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Every few weeks, you should treat your skin to a face pack. It’s a really easy way of giving your skin a much needed pep, and when you’re feeling dry, there are some brilliant treatments available to provide a much-needed moisture boost.
To get the best results, it’s a good idea to prep the skin. But what’s the best way to prepare for a face mask?
Here’s a step-by-step guide (thanks to Wikihow) to getting the most out of your mask.
Wash your face. Before you apply your mask, be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Using warm water and your favorite facial cleanser, remove any makeup, dirt, and oil. Do not apply moisturiser.
Exfoliate. If it has been a while since you last exfoliated, it is a good idea to do so before you apply your mask. It removes the dead skin cells and helps your mask absorb better.
You can use a store-bough facial scrub, such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub.
Alternatively, you can mix a small bit of ground coffee or sugar into your face wash.
Apply the product to wet skin, gently scrub, and rinse with warm water.
Open your pores. Your mask will do the most good if open up your pores before applying it. The simplest way to do this is to take a hot shower before applying your mask.As an alternative, you can take a washcloth and dip it in hot water (as hot as your face can bear) and cover your face with the washcloth until it cools off.
A third option is to hold your face over a bowl of steaming water for 1-2 minutes.
Apply the mask. Using a paintbrush (or another soft-bristled wide brush) or your fingertips apply the mask evenly to your face. If you do not have a brush and plan to use your fingertips, then make sure your hands are clean before applying the mask. Be sure that the application of the product is even and smooth. Avoid going too close to your eyes or mouth, but don’t forget your neck!
One of our favourite masks is Babor Skinovage PX Vita Balance Intense Moisturising Mask, an intense moisturising mask which regulates the skin’s natural hydration levels and replenishes dry skin with intensive moisture to keep skin supple and soft. This moisturising mask restores the skin’s natural lipids, leaving the skin feeling hydrated and soft.