Face Masks Aren’t Just For Masquerade Balls
So, this one is probably a given but: face masks aren’t something you should be wearing to a party. They’re treatments you should be using to nourish your skin on a regular basis!
Regardless of your skin type, there’s a face mask out there for you. There’s probably even a face mask out there for more than just your skin type. Your skin texture, any unresolved skin issues, and other facial skin situations can be improved by using facial masks regularly.
Before you try any face mask, be sure to prep your skin. To prep, simply wash all makeup and dirt off with your regular cleanser. Without that prep work, your skin will, essentially, have brick wall up around your pores. None of the nutrient-rich goodness of the mask will be able to penetrate the brick wall. Another way to be sure the mask will have full effect is to gently exfoliate your skin before applying any kind of mask. That way, whatever might be clogged in your pores will be loosened. The brick wall then turns into something along the lines of a broken fence with easy entry points.
The only reason not to exfoliate is if you’re using a mask that helps to purge your pores. By all means, let the mask use its battering ram to smack down the brick wall. Masks like these aim to get rid of impurities more than they aim to infuse your skin.
Moisturizing also makes the skin more receptive to a mask. This is especially true of a mask aiming to curb dry skin.
Be sure to pay attention to the directions on the mask, but know that sometimes you can set your own guidelines. Which is to say, sometimes you can leave masks on longer than what they’re intended to stay on your skin for. In other cases though, it’s important to note that it’s important to pay attention to the clock. Leaving a mask on for too long can actually take away from your skin’s texture, and leave it dryer than when you started.
The technique in which you apply your mask with is important, too! Don’t leave out the minor details to get the most of your facial mask. Facialists agree that this is super important, and can actually increase effectiveness of the mask. Here’s the perfect example: if you have a breakout, be sure to spread the mask in a downward-outward motion. This helps reduce redness and the breakout almost immediately, because you encourage lymphatic drainage. Um, YES!
Also, let’s face it: in-shower body moisturizers are an amazing idea. What do you think about in-shower facial masks? We’re all aboard that ship. The humidity and heat from the shower actually helps the ingredients in a lot of facial masks work better. Glycerin and haluronic acid snag water from the environment around them and bind it to your skin. Combined with the heat, these ingredients can really get under your skin. You absolutely should try this variety of face mask!
What’s your favorite face mask or treatment?