Why do I need to use a mask for my skin? If I take care of my skin, shouldn’t it be just fine? With this article we’ll give you some solid reasons to support the importance of facial masks; why you should apply masks on a regular basis and the benefits to your skin.
Facial Masks Do’s and Don’ts
There are several reasons to mask. Think about your skin care in general. You wash your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer and it barely has time to be absorbed before your make-up is on and you fly out the door. Is this you?
At night we do the same ritual however after a day of traffic, dirt, sweat, air conditioning, hot cars and gym time – our skin needs a stronger cleanser. So sometimes we just wash twice. Many people use a gel type cleanser in the evening along with a good eye make-up remover and in the morning they use a more gentle approach. Whatever your regime, your skin is only getting a little bit of attention in the morning and at night. The importance of facial masks should not be overlooked for both your skin health and the added benefit of a little spa-like relaxing time.
When you apply a mask for your skin type – whether it’s a peptide based anti-aging mask or a super hydrating vitamin rich mask or a nice pore tightening mask with fruit extracts – all these wonderful products have the special ability to really make a difference in your skin because you are applying them to a clean surface (right after cleansing) and you allow them to penetrate. Ah, yes – the time factor!
May we suggest you DO apply your mask and:
- wash the dishes
- make the bed (change the sheets)
- watch an episode of the bachelorette
- talk on the phone to a friend
- curl up and read a book while enjoying your sherbert
Definitely DO NOT:
- take out the trash (neighbors, yikes!)
- do anything with nail polish (you need fingers later)
- dye your hair (pores are open, no place for chemicals)
- bake anything – no, this is relax time
- ask cute neighbor over to see your shell collection – no, you are masking!
In many cases a great mask needs a bit of time to penetrate your pores and work the magic of Vitamins B1, B2, B5, B12 and lovely peptides, cherry or yucca extracts. Co-Q10 and alpha-lipoic acids, and more. It’s important to find a great mask your skin needs to replenish nutrients and lost hydration. Don’t be fooled by the big marketing print on the front label, but rather turn to the ingredient list in back for the best understanding of what’s in that product.
Watch out for:
- too many wordswithlonghardtopronounce science names. (Usually a filler)
- fragrance and perfumes (not needed in masking, try and go natural)
- glycerin, aqua, aloe … these tend to just take up space …
- and if the main thing that you like is listed last, for instance – honey and milk – then you can be sure there is barely .0009 ounces of that in the actual product.
Just don’t be fooled by the front of the label telling you how natural the product is when you see an ingredient list way, way long and it reads like a Russian novel. The chances of your face not liking it is very high.
First time mask users – beware!
Some people have never used a mask. They tell others they “don’t need it” or their “face is too sensitive” for a mask. Well, you can be sure that their skin is not happy. They did not get the memo about the importance of facial masks. The stinging effect you might get from a nice, moisturizing mask with uber, super-cool happy ingredients is just your face in shock from finally absorbing something great for the first time ever.
If your skins’ acid mantle is off, you will get a slight stinging from any mask. What to do? Remove it after a few minutes, close up the pores with cool, cool water and hydrate with a great moisturizer. Try it again the next night. Always moisturize. Over time your skin will not only accept this new mask, but it will be happy, glowing and dewy. In other words, you will have given it great skin food – an awesome masking moment.
With your skin in great shape, you will use less make-up and have smoother, more even skin tone as well.
Do you have advice for Facial Mask users? Anything you’ve learned about applying masks and you’d like to share? Use our comment section below. Thanks for reading our article today.