FACE MASKS - THE EXTRA CARE FOR YOUR SKIN
Today we want to introduce different types of face masks. How often and why you should use them, you can find out from us in this blog post!
For us there is nothing better than putting our feet up after a strenuous day at work and pampering the skin of our face with a soothing, moisturizing mask.
It is, so to speak, the icing on the cake of the skin care routine and an extra portion of care.
The right mask is not only pure relaxation, it can also alleviate the most important skin problems, from dryness and small wrinkles to large pores and acne.
This blog post will show you how often a face mask should be used and how you can choose the right mask for your individual needs.
Just like a serum or moisturizer, a face mask is a skin conditioner. It releases highly concentrated active ingredients, vitamins and nutrients to the skin in order to improve its appearance. The difference: face masks are occlusive - they form a physical barrier that locks the active ingredients in so that they can be absorbed better and faster.
Face masks are designed so that they can be used about once a week to give the skin an immediate freshness kick. Depending on what your skin needs, there is a mask that offers the following (or even a combination):
- Dry skin: hydrating, moisturizing mask (e.g. with hyaluron)
- large-pored skin: a mask that can shrink the pores (e.g. with ginko extract)
- oily skin: a mask that absorbs excess oil and dirt (e.g. with healing clay)
- aging skin: a mask full of rich anti-aging ingredients (e.g. retinol, Q10)
- Pigment spots: nourishing mask with vitamin C that gently brightens the spots
How do you choose the right shape of the mask?
Imagine the texture of a very, very rich moisturizer - this is the best way to describe the feel of a cream-based mask. These face masks work wonders when it comes to adding moisture and nutrients to the skin to keep it plump and hydrated. A cream mask is usually removed with a cosmetic tissue after the prescribed exposure time, or the remains are simply massaged into the skin.
Gel masks, on the other hand, have the consistency of jam or jelly. With their light texture, they are an excellent choice for normal to oily skin types. Many gel masks contain astringent ingredients like raspberries and blackberries that minimize oil and narrow pores. Others are formulated with soothing and moisturizing ingredients such as honey that will revitalize dry and dehydrated skin.
Regardless of what you choose, the results can be enhanced with this skin care tip: Wear your favorite gel-based mask before you jump into the shower, so you can turn it into an active in-shower treatment.
CLAY / HEALING EARTH MASK
It's no longer a secret that clay is a miracle cure for acne-prone skin. With its absorbent, exfoliating and astringent properties, clay fights the causes of acne and also treats other symptoms such as excess oil and inflammation. Professional tip: Did you know that a clay mask can also be used to treat pimples? It's nice and creamy in texture, and you literally only need a little ... Simply apply it to the small affected areas and let it dry. Lose weight gently and voilà!
Peeling masks are designed to remove dead skin cells and promote the skin's natural regeneration process. This type of face mask can take the form of an exfoliator that uses alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids to break up dead skin cells and remove them from the surface of the skin. If peeling grains are to be found in the mask, it is often sugar, grain or almond particles.
This type of mask is really fun. After application you wait about 20 minutes and then the mask has dried to a rubbery layer. The product is now slowly peeled off from one side. Its primary purpose is to reduce clogged pores and sometimes you can see the debris being pulled out like tiny spikes on the inside of the mask. It is recommended to apply a nourishing lotion afterwards.
Warming masks often contain active spices like paprika and cinnamon that create a warm feeling on the skin. These masks start to work immediately: they cause a tingly feeling and with some masks the skin can turn bright red due to the increased blood circulation. The effects last for 20-60 minutes before a healthy, rosy glow emerges. Just as increased energy is a benefit of exercise, invigorating your complexion is a great workout for your skin.
Please note that these masks are not suitable for everyone: If you have sensitive skin, it is better to choose a mask with a cream or gel base. A heat mask would be too much of a good thing here!
