The use of beauty masks dates far back in history. Aside from the dependable cucumber slices, there are many natural products that can be used to treat dull or uneven complexions: eggs (sometimes the white, sometimes the yolk), clay, fruits, vegetables, oats, bran, etc. The list is practically endless.

To begin with, remember that even though some products work wonders on the skin, they'll look quite horrifying when you first apply them! Smearing fruit pulp all over your face doesn't exactly turn you into a paragon of beauty. However, to make these masks easier to apply, prepare a piece of muslin or cloth by cutting out two holes for the eyes, a hole for your nostrils and one for the mouth. Spread the mixture on the cloth and place the compress onto your face. You won't look too smart, but at least the mask will stay where it's supposed to be - on your face - and it will be easier to remove!

Before applying a mask, it's important to give your skin a thorough cleansing and to prepare it with a steam. Once your pores are open, your skin will be more receptive to the beneficial components of the mask.

While the mask is on, apply two cotton balls moistened with warm rose water (neither too hot or too cold) to your eyes. This little trick helps reduce those pesky dark shadows.

After removing the mask, apply a toner to your skin to close up the pores and restore your skin's fine texture.


Off with the mask!
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