skin care essentials 10 Face Mask Mistakes You Could Be Making
Better face mask results await.
Better face mask results await.
Using a face mask as part of your regular skin care routine could be beneficial for your skin—if you’re doing it right, that is. Face masks can help address specific skin care concerns such as dullness or excess oil—plus, they can make for a great self-care experience. There are a few common mistakes you might be making that could be interfering with you getting the most out of your face mask. Here, we’re sharing the face mask mistakes you should avoid in order to get the clear, glowing skin you desire.
You likely choose your facial cleanser and moisturizer based on your unique skin type and concerns—and that’s how you should go about picking a face mask, too. For example, if you have dry skin, a hydrating mask is a great option, while if you have oily skin, you might want to make a mattifying face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask your go-to. This face mask is infused with charcoal to help draw out impurities, dirt, oil and pollution, reduce the look of dull skin, and even out skin tone. So, don’t pick any face mask just because you’ve heard great things about it—choose one that suits your skin type for the best results.
In general, you’ll want to apply a face mask to clean, dry skin, so make sure to cleanse your skin first and pat dry. Otherwise you could be layering a face mask on top of dirt and bacteria. Use a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water to help remove dirt, oil, and traces of makeup. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types is a great option because it intensely purifies your skin while remaining gentle.
It’s important that your face is clean before applying a face mask, but it’s also a must to have clean hands. You don’t want to transfer oils or bacteria from your hands to your face. So, don’t smooth a face mask on with your fingers unless you’ve given your hands an extra thorough cleansing first. Or for a hygienic and mess-free way to apply a face mask, try using a flat foundation brush.
As with many other skin care products, when it comes to face masks, less is often more. A super-thick layer won’t result in a more effective masking session. Typically, you should only need to apply one even layer to your clean, dry skin. Your best bet is to follow the directions on the package of the specific mask you’re using.
Quite often, sheet masks won't perfectly contour to your face. Instead of sucking it up and using the face mask as is, you can make it a better fit to avoid bubbles or uncovered areas on your skin. Grab a pair of scissors and snip off any excess, then pop it on as per usual.
It’s easy to assume that you have to be awake to use a face mask, but that isn’t quite the case. While you shouldn’t snooze while wearing a clay mask, there are other masks that are meant to be worn overnight. If you want to work on your complexion while you’re getting your beauty sleep, try using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask. Formulated with centella asiatica (a plant known for its medicinal properties), this face mask helps to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity with continued use over time. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and soft, which is sure to make for a more pleasant wakeup call.
When you put a face mask on, it can be easy to let your thoughts drift—and before you know it, quite a bit of time has passed. Unfortunately, leaving a mask on for an extended time won’t ensure it works better. If the mask has highly active ingredients in it like alpha hydroxy acid, leaving it on too long could even cause irritation. Always follow the time instructions on the packaging—and if you think you might forget, set a timer.
After masking, you aren’t finished with your skin care routine. You need to follow up with moisturizer, otherwise masking might result in dry skin. Remember that masks usually provide an extra boost to your skin, they don’t always replace other steps in your routine. Once you’ve rinsed off your face mask, apply a lightweight moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Free Face Moisturizer which is incredibly moisturizing and revives a healthy tone.
You don’t have to reserve face masks for just special occasions. Depending on which one you’re using, your complexion might benefit from applying it more than just every so often. In fact, you may even want to consider using one up to three times a week. Check out the directions on the packaging to see how often you should use it—it can vary from product to product.
Who says you have to limit yourself to using just one mask? Try multi-masking — which means applying different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time. Consider what skin concerns you have, then pick your face masks accordingly. For example, apply a clay mask to your oily T-zone, and a hydrating mask to any dry areas you might have. This way you’re getting more customized results out of your skin pampering session.
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