The Beauty Of Face Masks <3

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Many of us can agree that we spend quite a bit of time each day applying our makeup and perfecting it, so isn’t it just as important to take good care of our skin?! It sure is! As some of you may be aware face masks are a beneficial key in maintaining beautiful skin and are recommended for all skin types. And of course a cheaper alternative to having a facial! (If you are unsure of what type of skin you have please read my post below “How To Tell What Type Of Skin You Have”.) By applying a face mask you are cleansing, hydrating and detoxifying your skin and at the same time clearing your pores. Now ladies, application down your neck is just as important as your face to help prevent lines and keep your neck just as soft, smooth and hydrated!

Some of LUSH's beautifully displayed face masks

Some of LUSH’s beautifully displayed face masks

When looking for face masks it’s up to you how much you wish to spend but I suggest to follow the below guideline as per your skin type in ensuring that you choose the right one. My favourite face masks to use are Lush products, I simply ADORE EVERTHING from Lush lol. Not only are their products really affordable but they smell beautiful and are all natural without any nasty harmful chemicals. Another great thing about Lush is that they provide samples of skincare whether it’s a facial cleanser, moisturiser or what not so you are able to try it for yourself before buying it.

Regardless of what type of mask you’re using, there are a few essential steps that everyone should follow to prep your skin for this beauty treatment. Firstly ensure all makeup of course has been fully removed. Always steam your face over a cup of hot water or press a hot wash cloth to your face before beginning a mask. The heat works to soften the debris in your pores and clean your skin. I remember as a child watching my mother often do this on weekends and I would stop and think “why on earth is she putting her face over a bowl of hot water” LOL!!

 

DRY & SENSITIVE SKIN: The best type of face mask for these skin types is a hydrating cream formula rather than a clay or exfoliating mask to replenish the skin’s hydration.You want to rejuvenate and protect your skin rather than dry it out or inflame it with too much scrubbing. A DIY recipe of Greek Yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey is actually fantastic or dry skin. Yogurt also contains enzymes, so it works to get rid of any flaky dead skin. The soothing remedy will also help to maintain your skin’s natural oils.

 

ACNE PRONE SKIN: Using facial oil as a mask is fantastic for acne-prone or oily skin. Funny enough fighting oil with oil will actually re-balance your sebaceous glands and helps heal your spots. It’s extremely important to re-balance the natural oils within your skin. By drying out your face too much your skin will make even more oil to compensate, so you end up with more clogged pores than you had to start with! However if you want to deep clean your pores start with a clay or gel mask.

 

OILY SKIN: Ladies with oily skin should stick with an exfoliating or clay mask. A clay mask is perfect for oily skin, as it works to exfoliate and draw impurities out of the skin. The minerals and vitamins will leave your face feeling soft and supple but will dry it out a little, so finish with a hydrating mask to replenish moisture and restore your skin’s balance. I strongly suggest that you leave both your first mask and hydrating mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, as your skin needs that time to really absorb the ingredients. A friend of mine recommended what she uses and LOVES! A simple hydrating mask of honey and aloe vera; she leaves it on overnight as the mixture doesn’t stain your pillowcase nor is it harmful!

 

COMBINATION SKIN: Combination Skin should be addressed in separate parts. Your skin may change in the seasons, so you may need to change masks accordingly. I recommend in applying a clay mask to your T-zone if it’s oily and a hydrating mask to the rest of your face. A DIY at home version is to mash up some pineapple, you can use canned pineapple and mix it with plain yoghurt. The natural enzymes in fruits such as pineapple and papaya are excellent at removing dead skin cells.

I hope that you have found this beneficial and if you require have questions or require some extra information feel free to comment below 🙂

 

Til next time,

Natasha xox

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