Your skin is not all the same on in the different areas of the face. The area around the eyes is more delicate, your T-Zone (chin, nose and forehead) is usually oilier. When you mask at home, don’t be afraid to mix and match according to your skin’s needs. Always read instructions and ingredients. Is the mask exfoliating? Hydrating? Or for blemish control? This will most likely determine how long the mask should stay on and how often you should use it. Especially important for clay masks - let them dry, but not crack. This ensures that impurities are being drawn out while at the same time allowing for the ingredients to penetrate.
Homemade masks are fun and can be beneficial - and there a myriad of recipes out there. Keep in mind that ingredients such as lemon juice, cinnamon, or tea tree, while prominent in many skincare products, can be irritating or dangerous to the skin if used incorrectly. Cooking oils can be comedogenic. Another issue is contamination and growth of bacteria. So if you make a mask, use it and toss any leftovers. Retail and professional skincare products are carefully formulated to address specific skin concerns. So if you make your own, be sure to know what the ingredients are good for and use them in a safe way.