Treating yourself to a face mask is a great way to treat skin concerns and keep your complexion balanced and healthy. There are plenty of different formulas available, each designed to help certain skin types.
Having a couple of different types to hand can be helpful; for example, if you have combination skin you might want to invest in a re-balancing mask for oily days and a hydrating one for dryer days.
As well as using the right mask for your skin type, try the following to get the best from your mask:
Use your mask after you shower
The warm water from your shower will create steam – and this will open up your pores. As well as softening up any dirt you may have lingering in your pores (making it easier to remove) this will allow the ingredients of your mask to penetrate deeper.
Use a brush
Most of us use our fingers when it comes to applying face masks, and while this is fine you may want to consider using a paint brush. Using a clean paint brush offers more accuracy, so you get an even coverage and ensures all the product ends up on your face (not your hands/floor). Be sure to clean the brush thoroughly between uses.
Rinse with lukewarm water
Rinsing with hot water can aggravate and dehydrate skin. Instead, use lukewarm water. This will soften the product for easier removal. Use your hands and/or a muslin cloth to gently remove the mask.
Follow with a toner and moisturiser
Using a toner after your mask helps the skin to lock in the beneficial mask ingredients, keeping your skin looking better for longer. Toner also helps your moisturiser to penetrate deeper so don’t forget this step.