Thursday, February 23, 2012

BEST Facial Mask EVER

My friend Jenn tweeted about doing this Orange/Baking Soda mask and I became intrigued! I love trying new products/DIY treatments and I have been having breakouts (prob stress from school) so I decided to try this little concoction. I have used several masks in the past and yes, they make my skin feel tight and clean right after, but I feel like my skin goes back to normal and they do not really treat breakouts too well. So I went to CVS and bought an off brand baking soda and a small 100% natural Orange Juice (you can use juice from an orange too if you would like). First, I washed my face with my normal cleanser (Clean and Clear Deep Clean) and then in a shot glass (lol) I poured about half baking soda and then enough OJ to make a little more fluid than a paste- so about the consistency of a smoothie. Only a thin layer is needed to spread all over your face. This stayed on my skin for 20 minutes. During this time, it dried quickly and made my face feel extremely tight- like, I could barely speak! Then when time was up, I put just a little bit of water on my face and massaged the mask in to exfoliate and then rinsed it off. The baking soda apparently clears black heads and rubs dead skin cells off, while the citrus from the OJ brightens skin and makes pores tighter.

Results: I could tell a huge difference after the first day! The next morning I woke up and my skin felt so clean, less oily, and still tight. More than anything it was really soft and smooth, except for previous breakout areas. I don't think it really treated the breakouts, but it definitely helped to prevent future breakouts! A perfect mask for that time of the month as well!

Cons: There are not many cons. I am definitely going to use this mask for...well, forever, but it did leave some areas extremely red because I have sensitive skin. So after the first treatment, I decided to only put the mask around my chin, mouth, nose, and forehead, rather than cheeks/cheekbones because those were the areas where I don't get breakouts anyways and are highly sensitive. This helped tremendously. Also, I need to warn that it does burn and tingle a bit, and I have heard it itches (didn't for me) but it wasn't too bad to me.

I HIGHLY recommend this mask to EVERYONE who has oily or combo skin types. If you have sensitive skin like me, just modify it to best fit what's right for you, like I did. I don't think this is a good mask if you have dry skin, because it basically "dries" my skin out- which is much needed!

If you try this, leave a comment below! I want to hear what you think about it and if you love it (or even hate it)! Also, if you have any other DIY masks I would love to hear about it!


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  4. I love this idea, I will try this weekend!!! :) I am def following you!!! xoxo MUMU

  5. Thats a really great skin care tip. I'll totally try that.
    I love your blog! I followed! I would love it if you could check out my blog and follow me? Thanks so much! keep working hard on your blog!

  6. thanks for visiting my blog. I'm going to try this tomorrow and i'll let you know how it goes. I'm following you now.

  7. You should try masks by LUSH. I basically love everything they put out.


    1. Im going there next week for the first time!!! Im so excited :)

  8. Do you think it would work if you already have dry skin?

  9. Okay, so I'm reporting back on this post. I tried this mask yesterday and I LOVED IT... thanks for sharing.