Guide to Finding the Best Face Masks and Its Proper Application
Sleep is a vital component that affects the overall health and well-being of a person. As sleep enables the body to repair it also helps prevent health problems such as excess weight gain, heart disease, and more. Using the perfect mask for your skin type has the same benefit on the skin as sleeping does on the body.
Facial masks are an important part of any good skincare regimen - it targets specific skin problems and administers help where it needs to be. Here are the following reasons why one should take masking to the next level:
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Why include a mask on your skincare:
You may not be aware of it but your face carries a lot of everyday pollution. Prolonged exposure of the skin to air pollutants has been associated with skin aging, atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and even skin cancer.
If you wonder why a quick routine of washing and moisturizing can not help improve your skin condition, it is important to keep in mind that it can't access the skin's deeper tissue. With the mask on your routine, it can help deep clean your pores and addresses skin’s deeper issues.
When should mask be used:
The wearing of masks may depend on the active ingredients you choose. Per our aesthetician’s recommendations and general rule, using a mask once a week is enough. This is most true for the exfoliating masks.
For hydration or anti-aging benefits, twice a week is good and thrice a week can boost the effect.
What mask works best for you:
Can you simply pick a mask because you saw it on the way to paying for your other favorite skincare products? Of course, not! Finding the right face mask for your needs is the first step towards healthy and glowing skin.
To find the appropriate mask, a visit to aestheticians can really make a difference. If, however, you prefer to do it yourself, you must be aware of your skin type and the skin problems you are having. So ask yourself, what’s my biggest skin concern?
Ingredient To Look For in a Mask
Hyaluronic Acid is a filling and healthy drink of water for your skin. Because of its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water, Hyaluronic acid can easily bind water to cells and infuses the layer to help rejuvenate moisture.
This ingredient is popular in masks from different brands and lines because it is proven to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. The long-term effect of Hyaluronic Acid increased cell production making the skin smoother and healthier.
A common ingredient in many beauty and skincare products, Glycerin in its purest form works best in retaining skin moisture. This helps the skin increase hydration, relieve dryness, and refresh the surface.
For your safety, do a patch test before using products containing glycerin for the first time.
Glycolic acid is the most popular and certainly the most widely studied among the alpha hydroxy acid family.
Its known benefits include helping alleviate acne by peeling the first layer declogging pores with dead skin cells and oil. Cleaner skin means lesser breakouts.
Compared to other anti-acne topical agents, Glycolic acid helps retain moisture leaving your skin clean, fresh, and lush.
Ceramides are fatty acids that link with other important molecules to promote cellular function. It helps create a barrier to prevent permeability which helps the skin stay hydrated.
Some of its benefits may include anti-aging effects. The moisture minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties - this helps support the immune system and cell function and also provides an essential effect on your skin's health.
Because it is easily absorbed into the skin, Vitamin E is available in many cosmetic and skincare products such as anti-aging creams, eye serums, sunscreens, and makeup.
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How to Apply a Face Mask:
Before you get to learn the simple but effective way of applying a mask, here are the things you should have to create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your room.
- Prepare your fave go-to mask
- Put aside a clean washcloth
- Wear your hair up or use a hairband to keep your hair away from your face
- Arrange the entertainment of your choice to enjoy your waiting time
- Light your candle of choice for a relaxing vibe
Make sure to use a mask only in a clean face
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and use an exfoliant to clear away dead skin cells and other dirt rooted in your pores. Make sure it is clean from any dirt and products used before such as makeup and more. This will help the skin absorb the benefits you can receive in a mask.
Apply the mask properly
Wash your hands before applying the mask and use your clean fingers to spread it evenly. Apply the mask to your face, neck, and décolleté. Avoid the sensitive area of the face such as the undereye.
Wait for the magic to happen
Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes or depending on the instruction. While you wait, enjoy the entertainment of your choice. You may want to read the book you've been longing to finish, a good series, or just enjoy a Netflix and chill.