Friday, 10 August 2012

How To Get The Most From Your Face Mask!

So just before I applied my face mask yesterday I was wondering, 'are there any major DO'S and DON'T S that I'm missing out on?'

So I did my research and I'm happy to share with you some information I already knew and some new things I've learnt when it comes to getting the most out of your face masks!

TEST - It's important to test the reaction your skin will have to your chosen face mask.
Even the gentlest (and some natural) ingredients could give your skin a bad reaction giving you the complete opposite to the effect you desire. 

READ - Make sure you read the instructions on the pack of your face mask.                   
Not all Face Masks work the same way. One may tell you to apply your mask to a wet face, another to a dry face. Make sure you follow these specific instructions to get the best results.

PREPARE - It is vital that you prepare your skin properly.                         
  • Ensure that you:                                                                                                                 Remove all make up. Make sure there is none left on your face.
  • Double Cleanse. Cleansing twice ensures you have a clean canvas to work with.       
  • Exfoliate. If you don't remove all of the dead skin cells the mask will not be able to work on fresh skin.                                                                                                             
  • Open your pores. Use some hot water to open up your pores to ensure a deep clean.
APPLICATION - An even coverage or your face mask is essential to achieve consecutive results.                                                                                                                           It is also best to apply your mask in an upwards motion and towards the centre of your face.

TIMING - Most commonly face masks should be left on for 15-20 minutes. 
If your face mask contains active ingredients they will soak into the skin within 15 minutes so it is ineffective to leave it on for any longer.

REMOVAL - Once you have had your face mask on for long enough remove it with lukewarm water.
Ensure to pat your face dry with a soft towel. Do not rub your skin.

AFTER - Once you have removed your face mask give your skin a few minutes to breath.
Then apply moisturiser and any spot treatments.

So that's the most effective way to apply and remove your face mask, now for a few tips and tricks!

Oily skin? Use a mask with clay in. The natural properties of clay cleanse the skin of black heads and excess oil.

Moisturise! -To get a bit more from your face mask saturate cotton wool pads in lukewarm water. Tear your cotton wool pad into pieces and place over the face mask. Avoid eyes and mouth. Leave the water to soak into your skin.

Large pores? Use a 'clarifying' face mask and apply it in an upwards motive and into the centre of your face.

Often! Most face masks suggest applying one at least twice a week. This is not a ploy to make you spend money! The more often you treat your skin the better it will look. However applying everyday could leave your skin feeling dry and looking dull. I would suggest every other day as a maximum.

Drink! - Having a glass of water whilst wearing your face mask will help to send oxygen to the skin's surface, improving results.

Massage! - Massage the mask onto your face to wake your skin up and bring the blood to the surface.

Using food? - If you can't afford a face mask then just head to the fridge and grab some natural yoghurt and honey. Mix them up in equal parts, you'll be amazed with the results. (I would not recommend doing this more than 3 times a week).

Relax! - Relaxing when you apply a face mask helps to calm you and your skin. Laying down is the best way to be!

And for your eyes? The obvious choices for some eye care is cucumber slices or used tea bags! If you don't fancy that, grab your self a gel eye mask which you can pop in the fridge. Be sure to clean it when you're done.

So have you learnt anything from this post? 
I know I have!
Be sure to share any of your tips and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Happy Pampering x


  1. really helpful post, Id have never thought to steam my face beforehand to open pores but it does make sense. I'll definitely try that next time :) x

    1. Really glad you got something useful from this post - I must say it's one I really enjoyed writing! x

  2. Great post! I'm a bit of a face mask addict but I learnt one or two things here :)

    Lola ..x

    1. I learnt so much just from writing it! Glad it helped Lola! x

  3. Great tips. I love to use a face mask & always forget to leave a little while in between taking it off & putting on my moisturiser.

    1. I think it definatley helps your skin to adjust! Glad you found it helpful! x

  4. Such a great and helpful post. Thank you. I am trying to get my followers up at the moment so if you like what you see I will greatly appreciate your follow :). If you already follow I apologise.


  5. Very informative & I learned a couple things I didn't know. Lovin the blog. My mask of choice is Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask =)


    1. I've never tried that mask! Must start broadening my facial mask horizons haha! x

  6. I used to use mask when i was a teen. I used Origins white china clay mask. It was pretty good. Maybe i should start using mask agai.

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