Skin care

Masks 101… the 40s ReStyle Way

June 30, 2016

A mask is the favorite part of a facial for most women. Skin can feel clean and bright. It can feel tighter and younger looking.

IF – and that’s a big IF – the right product is used.

If not, the skin can turn out red, irritated, broken out, and itchy or burning. Then, we just want to hide for days. Bottom line is: that sucks!  Read on for some useful info about masks. Hopefully it will help in choosing the correct one a bit easier.

💋There are three main types of masks:  Clay, Cream/Gel, and Setting masks.  Clay masks, including mud masks, help absorb oil. Cream and gel masks are designed to provide deep moisture. Setting masks turn hard and are meant to peel off. Their job is to cool and refresh tired skin. Knowing your skin type is important so the right masks can be applied. For example, my skin tends to be oily. A cream or gel mask is probably not what I need. I’d opt for a clay mask or a nice refreshing setting mask.

💋That brings us to goal. What is the reason for a mask treatment?  While I narrowed down that a cream/gel mask isn’t right for my skin type, I need to decide next if I just want to pep up tired skin or soak up oil. Once you know your skin type, decide next what you hope to accomplish.

💋Steer clear of masks with a list of ingredients a mile long. The more ingredients, the more things the skin can react to. Masks stay in contact with the skin for as much as fifteen to thirty minutes. That’s a lot of contact with ingredients that can help or harm the skin.

💋Try making your own mask. Common ingredients such as honey, baking soda, plain yogurt, eggs, and many fruits and veggies are excellent ingredients for a mask. Look online to find millions of recipes for millions of skin concerns. No need to worry about tons of ingredients then.

💋Remember any allergies. If it causes an allergic reaction when ingested, it can do the same if it comes in contact with the skin–and vise versa.

💋Sensitive skin trumps all advice. Some people, no matter how much they would like to use some beauty products, just can’t. Some skin can be so ultra sensitive to products that doing masks and such are just not possible. If that’s the case, then don’t do it!

💋If while the mask is on, the skin gets itchy, red, swollen, too tingly (some masks are made to tingle), or just down right burns or hurts, remove immediately. Cleanse gently and follow with a moisturizer. If the pain, itch, or swelling continue contact a professional.

💋Try a pre-mask treatment. These primers help prepare skin for the mask.

💋Try using multiple masks at once. This works especially well for those with combination skin. Try a clay mask on areas that tend to be more oily like the T-zone and a cream mask on cheeks that need more moisture.

💋Some masks do double duty as a scrub (exfoliant) and mask. If it doesn’t work as a mask, try it as a scrub before you write it off completely.

💋Try the latest trend in masks–the sheet mask. They are paper masks with precut holes for eyes, nose, and mouth. The product is on the paper. Sheet masks do much the same thing as clay, cream/gel, and setting masks with the added convenience of not having to apply it. (I have trouble with them slipping, but I’ve heard others rave about them.)

💋Some masks I’d recommend are: Origins Retexturing Rose Mask, Origins Charcoal Pore Cleaning Mask, the GlamGlow line, First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask, Jacq Organics Green Smoothie Mask. Also try the Origins Mask Primer.

💋Lastly, try a cruelty free mask, one with sustainable or recyclable packaging, or one that comes in a powder to use minimal water. You know, because doing something good for the world feels good, too.

Now, go be fabulous!

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