I love face masks! It’s part of my skincare routine and I do it once or twice a week. They are inexpensive and easy to use; they are also an effective way to give your skin that boost it needs. It is also very relaxing and therapeutic, a good way to pamper yourself at home.
However, to efficiently absorb the benefits of face masks, you first need to prep your skin the right way.
Ok, these steps are what I do before and after I use a face mask and they work for me. Remember, every skin type is different, so I suggest you talk to your doctor so they can help you formulate steps that work best for your skin type.
Prep that skin
- Wash your hands – I do not just clean my face, but I also clean what I use on my face – my hands. I use antibacterial soap and rinse them thoroughly.
- Cleanse – I make sure there’s no makeup left. Wash with a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove oils and dust, and minimize bacterial count.
- Exfoliate – To get that dead skin off, I exfoliate. Getting rid of your dead skin cells allows BETTER absorption of the product.
- Use Toner – Another step that will help get rid of those remaining oil debris and makeup; it also soothes, repairs and smoothens the skin’s surface.
- Increase circulation – I usually get a clean washcloth, soak it in warm water, squeeze excess water, place it on your face and gently tap your face using your fingers for a couple of minutes. What this does, is promoting blood flow, bringing all those necessary skin nutrients making it look healthy and vibrant.
Now your skin is all prepped and ready to MASK AWAY.
Other helpful tips while your MASKING:
- Relax and enjoy your “me time“
- Drink tea – Chamomile tea is best to relieve dry and patchy skin. It also is good for acne-prone skin.
Lock in the essence
- Again, I make sure my hands are clean before I touch my face – so wash it well!
- Peel off the mask GENTLY and massage the “essence” into your skin for a couple of minutes.
- Wash it off gently and thoroughly, using warm water and end with cold water. A misconception about rinsing mask is – splashing water a few times will do the trick, this is wrong. If you do not adequately rinse off the mask, it might clog your pores or irritate your skin.
- Let your skin breathe for a couple of minutes and do gentle “taps” using your fingers.
- You can now apply facial serum, eye cream, and moisturizer.
Viola! You’re all done, and now it’s time to admire your handy work! By doing these steps before and after using facial masks, the product will work at its optimum and is efficiently absorbed, resulting in a smoother and healthier looking skin.
How do your prep your skin?
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