Seven Things to Know About Masking

  1. Steam can make a difference.  Steaming your face beforehand will open up your pores and soften the debris within your pores, making it easier for the dirt and oil to be extracted from your skin.
  2. Your neck matters too.  Your neck and décolletage is just as important as your face, so don’t neglect your neck when applying a face mask.
  3. Spot treatments may be best.  Your problem area may not be your entire face or neck, but rather just a certain spot.  Spot treatments may allow you to treat certain areas more effectively.  If you have an oily T-Zone but dryness around your mouth, you may not want to apply a clay mask to your entire face every time.  You may be better off applying the mask more frequently to just your problem T-Zone so you don’t over dry or irritate other areas.
  4. Clay does not have to dry.  If you’re using a clay mask, you don’t have to wait for it to completely dry before washing it off.  If you wait too long for the mask to fully dry, it may become flaky and the mask can actually start to draw unnecessary moisture from your skin which can cause irritation.
  5. Three phases of clay masks.  The first phase is the damp phase when the skin absorbs the benefits from the mask.  The second phase is the slightly dry phase which stimulates the blood flow in your skin.  The third phase is when the mask has been on for a bit too long and can cause your skin to become over dry, tight and bothered.
  6. Avoid over moisturizing.  If you end up leaving a face mask on for too long, your instinct may be to lather on the moisturizer, but try not to do that.  On fresh and clean skin, too much moisturizer may end up suffocating your pores, so just put on your standard amount.
  7. Patch test.  If you have very sensitive skin, try out the mask before applying it to your face by doing a small patch test first.  This way, you know how your skin is going to react to the mask.