Face masks are the skin care industry’s secret to flawless skin - they’re the easiest way to achieve a radiant, glowing complexion by doing virtually nothing. Any point during the day when you have 20 minutes spare, is an opportunity to treat yourself and your skin, to some me-time - whether it be in the evening after a long day in the office, or even while doing chores around the house. Face masks can work wonders on your skin but you need to make sure you’re using them right - Follow these tips to get the most out of your face masks:
Prepare your skin beforehand
The most effective thing you can do prior to using any type of face mask is to prepare your skin. This will remove any oil or dirt and allow all of the nourishing ingredients and serums from the mask to be absorbed by your skin, giving you the best possible results. Use a cleanser to wash your face and then carefully pat skin dry before applying your face mask. You should also clean your hands before applying a face mask or any other skin care product, to make sure you don’t transfer dirt or bacteria to your clean skin.
Apply the face mask correctly
It's vital you get the most out of your face mask by applying it correctly. The application will depend on the type of face mask - to apply a sheet mask you need to place the mask on your face with the cut-outs matching your eyes, mouth, and nose. You then need to carefully smooth the mask onto your skin, ensuring there are no air pockets or ripples. When applying a cream or clay mask, make sure you have a nice, even coat and apply enough product so that all areas of your face get equal attention. It’s always worth spending some extra time on applying your face mask to ensure the best results.
Read the instructions carefully
It doesn’t matter if you’ve used face masks hundreds of times before, they aren’t all the same so make sure you read the instructions on the package before you put a face mask on. Only ever leave the face mask on for the recommended amount of time - leaving a face mask on for longer than recommended can actually make skin worse and lead to dryness and irritation.
Do a patch test
Just like reading the instructions, testing the mask might seem like a waste of time if you use them often, but there’s nothing worse that having an allergic reaction on your face! Take a few minutes to do a patch test by applying a small amount of the product to the inside of your wrist and covering with a bandage. If after 24 hours, you don’t see any reaction, then you’re fine to use the product.
Remove the face mask properly
Once it’s time to remove the face mask, follow the instructions carefully. Masks like clay and cream needs to be rinsed off - do this using warm water and carefully pat your skin dry. Make sure you’re using a clean towel otherwise you could be spreading bacteria to your clean skin! It’s important to remember that some types of face mask, such as sheet masks, do not require rinsing. The benefits of this mask don’t end when you remove it, so washing your face straight after treatment will remove all the skin-nourishing goodness. Instead, once you remove the facial mask, just pat any excess product into your skin.
Follow with a moisturiser
Now that all the nourishing-goodness from your face mask has been absorbed, seal it in. All face masks should be followed by a moisturiser to keep your skin looking hydrated and radiant. The moisturiser prevents the serum and moisture from escaping from your skin. This is a step that most people miss out, and it’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make when using a face mask, so make sure you add your favourite moisturising to your face mask routine!
Store your face masks properly
How you store your face masks is also important. Most masks do fine in room temperature, but some active ingredients might be affected if left in a warm cabinet that’s not well ventilated. Store your face masks in room temperature, away from direct sunlight, or try keeping them in the fridge - the cold temperature will further stimulate the blood circulation in your face, improving the overall absorption of nutrients. Also, it makes the face mask experience extra refreshing, and helps reduce any facial and under-eye puffiness.
Find the right face mask for you
It sounds simple but it’s important to find a face mask specific to your skin’s concerns. For instance, clay masks are usually created for oil control and blackhead management, while hydrogel sheet masks are great for hydrating the skin. With so many different choices of face mask available, it's getting progressively more complicated to find the best product for your skin. Here at Maskologist, we understand that every skin type is different, which is why we focus on diversity and create completely unique products for every skin type and concern, allowing you to create the perfect skin care routine.
Choose good quality products
Face masks can be a game-changing step in your skin-care routine, and yet, not all of them are created equal. It’s important that you’re aware of what you’re putting on your skin and choose products that use the best quality ingredients. You can have peace of mind knowing that all of our products are created using the highest quality natural ingredients, and are paraben and cruelty free, making them suitable for every skin type. Check out our range of luxurious facial masks and find the product that will give you the complexion of your dreams!
Using a face mask as part of your regular skin care routine is a great way to achieve skin that looks and feels healthy, radiant and glowing! Make sure that you follow the above tips to get the most out of your face masks.