Face masks are a great tool to have in your beauty arsenal. They can deliver quick results for all types of skin issues like irritation, dryness, inflation and oily skin and feel like a luxe indulgence when you need a little me time. To really maximise your results though, avoid these common masking mistakes.
Not rinsing the mask off thoroughly
Following your masking session up with a double cleanse and always use lukewarm water to encourage the remnants of the mask to lift off the skin. Unless it’s a sheet mask, then you should leave the residue from the sheet mask to absorb into the skin.
Used a clay mask? You might like to use a face cloth to gently help remove all traces of the clay. Just don’t go crazy scrubbing, your skin will be sensitive after a mask treatment and more prone to irritation.
Double check you’ve removed all traces of the mask from around the hairline and ears.
Using dirty fingers
Not washing your hands beforehand is a major masking mistake. You’re transferring any pore-clogging oil or bacteria from your hands straight to your face, which kinda defeats the whole point of masking for a fresh, clear complexion.
You’ll also contaminate the rest of your mask if you're scooping it out of the jar with dirty fingers.
Using your (clean) fingers to apply the mask is definitely convenient but you can also consider using a face mask brush too. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly after each application.
Multi masking. It’s a game changer. Instead of applying the same type of mask all over, consider the areas of your face that have different requirements. It’s not always a one size fits all. You might have an oily T-zone but have drier, flaky patches around your cheeks.
Using multiple masks is a more targeted approach that can help treat different skin issues without aggravating others.
Leaving the mask on too long
When it comes to time, don’t go rogue with your masking efforts - pay careful attention to the directions. If it’s advised to leave the mask on for 15 minutes, set a timer and remove it after 15 minutes.
Keeping your mask on longer won’t boost its effectiveness and may even cause some seriously irritated skin or a fresh round of breakouts afterwards.
If you’re using a clay mask, it’s during the ‘wet’ phase that your skin is soaking up all the good stuff. A clay mask shouldn’t be left to dry fully on your skin, if it does, it can strip the skin of natural oils and leave you with a tight, itchy complexion.
Pro tip for clay masking: As an alternative to water, hydrate a clay mask with kefir, green juice, nut milk or apple cider vinegar.
Not choosing the right mask for your skin type
Just because your friend swears by a certain mask for a glowy, clear complexion doesn’t mean it will work for you. It’s crucial to pick the right type of mask for your skin type or different areas of your skin as we mentioned above. The wrong choice could stir up irritation or trigger breakouts.
Don’t just jump on the bandwagon of the latest mask craze. Asses your skin type - oily, combination, sensitive or dry - and choose a mask based on your skin’s needs.
Have we got you in the masking mood?
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