Even if you wash your skin gently, avoid pinching or pulling it, and make sure to protect it against environmental pollutants, you may suffer from blemishes and other problems. Pimples, blackheads, rough dry skin, excess oil and dullness can all occur even when you use the best skin care techniques. That’s why it’s often a good idea to use face masks for blackheads and similar problems once every few weeks. These products can pull out dirt that ordinary cleansers can reach, rejuvenating your skin and reducing the risk of blemishes.
What Is a Cleansing Face Mask?
Face mask products come in a variety of types, including brightening and moisturizing, as well as cleansing. Cleansing masks are specifically designed to penetrate the pores of the skin and remove built-up dirt and debris. Generally speaking, you apply them thickly to your face and allow them to work for a half hour or so in order to get the best effect. They can then be rinsed off, wiped off with a damp cloth, or peeled off, depending on the ingredients used to make them.
Homemade Face Masks
Cleansing face masks for blackheads, dirt removal or other purposes can either be purchased commercially or made at home. Many people use homemade face mask recipes to produce inexpensive cleansing products with limited irritation potential. These masks use common food or drugstore ingredients such as egg whites, yogurt, oatmeal, sugar, cocoa, coffee and even clean cat litter.
The chief advantage of picking a homemade mask recipe instead of a commercial product is the low cost. Most people have at least some of the ingredients for these cleansing masks at home, making it easy to create one without a lot of prior planning. Disadvantages include the unreliability of ingredient quality, since food ingredients may not be consistent enough for cosmetic use, and the mess and effort required to make the mask. The extra time and skill required to produce a good homemade cleansing masks causes many people to turn to commercial varieties for an easier, more predictable process.
Why Choose Natural Face Masks?
While many facial masks look and feel similar, with a thick texture and a long working time, they aren’t all made the same way. A large percentage of commercial products contain synthetic and chemical ingredients that seem to work well, but can actually be irritating or damaging in the long run. These include lab-made fragrances and colorants, parabens as preservatives, artificial emulsifiers and penetration enhancers that can actually change the structure of your skin.
Fortunately, not all commercial face mask products use these types of ingredients. A growing number, including Xtend-Life’s Deep Active Cleansing Mask, rely primarily on natural ingredients that have a much lower chance of causing chemical sensitivity and irritation. For instance, natural kaolin clay is used to pull oil and grime out of the skin without the dangers of penetration-enhancing ingredients. When combined with bentone gel derived from another variety of clay, it can help keep pores clean and reduce dullness.
Since the cleansing ingredients in facial masks often absorb large amounts of oil from the skin, it’s important for any good formula to use a few moisturizing ingredients. Some of the best options include macadamia oil, from one of the richest tropical nuts in the world, as well as the natural emollient shea butter. These ingredients are easily absorbed into the skin and help it stay soft, supple and Age Defying beautiful, even after deep cleaning.