Clay mask and cucumbers?
We see it all the time on TV, in magazines, you name it. It is the epitome of someone having spa time, laying with a clay mask on and cucumbers on their eyes. What does this really do? Does it work? If so, are there other things we can do at home?
First, yes, it is actually doing something. The primary benefit of the clay mask is to remove excess oil from the skin by slowing sebum production, giving you dry, smooth skin. It is ideal for acne-prone skin. While that is the main benefit, it is not the only one. Depending on the type of clay used, there are other things that different minerals in the different clays can do including exfoliating and improving circulation. You can buy the powder to make a mask at any drug store or online. Make sure you use the appropriate one for your specific skin type.
As for the cucumbers, they contain ascorbic and caffeic acids, both of which will reduce the water retention around your eyes, reducing the puffiness. In addition, they can have a mild effect on dark circles under the eyes as they contain a natural skin lightener.
What else is good for your skin that you might have at home? Check your kitchen cabinets. There are two natural oils that you might have on hand; olive and coconut oil. Olive oil contains three natural anti-oxidants so it prevents damage caused by free radicals. It is absorbed deeply by your skin therefore it won’t clog pores. Coconut oil, a natural source of Vitamin E, is not only a great anti-oxidant but also the fatty acids in it help your body retain moisture.
Other natural products that you may have with skin benefits…
~lemons: the vitamin C is good for age/brown spots on the skin by encouraging new cell growth
~honey: a great natural moisturizer
~aloe vera gel: soothes and moisturizes irritated skin
The next time you have some alone time or just feel like having a spa day, check your cabinets and lock the bathroom door. You probably have all the right things to treat your skin to something nice.