Face masks. One of my all time favorite pampering rituals!
Ever feel like your skin is dull, or dry, or congested? And maybe your skin care regimen isn’t doing all it can for you? A face mask can be the perfect way to “reset” your skin and put it back on the path to being bright and happy.
There are two main categories of face masks: OFF masks that detox or take stuff OUT of your skin, and ON masks that put moisturize or nutrients back IN your skin. So how do you know which one is right for you? How do you know how often to do a mask?
Repeat after me: listen to your skin!
It will tell you what it needs if you learn to listen to it!
When to detox (OFF):
Does your skin seem congested? Have you been using a lot of sunscreen or makeup lately? You may need to unclog those pores. I can usually tell that I need to detox if I feel like my face isn’t as smooth as it should be or if I have pimples. And even then, I tend to do a detox at least once a month– my skin will then be so smooth and I realize that it was more congested than I thought. But the important thing to keep in mind is that you should always follow a detox mask with moisture to help your skin recover. This is especially true if you have naturally sensitive skin. I was “blessed” with sensitive, oily skin, and some off masks can be too strong, even though my skin needs a detox. I have the most success with Perfectly Posh’s glycolic masks that work gently and cumulatively over time.
Detox masks tend to use charcoal, kaolin, fruit extracts or Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help clear your pores and sometimes even gently resurface your skin.
When to moisturize (ON):
The basic answer to this one is pretty simple: anytime that you feel your skin is dry OR has just been detoxed. It’s totally fine to do a mask cocktail— an OFF mask followed by an ON mask. This may help your skin find it’s best balance. You may also want to apply an ON mask if you have been out in the wind (especially in winter) or sun. And again, repeat after me: listen to your skin. If your skin does not seem to need moisture, by all means skip the ON mask.
Which Perfectly Posh masks are OFF and ON masks? I’m so glad you asked.
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