We all love a good DIY – especially since social distancing measures have made us particularly crafty at entertaining ourselves at home. You have the time and want to amp up your skin care game at home and don’t want to make unnecessary trips to the store if you don’t have to.
Chances are, you probably have an old box of Jell-O forgotten in the pantry somewhere (that you were saving to make jello shots but quarantine delayed those plans indefinitely) and you the top skin concern at the top of your list are those pesky blackheads. DIY blackhead removal here you come!
Before you get your DIY on, we’ll explain what gelatin face mask is, why it’s good for your skin and how to create your own peel off mask DIY.
What is a Gelatin Face Mask?
Before you proceed with your blackhead remover DIY, it’s important to understand what a gelatin face mask is and why it is beneficial for the skin. Gelatin is the basis of our favourite childhood dessert, Jell-O, but why can it be used in skincare?
Gelatin is actually dried animal collagen. The collagen is collected from the skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals like chickens, fish, pigs, and cows, making it super nutritious for the skin (but not vegan).
As you know, collagen is a popular skin care ingredient and is often listed on anti-aging products like creams and balms. Collagen in skin care products adds collagen into your skin and promotes growth of the collagen that is already in your skin.
Is a Gelatin Face Mask Good For Skin?
The purpose of peel-off masks is to add beneficial ingredients onto your skin. Gelatin makes a great foundation of a face mask because it binds ingredients well and dries into a rubbery substance that makes a great face mask.
The gelatin in the mask also gets tacky and bonds to your face as it dries. This process allows moisture and nutrients to seep into your face and promote collagen growth, improve elasticity, add volume and heal damaged skin. Once the mask has dried and you peel it off, the gelatin is also removing dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and debris.
How to Make a Gelatin Face Mask
We’ll show you different gelatin face masks you can make at home for different skincare concern. Make sure you’ve cleansed before applying a mask and tone after peeling it off. This will make sure your efforts will be effective and results maximized.
If you want to get rid of those pesky blackheads, then the milk gelatin mask makes a great DIY blackhead remover. Milk contains lactic acid which aids in removing dead skin cells and oil. The first step in this blackhead removal DIY is to mix equal parts of 1 tablespoon of the powdered gelatin and milk in a microwave- safe bowl.
The higher fat percentage the milk has, the more lactic acid it will have. We recommend at least 2%. Place the mixture into the microwave for 10 seconds. Take it out and stir, it will become a thick gel as it cools down. Once completely cool, you can apply it directly to your face. Let it dry for 10 minutes and peel it gently off your skin.
If your skin concern is dryness, the honey banana gelatin mask will help boost moisture. Honey and bananas are likely things you have on hand in the kitchen which makes this one super easy. Mix equal parts of powdered gelatin and water, and then add one mashed banana and a teaspoon of manuka raw honey into the mixture.
Next, microwave the mixture for 10 seconds and stir it as it cools into a thick paste. Once completely cool, you can apply it directly to your face. Let it dry for 10 minutes and gently remove from your face. Honey is historically known as a natural moisturizing remedy. The naturally occurring sugars found in honey act as humectants and emollients that retain water in your skin and reduce dryness. Bananas are packed with vitamin A which helps restore moisture and smoothes out textured skin.
For Mature Skin
If you have concerns about aging, you should try the egg-white gelatin mask. As you already know, eggs are packed with protein but also contain many other nutrients like calcium, magnesium and folate. The proteins in eggs can help bind moisture to the skin which causes that “tightening” feeling. To make the gelatin mask, mix the egg-white of one egg with one tablespoon of gelatin and mix together. You’ll get a foamy gelatin consistency that you can apply directly to the face in layers. Leave on for 15 minutes and make sure to wash your face thoroughly with warm water.
Before you get your DIY game on, it is important to note that gelatin face masks can be a little tricky to peel off so take your time and don’t be too aggressive in the process. It may leave some small red patches on your skin so we recommend to do this at night before bed and only leave the mask on for the suggested amount of time. Also, make sure not to use flavoured gelatin with dye and artificial flavouring in it. The additives can irritate and stain your skin so just stick to the plain, unflavoured and uncolored stuff.
Final Thoughts On Gelatin Masks
Gelatin face masks are a great and easy way to use natural ingredients at home and save money while addressing specific skin concerns. Along with all of the other things in the world, don’t over do it. It’s important to understand your skin needs and do research on the specific ingredients you’re considering to use in a gelatin mask to understand if it is something that will irritate your skin. But once you find the gelatin mixture that works for your skin, in this scenario, you can have your jello and eat it too.
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