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Face Masks: A Beauty Trend Packed with Benefits

If you’ve been keeping up with influencers and celebs on Instagram, checking their posts and stories, you’ve probably seen many of them with face masks. These beauty products have become a major trend easily because who doesn’t like the thought of providing the skin with the needed nourishment and reaping the benefits of rejuvenation.

women applying face masks in the bathroom

Introducing Masks to My Skin Routine

With my busy schedule, (parenting and work), I can’t afford to spend much time on pampering, let alone to follow celeb trends, yet the thought of beating the signs of ageing has motivated me to have a good skincare routine.

For a long time, my routine consisted of cleansing, moisturising and using sunscreen, however, it often felt like there was something missing so I decided to give face masks a try.

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Much like any other skincare product, there’s something for every woman’s budget, taste and skin needs, so there are plenty of masks to choose from, not only sheer ones but the peel off type and masks you can remove with sponge cloths too. Also, some of them are ideal for morning application, while some are better for end of day application. There are also those that need to stay on the face overnight.

Since I never know when I’ll be free to have some me time and put on a mask, I got myself both daytime and nighttime face masks and I alternate depending on my schedule for the day.

Are Facial Masks Good for Your Skin?

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There are all sorts of ingredients in the various face masks you’ll come across and you can expect them to benefit you in numerous ways (as long as the ingredients are natural and there are no parabens or synthetic fragrances).

Cleansing – Some masks come in handy when paired with your cleansers because they help bring out the impurities that are hidden right underneath the top epidermis layers. This way, you’ll be able to clean your skin more thoroughly.

Unclogging Pores – Some masks are designed to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and absorb the excess oils. Other than providing you with improved look, you’d be able to curb issues resulting from clogged pores such as blemishes.

Hydrating – Face masks are a great way to hydrate one’s skin as they penetrate deeper and help enhance the elasticity. This is particularly beneficial for those dealing with dehydrated skin that could use a little boost, soothing and plumping.

Brightening– One of the ways face masks provide you with a healthy glowing skin is by diminishing hyper-pigmentation thus improving both tone and texture.

Rejuvenating – These are essential for curbing ageing signs as they help boost the collagen production so you can expect tighter and more youthful skin. They also fight damage from free radicals, especially face masks that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and E.

Relaxing – In this stressful day and age, we could all use a little rest and relaxation and applying a mask is in a way a reminder to slow down and take care of yourself. When you don’t have the time to go to a spa, (or as in the current lockdown situation), you can treat yourself with a breath of luxury with the right set of facial masks that are just as good for your nerves as they are for your skin.

Tips and Considerations

Spa Facial Mask. Dayspa

Same as with other beauty products, it’s important to choose according to your skin type, and the benefits you’re after. Oily skin requires a mask that would help control the oiliness, while dry skin requires something moisturising. If you have damaged skin you need to work on improving the complexion and hiding the spots and wrinkles.

Once you’ve chosen your face masks, it’s necessary to stick to the instructions on how to use them. You’ll notice there’s a time frame regarding for hold long you should keep it on your face, some about 15 minutes, others up to 20 or 25, which is the period it takes for the ingredients to work, and that’s why it’s important to use them properly.

Now, when applying, it’s a no-brainer that you have to clean your face first, but also, make sure you apply a bit of eye cream before you apply the mask because this is the area that’s most delicate and needs extra care. When removing the mask, be as gentle as you can, and don’t rub your skin.