Add a mask to any skincare routine and watch how you instantly up the beautifying – not to mention, pampering process of your regimen.  Before scientists were in labs cooking up fancy face creams and miracle masks, the women of the world relied heavily on all natural products.  Did you know that geisha would dampen a piece of kimono silk with distilled flower water and place it on the face?  You could say it was a very simple early version of a modern day sheet mask.

Despite their demanding schedule and heavily applied makeup, geisha were known for having exquisite skin.  How did they get and maintain a state of gleaming, soft, pure skin or as the Japanese prefer to call it, “mochi hada“?  They kept their routine simple and natural.  So in honor of that tried and true technique, let’s head to the kitchen and get our on geisha glow on.

Prep Your Skin

First, remove any trace of makeup on your skin.  Long before it became Instagram worthy to put oil on your face to remove makeup, guess who perfected the art?  Geisha would remove their striking white makeup with a camellia oil before cleansing.

This camellia oil is still used today to treat mild (not severe) acne scars left behind after an active breakout has died away.  It doesn’t work for everyone, but then again what does?  Those who have had success with it claim it lightens dark spots, reduces scars, and shrinks pores.  It takes roughly 9-18 months to see a difference, so patience is required when using this product.  Camellia oil is also used to smooth hair and reduce wrinkles.

Another good oil to use is  hemp oil because it does not clog pores.  Once the makeup is off, cleansing the skin is next.  Cleansing acne prone skin is one step we can’t afford to overlook.  Once the face is nice and clean, what’s next?  I find it supremely helpful to steam and exfoliate.

It really does wonders for unclogging pores that are trapped with bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum or oil, all of which contribute to acne.  Now your skin is properly prepped for a mask.  Before getting started, always make sure to thoroughly wash and dry any tools you’ll be using.  This may include any bowls, whisks, blenders, or other containers or mixers.

Make life easier for yourself and gather the ingredients you need ahead of time.  For consistent results, always use exact measurements of the ingredients you’re putting in your masks.  If you’re tempted to  swap out ingredients, just remember that your recipe may not work as well as it should.  Masks made from fruits and vegetables don’t have a long shelf life.  Use them quickly.  Keep essential oils in dark glass bottles to keep sunlight from compromising their  therapeutic qualities.

Kaolin Mask

  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of Kaolin Clay
  1. Mix half of the cucumber with honey.
  2. Add enough kaolin clay to form a paste (begin with a teaspoon and add more, as necessary).
  3. Apply the mask to your face.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cold water.

The reason why this is good for oily skin is because kaolin is a fine-grain white clay that reduces oil on skin.  This mask only calls for half of a cucumber, but don’t toss that other half!  Drink 4-5 cups of cucumber juice a day for a week.

It’s good at removing toxins from the body due to its 95% water content.  It has high antioxidant levels that calm inflammation which leads to redness and acne.  It’s also high in vitamins and minerals.  All of which promote clear skin.

Honey Mask

  • 1-2 Bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
  1. Break bananas into chunks.
  2. Toss in a blender with half of the peel.
  3. Add a tablespoon of raw honey and blend.
  4. Apply it to your face.
  5. Wait 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse well.

This mask is great for those who suffer from dry skin because honey moisturizes and softens skin.  It also has healing properties.  Raw honey is full of flavonoids and polyphenols that may perform as antioxidants.  Antioxidants are great at fighting free-radical damage.  Plus, honey is all natural.  It has zero harmful side effects.  I say cheers to that.

Egg Mask

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  1. Add the egg yolk to the olive oil.
  2. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  3. Whisk them together.
  4. Apply the mixture to your face.
  5. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse with cold water.

This is a good mask for combination skin.  The egg yolks nourish and moisturize skin.  Lemon juice is antibacterial and fights acne.  Also, it is rich in vitamin C which reduces dark spots.

This mask only calls for the yolk of the egg, but hold on to that egg white!  You can use it as an overnight spot treatment.  Apply the egg white to a pimple with a cotton swab.  Let it sit overnight to take full advantage of the egg white’s astringent properties.

Oatmeal Mask

  • 1 Peeled Medium Onion
  • 1 Ounce Purified Mineral Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Plain Organic Oatmeal
  1. Boil the water.
  2. Pour it over the oatmeal.
  3. Steep for five minutes.
  4. Finely grind the onion in a blender.
  5. Add the smooth puree to the oatmeal while it is still warm.
  6. Add some honey or green clay to thicken the mask as necessary.
  7. Store the mask in the fridge for one week.

Oatmeal has been used topically to treat measles and other skin irritations such as acne.  Oatmeal contains saponins which draw out dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin.  As a result, pores are deeply cleaned which prevents clogs and keeps skin clean and acne-free.  According to Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide, “Onion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and inhibits the overproduction of collagen in acne scars.”

While all of the above listed masks are safe to use, some may work better for your skin than others.  If for some reason you find that a mask – or a skincare product in general, irritates your skin, then stop using it to avoid further harm.  It is better to be safe than sorry.  You can always perform a patch test on your forearm first before applying a product to your face.  Clean the inside of your forearm, apply the product, leave it on for 10-20 minutes and see how your skin reacts.

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Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

What are some of your favorite all natural acne fighting masks?

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Kelli Ann Wilson “Natural Facial Masks,” Remedies, February 2018 pg. 26

Julie Gabriel, “The Green Beauty Guide,” pg. 180