Face mask is a cosmetic product with thick, creamy texture, which is present in the beauty rituals of women since ancient times. In fact, this is probably the oldest known beauty remedy.
In addition to milk baths the Egyptian queen Cleopatra applied egg whites on her face at night and rinsed them with water in the morning to keep the whiteness and youth of her skin.
Known as "one of the four beauties of ancient China" Yang Guifey of Tang Dynasty smeared her skin with a mixture of pearls, white jade, ginseng and lotus roots to remove wrinkles and stains and keep her skin milky white.
The face mask was changed and improved many times over the centuries. Its composition included all sorts of natural and animal ingredients - fat, vegetable oils, Dead Sea mud, river clay and fruits before being officially patented as a cosmetic product.
Most of these compounds are present in the contemporary formula. It combines modern chemistry with solutions and extracts of traditional ingredients, mostly mud and clay. However, there are many variations of face masks depending on the individual needs of the skin. Some of them are used for pore cleansing and toning the skin, others - for deep nourishment or refreshment, and another have therapeutic effect against scars, hyperpigmentation and skin problems. There is a difference in texture, as well - some of the products dry and harden, while others remain wet.