Whether you like the easy, slap-on-and-go sheet masks or prefer applying a traditional DIY homemade mix, pampering your skin with a great face mask is a great way to avoid breakouts and other beauty issues.
Aesthetician and anti-ageing physician Dr Bharti Magoo agrees. She says, "Face masks can play an important supporting role when you are dealing with dry skin, dehydrated skin, or oily skin and want to do everything possible to help. They’re easy to apply, fun to use and are great at delivering results. A regular skin care routine can improve your complexion, fight acne, and control oiliness."
So, here are her six commandments to make sure you get the most out of your face mask that leaves you wit flawless, healthier-looking skin:
• Time is of the essence: "Ideally, leave on your face mask for about 10-30 minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate your skin and work the magic. If you are in a rush, apply it before getting in the shower and wash it off last at the end of the bath."
• Clean your face before masking: "Wash your face with water and a gentle cleanser before applying a mask. This helps the mask penetrate the skin better."
• Don't forget the eyes: "Before applying your face mask, dab a small amount of eye gel or eye cream around the eyes. This will help to protect this very delicate area from dehydration and give the much-needed hydration."
• Wash-off with care: "When it is time to wash off your face mask, simply place a warm, wet washcloth over your face and hold it onto your skin for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times to help loosen up and dissolve the face mask from your skin. This tip will make the rinsing off process much easier and gentler for your skin."
• Pore pretty: "Splash cold water on your face after removing the mask to close your pores."
• Moisturiser is a must: "Apply a moisturizer after washing off the mask."
Dr Magoo adds, "Everyone should introduce masking into their skincare regimen if they haven’t done so already. For just a few relaxing minutes a day, your skin will go through a noticeable transformation that you can see and feel. You may look silly doing it, but that makes it all the more fun."