The feeling of putting on a face mask after a long day is one of pure relief, relaxation and self-love. Add a long, soothing bath and a good book to the mix and you have a perfect recipe for an indulgent self-care night.
Applying face masks is about more than feeling relaxed at the end of a long day, though. Our skin is our first line of defense against the external elements, including UV damage, pollution, toxins, and other environmental impurities. It serves as a crucial barrier between our internal organs and the outside world. With such an important role to play, the skin is an organ that requires cleansing and care in order to flush out accumulated toxins and mitigate free radical damage.
Even a once-a-week application of a natural face mask can work wonders to draw out impurities and toxins from the skin, leaving it healthier and better-equipped to face the external world. In addition, face masks provide deep hydration, exfoliation and nutrition, leaving the skin looking bright, glowing, hydrated and tightened. What more could you ask for? If you’re ready to start pampering your skin with face masks but aren’t sure where to start, here are 6 face masks — 3 DIY and 3 from our own UMA product line — that you can try out with ease at home. Trust us, your skin will thank you later!
Almond, Honey, & Rosewater Mask
This mask is a potent, indulgent mask for fighting dryness and reducing blemishes and inflammation. To make this mask, simply mix two tablespoons each of milk powder and almond flour with one tablespoon each of honey and rosewater. Apply to the face and neck area for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Almond flour, milk, and honey provide deep hydration and nutrition, while rosewater serves as a brightening toner. You can even use this mixture as a spot treatment for blemishes!
Carrot, Honey, & Lemon Mask
This mask deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin while ridding it of toxins and impurities. To make, this face masks for acne –
Mash a medium-sized carrot in a food processor (or grate it). Add two tablespoons of organic honey and a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the carrot pulp. Apply for 20-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Vitamin-rich carrot offers powerful nutrients that fortify and hydrate the skin, lemon lightens blemishes and impurities and honey acts as a potent antibacterial agent.
Yogurt & Egg White Mask
This mask strengthens skin and tightens pores for a firm, hydrated and glowing complexion. To make, mix two egg whites with two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to the skin for 7 minutes. Wash off with warm water, followed by a cold water rinse. Yogurt removes impurities and dead skin cells, provides deep hydration and reduces fine lines making it a suitable face mask for glowing skin.
If you find yourself pressed for time or otherwise unable to make your own masks at home, our face masks product line is a great starting point for finding a face mask that suits your specific needs.
This mask works wonders to reduce signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and dullness. Thanks to its potent mixture of luminosity-boosting sandalwood, hydrating and precious rosewater, and vitamin-rich and rejuvenating papaya, our Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask imbues the skin with firmness, hydration and glow. To use, apply a thin layer in circular motions. Leave on for at least 7 minutes and wash off with a warm water rinse followed by a cold water rinse.
This mask targets dryness, dullness and unevenness, transforming dull or aging skin into a luminous, hydrated and bright complexion. Saffron reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation while sandalwood reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Nutrient-rich papaya hydrates and nourishes the skin. The result is a baby-soft, luminous complexion. To use, apply in circular motions and leave on for at least 7 minutes. Wash off with a warm water rinse followed by a cold water rinse.
This mask works to soothe irritation and reduce blemishes and other impurities, resulting in a complexion that is even and bright. Thanks to deeply detoxifying and blemish-fighting ingredients like turmeric, tea tree, and neem, this mask exfoliates and purifies the skin of impurities. To use, apply in circular motions and leave on for at least 7 minutes. Wash off with a warm water rinse followed by a cold water rinse.