We get it babe, facial masks are pricey. You want one but you have other adulting priorities. So you see these DIY masks from Pinterest or Instagram and they start to allure you. Unfortunately, many of these ingredients will not do anything for your skin. And to tell you frankly, in most cases, spending PHP 500.00 in a good facial mask would do you better than spending an hour in the kitchen experimenting on your “all-natural” beauty recipe. Nevertheless, they are cheap and fun, so why not give it a shot? Unless you have nothing else to waste your time on, you want DIY mask that can really make a difference on your skin. So how to not waste your time on DIY face masks? Know the right ingredients.
Let us take a look in some of DIY masks ingredients that are worth giving a try:
Enzymes are protein molecules that accelerates chemical reactions. They are found everywhere and are vital in many biological processes. Here, we are looking at protease– the type of enzyme that breaks down proteins. They breakdown dead skin cells (that consist mostly of proteins) making them easier to remove by cleansing.
Papaya, pineapple and kiwi are fruits that are known to contain protease and are used in many skin care products for their exfoliating effect. Papaya, pineapple and kiwi contain the papain, bromelain and actinidin enzymes respectively . In the Philippines, papaya is a very famous ingredient in whitening products due to the brightening effects caused by papain.
Check out these recipes:
Pineapple and Yogurt Mask from Xovain
2. Papaya mask from Bellatory
3. Exfoliating Kiwi mask from Bellatory
Oatmeal has been shown to provide a protective barrier against irritants by holding moisture, acting as an emollient. It has a buffering property that can keep maintain the skin’s normal pH. It is a centuries-old topical treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including skin rashes, erythema, burns, itch, and eczema. Oatmeal exhibits anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Oatmeal is best used as a facial mask in its colloidal form – where it is milled to powder using a food processor and mixed with water.
Check out these Recipes:
1.) Oatmeal and Greentea mask from Laura Neuzeth
2. Oatmeal and Chamomile Mask from Freutcake
Honey is a by-product of flower nectar that are processed in the digestive tract of bees. You may think its bee vomit but technically it’s not. Bees have special “honey stomach” for making honey which is separate from where its food actually goes.
Honey consist mostly of fructose and glucose. A small percentage consists of proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and other minerals. Because of its soothing and anti-microbial properties, honey is suitable as dressing for wounds and burns as well as treatment for seborrhea, dandruff, diaper rashes, psoriasis, hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Honey is deeply moisturizing and regulates the skin’s normal pH.
Check out these various Honey Mask recipe from Living The Nourished Life:
Yogurt is made from milk that has gone through a process called fermentation. The process converts lactose from milk in to lactic acid. Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that is added in many skin care products because of its exfoliating properties.
Check out these recipes:
Yogurt and Oat Mask from BubzBeauty
Unnecessary (but can be fun) Ingredients
Here are some common face mask ingredients that has little or no benefit on your skin (but can be really fun to add on a face mask)
1. Milk – Milk can give moisture and improve consistency of your mask but it will do your skin more benefit if you drink it.
2. Cocoa powder – This doesnt do much for your face but who would not want a face mask that smells chocolatey?
3. Eggs – eggs can have tightening feeling on skin but this is temporary. Zinc and B vitamins from egg cannot be absorbed from your skin. You’d rather have it scrambled or sunny side up.
4. Coconut oil – avoid it. Its comedogenic. If you insist on using it, perform patch test
So How to not waste your time in DIY mask
- You can’t expect your skin to benefit from all the nutrients in oats as much as you do when you eat it for breakfast. This applies to other ingredients used in DIY facial masks.
- Many food products do not do anything when applied on skin except for their moisturizing properties, which you can conveniently get from any cheap drugstore moisturizer. Do your research before trying out new ingredients for your DIY facial mask.
- Not all “natural” ingredients or those safe for eating, has zero possibility of irritating your skin. Always perform a patch test prior to applying your mask all over your face. Better safe than sorry
Reynertson KA et al (2015) Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena Sativa) contribute to effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry irritated skin, Journal of Drugs Dermatology, 14(1), pp 43-48
Burlando B and Cornara L (2013) Honey in Dermatology and Skin Care: A Review, Journal of Cosemtic Dermatology, 12(4), pp 306-313
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700827/BROMELAIN/, retrieved April 13, 2017