Face masks are one of my favourite skin care products. They’re easy to apply, fun to use and are great at delivering results. My favourite thing about applying a good face mask is the feeling of tightened and toned skin after a single use!
Should everyone use a face mask? Absolutely! 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. Another advantage of wearing a face mask: The feelings of being pampered like you’re at a spa from the comfort of your own home!
Every healthy skin care regimen includes daily-use and weekly-use products. You can use a face mask once a week or you can use it more than that depending on your skin and your skin care concerns. Both men and women can benefit significantly from using a mask and here’s why.
5 reasons to apply a face mask right now
Face masks don’t just offer results that improve the overall appearance of your skin; they can also be quite refreshing. When they’re infused with aromatic essential oils like mint and rosemary, a face mask can lift your spirit by stimulating your senses. Using a face mask should be treated as a luxury. Set aside a bit of "me" time when you decide to give yourself a mask. Draw a hot bath, light some candles and let the magic of the mask begin to work. You’ll be drawn into a wonderful sensorial experience that will not only relax the mind and spirit but will also leave you with fabulous looking skin.
Sure, cleansing each day helps to clean your skin by removing dirt, oil, makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin. But did you know that proper masking takes the cleansing process to a whole new level? Only a good facial mask can help to draw out impurities that hide beneath the top layers of the epidermis. Some people say that their skin goes through a "detoxing" when they use a mask because they actually notice the changes in the skin while this is happening. Masks are incredible at providing this deeper cleansing process that leads to an improvement in the appearance of pores that you can see and feel. Who doesn’t love that?
Masking with a product that contains Bentonite clay helps to remove dirt and absorb excess oils. It’ll also help to remove the build-up of dead skin cells that accumulate on our skin. When you remove all the debris from the surface of your skin, it’ll help to prevent pores from clogging too. We all know that clogged pores are nothing but trouble! Yucky stuff gets trapped in our pores and gets pushed deep down into the pore where bacteria can develop. Once that bacteria starts to grow, it’s all over for our skin because we will soon get a blemish, a flurry of breakouts or even one giant pimple that will wreak havoc on our life for several days. Regular face masks help to keep our skin surface clean and our pores unclogged. This is an excellent reason to use your face mask right now!
Helps your overall regimen
Masking helps all of your other skin care products work more efficiently. If you want your day lotions, serums and nighttime products to be absorbed by your skin quicker and deeper, then a face mask is a must. By masking on a regular basis, you can ensure that you’re toning, hydrating and protecting products will all perform better, providing you with the results you’re looking to achieve.
Apply a face mask in 5 simple steps
Step 1: Be prepared to make a mess. If you’re going to apply a facemask while relaxing in the tub, you don’t have to worry about making a mess. You can cover your face, neck and throat and just relax. If you don’t have time for a bath, then take the time to pull back your hair so it’s not near your face. Be sure to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting messy. Chances are you’ll make a bit of a mess when you use a mask. But, hey, that’s the fun of it all!
Step 2: I always recommend starting with a freshly cleansed face. Use your daily cleanser to remove all of the surface dirt, oils and makeup before you apply your mask. This will help to ensure that you receive all of the benefits your face mask was designed to deliver.
Step 3: Using damp hands, apply your mask directly onto your damp skin. Remember it’s called a face mask for a reason. You should look like you’re wearing a mask when you put it on. Never rub the mask directly into your skin. It should be applied like frosting on a cupcake. Be sure to avoid the eye area, keep your nostrils clear and extend the mask from your face, down your neck and throat. Nothing worse than a young looking face and an old wrinkly neck, right? I always treat my neck as an extension of my face.
Step 4: Just wait! You can use these 10 minutes to relax, style your hair, check your email…whatever you want. Just be conscientious of the time and follow the directions. If the directions read leave on for up to 15 minutes, then that’s what you need to do. Just don’t leave your face mask on for 20 or 30 minutes. The product benefits are tied to the directions for usage. Be sure to follow them exactly.
Step 5: It’s time to remove the mask. Masks are designed to adhere to your skin. You don’t want to be too rough when removing it. Use plenty of water and a wash cloth to gently wash away the mask. Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry with a towel.
It doesn’t get any easier than that when it comes to using mask.
Extra! Top tips two for a happy face mask experience
Beauty tip 1: Before applying your face mask, dab a small amount of moisturising eye cream around the eyes. This will help to protect this very delicate area from dehydration.
Beauty tip 2: When your face mask has dried and it’s time to come off, simply place a warm, wet washcloth over your face and hold it onto your skin for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times to help loosen up and dissolve the face mask from your skin. This tip will make the rinsing off process much easier and gentler for your skin.
Everyone should introduce masking into their skin care regimen, if they haven’t done so already. For just a few (relaxing) minutes, your skin will go through a noticeable transformation that you can see and feel. You may look silly doing it, which makes it all the more fun!
There’s no time like the present to kick your skin care routine up a notch by introducing a face mask!
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.