A purifying mask is on one hand similar to cleansing facial scrubs in that it removes impurities from skin and cleanse the pores.
A purifying homemade facial mask, however, adds nourishment to the skin, leaving it smooth and healthy.
Here's a great recipe sent to us by Pat:
A really good homemade mask is a purifying one my daughter and I developed from things we like and know work well on all skin types. Very sensitive skin runs in the family with lots of allergies to dyes, perfumes and chemical preservatives, so it makes more sense to be sure about the ingredients.
Only one ingredient is not too common, and that’s the fresh mint leaves, but we found a great substitute-herbal tea bags! Find a mint tea that contains only mint and use one bag in the recipe.
To extract more of the mint essence, use the water to brew the tea bag first, steeping for five minutes, then stir in the oat bran and proceed. A mint added green or black tea can also be used. It’s best to make this in single use portions, but if you should store it or leftovers, it must be refrigerated and used in two or three days.
Purifying Mint Masque
Stir the oat bran into the water and microwave one or two minutes. Stir and cool to near room temperature.
In a mini food processor or blender or “Bullet” place the mint and egg white and process until pureed and homogenized, then add the egg white and process again until blended.
Wash your face before using the masque and pat it dry. Cover the face and jaw with a thin layer of this and let dry, about 15- 20 minutes. Avoid the eye lids and the skin just next to it.
Wash off with warm water, and then follow with an ice cold pack or wet towel to close the pores.
Mint and mint oil (menthol) are often used as a home remedy for mosquito bites and bee stings. They act by preventing inflammation, they cool the skin and reduce redness. More great tips from our readers
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