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What are the Different Types of Herbal Masks?

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  • Written By: Jessica Ellis
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 September 2019
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An herbal mask is a healing or improving skin product that uses herbs. There are many different types of herbal masks to try; most are quite easy to make or can be purchased from some beauty suppliers. Using the long history and lore of herbs, an herbal mask can be concocted to attack nearly any type of skin problem.

Throughout history, certain herbs have been considered beneficial to certain types of illnesses or problems. While not always medically proven, pharmacology and herb-related medicine has a strong and enduring following throughout the world. The first step to finding the right herbal mask is to do research on what herbs are meant to help which conditions. There are several books and online guides on the subject; an herbalist or alternative medical doctor may also be able to help.

There are many different types of herbal masks for dealing with acne and skin congestion. Substances considered helpful are those with an anti-bacterial component, such as aloe vera, to help prevent new blemishes. Astringent herbs, such as peppermint or tea tree oil, can help cleanse the skin, but may need to be diluted to avoid skin irritation. Soothing herbs like lavender and chamomile are good for reducing redness and inflammation.

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To make a basic acne-fighting mask, make a brewed infusion or tea of some of the above herbs, mix a few drops of aloe vera and combine with Greek yogurt. Spread this on the face and leave on for ten minutes before cleansing and moisturizing. Other bases to mix with the herbs can be made of wet oatmeal, ground almonds, or mashed bananas.

For dry skin, herbal masks can add moisture by using natural oils and soothing herbs. Mash an avocado, add an egg white or olive oil, and sprinkle the mixture with softening dried lavender or lavender oil. The avocado base will help soften the skin, while the dried lavender will soothe inflammation and cracked skin.

Many natural cosmetic companies offer a wide variety of herbal masks to meet skin needs. Buying prepared masks has the advantages of reducing the mess of home concoctions and possibly a longer shelf life. Read labels carefully, however, as not all natural products are created alike. To avoid skin irritation from commercial herbal masks, avoid products that contain potential irritants like alcohol or parabens. Reading labels carefully will help distinguish the truly natural herbal masks from those masquerading.

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