A facial mask takes place after cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation,extraction and massage during a professional facial. Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition. If you’re dry or dehydrated, the facial mask should hydrate your skin. If your skin is red or inflamed, the mask should calm and soothe. If your skin is oily and congested, the facial mask can help draw out impurities from the skin.
Facial masks generally stay on your skin for 10-15 minutes and contain ingredients like clay, black moor mud, aloe vera, seaweed, algae, essential oils,massage oils herbs and vitamins. After the mask has done its work, the esthetician removes it and completes the facial with application of toner, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm and if it’s day-time, sunscreen.
A face mask is intended to treat your particular skin condition so it’s important to choose the right one. If you’re using a professional skin care line, the esthetican can usually recommend a facial mask for you to use at home, but sometimes they are for professional use only.
Face masks don’t just offer results that improve the overall appearance of your skin, they can also be quite therapeutic. When they’re infused with aromatic essential oils like mint and rosemary, a face mask can lift your spirit by stimulating your senses. Using a face mask should be treated as a luxury. Set aside a bit of “me” time when you decide to give yourself a mask. Draw a hot bath, light some candles and let the magic of the mask begin to work. You’ll be drawn into a wonderful, sensory experience that will not only relax the mind and spirit but will also leave you with fabulous looking skin.
Here are some of the most common ingredients for a home-made face mask and their benefits:
Cucumbers –Cooling, soothing and healing. The classic at-home eye pad. Or you can peel cucumber and put it in a blender with some other ingredients.
Avocado – rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E and oil. A good choice for dry and sensitive skin.
Honey – Has hydrating, toning and tightening effects.
Papaya – Contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme that dissolves the dead outer layer of the skin. Don’t use if your skin is already irritated or sunburned.
Eggs – Egg whites tighten and tone the skin.
Yogurt – Contains natural lactic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin. It can be used alone as skin softening face mask and is appropriate for all skin types.
Potatoes – Use thin slices for oily skin or to reduce under-eye puffiness.
Herbs – Herbs and teas such as chamomile (soothing) can be used as ingredients for face masks and compresses.
Before applying your face mask, dab a small amount of eye gel or eye cream around the eyes. This will help to protect this very delicate area from dehydration.When your face mask mask has dried and it’s time to come off, simply place a warm, wet washcloth over your face and hold it onto your skin for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times to help loosen up and dissolve the face mask from your skin. This tip will make the rinsing off process much easier and gentler for your skin.