“The revival mask for brighter complexion. The illuminating serum for polished skin. The invigorating elixir of eternal youth”. These are the billboard-laden catch phrases used by beauty connoisseurs to delve into women’s psyches and their infinite desires — to achieve, to obtain and to preserve youthful, radiant skin. Did you know that the US is the biggest cosmetic market in the world with an estimated total revenue of $55 billion in 2013? The fact that the cosmetic industry offers a vast array of skincare products that meet the aesthetic demands of woman is surely undeniable.
Though we are constantly bombarded with commercials endorsing million-dollar celebrities like Sofia Vergara (“Das Bombshell!”) and Adriana Lima (“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline”), we can’t help but realize that attaining beauty is a constant endeavor that doesn’t live up to its hype when the greenbacks run dry. So what if you lack a department of makeup artists, beauty consultants, and ripped personal trainers charging $250/hour to guide you in your pursuit of youthful skin? Or such brightening treatments like microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing are time-consuming and within the realm of safety concerns? To me, attaining and preserving beauty is a lifestyle choice rather than living up to the latest fad. Which is why I prefer natural concoctions over cosmetic remedies – think green tea patches for puffy eyes and honey/sugar/olive oil scrubs for dry lips. So here to introduce to you are 3 masks that use natural ingredients to revive dull skin and keep parched and patchy complexion at bay. Trust me, your wallet will thank you for this and so will your impending vacation from all your greenback savings :
1.) LUSH BB SEAWEED MASK:
Infused with lime tree flower petals, bladderwrack seaweed, and aloe vera, this luscious mask helps treat irritated skin by sloughing away dead skin cells and imparting a soft and supple texture. A remnant of honey and olive oil moisturizes the face, keeping intact the glycerin that seals the dewy effect. Take two quarter-size dollops of the paste and scatter it across you face. Let it linger for 15-20 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. There you have it – miraculously brighter, firmer, healthier skin!
2.) ESSENCE MASK SHEETS:
Korean girls are most adept in achieving that incandescently youthful skin, thanks to the vast array of face masks by brands like The Face Shop and Etude House. I like ones with hyaluronic acid because it contains hydrating ingredients that absorb and retain moisture in your skin (carrying up to 1000 times its weight in water), and collagen because it helps to revive elasticity and increment firmness due to its fibrous structure. Have the mask on for 20-25 minutes, and maybe indulge in your guilty pleasure while you do so (Youtube fashion gurus—my favorite is the effervescent Jenn Im from Clothes Encounters. Check her out here!) Once the clocks ticks to the last minute, remove the mask and use your index fingers to pat the remaining essence into the skin. Can’t guarantee that you’ll look like a glamorous Kpop star, but your skin will feel more hydrated and polished from all that pampering!
3.) DIY MASK
Last but not least, a home-made DIY treatment! This mash-up of ingredients found at your local grocery store would help bring back the supple dewiness of your skin, making it baby soft to the touch!
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 egg white
- 3 tablespoons of flour
Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply evenly to the face with your fingers. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Lastly seal the deal with a glycerin-infused moisturizer. Ta-da! Date night-approved luscious skin!
Hope these 3 facials, from creamy pastes to mask sheets to DIY concoctions, add a bit of jazz to your regular skincare routine and pave way for brighter, firmer, and ever so coveted skin! Trust me, you’re born with it! 🙂