Face masks really should not be considered a luxury that is only used when going for a facial or before a special event. Our skin is constantly under attack – from the environment as well as, because of the ageing process. Masks help put back what time and nature take out. Different masks do different things – some masks nourish and moisturise dry, dehydrated skin, while others help to address blemishes and break outs.
It is important to find the right mask for your skin or need – which may change depending on the time of the month, year or your age.
For example, during winter most people’s skin needs some extra hydration. Younger skin or stressed skin may need more deep cleansing and calming.
How much your skin benefits from a face mask also depends on whether you are applying it correctly. If you are just slapping it on you simply will not reap the full benefits.
So, how should you apply a face mask?
- Prep your face:
Cleanse your face. Applying a face mask without cleansing your face is a waste of time and money. The mask won’t work effectively until you’ve gotten rid of stubborn dirt and make-up first. Use a gentle cleanser to unclog your pores, giving way for the face mask to better penetrate your skin.
Use steam. As an additional prep before applying a face mask, consider using steam to dilate the pores. It’s relaxing. You can just take a hot shower or get a washcloth dipped in very warm water, covering your face with it for a few minutes until it cools down. Another option is to get a bowl of boiling water and hold your face over the steam. Just remember to keep your face at a distance from the water to avoid burning.
Exfoliate beforehand. Use a mild exfoliant on your face before you apply the mask. This will better help the ingredients to absorb into your skin more effectively.
Apply with a brush. If you don’t have a brush, then make sure your finger tips are clean before applying.
Rinse well. A few splashes of water will not remove the mask properly. If you don’t remove all of the mask, you may wind up with irritated or clogged skin. Rinse multiple times with lukewarm water. You can use a wash cloth, but make sure that you aren’t scrubbing. Remember, facial skin is particularly sensitive—especially after a mask.
Once you’ve removed the mask, consider splashing some cool or cold water on your face. This will help close the pores. Follow with your favourite treatment and gentle moisturiser.
Try Celltone’s No 5 Mask is packed with Collagen, Keratin and Elastin to rehydrate dry, sagging, wrinkled skin. It is recommended that you use the mask weekly to replace lost Collagen and Elastin.
Follow up your mask treatment with Celltone Gel and/or Tissue Oil to really nourish and revitalise your skin.
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[Additional Information: Beverley Hills MD]