Find the face mask that's right for your skin
If there's one thing that'll score you time away from the boyfriend, husband, kids, housemates - it's a face mask.
One look at that thing on your face and people seem to walk in the complete other direction - sensational - because if you ever want to be left alone, it's when you're face masking.
It's the ultimate me time.
It's also the ultimate skincare treatment, allowing products to get deep down into the layers of the skin for max efficiency. There are so many masks out there, you will find one to suit your needs.
Ideally, you should do a mask once a week after you remove your makeup, cleanse and if you can, exfoliate as well.
It might take about a month to see results because that's how long it takes for skin cells to turnover.
Now back to those different types of masks:
Charcoal mask: Targets impurities and keeps pores clear. It's dirty and messy but so good for your skin.
Sheet mask: One time use mask soaked in serum and is super potent, usually made of cotton which suits almost all skin types.
Tissue mask: They're thinner than a sheet mask and that's supposed to mean they won't slide off as easily. They're also soaked in moisturisers.
Peel off mask: This will dry on your skin and you peel it off like slowly removing wax from your legs. It's meant to remove all the impurities stuck deep down, but isn't great if you have a hairy face because that'll come off too. Ouch!
Eye mask: It is so important to look after the delicate under eye area. While it's hard to fix fine lines and dark circles under the eye because it's so thin, you might not see results. Prolonged use gives a better chance of seeing a change under there.
When you use a mask that hardens, it actually stimulates blood flow by expanding blood vessels, improving your skin tone. Be gentle when applying clay, cream or charcoal masks. When removing them, use warm water and don't rub too hard - think careful circular movements. It might even be easier to use a warm face cloth. Then pat your face dry with a soft towel.
With a sheet or tissue mask, don't rinse your face afterwards as you're removing all the goodness that just went on there. Instead, rub the excess product on your face and neck. You don't want to be wasting any of it.
Sleep masks have also become quite popular because all the work is done while you sleep. It's the last product that goes on before bed and the magic happens with your eyes closed.
Here's what ingredients to look for based on your skin concerns.
Dry: hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, shea butter
Acne: alpha and beta hydroxy acids
Pigmentation: alpha hydroxy acid, fruit enzymes, Vitamin C
Anti ageing: retinol, essential oils
If anything starts to sting, take it off straight away.
These are my favourite mask brands. I actually use them, this is not a sponsored post or an ad!