Various face masks

Clay (or Multani mitti) mask

Purpose: To reduce oiliness of skin and to prevent acne.

Suitability: Suitable for for oily and combination skin.

Clay face mask
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Ingredients:

  • Clay / Multani mitti
  • Rose water

 Steps:

  1. Take two spoons of clay powder or multani mitti (another type of clay available in India).
  2. Add rose water to it as required and mix till you get a paste like consistency. Not too thick, but not watery.
  3. You can also add a few drops of honey if you prefer. The mask will not harden if you add honey. It will dry, but will not harden like how clap packs generally do.
  4. Keep it on for 15 – 20 minutes and wash with water.
  5. Wipe once with damp cotton wool to remove the mask completely.
  6. Follow with a mild toner like aloe vera gel.

Papaya face mask

Purpose: To clear acne, removal of tan and to clear blemishes.

Suitability: Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • Papaya fruit
  • Rice flour
  • Rose water

Papayam

Steps:

  1. Take two small slices of papaya.
  2. Blend them along with rose water in a blender till smooth.
  3. Mix this pulp with rice flour till smooth.
  4. Apply this on your face and neck as you gently massage. Apply a nice thick layer.
  5. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash off when dry or even partially dry. As you wash your face, you can use the face pack as a scrub. The rice flour gently exfoliates skin while the juice of papaya reacts to remove blemishes and to prevent acne. If you have acne, do not scrub and just wash it off since you may accidentally pop a pimple.

Tomato face mask

Purpose: To open pores and to cleanse skin (removing dirt and impurities).

Suitability: Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • Tomato
  • Glycerine
  • Gram flour (Besan)

Tomato

Steps:

  1. Slice a tomato into half.
  2. Take one half and squeeze its juice well. (eat the pulp while you’re at it!)
  3. Add this juice to two teaspoons of gram flour.
  4. Add a drop of glycerine and mix till smooth.
  5. Apply this pack on your face and neck.
  6. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  7. Wash off with plain water.

Glycerine smoothens skin beautifully while tomato juice gently cleanses and helps skin breathe well. The gram flour and tomato act together to cleanse skin and remove tan in the process. This mask can be thin and can be applied on a daily basis. This does not cause any harm even if applied everyday.

Cucumber and Aloe vera mask

Purpose: To cool skin, reduce sunburn, to tone skin and to fight acne.

Suitability: Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber
  • Fresh aloe vera
  • Lemon

Cucualoe

Steps:

  1. Cut a few slices of cucumber.
  2. Cut a small piece of aloe from your plant and scrap the gel from the piece. If fresh aloe is not available, use yoghurt instead.
  3. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze three teaspoons juice from it.
  4. Blend the cucumber slices, aloe gel and lemon juice into a smooth paste.
  5. Apply this paste on your face and neck.
  6. Lie down and keep two cucumber slices one on each eye.
  7. After 20 – 30 minutes, wash with cold water.

This face mask is great for toning and de-tanning the skin. This is especially useful during the summer to get rid of sunburns and to make you feel fresh and relaxed. This is one my favourite masks for it makes you feel so good.

Turmeric yogurt mask

Purpose: To fight pimples / acne, to treat dark patches and to exfoliate skin.

Suitability: Suitable for dry and combination skin.

Ingredients:

  • Wild turmeric or turmeric powder
  • Yoguurt

kasthuri manjal

Steps:

  1. Take two teaspoons of turmeric powder (preferably organic). You could also use ground fresh turmeric if you happen to have the plant in your garden.
  2. Add yoghurt to the turmeric powder and mix well.
  3. Apply this paste to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash with cold water.

The yellow colour of the turmeric will be visible on your skin. So I suggest you apply this face pack and wash off before you go to bed. If you do not want the turmeric to leave a stain, follow up by wiping your face with cotton wool dipped in rose water to tone the skin and also removing the yellow colour with it.

Tea tree oil mask

Purpose:  To clear acne and acne spots.

Suitability: Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Gram flour (Besan) or Multani mitti / Clay
green pack
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Steps:

  1. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to clay or gram flour.
  2. Mix well till the paste is smooth. You can add little orange juice or water to mix the two and make the paste.
  3. Apply it on your face and neck. Concentrate more on the areas with acne or acne spots.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cold water.

You can also mix tea tree oil with olive oil and apply on the affected areas. This might not be the best treatment for those with oily skin – but for others, it will work well.

Potato juice mask

Purpose: To remove dark circles and dark patches/spots and for clearer complexion.

Suitability: Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

  • Potato
  • Green gram flour
  • Coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Slice up a potato and blend or grate.
  2. Squeeze well to get the extract.
  3. Mix the potato juice (1 table spoon) with green gram flour and a drop of coconut oil.
  4. Mix well till you get a smooth paste.
  5. Apply on your face and neck including the area around your eyes.
  6. Wash off after 20 minutes with warm water.
  7. You may use a toner later (the smell of potato juice keeps lingering on the skin and you may want to get rid of it)

All the face packs are fully natural and are great for your skin. I’ve personally tried all of them and have had good results. Do try!

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.