It hasn’t been until the last six months that I have realised the incredible impact masking has on your skin and just how important it is to use more than just one.
I have slowly been introducing more masks into my skin regime when I have found myself tackling different problems. I began using clay masks when my skin started to break out as a way of drawing out impurities and have found that the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque is the best of them, using earth clays and minerals it clears congested pores and removes any excess oil without irritation. I use this mask for 15 minutes approximately twice a week – mainly on a Sunday or Monday night to detox after a weekend of makeup and drinking and then again on a Wednesday or a Thursday for a mid-week decongestion. I find that using a foundation brush when applying this really helps for a smooth and even distribution of product to ensure even drying of the mask.
The next problem I encountered with my skin was when it finally began clearing up a bit I was left with dark marks and scarring from spots so I started using a peeling mask in the form of Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel. This mask uses enzymes and jojoba beads to help shed dead skin whilst vitamin C helps to reduce pigmentation and increase collagen production. I use this mask one a week, keeping it on for around ten minutes (the suggested time is 4 minutes, however I keep it on for longer for a better result). To apply you rub the exfoliator type cream into damp skin and washing off after the recommended time with a damp flannel. I will usually apply this mask on a Thursday or a Friday night so that I have a clearer and less pigmented complexion in time for the weekend.
The final issue I encountered was that after months of using strong products for my breakouts, my skin was beginning to dry out (especially after a couple nights of drinking and neglecting my skin regime) so I opted for a hydrating mask. I have never been tempted to try a hydrating mask due to the fact that I always thought it would break me out with my naive belief that moisture = spots, however I am now a convert thanks to the Vichy Quenching Mineral Masque. Although deeply nourishing, this mask is in no way rich with it being more of a gel consistency, so I am able to use this once every week or two – or whenever my skin feels dried out and in need of some TLC. Containing Vichy’s signature thermal water, this mask hydrates skin and can also provide a cooling relief to irritation or redness. You can either opt for a quick burst of moisture by keeping the mask on for 10 minutes and washing it off or as I do, by applying a thin layer and letting it sink in overnight with it being completely absorbed by morning – leaving you with soft and deeply nourished skin.
I cannot stress the importance of masking enough – if you haven’t tried it or if you feel like certain masks won’t work for your skin type, remember that your skin is constantly changing with different conditions and therefore constantly needs a different remedy without changing your day to day regime.