If you’ve never pampered yourself with a facial mask, now is the time! What a great way to cleanse and purify your face. Regular cleansing will remove surface dirt and grime, but only a facial mask will actually draw out impurities from beneath the top layers of the epidermis. Masking helps exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores so your toning and moisturizing products work more effectively. Masks also help stimulate blood circulation and leave your skin feeling smoother and softer.
How to Apply a Mask
This outlines the ideal process for applying a mask. Unfortunately, many of us lead such busy lives that we find it difficult to devote this much time to ourselves. Aim to find that time at least once a week. If you still don’t have that much time, use the steps that you can. (I use Saturday mornings as “My Time” to pamper myself with a mask!)
1. Find a quiet, calm time and place. Allow yourself the space to slow down and enjoy the simple processes of preparing, applying, and removing a mask
2. Put on a headband to protect your hair, and remove any makeup.
3. Relax your facial muscles in any way that suits you. It might be by using massage or by making hideous faces at yourself in the mirror. ☺
4. Apply the mask evenly, avoiding the area around the eyes, using your fingers or cotton pads as appropriate.
5. Try not to talk, laugh, or move any facial muscles until it is time to remove the mask. Take this time to relax.
6. Remove the mask slowly and carefully. Work from the forehead downward, making sure that none of the material removed comes into contact with the eyes, and avoid dragging the skin. Clay masks can be softened with water before removing. Rinse face with tepid water to be sure all of the mask material is removed.
7. Apply toner to close the pores and tone the skin.
I also like to moisturize my face after this step. Feels so good!
(If you'd like to make your own masks, Tip Junkie has 15 recipes for you to try.)