Monday, January 2, 2012

Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts

Hello guys! Happy New Year :)
Today we are going to make an Intensive Hydrating Gel based Mask that calms and pulls moisture into the skin without making it feel greasy. I have been using different variations of this mask for years and I have always liked it. It's a great mask! Not heavy, oily or irritating. Just light, fresh, natural and effective! It is also good for sensitive and acne prone skin: fragrance free, oil free and preservative free and will not clog your pores (contains only none-comedogenic ingredients).

My skin is combination/oily in summer, combination/dry in winter and I live in a tropical, humid climate. So I need a Hydrating Mask mostly in the winter, especially when my face is dehydrated or windburned and this is the perfect remedy. I usually use it twice a week after exfoliating, sometimes every other night. It makes my skin right away feel “plumped”, well-nourished, comfortable and less irritated.
The mixture of Aloe Vera and Cucumber Juice is the most hydrating mixture you can use on your skin: it helps to reduce redness and restore a moisture balance. The high concentration of Seaweed Extracts soothes and softens the skin, leaving it smooth and perfectly hydrated.
The texture is Gelly-like and feels a little sticky once applied onto the face. I usually leave it on for about 30 minutes. At the beginning of the summer I’ve bought a plenty of Japanese paper masks, just plain, compressed paper “tablets”. They are great to soak in your skin-loving mixture (you can use any other Hydrating Toner or Gel based Mask or Serum) and apply the soaked mask to your skin as a face treatment. You will be surprised how rejuvenated your face feels.

Ok, here is recipe for my Intensive Hydrating Natural Facial Mask with Homemade Seaweed Extracts:

Ingredients: gram Percentage %
Aloe Vera Liquid Soothing, calming, hydrating, healing 10 33.33
Cucumber Juice Hydrating. soothing, softening 9.5 31.67
Glycerin Humectant 0.5 1.67
Xanthan Gum Powder  anionic thickener  0.1 0.33
Laminaria Infusion antioxidant, nourishing, regenerating 5 16.67
Wakame Infusion antioxidant,  nourishing, regenerating 5 16.67
30 100%


Ensure your container and equipment are clean and sterilized.
1. First of all we need to prepare Seaweed infusions.
The process itself is very easy: wash the ingredients (Laminaria and Wakame Kelps ), place them inside clean jars, and fill with hot water. Leave them covered for 15 minutes, filter them and your infusions are ready to use.
2. Prepare Cucumber Juice: slice cucumber, whip it in a blender until it becomes liquid, and filter the juice.
3. Disperse Xanthan Gum in the Glycerin before adding extracts to avoid clumping, then add Seaweed Infusions, stir the mixture, leave it for a few minutes until incorporated.
4. Combine Aloe Vera and Cucumber Juice with other ingredients, and again stir well until incorporated.
5. Pour the mixture into sterilized jar, I prefer the glass one.

*You can substitute Xanthan Gums for Methylcellulose, Carbomer or Guar Gum. I personally have not tried yet Carbomer (you must adjust pH using it) as I like working with all other gel agents. The only thing - you have to pre-disperse your gel agents in the Glycerin to avoid clumping. A Good Hydrating Mask always includes Aloe Vera, but if you don’t like using it, add your Favorite Hydrosol and include any other tea, infusion or/and extract you like.
Usually I am using Aloe Vera and Cucumber Juice as a base for this mask and Xanthan Gum or Guar as the gelling agents, and then choosing different herbal infusions or decoctions.

How to use:
Method N#1: As a regular Mask.
Apply onto fingertips and massage gently all over the face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes until it completely absorbed.
Method N#2: Using a paper Mask.
These paper masks are perfect for hydrating your skin.
1. Place paper mask tablet into the clean jar.
2. Pour the lotion onto the "tablet" and soak it thoroughly until it expand.
3. Carefully unfold the paper mask.
4. Apply to face and gently press, so the mask will stick to your skin.
5. Leave on for 30 minutes until it completely absorbed.
6. Remove the mask and gently pat the skin.

Shelf Life:
Please store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days

If you're looking for more Natural Homemade Skincare Recipes, please check out this
"Skin Care Recipes" page.


2 comments to "Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts"

Mary said...
January 02, 2012 11:50 AM

У вас как всегда просто кладезь интересных знаний!!
Вот только трудновато мне читать) переводчик переводит не всегда хорошо,:)! Как же не хватает на русском языке вашего(твоего) блога!

Galia said...
January 02, 2012 3:05 PM

С Новым годом !
Большое спасибо за кладезь :)
Я чуть попозже постараюсь продублировать этот пост на русском.
Если что то другое интересно - напиши, я переведу.
Кстати, меня можно на ты:)

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