How to apply a face mask?
A face mask is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to take care of yourself and restore your skin’s glow in just a few minutes. If you too dream of radiant, well-moisturised skin, take a look at the steps detailed below to learn how to effectively apply your face mask.
Knowing which mask is right for your skin type
A face mask contains a concentrate of active ingredients that must be carefully chosen according to your skin type and purpose. There are indeed many masks on the market, and an even more overwhelming number of homemade recipes online. To find one that is right for you, first take a look in the mirror to assess which benefits you want for your skin (purifying an oily skin, rebalancing a combination skin, nourishing a dry skin, restructuring a mature skin, etc.).
How to apply a face mask?
Prepare your skin
Rule number 1: Your skin must always be perfectly clean and dry before applying a face mask. You can wash your skin with your usual beauty product, making sure to remove all traces of make-up as well. You don’t need to apply a moisturiser at this time.
If you can’t remember the last time you exfoliated your skin, now is the time to do something about it! An exfoliating treatment removes dead skin cells and helps the mask penetrate better.
Don’t have an exfoliator at home? Here’s a quick and easy homemade scrub recipe: in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of sugar. Mix everything together until you get a homogeneous texture. There you go, your face scrub is ready!
Apply your face mask
Using your fingertips, apply the mask of your choice evenly over your face, starting at the hairline and working your way down to the collarbones. Spread it all over your face in a thick layer, but don’t overdo it! Avoid the eye and mouth area, especially if you’ve opted for a clay mask, which tends to dry out the thin skin near the lips. A mask is usually left on to rest for about 10 minutes, but check the instructions at the back of your tube or jar.
Pro tip: Use a small, soft bristle brush to apply your mask more evenly.
Optional: Cut two thin slices of cucumber and place them over your eyes while the mask is on. Made up of 95% water, cucumber is a very effective moisturiser for the fragile eye area and acts as a thermal care to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
Rinse off your face mask
After the indicated time has elapsed, gently rinse off the mask with lukewarm water. You can use a washcloth or facial sponge. To finish off, apply your favourite moisturising cream.
How often should you apply a face mask?
For optimal effectiveness, you can turn this beauty treatment into a weekly ritual. However, the recommended frequency varies depending on your skin type. For instance, dry skins should use clay masks sparingly as they tend to irritate the skin. If your skin has imperfections, a purifying mask once a week will help restore your skin’s glow. If your skin lacks tone, give it a beauty shot once every two weeks by opting for a firming mask.