I love trying out different face masks especially using ingredients from my kitchen. Fruits, fullers earth, honey and coconut oil are some of my favourite ingredients to experiment with. These experiments of mine bring a lot of giggles and smiles at home when lil Z calls me different names when I have my face packs on. These range from monster to funny girl to joker to sweet candy. And apart from the wonderful results, these giggles are a full-on motivation for me to continue my experiments.
In the last couple of weeks, I came across the term multimasking a few of times. Multimasking is the technique of using several face masks to target each area of the face since each zone has different needs – whether it’s oil control, moisturizing or pore refining. The combination of masks is supposed to give the face a customizable pampering, depending on what type of skin you have. While I had been using selective masking (not sure of the correct terminology for this) where I would use a different mask for my T zone only and a different one for my cheeks, I didn’t think of using these different masks at the same time on different areas of the face – which is what mutlimaksing is.
After hearing about this I decided to give it a go with few of my favourite ingredients. I made 3 different masks – one for my T zone which is prone to oily skin and clogging, one for the cheeks which is generally very dry and the third one for the under eyes coz I‘m a mom – you know what I meanJ
Under eye mask
Ingredients – Cucumber and Aloe Vera
Cucumber is my favorite ingredient for the under eyes. It helps to hydrate the skin, eliminate puffiness and dark circles. Aloe Vera contains vitamins and antioxidants and helps prevent skin ageing. It also moisturizes the skin, improves elasticity, soothes irritated skin and is very effective in reducing puffy eyes.
Take about ¼ to ½ a cucumber and blend it till it’s a liquid. Mix this with ½ tsp of Aloe Vera gel. You can use it directly from the plant or even the store-bought ones would do. Make this mask first and place it in the freezer till you prepare the other masks
T Zone mask – mask for oily skin prone to clogging
Ingredients – Fullers earth, rose water, orange zest
Fullers earth has the property to quickly absorb oil as well as impurities from the skin. It is also wonderful for exfoliation. Orange zest helps removing blackheads, dead skin and brightens the skin. I make orange zest powder at home and store it so it is easy to use in any mask. I also use it in recipes (Cut the peels into thin slices. Spread them on to a tray with enough surface area. Dry the skins under the sun for 3 4 days until they become hard and completely dry. The water should have evaporated and the peel must look dehydrated. Grind them into a fine powdery texture. Store in a jar and keep it for later use.)
Mix 1 tsp of fullers earth and ½ tsp of orange zest powder and a few spoons of rose water to make it of a paste consistency.
Cheeks mask – mask for dry skin
Ingredients: Strawberry, Fresh cream, honey, lime
Using the above ingredients follow the procedure here to make the pack for dry skin. Strawberries have antioxidant and astringent properties which help in slowing down the ageing process. Mixed with cream and honey they moisturize the skin. Lime helps to reduce blemishes. If your skin is super dry then replace the lime with glycerin.
Tips to remember: While preparing any mask do not use metal bowls or spoons. Use glass bowls and wooden spoons or a brush. Do not expose the masks to direct sunlight.
Once all the masks are ready first start with the T zone mask followed by the one for your cheeks. Then lie down and dip a couple of cotton pads in the eye mask and place it over the eyes. Keep these masks on for 15 mins or till the mask for oily skin dries up. Wash with running water and meet your newly rejuvenated skin.
You can customize the areas to mask with each of these totally based on your skin type and need not go by the areas I have masked. Mix and match different masks to figure out the ones that suit your skin the most. Here are some more easy DIY masks you might like.
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