skin care essentials 10 Face Mask Mistakes You Should Stop Making, Stat

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May 20, 2022
Face Mask Mistakes CMS Bmag

Using a face mask as part of your regular skin care routine could be beneficial for your skin — that is, if you’re doing it right. 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. 

But there are a few common mistakes you may 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 and what you should be doing instead in order to get the clear, glowing skin you desire.

1. You Don’t Customize Your Mask For Your Skin Type 

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 people talking about it — choose one that suits your skin type for the best results. 

2. You Apply Your Face Mask to Unwashed Skin

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. So if you’re wondering if you should wash your face after a face mask, the answer is you should wash your face beforehand.  

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 while remaining gentle on your skin.

3. You Apply Your Mask With Dirty Hands

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. For a hygienic and mess-free way to apply a face mask try using a flat foundation brush or a face cleanser brush — which some will argue is the best way to apply a face mask.

4. You Use Too Much Product

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.