir in a little almond meal until creamy. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

Carrot Facial Mask

Take 2-3 large carrots and 4 1/2 tablespoons honey. Cook carrots , then mash. Mix the carrots with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Firming Facial Masks

Banana mask. Mash up a very ripe banana. Add just enough honey to make a soft pulp. Apply over face and hair. This is such a great firming mask that aging movie stars have been known to put it in the cups of their bras to make their breasts perky.

Lemon/Egg Mask (For Oily Skin)

Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Apply to face avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave on your face overnight or if during the day, for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal Facial (For Oily Skin)

Make a creamy paste of oatmeal and water. Apply to face, let dry completely. Remove by very gently rubbing off with your fingers.

Cleansing Mask for all skin types

Mix the following ingredients into a paste, apply and leave it for 15 minutes.

1 tblspoon powdered brewer’s yeast
1/2 tblspoon youghurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange juice
1 teaspoon carrot juice
1 teaspoon olive oil

This mask is suitable for all types of skin, particularly if they feel tired and look sluggisg or spotty. If the skin is very dry add more oil, and if very oily leave it out. The youghurt cleanses the skin throughly an dfruit juices provide vitamins and minerals.

Peach Mask (For Dry Skin)

Mash a fresh peach, mix with enough warm olive, peach kernel or almond oil to form a spreadable paste.

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