Pinterest recipes have put homemade beauty masks on the map. From yogurt + honey to whipped egg whites, there are thousands of DIY facial mask recipes out there encouraging you to turn your pantry into your own personal spa. But do they actually work?
In a facial setting, masks provide an immediate gratification of what someone’s skin may need in that moment. Some masks can help hydrate the skin, some to calm, while others encourage detoxing. In general though, masks sit on the surface of the skin. They do not penetrate into the skin and it’s hard to find a mask to encourage long-term results. Most of the time, it is a short-term relief.
The skin also does not receive the vitamins and nutrients of food placed on the skin – it just doesn’t work that way. If so, vitamin c serums would all be out of a job and we could just rub orange slices on our faces! Digestion is in place for a reason, and vitamins and minerals from food must be extracted before they can do any good on your skin.
There’s also the trouble of clogging skin. Use the wrong product, and you could end up with lots of comedogenic acne. I’ve seen more than a handful of clients who have experienced an unintentional Pinterest DIY fail here. So moral of the story is be careful what you put on your skin.
That being said, I think masks can be a very nice treat! They can provide hydration, calming, or softening effects after use. Here are a few DIY mask recipes for you to have fun with at home:
Want a natural mask without the fuss? I’m a bit biased towards my Calming Oatmeal Mask. Smells amazing and feels like baby skin after you’ve soaked it up!
Elise May, CN + LE, is the owner and practitioner behind SKINutritious. She has helped over 1,000 clients clear acne with detoxing treatments, clear skin coaching, and holistic skincare.
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