Friday, February 26, 2016

Masks and Multi Masking

Some days your skin just needs a little extra help. Long days and late nights can often leave your skin looking dull, tired, and dehydrated. Masks are a great way to make your skin look better quickly.

Using a mask the correct way helps to make it more effective and reduces the chance of damaging your skin. I makes several types of masks and am always expanding my offerings. I love masks!

So what is the correct way to use a mask? I myself am guilty of coming home from work and just slathering it on and letting the mask dry until my face cracks like the Sahara in July. Turns out, this is not the best way to use your mask.

Below are the steps for using a mask the right way.

1. Cleanse skin with mild cleanser or Oil Cleanser (OCM) - cleansing the skin helps to remove any debris and dead skin from the surface, as well as helps to soften the top layer of your skin and increase circulation. You can also use a gentle face scrub, this will help remove dead skin and prepare your skin for all the goodness in your mask.

2. After cleansing, soak a washcloth in warm water and lay over your skin, allow to cool on your skin. This helps open the pores and further increase circulation.

3. Remove the cloth and leave your skin a bit damp.

4. Apply the mask in a thick, but even layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. You can choose to apply multiple masks at the same time, to specific areas of the face, known as "Multi-Masking."

5. Once the mask is applied, grab a Hydrosol or Face Mist to help keep the mask from drying out too much. When a mask dries on your skin to the point of cracking, it can cause micro-cracks on the surface of your skin, and actually do damage. Use the toner to spritz the mask and keep it slightly damp. Depending on the mask you use, you want to leave it on for between 5 - 20 minutes, following manufacturer guidelines.

6. Removing your mask is easy. Use the same cloth you used to open your pores soaked in warm water and gently wrung out. Lay the cloth on your mask and gently press and allow to dampen the mask on your face. Once the mask is damp, gently splash off with warm water or use a soft cloth to remove.

7. Tone your skin! This step helps remove mask remnants, close your pores, and assures your skin won't get tight. Use a toner like Witch Hazel or Aloe Vera on a cotton pad to remove any remaining mask residue.

8. Moisturize with a moisturizer that is not too thick or heavy. You want to keep your skin soft,  but do not use a thick night cream right after your mask. Go for something a bit lighter or a Beauty Oil. Apply a few drops by pressing gently into your skin.

*Multi Masking

Multi-Masking is just what it sounds like, using multiple masks. The key is to use masks for different skin issues you may have in different areas. For me, I get oily in my T-Zone, occasional breakouts on my chin and jaw, and some dryness on my cheeks and between my eyebrows.

My main tip is to apply clay masks that dry down first, typically in your T-zone is where you will need more detoxifying masks. I use the Carbon Detox Mask on my nose and chin. Then on my forehead where I am concerned about wrinkles, I use the Vanilla Bean Mask with a drop of Triple Hyaluronic Acid Serum mixed in.

Follow the same steps as above, and remove after 5-20 minutes :)

Happy Masking!

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