Gelatin Face Mask: A Step-by-Step Guide

gelatin face maskClear, youthful, and beautiful skin is something that nearly all of us would love to attain. Due to the nearly universal nature of this desire, the world of beauty marketing is chock full of products that are meant to clear our skin, get rid of blemishes, reduce redness, clean out our pores, and lend a softer and younger appearance to our faces. As most people already know, buying into these marketing techniques in an attempt to treat your skin can become very expensive very quickly. Fortunately, there are many home remedies that exist for cleansing pores, most specifically in the form of homemade facemasks. The ingredients for these concoctions are incredibly varied, including honey, sugar, egg whites, bananas, vinegar, milk, oatmeal, mayonnaise, lemon, and even mustard. An additional ingredient recently introduced has been store-bought gelatin.

There are several do-it-yourself gelatin mask recipes and instructions, and those who have tried it claim that it cleans out pores just as well as the commercial strips and cleansers that are far more expensive. If you’d like to get it on this new popular DIY craze, and experience the gelatin facemask action, follow this guide to experiment with it yourself.

Gelatin Face Mask Steps

Gelatin facial masks will improve your skin in general, but they are really meant to replace a specific beauty treatment: commercial strips that clean out pores by being secured to your face and then torn off, pulling the dirt and blackheads out as they are removed. Follow these steps to create and use your own full-face version of a cleansing pore strip!

  1. Wash your face and remove all makeup before you start. Use lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry.
  2. Gather the ingredients and tools you’ll need. These include: one package unflavored gelatin (available at nearly any grocery store), two tablespoons milk (any percent is fine), a disposable container like a plastic cup, and a popsicle stick or old makeup applicator/brush to apply the mixture to your face (this should probably be thrown out or cleaned very thoroughly once you’re done).
  3. Measure out one tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin, and deposit it into your disposable container.
  4. Add two tablespoons of milk, and mix until the gelatin has a thick, goopy, and chunky consistency.
  5. Microwave the mixture for around fifteen seconds. Remove from the microwave and start applying to your face right away. After the gelatin mixture is heated, it hardens fast, so spread it evenly over your whole face (skipping the eyebrows if peeling near the hair will be too painful for you) as quickly as you can. If you’re nervous about a possibly harsh reaction from your skin, experiment on a small area on the first try.
  6. Let the mixture dry on your face for about fifteen minutes, or until it feels firm and it’s difficult to move your face or speak.
  7. After the allotted time has passed, grab an edge of the dried gelatin and start peeling. Each piece should contain the same amount of dirt and grime that a commercial pore strip would. Your face will be left smooth and clean!

A few notes:

  • Peeling this mask off can really hurt. If you have sensitive skin, this mask could potentially be too painful to be worth trying out.
  • Though this will result in very smooth and clean skin, it can also result in some short-term redness or patches. That being said, try this for the first time at night, or when you haven’t got anywhere to be for a while, just in case your skin reacts by reddening up.
  • Some facial mask recipes include ingredients beyond the milk and gelatin. The most popular of these ingredients is honey, which is a common component of many at-home facial concoctions. Honey is known for its soothing and healing properties, so it may be a good addition to the mask if you have sensitive skin that may react strongly to all of the peeling.
  • Dip a finger into the mixture after it has been microwaved but before you apply it to your skin. It has the potential to become very, very hot during those fifteen seconds, and may need to cool off just a little bit before you spread it on your face.
  • Avoid getting the mixture too close to your eyes. For starters, it’s just not safe to have anything too close to your eyeballs. Also, the skin on your face is thinnest around your eyes, and peeling the gelatin off of those areas will be the most painful part of the experience. You should also avoid putting it directly on your lips, or anywhere that you have hair you don’t want ripped out.
  • You can rinse any leftover mixture off of your face with warm water, gently patting dry with a towel. However, using soap or any other chemicals on your face right after peeling off the mask is not a good idea. If you’re going outside afterward, though, make sure to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen that includes moisturizer is recommended.
  • Don’t give in to the temptation to use flavored, colored gelatin. Just don’t. It can stain your skin, and that’s not cute.
  • Be warned: warm milk on your face for fifteen minutes can smell pretty bad. Adding honey or cinnamon to the mixture can reduce the smell somewhat.
  • Gelatin strengthens the elasticity of your skin along with pulling out dirt and dead cells. It can also be used as a hair gel, nail soak, shampoo additive, and ingredient for more complex facial masks, including those based on honey, oatmeal, and lemon juice.

Building Your Beauty Skills

Now that you know exactly how to go about applying your own gelatin facemask, you’re well on your way to becoming a beauty expert, and more importantly, a cost-effective beauty expert. You can use this new skill to experiment with more do-it-yourself beauty treatments, of which there are numerous examples found in magazines, blogs, and other Internet sources. Incorporating these kinds of homemade beauty solutions into your life can save you money and improve your beauty routine in the long run.