Quick Beauty: Getting The Best Out Of Your Face Mask

Monday, February 11, 2013

Many a times, we come home either from work or shopping (or after a long day), pop open that jar of face mask or create a customized version in the depths of our kitchens, slather it on our face and believe that the ingredients in the mask are working their magic. They do- only to some extent and I'll tell you why.

For the ingredients to work at their full potential, they need to penetrate a layer of the skin. Most of us apply face masks after cleansing (and some just skip the cleansing part all together). The secret in getting the best out of your mask is to exfoliate- but do this prior to applying the mask. That layer of flaky skin/ dead cells is what prevents the ingredients from fully sinking into your skin. When you exfoliate, you are prepping your skin to obtain all the benefits of the mask. I would recommend using a gentle exfoliator that performs a 2-in-1 action of cleansing and exfoliating at the same time.

Notice how your face looks fabulous after a visit to the spa? Because they exfoliate the skin, among other things.  So remember, exfoliate first, face mask later.

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