Face mask is a means for extra skin care, as well as a quick and easy way to put your face on the right. More than that, this procedure is a great reason to relax, while the agent works and nourishes your skin with vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, masks give the same effect, as if you have gone through salon treatments, they also hydrate and nourish your skin. Masks can deal with such problems as dryness, redness, flaking and even fine facial wrinkles.
In today's diversity, we can find nourishing, moisturizing, alginate, algal, toning, soothing, paraffin, clay masks, and masks with fruit acids. To pick up your product, you must first focus on the needs of the skin.
All face masks can be divided into three main types:
Clay-based masks or any other cleansing masks, such as tape-mask or alginate mask, are impossible to leave too long – time prescribed in the instructions will be enough. Such products are rich in minerals and are capable to absorb excess sebum and other impurities, deeply cleansing the pores and smoothing the skin.
The gel mask moisturizes skin and returns radiance to the face – most often, it is soothing and moisturizing mask. There are masks that work as the express means and special night masks. The latter can be applied as the final step of skin care before going to bed and left for the whole night. You can apply gel masks every day, by the way, it’s not necessary to wash them off with water. It’s enough to pat the remains into the skin or gently remove the excess mask with a tissue.
A creamy mask deeply nourishes and soothes the skin. Before using, you should carefully study the instructions – many of them don’t require rinsing. They have a light texture and are instantly absorbed into the skin.
Cloth masks with slits for mouth, eyes and nose are convenient to use at home – the dense base fits well to the face and even gives you the opportunity to do your business. Such products are impregnated with concentrated serum and enriched with hyaluronic acid, vitamins and many other nutrients. You don’t need to wash your face after applying the mask, just distribute the remains of the gel across the skin with light massage movements.
1- hydrogel mask with collagen and antioxidant complex, Mixit, 2 - hydrogel face mask with a cooling effect, Petitfee, 3 - moisturizing face mask with aloe Vera, Dr.Jart+, 4 - alginate mask for glow, Dr. Jart+
In the warm season, you should pay attention to products with soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory ingredients: panthenol, aloe, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, mint.
In fall and winter, a mask with nourishing components in the composition is an ideal addition to your skin care, for example, with oat milk, Shea butter, vitamin E.
Mask based on clay and coal are suitable for cleansing and skin care, prone to oiliness, while funds with oatmeal and honey will nourish dry skin.
If the mask has such ingredients as aloe and hyaluronic acid, it means that the product is suitable even for sensitive skin.
Collagen masks are perfect for mature skin, while hydrogel ones help to make your face fresh and remove puffiness.
1 - night cream-mask with complex of antioxidants for a healthy facial glow, Nutritious Super-Pomegranate, Estee Lauder, 2 - oxygenic exfoliating mask, Filorga, 3 - night cream-mask, White Lucent, Shiseido, 4 - ESTEE LAUDER universal mask to preserve youthful skin-Revitalizing Supreme, Estee Lauder, 5 - cell regenerating cream mask Prime Renewing Pack, Valmont
The concentration of active substances in the composition of the masks is large enough, so cosmetologists recommend to use them one or two times a week.
Applying the mask, you should use a special spatula, a brush or applicator. If a bottle has no dispenser, don’t get the stuff with your fingers. Masks’ shelf life is usually less than that of serums and creams’. And bacteria may even reduce it. Jars should be tightly sealed that no moisture has entered. Cloth masks are considered to be the safest, they are sealed and designed for single use only.
If suddenly even the best face mask didn’t meet your expectations and after applying, the skin still looks dull, it might be due to its improper use. Despite the ease of the procedureyou need to apply the product, following simple rules.
To make the mask work, even after removing makeup, it is recommended to use a scrub or peeling – the exfoliating agent will remove dead skin cells, allowing active components of the mask penetrate deeper and start working. You can also open the pores by steaming the skin with steam or a warm compress.
Often, face masks have a cumulative effect, so you must use them regularly or to do the course. Usually, the manufacturer writes the recommendations for proper use on the packaging, but in any case, you need to apply the mask at least once a week.
1 - pulp face mask with vitamin C, AHC, 2 - mask with salicylic acid, rose water and extracts of meadowsweet, Lancome, 3 - cleansing mask with activated charcoal, Eveline, 4 - clay face mask, L'oreal, 5 - mask "Instant transformation", Ilona Lunden, 6 - cleansing mask to tone and healthy skin with turmeric, Mixit
Before the procedure, you should protect your hair with a shower cap or a special bandage. You should also avoid getting the mask on the skin around the eyes and lips, if it is not spelled out in the instructions – the active ingredients can cause severe irritation to these delicate areas of the face skin.
Beauticians recommend to apply the mask from the bottom up-along massage lines: from the neck to the ears, from the corners of the lips to the middle ear, from the nose to the temples and from the temples to the forehead.
Applying a mask is a nice beauty procedure, during which you can relax and unwind. If you hustle, the mask will slide off the face, stretching the skin - the effect after the procedure is clearly not the best.
Longer doesn't mean better. It’s not necessary to keep the mask on the face too long. Sometimes, it may even harm the skin. For example, prolonged use of a cleansing mask will lead to the violation of the natural lipid barrier – after the procedure, the skin will look dry and dull. And active ingredients of moisturizing and nourishing masks can cause irritation or even allergic reactions. Also, you should not allow clay masks to dry on your face, otherwise they will cause dehydration of the skin.
After the required time, you need to remove the mask, washing your face with warm water – too hot water can cause dryness and flaking of the skin. To remove the mask, you can use a special sponge, brush or a soft towel. No drops should remain on the face – remnants of the mask can provoke the appearance of clogged pores, inflammation and irritation.
After washing, wipe your face with a soft tonic. Don’t use alcohol – containing products, they tighten pores, so the effect of the mask will quickly disappear. After toning, apply some skin care product with a creamy texture. The cream should be distributed immediately until the pores are closed – the cream will seal the active components of the mask, so that they work longer in the skin cells.
Homemade masks will only work if they are chosen correctly and combined with other products. Before using any mask, cosmetologists recommend conducting an allergy test - apply a drop of care to the elbow or behind the ear. If after a few minutes the skin doesn’t turn red and doesn’t react in any other negative way, you can safely proceed to the beauty procedure.