Do-it-yourself face masks are all the rage right now, and we completely understand why. They take common household foods like avocado and coconut oil, and transform them from tasty snacks to skin care powerhouse regimens. One of these common household items is gelatin. Mixed with other easy-to-find ingredients, the gelatin face mask can be used much the same as a Korean face mask or a charcoal face mask to lend a softer, younger appearance to your face, neck, and chest.
But why gelatin? What does it do for your skin? SiO Beauty’s experts will answer these questions and explain:
- How a gelatin face mask works
- What you should know before you try a gelatin face mask
- How to make your own gelatin face mask
Plus, we’ll show you a better way to softer, younger, wrinkle-free skin. But first, let’s investigate the science behind gelatin and how it works as a face mask.
WHY GELATIN FOR A FACE MASK?
Gelatin seems like such a simple thing. Gelatin plus some color and flavor are the basis for Jell-O, the wiggly, jiggly treat we all loved as kids. So why would it be useful as a skin care product? And more specifically, why would it be useful in a face mask?
To answer the first question, gelatin is useful as a skin care product because it adds new collagen to your skin and promotes the growth of the collagen that is already there. Why does it do that? Because gelatin is itself dried animal collagen. That’s right, gelatin is collagen extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals such as fish, pigs, cows, and chickens. You get the most benefits by ingesting the gelatin—bet you didn’t know that eating Jell-O was good for your skin—but you can also reap some rewards by applying it directly to your skin. Hence its inclusion in many anti-aging creams, lotions, and balms.
To answer the second question, gelatin is useful as a face mask because it binds together when mixed with a liquid and allowed to dry. The gelatin also tends to become sticky and will bond with skin over the course of a few minutes. It’s this gentle adhesive property that becomes important when you use gelatin as a face mask ingredient. That brings us to the next relevant question.
HOW DOES A GELATIN FACE MASK
HOW TO MAKE AND USE YOUR OWN GELATIN FACE MASK
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to start mixing: