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In the quest for the holy grail of serums and moisturisers for flawless skin, we often pay the least attention to choosing the right type of face mask. After all, a mask pretty much does the same thing, right? Wrong. Using the wrong mask for our skin can exacerbate the very concern that we are trying to balance. Just like curating our skin care rituals to suit our skin concerns, so too, should the humble face mask be carefully selected.
If a glowing complexion is on your wish list, a face mask should be at the top of your to-do list. Whether you have a window of 10 minutes to spare, or an evening to lay back and indulge I can’t encourage you enough, to create the space, once a week (consecutively for a month) and you’ll be jumping for joy at the difference you see in your skin.
Masks come in all sorts of different forms – from creams to clays to gels and from powders to honey to mud. There’s a mask to suit just about every skin concern, whether you’re wanting to: do a deep cleanse; remove excess oil; soften, hydrate and smooth fine lines; brighten a dull complexion; or simply improve the appearance and texture of your skin for a gorgeous glow.
Once a week. It’s the perfect opportunity to gift yourself a moment of me-time. Ten minutes is all it takes. Even if you’re ironing at the same time.
Deeply cleansing, clay masks help to remove excess oil, pull toxins from the skin and body, smooth, tighten and revitalise tired skin, whilst helping to minimise the appearance of pores. Certain clays (such as bentonite) are more suited to help balance oily skin conditions, where as other clays (such as rhassoul) can help to reduce dryness and flakiness, as well as improving skin elasticity and firmness. The golden rule to remember when using a clay mask is to NOT let it dry out completely. NEVER allow the mask to tighten so much that it flakes off. Why? Because that mask is sucking out all the moisture from the surface of your skin leaving it dehydrated, irritated and crying out for moisture. If you do wish to keep that clay mask on for a little longer, then keep an organic face mist (eg. rose water) close by so you can spritz over the mask when you feel it tightening and drying. Another tip: when mixing the powdered clay mask to form a paste, please do NOT use municipal tap water. Use a face mist instead (eg. rose water or neroli water).
Rich in plant oils and botanical extracts, creamy and balm-based masks can be intensely nourishing, hydrating and calming, delivering antioxidants and other skin-loving ingredients to help stimulate cell renewal and collagen production to plump, firm and refresh the skin. Honey, on the other hand, is antibacterial, antimicrobial, moisturising, and balancing. It contains beneficial compounds which absorb free radicals and help minimise the appearance of fine lines.
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Yes, there’s even a mask for our precious lips to help rejuvenate the delicate skin. Allow nourishing ingredients like seabuckthorn and evening primrose to help restore and soothe your lips, while a fresh yet light sweet citrus scent enlivens your senses. This lip treat is both luxurious and indispensable.
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Exfoliation is a necessary and basic step in your skin care ritual, as it encourages skin cell turnover, stimulates the production of new skin cells, and encourages the production of collagen and elastin, the basic building blocks of the skin.
It’s easy to assume that a face mist is just a fancy spritz of water to freshen up during the day, but for us skincare enthusiasts in-the-know, a face mist is one of the most versatile and underrated products on the market, and is one step in the skin care ritual that would never be skipped. A quick spritz every day, morning and night, after cleansing the skin is a must.