Facial Masks: How to Use Them
Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Sheetal Rawal
In the previous articles, I shared the benefits of using a facial mask and how to make the right choice. Here are some tips on how to use facial masks to maximize their benefits.
Tip #1: It is preferable to cleanse your face with a mild and sulfate-free cleanser prior to applying a facial mask. This ensures that your face is free of dirt, grime or makeup so the facial mask can penetrate the skin upon application.
Tip #2: Apply a generous layer of the facial mask all over your face including the neck area. Be sure to apply the mask in upward strokes so that your skin does not get pulled downward as the mask dries. Facial masks can be used on other parts of your body like arms and legs to provide deep cleansing and toning. Relax while the mask dries. Relaxation is good for your skin!
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Tip #3: Wash off the facial mask as soon as it dries on your skin. This should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Do not wash off the mask with hot or cold water. Lukewarm is the best temperature. Do not allow the mask to over dry on your skin to avoid dryness or itchiness.
Tip #4: Definitely follow up with a generous amount of your favorite lotion. This ensures that any loss of hydration is well compensated for.
Use facial masks 2-3 times a week for maximum results. It is preferable to use a facial mask just before bedtime. As you sleep, your skin rests and rejuvenates and the burst of nourishment from using a facial mask can definitely help this process.
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