Plus two surprise DIY face mask recipes. Read to know more…
Self-care for me primarily means: doing a facemask. I think this stems from my childhood as mum would rarely visit salon. On Sundays, she would do a DIY mask at home – ubtan. She would even let us (me and my sister!) apply generously. We would read “Agatha Christie” while the mask dries. We got our first lesson on TLC then!
Yah! So I was saying – my ultimate self-care routine would definitely start with a mask and most likely even end with a mask. Sundays, just like growing up days, are still scheduled for masking. Put on the mask, pour myself a chamomile tea and browse Pinterest. So therapeutic! My mum says mask would work even better if I leave my phone and read a book instead. All moms I guess!?
Considering the limited time we have to indulge in such TLC, it is important that one selects the right mask for the skin type, preferably a mask with multi-action. Market is flooded with masks that assure everything from exfoliation to corrections. Below I have put together, four (4) noteworthy masks that I have used and absolutely loved for their unique properties.
Also, putting down two simple DIY ubtan for days when you have abundant time to indulge in R&R.
Enn’s Closet is a homegrown brand , gradually getting the popularity it truly deserves. The brand creates products from 100% naturally sourced ingredients , free from parabens and other harmful chemicals. I really recommend you to visit their website and have a look at their product range.
Its difficult to pick one mask from Enn’s but if had to pick just one, it would be Chizzle – Skin Tightening. The mask is made up of aloe vera , clay , kiwi fruit extract , honey extract , coconut oil and all such goodness. Slather this on , let it dry to 20 mins and get fresh new skin with improved elasticity.
Best suited for oily skin with large open pores , this is a revolutionary product. Having bagged many skin care awards this year, this mask is made up of thick clay which absorbs excess oil, cleanses and reduces any inflammation. The mask binds with all the oil, dirt and gunk accumulated in the pores and washes it away without making the skin feel extra dry. I use this mask on alternate days , after coming back from work , to get that squeaky clean fresh skin.
This heavenly dessert-like-smell product is packed with antioxidants and is a must-have for dry skin problems. It’s a scrub-cum-mask; apply it generously over entire face and neck and leave it for 20 mins and then scrub it over in circular motion for another 5-7 mins. The goodness of coffee and chocolate detoxifies, exfoliates and purifies skin.
Green tea infused beauty products are everyone’s obsession these days. Green tea is an antioxidant that protects the skin from sun damage, reduces acne and puffiness and evens out the skin. Plum Green tea mask is a clay based pack which is paraben free and 100% vegan. It is a very light mask which is makes it ideal for daily use.
DIY Mask – Summers
In a bowl, add 2-3 spoonful of besan (chickpea flour), 1 spoon yoghurt, one half grated cucumber and half a spoon of coarsely ground rice. Mix well and use it as a full body mask. The goodness of besan and yoghurt will thoroughly cleanse and nourish skin while rice has exfoliation properties and is also known to even out skin colour.
DIY Mask – Winters
In a bowl, add 2-3 spoonful of grated orange peel, some milk and a pinch of turmeric. Mix well and use it as a full body mask. I usually collect orange peels throughout winters and dry them in the sun. Grind them and store in an airtight jar.
Would love to know if you used any of these suggested masks and the DIY ones. Leave in your comments and also share if you have a personal favourite DIY mask.