It is safe to say that women love a good pampering session. For many of them, it they had the choice of an at-home spa night or a night out on the town, it would be sayonara, binding clothes and makeup, and hello face masks and bathrobe. Women love a good face mask. However, many of them are still unsure about which ones to use and how to use them. If you are one of those women who question their face masks, we have put together this list of face mask tips and facts which will help you soak in all the benefits face masks can offer.
1. Find out which mask you need
Face masks come in a number of forms and varieties, all of which cater to varying types of skin. Visit your local skin esthetician for a skin assessment, if you are not sure which face mask your skin would most benefit from.
2. Steam is key
Steaming your face beforehand will soften the debris within your pores and open up your pores, making it easier for the oil and dirt to leave your skin.
3. Do not forget the neck
Your neck is just as important as your face. Therefore, don’t neglect your neck when applying a face mask.
4. All skin’s different
It is okay to use it once or twice a week, when you are adding your face mask into your weekly skin regimen. If your skin is very dry in the winter, or on the oily side in the summer, it is a good idea to use a mask more frequently.
5. Do not wait for clay to dry
In case you are using a clay mask, do not wait for it to completely dry before wiping it off. The mask can start to draw moisture from your skin if you wait for the mask to get dry and flaky, which can cause irritation.
6. The 3 phases of clay masks
In the first phase, the skin absorbs the benefits from the mask. The second phase, or the slightly dry phase, stimulates the blood flow in your skin. The third phase is the period of time when the mask has been on for a bit too long. This can cause your skin to become bothered, dry and tight.
7. Avoid over moisturizing
Your instinct may be to lather on the moisturizer, if you end up leaving a face mask on for too long, but try not to do that. Too much moisturizer may end up suffocating your pores, if you have fresh and clean skin, so just put on your standard amount.
8. Try a sheet mask
Sheet mask can be scary looking. However, the benefits are just as good as cream masks. In addition, they are easy to travel with.
9. Sheet mask is similar to serum
You can leave sheet masks on for as long as you would like, unlike other clay and cream masks. Once you remove the mask, keep the remaining serum on the skin and let your face reap all the benefits of the mask.
10. Patch test
Try out the mask before applying it to your face, if you have very sensitive skin, by doing a small patch test first. By doing so, you will know whether or not your skin will react negatively to the mask.