Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Face Masks For Improved Skin


Over my lifetime I have used a variety of face masks from those goopy ones that dry and leave your skin feeling tight to the newest ones made of paper dripping in serums and such.  Of the two, I prefer the dripping ones because I don't have to struggle to either peel or rub the dried mixture off. 

We know that their appeal is in their claims to make our skin and faces look better, younger, and smoother just makes us want to use them.  Although we all use them, we may not be using them correctly or using the right one so we might not get the best results.

One reason face masks are so popular is that they offer intense treatment for the skin at a fraction of the cost. One reason they work, is that the ingredients in the face mask are up against our skin for a much longer period of time.  Consequently, the mask traps ingredients against the skin to hydrate, moisturize, dry, or even exfoliate the skin. So the time factor gives the ingredients a chance to penetrate the skin better than under normal circumstances.  

One of the first steps is to choose the type of face mask that is best for your skin.  If you look on line, or go into the drug store, there are so many to choose from and if you aren't sure, you may not know what to get.  There are several types of masks and each type performs a different job.  Many overnight masks are designed to hydrate your skin and are designed for mature or dry skins.  Masks with clay, sulphur, or mud, tend to soak up oil, and tend to exfoliate your skin.  Then there are sheet masks are filled with antioxidents to hydrate the skin.  One wears a mask from 10 minutes to overnight so plan the timing so you have the time you need to enjoy the benefits to its fullest.

When you buy a mask, you need to decide what you need it for and check to make sure it has the proper ingredients. For instance, if you have acne and you want a mask, look for one with salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxide acid. For fine wrinkles, look for a mask with vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, ferrlic acid, or retinoids. If you have redness or rosacea look for a mask with niacinamide.  To help with dark spots and pigmentation, look for kojic acid, retinoids, or vitamin C. 

When you look at face masks, you want to select ones that have shorter ingredients lists.  If the face mask has a long list of ingredients, it ups your chance of reacting to the face mask. Look for words like fragrance free, hypoallergenic, or free of dyes or parabans and stay away from harsher ingredients, allergens, and other things that can hurt you.  You always want to look for certain signs that the mask is irritating your skin.  If you breakout or develop acne or your acne gets worse, you experience redness or burning or it hurts to remove the mask, you break out in hives or you experience dryer skin or your skin peels, then quit using that mask.  It is not right for your skin.

A good general mask is the sheet mask often associated with Korean skin care. These masks are wonderful for soothing sensitive or inflamed skin.  They are more hydrating as they distribute the ingredients over the whole face.  On the other hand, creme masks are more for specific skin complaints such as acne.

When you are ready to use any face mask, make sure you clean your face first with a mild cleanser. Be sure to use warm water to open up the pores.  When pores are open, they absorb the face mask ingredients better. If you are into making your own masks, use yogurt and milk which contain lactic acid which acts like an exfoliant, aloe vera which contains vitamins A, C, E and B, all of which help brighten the skin, or papayas which contains enzymes that brighten skin.  Avoid lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar which can cause skin irritation. Always do a small test patch of your homemade mask to make sure your skin handles all the ingredients.

Think about using a face mask, one to two times a week to help your skin. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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