Alginate face mask at home

Alginate masks – these are masks based on the extract of brown seaweed (most often kelp). These masks got their name due to the main component contained in the algae extract – alginic acid salts.

Types and properties of alginate face masks

To date, alginate face masks are considered one of the best ways to fight wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.

Alginates contribute to:

  • cleansing the skin of excess sebum and sebaceous plugs;
  • saturation of the skin with nutrients;
  • narrowing of pores;
  • improving blood circulation;
  • reduction of edema and swelling;
  • removal of traces of rash and removal of small inflammations;
  • stimulation of collagen production in the skin.

Depending on the composition and additives, alginate face masks are divided into several types:

  1. Basic. They contain only alginates diluted with mineral water. Used for lifting and moisturizing, normalizing the water balance of the skin.
  2. Collagen. Collagen is additionally added to such masks, which contributes to a more effective fight against wrinkles.
  3. With vitamin C. Contribute to the improvement of complexion, removal of age spots.
  4. Vegetable. With the addition of various herbal extracts. They have a nourishing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect.
  5. Chitosan. First of all, they have a moisturizing effect.

How to make alginate face masks at home?

Sodium alginate is sold in the form of a brown powder, which must be diluted with water to prepare the mask. To properly carry out the procedure, you should use the following recommendations:

  1. Before applying the mask, it is better to remove the hair under the cap, cover the eyebrows and eyelashes with cream.
  2. The diluted composition hardens quite quickly (within 5-7 minutes), so it is applied to the face quickly, with wide strokes, along the massage lines.
  3. The mask is kept on the face for 30 minutes. After 10-15 minutes after application, it hardens, there is a feeling of contraction.
  4. Remove the mask entirely, in one motion, from the chin up to the hairline.
  5. After removing the mask on the face, it is advisable to apply a light cream.
  6. Alginate, like any other face masks, is not recommended to be done too often. Usually a course of 10-12 masks is carried out, 2-3 times a week. In the future, to maintain the effect, it is enough to make a mask once every two weeks.

Recipes for alginate face masks

The classic mask includes only the basic components, without additional additives. This mask contains:

  • sodium alginate – 2 g;
  • diatomite or cosmetic clay – 10 g;
  • calcium chloride – 1 ampoule;
  • water to dilute the mask to the concentration of thick sour cream.

Anti-wrinkle mask:

  • sodium alginate – 2 g;
  • shiitake mushroom powder – 2 g;
  • white clay – 5 g;
  • calcium chloride – 1 ampoule;
  • water – about 50 ml.

Mask with kelp:

  • 3 g of sodium alginate (previously diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 1);
  • 1 teaspoon of kelp;
  • 8 g of cosmetic clay (preferably white);
  • 30-40 ml of water for separate dilution of a mixture of clay and kelp;
  • 1 ampoule of calcium chloride.

Pearl Powder Mask:

    Alginate face mask recipe

  • 2 g sodium alginate;
  • 6 g of rassul (Moroccan clay) and pearl powder;
  • water.

To prepare any of the masks, sodium alginate powder should be pre-mixed with water in a ratio of 1: 1 and infused for 5-6 hours.

Calcium chloride in the composition of homemade alginate masks plays the role of a plasticizer, that is, a substance that ensures the mask hardens, but if it gets under the skin, it can lead to acute inflammation. Therefore, in the presence of cuts, scratches and any other damage to the skin, you can not use masks containing it.