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How Does a Peel-Off Face Mask Work?

Did you know about the benefits of using a peel-off face mask? If yes, you will still find more valuable tips in this article. If you are not yet completely familiar with peel-off masks, we will explain below why you should include them in your skincare routine.

There are many kinds of peel-off face masks, and they vary according to skin type. However, the purpose for all of them is the same: remove dirt, dead skin cells, clear pores, reduce the risks of acne formation, deeply cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

In this article we will cover how natural homemade peel-off face masks work. We will also share a few DIY recipes that do not take long to prepare and are easy to apply to your face.

Remember that DIY peel-off masks are always much more preferable than commercial ones. They are free of chemicals and toxic products, thus are less likely to pollute or irritate the skin. Also, they are easily customizable and there are options for every budget..

How Does a Natural Peel-Off Face Mask Work?

Peel-off face masks come in different forms, but most are a gel-like consistency that you apply to your face. Then you wait for the mask to harden and remove it by peeling it off. These masks penetrate deeply into your skin while moisturising. The process of peeling the mask away then removes the top layer of dead skin cells, as well as any impurities trapped in your pores.

Wondering how to peel off a face mask? You want to ensure you remove the mask gently, starting at the top right and left corners and working inwards. Once you get to the center, move to the bottom corners and repeat the process. Do not try to rip off the mask quickly as that can cause damage to your skin.

How to Make a Homemade Peel-Off Face Mask?

Homemade peel-off face masks should contain either gelatin, honey, clay or egg whites as the main ingredient to ensure the sticky consistency as we should peel off these masks and not wash them off like other standard face masks.

Here are three great DIY peel-off face masks for you to try.

Detoxifying Spirulina-Clay Peel-Off Face Mask for All Types of Skin

Spirulina is a nutritional supplement, however being a healthy product, it can also be notably helpful for the skin. As a superfood, its function is to cleanse the body from waste products and help our organs absorb the vitamins that it brings along. Thus, it does mainly the same for our skin. This superb 3-ingredient spirulina mask prevents the formation of acne and early wrinkles and leaves the skin soft and glowing after applying.

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 tsp of spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp of clay like bentonite or kaolin (make sure the clay you use is safe for application on the face)
  • 2 tbsp of water (you can use more or less if needed)

You can also add a few drops of essential oils for enhanced aroma, but it is entirely optional. You mix the dry ingredients until combined, then you start adding water gradually. After that, it’s good to put on your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask for 20 minutes, then remove by gently peeling. You can put on your favorite face cream afterwards to soothe your skin a little. This face mask is recommended for any skin type, especially for oily and acne-prone skin.

Peel-off face masks aren’t removed by washing,
but rather by peeling of the hardened layer.
Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Activated Charcoal-Gelatin Peel-Off Face Mask for Oily Skin

With this activated charcoal and gelatin peel-off face mask, you will experience most of what peel-off face masks can provide, by entirely removing all dirt, grease and toxins that may have accumulated. You will need:

1 tbsp of gelatin powder

1 tsp of activated charcoal powder

2 tbsp of water

Mix gelatin powder with water and bring them to a boil. Then add charcoal gradually and let it cool a little to be ready to apply on your face. You can use a brush for application and wait for 30 minutes. That is the time needed for the mask to harden and be ready to peel off. This DIY peel-off face mask is fantastic for oily skin, however not recommended for very dry or sensitive skin.

Aloe Vera Honey Peel-Off Face Mask for Dry Skin

This light and gorgeous peel-off face mask is mainly for dry skin. It’s not painful to remove and has a much lighter texture than other peel-off masks. The ingredients needed are:

  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  •  Aloe vera gel

Take a bowl and mix all of the ingredients together; stir until you get a spreadable consistency. Put it on your face for 10-15 minutes, which is more than enough in this case, then remove. It is recommended to put on face cream or moisturizer afterwards to provide some moisture to your face.

Bonus: Please note that there is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is naturally inherited, while dehydrated skin results from an unhealthy lifestyle, not getting enough fluids, not hydrating adequately or too much exposure to sunlight.

Extra tip: You are free to add a few drops of essential oils to any peel-off face mask you make if you want it to have a better fragrance.  A few good options that have skin benefits include lavender, frankincense, neroli, geranium and tea-tree essential oil. Do not use fragrance oils or burner oils as they are not safe for the skin.

Are You Ready to Try a Peel-Off Face Mask?

To summarize, peel-off face masks have numerous benefits for your skin. They are simple to prepare, are easily customizable and offer a wide range of ingredients that can be used. As you have seen above, you should carefully choose the peel-off mask according to your skin type for the best results. Let us know what kind of skin you have and if any of these masks work for you.

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