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All about skin masks and the great benefits of adding them to your skin care routine. A setting or non setting mask can work wonders.
All About Skin…Masks
Masks, or sometimes also called Masque, really works wonders for the skin and some of the ingredients contained within masks include herbs, vitamins, and oils, which can be combined in clay, seaweed, or any sort of hydrating base.
- Tighten and tone the skin
- Draw impurities out of the pores of the skin
- Detoxify the skin
- Clear up blemishes and break-outs
- Hydrate the skin
- Nourish the skin
- Calm and soothe the skin
- Rejuvenate the skin
- Brighten the complexion
- Great way to naturally restore the skin after a professional treatment or procedure
There are two different categories of masks and they are setting and non-setting. The difference between the two are that setting masks harden on the skin or dry completely and non-setting masks do not dry, but remain soft/moist on the skin. Masks that harden often include setting ingredients that dry and provide a solid barrier on the surface of the skin. Ingredients such as clay, alginate, paraffin wax, and gypsum are the reason for the hardening effect that occurs. Non-setting masks, such as cucumber and aloe, are designed to stay moist and are mainly used to hydrate the skin.
How to Use…
Suggested home care for masks are that they should be generally applied once a week after exfoliation for the best results and product penetration. Again make it a at home spa day once a week in the evening that you will apply and exfoliant and then a mask. This will dramatically improve the tone, texture, and hydration of the skin.
Apply the mask/masque directly to the skin with a fan brush or your hands. Allow that mask to set of the face for the recommended about of time for the particular mask that you are using. This should be easily located on the directions of the mask. Once the time is up for the mask, it should be removed with warm (inner wrist temperature) water. If you are using a setting mask, then you may have to apply some water directly to the mask, while still on the face, in small sections in order to re-activate/soften the mask and make it much easier to remove.
So what do I use…
Well again I have 3 different masks that I use at different times depending on the goal that I am trying to accomplish. If I am experiencing break-outs or other problems then I will use a setting mask that contains salicylic acid or camphor, such as the Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque. If my skin needs more moisture and hydration then I will use the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque or a non-setting mask that contains hyaluronic acid, aloe and azulene that I pick up from a local spa.
So if you are not using masks/masque…again I encourage you to add it to your skin care routine once a week.
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