There’s no doubt about it – we’re all thinking about masks more than ever. Do we have one in our handbag, or in our car?
Does it fit snugly around our face? Cripes, is this the one I used yesterday? Wearing face masks out and about might be having a bit of an impact on your skin at present.
It’s possible that you might be finding your skin breaking a little more than usual, or feeling more dry or irritated than it has in a long time.
If you’d like some skincare tips on how to handle maskne and another increasingly common skincare concerns brought on by masks, then you can read all about it in my blog on the subject.
However, today I’m going to be talking about masks that are a little cosier to discuss, and in fact, may actually help to reverse some to the effects of mask-wearing with a little pampering.
How To Choose A Mask
Choosing a mask for your skin can really be the cherry on the top of your routine. There’s such a wealth of product available out there that hoomans can sometimes make the mistake of thinking that a mask is a mask, and as long as you can slap it on the turn up the Enya in the background, you’re onto a good thing.
This is not always the case (but you should always be blasting Enya, in my opinion). I’ve talked to so many hoomans who will blithely tell me that every time they put on a mask, they break out the day after. And these hoomans generally just assume that this is all part of the masking experience. It’s not!
The ‘purge’ was we call it is the sometimes unavoidable step in some skincare routines (generally when we increase the amount of vitamin A in a routine, but this doesn’t happen to every single hooman!), but it’s not the natural predecessor to a day or night of pampering.
Your own particular skincare concern has a match in masks, so without further ado, here’s some top tips for masks that might suit you.
Remember, before you mask…
… cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! It’s super important to make sure your skin is cleansed thoroughly and that you won’t be applying mask over skin which has the vestiges of product still bubbling beneath it.
Give your skin a thorough cleanse by pre-cleansing with a damp Cleanse Off Mitt from the nipples up to remove any oil, SPF, makeup on the surface of the skin.
Follow this with double-cleansing with gentle cleanser of your choice – for example, Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse or Galinee La Culture Foaming Facial Wash – for 60 seconds, from the nipples up. Remove with the clean side of your Cleanse Off Mitt. Now you’re ready for your mask!