Yes! These are all masks for dry skin!

Ja! Das sind alles Masken für trockene Haut!

Life without face masks is possible - but pointless. Loriot may forgive us for reinterpreting his statement. But for us members of the 48grams editorial team, this is an absolute truth. Moisturizing masks are a wonderful way to pamper yourself (don't get me wrong…) and take a little spa break. While the understanding of masks for dry skin usage is the same worldwide, beauty enthusiasts have created many different types. Some very whimsical (gold leaf), others… er… controversial (snail extracts). But we don't want to judge here. Instead, we want to make it possible for you, our readers, to take a little trip into the world of extraordinary beauty rituals. Here is the ranking of the 10 most unusual masks:

1. The Snail Slime Mask

The snail slime mask clearly takes first place. While the name may sound daunting, the slippery creepers' secretions have their place in skincare. Snail slime contains numerous substances that should not be missing from any beauty routine: for example collagen, elastin and glycolic acid. All active ingredients that moisturize, regenerate the skin and improve the appearance of scars and wrinkles. By the way, the slime is gently “harvested” on special breeding farms, the procedure does not cause any stress for the animals.

2. The Bird's Nest Mask

Second place goes to the so-called bird's nest. Anyone who now automatically thinks of a controversial hairstyle is not so wrong. In fact, the extract for this type of mask comes from Asian swifts. More precisely from the saliva with which the birds build their nests. Empty nests are "harvested", dried, boiled or ground. The result is rich in proteins, minerals and amino acids, used in creams and masks. These ingredients provide the skin with moisture, improve the complexion and slow down the aging process.

3. The Gold Mask

The gold mask is undoubtedly the most extravagant face mask in the world. Gold leaf particles have been said since Cleopatra's time to soothe, revitalize and impart a luxurious sheen to fabric. Gold is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and thus helps with acne skin. We freely admit here: the scientific evidence for these claims is “limited” – and the costs, in turn, rather high. But: This mask is definitely an eye-catcher.

4. The Charcoal Mask

The so-called charcoal mask also deserves its place in the 48grams best-of list. Activated charcoal (made from charcoal, bamboo or coconut shells) has the proven ability to abort excess oil from the skin. The reason: a chemical process has created a porous, sponge-like structure. In this way, the activated carbon can bind other substances to itself. You can easily make the charcoal mask yourself. Charcoal tablets from the pharmacy, gelatine powder and water are sufficient. Mix, heat and apply to face. Done!

5. The Cheese Mask

Cheese is not only delicious, but also beneficial for the skin? A cheese mask contains lactic acid and proteins. The effect: the skin is supplied with moisture and calms down when stressed. Researchers have also found that the high levels of calcium in cheese can help boost tissue production of collagen. Exactly... this is how the skin's elasticity, which decreases with age, is improved again. Hold on: In Korea, a ricotta cheese mask is very popular. Basically, however, it should be said: Nobody puts pieces of Edam on their faces or rubs them with ricotta - it is only the natural ingredients that have been worked into masks.

6. The Mud Mask

Mud masks have long had their place in the world of facial care. Mud packs made from volcanic earth or clay contain a particularly large number of minerals and trace elements, which are known for their effectiveness on problematic skin. Bacteria that cause pimples are ideally combated; excess sebum is bound. Also: If you suffer from pale skin, you should try a mask made of mud.

7. The Wine Mask

Yes, dear readers, you read that correctly. We didn't come up with the wine mask. But internal use is not enough! Wine, china clay, grape seed oil and organic oatmeal are mixed together for DIY production. After everything has been mixed into a smooth mass, apply and leave to dry. The resveratrol found in wine is a powerful antioxidant ingredient in this mask that helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines. The grape seed oil moisturizes while the oatmeal acts as a mild exfoliant. This mask promises a youthful complexion and a little spa experience.

8. The Eggshell Mask

An eggshell mask sounds strange - but it's our 8th place. Egg shells contain collagen and help tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. However, only after they have been cleaned (to avoid possible bacteria), baked (heat also ensures that there are no bacteria) and crushed into a powder. The powder is then mixed with clear egg white and a dash of water - and applied to the face with a brush. Leave for 10 minutes and wash off carefully. Ready This makes the skin firmer.

9. The Cucumber Lemonade Mask

This mask combines the refreshing properties of cucumber with the brightening properties of lemon. Cucumber moisturizes and soothes tissues; Lemon can help reduce dark spots and blemishes. The preparation is simple: grate the cucumber, mix with the low-fat quark and the juice of one lemon. When a creamy mass has formed, apply it to the face (beware of eye contact) and let it dry. Then wash off with plenty of lukewarm water.

10. The Chocolate Mask

Last but not least: the chocolate mask. The cocoa substance contains antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals. In addition, the tissue is supplied with moisture - and makes it look supple and radiant. A chocolate mask is definitely a sweet temptation for all the senses. There are many masks on the market - but the DIY version is generally considered the best. And this is how it works: Melt the chocolate in a water bath, add a teaspoon of almond oil (or sunflower oil). Spread the mass on the face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.