A gelatin-based mask is an easy an inexpensive way to gain a smooth and radiant complexion in just half an hour. A gelatin face mask cleanses pores, strengthens blood vessels and firms the skin thanks to the vitamin and collagen content. The latter positively affect the appearance and elasticity of the skin, also ensuring moisturizing and regeneration. Also, collagen strengthens the hair and nails. Collagen fibers are produced by the body only up to the age of 26. When they disappear, the skin becomes dry and less elastic and as a result, wrinkles, discolorations, and cellulite start appearing on it. Therefore, it is worth supplementing your daily menu with products rich in collagen as well as use it externally. The best example of the external use of gelatin is gelatin masks. Below, you will find various recipes for gelatin masks and a description of the properties of gelatin and how it affects the hair and nails.
Gelatin is a blend of proteins and peptides that is obtained as a result of partial hydrolysis of collagen contained in the skin, cartilage and animal bones. Gelatin contains not only collagen but also other valuable components such as nucleic acids, carbohydrates, mineral salts, vitamin K, and biotin. Vitamin K has been used in the production of cosmetics intended for a capillary skin. It improves blood circulation, ensures proper blood clotting and seals the walls of blood vessels. As a result, it improves the color of the skin affected by dilated capillaries. In addition, it eliminates swelling, prevents bruising, lightens redness and soothes irritations caused by excessive sunbathing. However, biotin is responsible for the proper condition of the skin and hair, because it takes part in the synthesis of sugars, proteins, and fatty acids.
Recipes for face masks with gelatin
Before applying any mask to the face, it is advisable to prep the skin first. The best way to do this is to perform a steam face treatment (however, it does not apply to people with dilated capillaries), and next, thoroughly cleanse the skin, for example, with the help of a facial cleansing brush or a gentle scrub. This will purify the pores and allow the valuable mask components to penetrate the skin deeply.
To prepare the face mask, you will need a sachet of gelatin (the same one you use for culinary purposes).
Firming and moisturizing gelatin face mask
Dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of gelatin in two tablespoons of hot water. Once the gel cools down, apply it to the face, for example, with the help of a flat brush or a cotton pad. Remember to avoid the eye area! The layer must be relatively thick so that its astringent action is not too strong (the thin layer will quickly set and dry, making it an unpleasant shell). After about 20-30 minutes, the mask should be washed off with warm water.
Brightening mask with gelatin and milk
Dissolve a teaspoon of gelatin in the warmest milk possible and follow the instructions from the preview recipe. The mask can be applied to the neck as well.
Astringent face mask with gelatin and lemon
Mix 125 ml of water and lemon juice in a bowl. After heating the mixture, add about 50 g of gelatin. Once it cools down, apply the mask to the face, neck, and cleavage, and after 20-30 minutes, give it a rinse with warm water.
Lifting and anti-wrinkle mask with gelatin and green tea
Prepare a strong infusion of green tea. Dissolve a teaspoon of gelatine in 2 tablespoons of hot tea, and after cooling it down, apply to the face and proceed as above.
Cleansing and anti-bacterial mask with gelatin and activated charcoal
Activated charcoal in the form of tablets or capsules has strong absorption properties, which is why it effectively treats stomach problems. It is also useful in cosmetics, for example as a component of cleansing masks. In this case, it removes all kinds of impurities from the face, such as dirt, dust, and excess sebum. All you need to do is dissolve 2 capsules of activated charcoal and a teaspoon of gelatine in 2 tablespoons of hot water. Distribute the gel-paste evenly all over the face and take it off after 20 minutes.
Cleansing-exfoliating mask with gelatin and maize flour
Combine half a tablespoon of maize flour and half a tablespoon of gelatine with 2 tablespoons of hot water and mix until you get a thick paste. Apply it into the skin on your face and massage with circular motions, then, leave for 20 minutes and wait for it to dry. After this time, wash it with warm water or gently remove the mask, this way you will get an additional purifying effect on the pores.
To make a gelatin mask, you can use many other ingredients that you can find in your kitchen, for example, oatmeal, ground linseed, avocado or coffee. Keep in mind that some fruits, such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, ginger, papaya, figs, and guava, will not make gelatin.
Gelatin for hair and nails
Gelatin also improves the condition of hair and nails. Thus, you can try out gelatin hair lamination and a gelatin bath for your nails.
Gelatin hair lamination
Dissolve a teaspoon of gelatin in 1/4 cup of hot water and leave aside to cool down. Then, add about 2 tablespoons of hair conditioner, then spread the paste over washed hair – wet, but towel-dried. Leave it in your hair for the net 30-45 minutes, then rinse your hair and wash it with a mild shampoo. As a result, you’ll get shiny and strong hair.
Gelatin bath for nails
Dissolve 2 teaspoons of gelatin in 6 tablespoons of hot water. When it cools down, immerse the fingertips and soak them in it for 10 minutes. The gelatin bath can be used even on a daily basis. If your nails are weak and split, they will become stronger and shiny in just two weeks.