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Using a face mask as part of your regular skin care routine could be beneficial to your skin—if you’re doing it right, that is. Face masks can help address specific skin issues (like dullness and oiliness)—plus, they can be a totally relaxing, spa-like experience. The thing is, there are a few common mistakes you could be making that could be interfering with you getting the most out of your face mask. Here, learn what they are and what to do instead.
You choose your facial cleanser and moisturizer based on your individual 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 could be a good option, while if you have oily skin, you might want to make a mattifying mask your go-to. The following three face mask options from L’Oréal Paris are formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava).
Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask is infused with charcoal to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the look of dull skin, and even out skin tone. Skin will look brighter immediately.
Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils build up on the skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oil. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Mattify & Purify Treatment Mask is infused with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Skin will look less shiny immediately.
Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment Mask is enhanced with red algae extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe. Immediately after use, you’ll notice your skin texture appears refined.
For each mask, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Use three times a week for 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. 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 for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice, then wipe the pad across your face.
As with many other skin care products, when it comes to face masks, less is often more. Typically, you should only have to apply an even layer to your clean, dry skin.
We get it: 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. When it comes to how long you should keep a face mask on, always follow the directions on the packaging—and if you think you might forget, set a timer.
Oftentimes, you may think of a face mask as a treat—and treats aren’t exactly something that are meant to be enjoyed every day. That being said, depending on the face mask you decide to use, your complexion might benefit from using 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 find out how often you should use your face mask of choice for best results.
Who says you have to limit yourself to using just one mask? Go ahead and try multi-masking with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask line—i.e., applying different masks to different areas of your face at the same time. Consider what skin concerns you have, then pick your L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks accordingly.