Our absolute favorites are the practical sheet masks. They are soaked in active ingredients and placed directly on the face. Most have openings for their mouth, nose and eyes. Sheet masks are available for all skin types and we particularly love the Colosé selection: whether anti-aging, purifying, lifting or for sensitive skin there is something for every face! Sheet masks are ideal when traveling because they are individually packaged and have a long shelf life. After the specified exposure time, the product residues are simply massaged into the skin.
The sensitive eye area should be avoided with rich masks. We recommend special eye masks (pads) that are soaked with light active ingredients that are well tolerated by the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes. Tip: If you put the pads in the fridge, you get a great freshness kick, especially in the morning!
How often should you use a face mask?
We recommend adding a face mask to your skin care routine once or twice a week. The mask should follow the cleansing. The skin can only absorb active ingredients effectively when it is clean. The skin is freed from impurities and excess oil and thus offers a perfect "canvas".
Once you're ready, follow these tips to properly apply your face mask:
- Apply mask evenly
It may be tempting to apply a layer of the product an inch thick, but more is not necessarily better. Applying a "pantyhose-thin" layer over the entire face is recommended by the professionals. Tip: Use facial massage techniques to increase the effect. If the mask is not very slippery, a few drops of water can be added. Your fingertips now act as a massager and distribute the mask with gentle pressure on the face, neck and décolleté.
Here are instructions for a 5-10 minute facial massage:
Massage the forehead area
When massaging the face, one follows the course of the muscles as best as possible. Horizontal wrinkles can be evened out with it. At the beginning the forehead is stroked, for this one places the right hand on the left temple and pulls it across the forehead, the same is repeated with the left hand from the other side. Then bring both hands to your temples and start slow circular movements. Winweis: apply little pressure! In a semicircular movement, the hands are brought to the frown lines and guided along the brows with circular movements. Finally, use your index and middle fingers to smooth out the frown lines in the direction of the hairline.
Massage of the mouth and nose area
The hands move from the eyes to the upper part of the nose and position themselves on the right and left side. Slowly and with very gentle pressure, the nose is stroked downwards. Repeat this movement a few times and then loosen the lips with a light tapping massage. Make an upside-down V with your index fingers and stroke both of them down the top lip. Similar to the forehead massage, the lower corners of the mouth are stroked, to do this, pull the right hand through from the left corner of the mouth to the other side and repeat with the left hand on the other side.
- Don't forget your neck and décolleté
These areas show the visible signs of aging much earlier than the face as they are exposed to more environmental stress - and unfortunately they are easily forgotten in the skin care routine. Pay a little more attention to these areas by including them in your face mask application.
- Exposure time
Most masks can be applied for 10 to 15 minutes, but the duration can vary from mask to mask. Some face masks work quickly and can be removed after a short time, while others can be applied overnight to keep your skin hydrated while you sleep. We always recommend reading the instructions for use of the respective product so that you know exactly when the mask needs to be removed. The rule here is not “the longer the better”.
- Gently remove with a damp cloth
Don't ruin the benefits of your face mask by aggressively scrubbing it off. Instead, be gentle with the skin on your face. If, according to the instructions for use, the mask is to be removed with a damp cloth, the following applies:
Use lukewarm water to gently remove the mask from your face. If you use a washcloth, please make sure that it is clean and has soft fibers that do not irritate the skin.
CAN YOU COMBINE MASKS?
Here are a few tips and tricks on how to mix up your favorite face masks:
“Multimasking” involves applying different masks to specific areas of your face at the same time. This way you can tackle multiple skin problems at once. For example, if you have combination skin, you can choose an oil-controlling mask that soaks up excess oil from your T-zone and a moisturizing mask that moisturizes dry cheeks.
One after the other
You can also apply two face masks in a row. Just put on one mask, take it off, and put on the second mask right after that. With this technique, it's best to put on a mask after the first mask that will provide some additional benefit. We recommend using the Beneva Black mask first to clean the pores and then a nourishing sheet mask from Colosé for relaxation.
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