Do’s & Don’ts in Using Facial Mask for your Skincare Routine
Facial masks are the skincare boosters when we want to achieve better skin or target skin conditions efficiently. Besides being an essential weekly skincare ritual, it is also the go-to product when we have a necessary appointment the next day. But before diving into this beauty world, you should first learn about facial masks and some tips you can’t miss out on.
How does a facial mask help your skin
The facial mask traps the moisture or ingredients in the skin and creates a film that keeps them from prolonged exposure to the skin. It is due to the occlusion phenomenon of the mask on your skin. Therefore, facial masks allow ingredients to penetrate better into your skin in a short amount of time. Whether it’s salicylic acid for acne, vitamin C for brightening dark spots or retinol for fine lines, a facial mask can offer a more concentrated dose and more intense version of its ingredients compared to other applications.
How to choose a facial mask
Whether you scour social media or search the drug store aisle, trying to find a suitable facial mask can be overwhelming. There are thousands of options available, and just because your favorite Instagram KOL uses one mask doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. You must identify your skin type and double check the facial mask ingredients that match you. In general, if you don’t know what to choose, then the hydrating facial mask won’t go wrong. Make sure the mask doesn’t contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, et cetera. That may cause allergies or irritation
When is the optimal time to apply a facial mask?
There’s no specific time that limits you from enjoying your masking time. Anytime you want is okay. But to know the “best” time, it’s probably around 9:00 – 10:00 at night before you go to bed. You might have all cleansed from face to body with a relaxed mood. Prep a comfy space with the candle and diffuser, then enjoy your masking time. Your face will absorb and be ready to keep moisture throughout the night.
1. Cleanse before applying a facial mask
Before you open a pack of facial masks, cleanse your skin thoroughly to ensure that you get rid of any grime and impurities from your face—even if you don’t have makeup on.
Applying a facial mask to an unclean face will prevent the goodness of the mask from penetrating the skin. Another reason for doing this step is that your skin can absorb the essence from the sheet masks and penetrate your skin better because your face is already moist.
2. Massage your mask before using it.
If you store your sheet mask vertically, keep in mind to massage the package before opening it and removing the mask after using it! If you stored it vertically, then some of the essences may have settled at the bottom, and your sheet mask won’t be as intact with the essence. Therefore, massaging the package before opening it will allow your sheet masks to absorb all that goodness fully.
3. You should multi-task
We’re all busy, so if you find the time to do masking, apply masks to different facial features. Try using eye masks under your eyes, then lay a facial sheet mask over it, and probably put a lip mask all at once. You may look weird in this state and find it hard to do anything else while letting the masks stand for a while, but all you need to do is to relax for 20 minutes. Feel comfortable in your bed, close your eyes, and let your skin be pampered! Just remember not to take too long.
4. Pat it in
Don’t forget to pat the product in after peeling the mask off your face. Ensure your hands are sanitized, then warm your palms by rubbing them together before pressing gently onto your entire face. It helps the circulation of the skin and aids the absorption of the serum so that more can penetrate.
5. Moisturize after a face mask
Even though your skin feels deeply moisturized after your hydrating mask, you can help the benefits last even longer by locking in the hydration with a rich face cream, especially before bed. The moisturizer locks the serum and moisture in, so it will stay on your skin and absorb them. It is a step that is often omitted from the skincare routine by most people. If you’re doing the same, think about how many benefits from the products you have been missing all this time!
1. Don’t apply a face mask with dirty hands
It would be a big mistake if you didn’t cleanse your skin before using a mask. Make sure you’ve sanitized your hands before handling a facial mask. You must ensure whatever you apply to your face is clean so you don’t have to deal with bad bacteria getting on your face and later breaking you out. So if you have the experience of having pimples pop out after the face mask, don’t blame the product first. Ask yourself if you have done all the cleaning before it.
2. Don’t sleep with the mask on
The point of a facial sheet mask is to provide your skin with essential nutrients and hydration. If you wait until it dries, the facial sheet mask will absorb the moisture from your skin, drying out your skin more. To avoid the temptation of falling asleep while enjoying your mask, put a timer alarm on if you need to. It is not recommended to apply it for more than 20 minutes.
3. Don’t throw away the leftover essence
For facial sheet masks, you’ll typically find a lot of the serum left behind after you’ve pulled the mask from the pack. Don’t throw it in the trash bin right away. You can use the leftover serum for your neck, elbows, and legs. It would also be wise to apply the mask to other parts of your body when your face is done enjoying it for 15-20 minutes and when there’s still serum left. After all, there’s just so much your face can absorb; you can pamper the rest of your body too.
All clear now? Then start your skincare routine with a facial mask today!