Most of us have a daily skin care routine that we don’t stray from but there are a few weekly or twice weekly extras that can take your skin from good to glowing perfection in very little time. One of those is a face mask.
These little beauties are easy to use, have multiple benefits and help skin stay flawless between spa visits but there are still so many people out there who neglect them completely! Here’s the why, how and what of face masks to get you started…
WHY use a Face Mask?
Day-to-day cleansing and regular exfoliation will help to keep your skin in good condition but a face mask penetrates deeper into the pores, drawing out impurities from beneath the top layers of the skin. By removing impurities, unclogging the pores and providing a deeper clean, a mask can also enhance the performance of the products you use day-to-day.
Regular facials at a salon or spa will dramatically improve the appearance of your skin but if you can only afford, or only have time for, a professional treatment every so often, a face mask will help maintain your skin between visits.
HOW to use a Face Mask?
To some degree, the how of face masks depends on the mask you’re using. Generally speaking, a mask should be applied after cleansing and toning. Apply a thin layer to the face and neck, avoiding the sensitive eye area, and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse the face with cool water and follow with lotion and cream.
This cleansing ritual will take less than a half hour total but it will do your skin wonders. Not only that, but it gives you a chance to take a little ‘me’ time without having to go out. Both you and your skin will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
WHICH Face Mask should I use?
It all depends on what type of skin you have. Follow this easy guide to find the right face mask for your skin…
Your Concern: Oily T-Zone, Unbalanced Skin and/or Dullness
Your Mask: Balancing Combination Mask
If your skin is out of sorts with an oil T-zone, dry areas and dullness, ten minutes with this mask will help restore balance. Carrot oil, Green Apple, and vitamins to effectively purify, hydrate and brighten your skin.
When to use: For best results, use once or twice a week after thoroughly cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and use the Enzymo-Sphérides Peeling Cream to fully exfoliate skin and allow the mask the work its magic. Apply this mask all over your face and neck, half an inch away from the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply Balancing Combination Skin Lotion, followed by Balancing Combination Skin Cream.
Your Concern: Breakouts, Oiliness, Acne
Your Mask: Purifying Skin Mask
This mask is a power house of acne-fighting ingredients to help you on your way to breakout-free skin. With a high concentration of ingredients such as: Glycolic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, and Camphor, this mask delivers healing, soothing, purifying, and tightening benefits.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and apply the Problematic Skin Care Cream. Follow with a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck, half an inch away from the eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply the Problematic Skin Lotion, followed by the Problematic Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.
Your Concern: Dry, Flakey Skin
Your Mask: Rejuvenating Dry Skin Mask
Whether you experience dry skin year round or just in the colder weather, this rich, creamy mask will be help hydrate and soothe your skin. Moisture-bonding hyaluronic acid hydrates, while Vitamin E and Carotene combine to repair.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, blot the skin dry and proceed with the Enzymo-Sphérides Peeling Cream. Next, apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Reapply the Dry Skin Lotion followed by the Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.
Your Concern: Sensitivity, Irritation and Redness
Your Mask: Soothing Sensitive Skin Mask
A creamy, gentle formula, this mask has an immediate calming effect thanks to the soothing combination of Zinc Oxide and Shea Butter. Render skin calm, diffuse redness and alleviate irritation with this desensitizing mask.
When to use: After cleansing and toning, apply a thin layer of this mask all over your face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and reapply the Sensitive Skin Lotion followed by the Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream. Use once or twice a week.