Why use a Face Mask?
Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. Using a face mask is a commitment to bettering your skin. When you apply a mask, you’re taking time to focus on the health of your complexion with a product that addresses a particular concern. Whether it’s breakout control, brightening, or anti-ageing, there are tons of benefits to using a face mask.
And don’t forget that taking some Me Time… is the perfect opportunity for selfcare. It is your spa like pampering experience right at home. Apply a mask and take the time while you wait to do what soothes you, whether it’s listening to your favourite music, taking a bath or just allowing yourself to be still and silent.
When to Use?
Face Masks are wonderful products to add into your skin care routine. Because they may deeply detoxify and/or exfoliate, you don’t need to use one everyday. Use 1-2 times weekly for dry skin, and 2-3 times weekly for oily skin. Apply in the evening, after cleansing and toning. Usually you leave a mask on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. Follow with an evening serum or night treatment and an eye cream.
Which One to Use?
Face masks are an excellent way to maintain beautiful skin, but deciding which one to use—or forking out your savings to get a facial—can often stop you from investing in one. However, this is not a product you want to skip… but which one should you be using?
If you have dry skin, a well-formulated rehydrating or moisturising mask can be a helpful addition to your skincare routine. You want a non-drawing mask, to rejuvenate and protect your skin rather than dry it out or inflame it with too much scrubbing. If you use a clay mask, instead of mixing it with water, mix it with honey instead. This will prevent your mask going dry and tight. A face scrub is also helpful it works to get rid of any flaky dead skin. Look for masks containing ingredients such as mild Pink & White Clays, Honey, Hyaluronic Acid, Fruit extracts and Coconut for their moisturising properties.
Beauties with oily skin should stick with an exfoliating or clay mask. A clay mask is perfect for oily skin, as it works to draw impurities out of the skin. Green clay draw out toxins, soaking up any excess oil. It can also tighten pores and dry up blemishes, bringing them to the surface quickly. Exfoliating regularly clears congested pores and makes for smooth skin. It’s still a good idea to follow with a serum to lock in hydration (with the right skin type oils) or your skin might produce even more oil to compensate. Natural exfoliants include clays, white willow bark, lactic acid and fruit acids. Herbal ingredients can also be useful such as White Willow Bar, Burdock Root, Comfrey, Sandalwood and Vitamin B3.
Combination skin should be addressed separately. Who said you have to apply a mask to your entire face? There can be different skin types all over your face, so treat each area accordingly. For example, apply a clay or aha mask to your T-zone if it’s oily, and a hydrating mask to the rest of your face. Your skin can also change in the seasons, so you may need to change masks accordingly.
Mature skin needs moisture to help it retain a plumped appearance, especially around fine lines. The delicate eye area is a special concern, since crow’s feet come into play. Other concerns with aging are enlarged pores and redness due to broken capillaries.
Anti-Aging masks are all about antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and toning ingredients. Vitamin C formulas fights free radicals and other environmental stressors. Seaweed Masks are packed with vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene. A handful of studies have shown Seaweed to have anti-aging and healing properties. Fruit Acids will gently exfoliate (perhaps skip face scrubs, which may irritate thinning skin), addressing dullness.
For a Sensitive Skin Mask you want to make sure it is very gentle and non-irritating. All the more reason to choose a natural product, and avoid synthetics and harsh chemicals, fragrances, alcohol, etc. Feed your skin with nutrient dense formulas. Avoid over-drawing clays and look for products that contain gentle ingredients such as honey, yoghurt, aloe, coconut, oats and cucumber. If its a powder to paste formulation, we recommend mixing your masks with honey instead of water. Cucumber, Mint and Aloe can also be calming and cooling of red skin.
The truth is… no one really has normal skin. At least not for the long term. At some point you will be dealing with skin that changes due to hormones, climate or ageing. If you already have a great complexion, a face mask for skincare isn’t entirely essential, however, even if your skin looks fantastic, a mask can still be useful for those stressful times when skin looks and feels dehydrated, fatigued, or dull. In those cases, a skin-brightening mask is just what’s needed for visible for a quick pick me up. Look for masks containing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Coffee, Pineapple, Papaya, Vitamin C and Fruit Acids for their Skin Brightening and effects.