Self heating masks create what’s called an "exothermic" or thermal reaction on the skin. It’s a chemical reaction, usually between water and magnesium sulfate, that causes the ingredients to heat up. Beyond self heating masks, a number of other products like self heating body scrubs, foot scrubs, and even lip balms also exist. The heat does serve a number of purposes. First, it allows for better circulation on the skin. What’s more, the heat allows the ingredients in the mask to work better. After removing the mask, your skin is left feeling soft and smooth. As the weather cools down, self heating products are that much more appealing. And if you want to truly feel pampered, consider getting a self heating spa treatment. Several spas feature self heating masks. One technique in particular uses a heat machine to provide a deep infusion of energy into the skin, leaving your skin supple and ageless. However, the products don’t have to self heat in order for you to enjoy the benefit of heat. Make this homemade heated honey mask:

Heated Honey Mask

2 tsp. organic honey 2 tsp. plain yogurt Method
  1. Combine the ingredients well in a small glass bowl.
  2. Heat up water in a teapot. Add the hot water to a larger bowl and set the smaller glass bowl inside it to heat the ingredients up like a double boiler.
  3. Once the mask is warm, evenly distribute it all over your face. Let set for 10 minutes and then remove with a warm wash cloth.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak