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Face Packs And Face Masks


A face pack is a combination of several natural or artificial ingredients targeted at improving skin texture, colour or remedying a specific skin problem such as blemishes, pigmentation, acne, wrinkles, oiliness, dryness, etc, and conditioning the skin. Applying a refreshing facepack of natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, essential oils definitely gives your skin a quick lift. Ingredients used in Face packs vary according to your skin type and skin problems. Sharp tasting fruits, such as grape, lemon, tomato or peach, should be combined with a more soothing, starchy fruit or vegetable, such as banana. Some fruits such as grapes have a peeling effect on skin and therefore should be avoided on dry and sensitive skin types.
In order to remove the facial pack, regardless of skin type, it is not recommended to use hard, boiled water. For removing a face-pack off fat skin you should soften warm water with boric acid, acidify it with a lemon, orange juice, cranberries, juice of red current. Anyway, a pack is removed with the help of a few wet wads of cotton wool. For normal and dry skin types packs are removed with herbal extracts, tea, milk, hips extract and cold salty water. No matter what face packs recipes you use, the packs shouldn't be overdone, especially when it concerns masks that turn into a solid pellicle.
Face packs recipes are different for every season, age and skin state. There are also different face packs from fruits and homemade face packs such as nourishing, softening, and depriving of fat and so on. In the structure of a pack for dry skin it is useful to add vegetable oil, sour cream and cream. For oily skin face packs recipes that contain fruit acids are useful. These packs contain vitamins, glucose and promote keeping of water in skin.

Choosing The Right Face Pack And Mask:
Before you use a face pack, you need to identify your skin type. Is your skin oily, dry, blemish-prone or balanced? Do you want to make your skin lighter, get a glow, avoid wrinkles, treat acne or get rid of a tan? Depending on your specific needs, select a mask and use it one to three times a week. Remember, your face pack should never contain any ingredient to which you are allergic (for eg if you are allergic to eggs or strawberries, you should refrain from using them). To check if the mask agrees with your skin, apply a little to a small patch of skin and leave it on for a few minutes. If it causes burning or itching, you are probably allergic to one or more of the ingredients, so wash it off immediately. Consult a dermatologist if the irritation persists.

How To Use A Face Pack:
Tie your hair back with a headband and rinse your face with warm water. Massage your face lightly to improve circulation and steam it for a couple of minutes to open the pores. Steaming helps improve the absorption of active ingredients in the mask by the skin.
Following steaming, gently dry your face and apply the freshly prepared mask using a pack brush or your fingertips with smooth upward and outward strokes, ie, from the center of the face outward. Place cucumber slices on your eyes and relax as you allow the pack to dry (10-15 minutes).
Once dry, rinse your face with warm water to remove the pack. If you are using a peel-off facial, peel off the dried pack in chips. In the case of an exfoliating mask, you will need to scrub the pack off vigorously to remove dead, dry skin. Once you have removed the pack, follow it up with a toner and some moisturiser.

Homemade Face Packs For Problem Skin:
1.Skin Rejuvenating Pack:
This pack is suitable for mature skin and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soak a handful of fresh scented geranium leaves in rose water (enough to cover) for a few hours until softened, then spread on your face and lie down for 15-20 minutes. Rinse.
2.Spot Remedy Facepack: Beat 1 egg white until stiff. Mix in 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp carrot juice and 1 tsp crushed garlic and apply for 20 minutes to help heal spots and blemishes.
3.Blemished Skin Pack: Soak 1 tbsp fuller's earth in 1 tbsp yogurt for half an hour, then mix 1 tsp fresh mint powder. Mix and apply on face and leave to dry. Wash off with lukewarm water followed by a cold water rinse.
4.Acne Remedy Facepack: Mix five teaspoons of aloe vera gel, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of ground apricot, 2 teaspoons of almond oil, 4 teaspoons of orange peel powder and apply the mixture evenly on the face. Leave for one hour and then wash it off with water. This is an excellent facepack for acne-prone problematic skin.
5.Under-eye Dark Cicles Remedy: Squeeze the juice from a cucumber and cool it in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Add a little lemon juice and lanolin cream. Apply around the eyes for up to twenty minutes. Wash off carefully.
6.Freckles Remedy Pack: Mix some sour milk with cotton cheese and apply on skin for 10-15 minutes. Fat skin should be smeared with lemon juice beforehand. Remove face pack with cotton tampon, moistened in kefir or curdled milk.
7.Blackhead Remedy Face pack: Make a paste of 2-3 tbsp of yogurt, 1-2 tbsp oatmeal, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp honey and apply on the blackheads. Wash off when dry. This is an effective face pack in removing blackheads.
8.Facepack For Dull And Sallow Skin:Blend a cube each of fresh ripe papaya, pineapple, cucumber and strawberry with a little egg white (optional) or besan (chickpea flour). The fruits contain alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes that help peel off dull, dead skin and reveal a clearer complexion.
9.Pack For Sunburnt Skin: Take 1 spoonful of chickpea flour, 2 spoons full of yogurt. Mix well and apply it for half an hour. It soothes sunburnt skin.
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