There’s nothing more relaxing than giving yourself a facial mask.
Well, another person giving you a facial mask would probably beat that, but we are all about SELF-care at Barely Blush! It’s a great time to detoxify your skin of impurities left behind from the hot, sweaty past few months. Not sure what to use? Read on for the do’s and don’ts of face masks.
Not all facial masks are created equal.
Nor are they used the same. Some masks are just that: a layer of material, typically a wet paper blend material, not unlike a baby wipe, which has been dipped in a clear tonic of ingredients that you lay on your face for a period of time. New to the beauty and skin care world is a mask infused with iron magnetic particles that claim to use electromagnetic interactions that create a “force-field effect” that leave skin feeling tighter while also drawing out impurities and residue trapped on the skin. The jury seems to still be out on whether or not that actually works.
Of course, there is the tried and true masks that are slathered or brushed on your skin and wiped off. These can remain wet or semi-wet for the duration, or they may be a drying mask, in which you let it fully dry and harden before removing. These are typically clay- or charcoal-based, and do a great job of cleaning out debris from, and minimizing the appearance of pores. They are especially good for acne prone skin.
We recommend using a facial mask weekly. This can be increased during the summer months, due to the increased oil and sweat present on our skin; and decreased during the winter months, especially if you have dry skin. After cleansing and drying your face, use your fingers or an applicator brush to smooth the mask over your face, being sure to avoid the eye area. Use these masks on your neck and décolletage to improve skin appearance in those areas. Sit down, relax and let the soothing ingredients do their magic for about 15-20 minutes (or until dried for hardening masks). When you’re ready, simply remove with a damp cloth. Voila! Soft, beautiful skin.
Whatever you do, beware of cheaply made peel off masks. We have seen one too many videos on YouTube, such as THIS ONE and THIS ONE (Language warning), where the mask is so sticky and difficult to remove that the users had to yank the material off! Besides being terribly uncomfortable, they can damage the delicate skin on your face.