Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Beauty DIY: Epsom Salt Mask for Acne

Any type of Epsom salt will do, I prefer the plain one.
Cotton Pads, lint-free is best.
Sheet Masks can be purchase on Ebay or your local beauty supply store.

This mask is used to treat inflammation of acne. 

You will require the following:

Epsom Salt
Hot Water
1 ceramic mug
Mask Sheet
Cotton pads


In a kettle boil 1 cup of water. In a ceramic mug place 3 heaping tablespoons of Epsom salt, pour boiling water over, stir till the salt melts. 

Place your mask sheet and 3 cotton pads into the mug. Let stand till room temperature. Take the mask sheet out and squeeze out half the liquid. Unfold and place on your face. Smooth out the edges to provide maximum coverage. 

There will be gaps that the mask sheet won't cover. This is what the extra cotton pads will be used for. Also if you have acne on your neck, you can place a sheet of paper towel into the mixture and use it as a mask sheet for your neck. 

Leave on till the mask sheet dries or for minimum 15 minutes.

January 3, 2012 Update

There is also a more Eco-friendly way you could use this mixture (no more cotton pads, facial sheets or paper towel). Epsom salt and water in a facial sauna. It's great for acne and unclogging pores, as well as clearing nasal congestion. 

You can also add essential oils for added effectiveness. Use essential oils such as Chamomile, Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint or Rosemary to treat acne. Just add a drop to the facial sauna Epsom salt & water mixture. Steam your face with a towel over your head for more effective results. 

Conair & Revlon both make a facial sauna. 

As long as steam comes out, it's good to go. If you want to save money and not buy a facial sauna. A sauce pan or heat safe glass bowl will work. You can boil your water in a kettle pour into a large sauce pan or glass bowl where your Epsom Salt and/or essential oil(s) are sitting. 

Stir with wooden spoon for approximately 5 minutes to cool off a bit. (SAFETY: Make sure you cool off the liquid for a couple minutes first, you do not want to have steam burn).

Sit with face leaning over the steaming liquid, place towel over your head. Steam for 10-15 minutes.

Revlon Facial Sauna