Whether for cleansing, hydrating, whitening, or wrinkle removal, almost every skin problem has its corresponding mask.
You may have developed the habit of applying a mask every two or three days, but are you using it correctly? In this post, we’ll tell you the rules and correct steps to applying a facial mask. But first, the rules for each mask!
How to Use the Various Types of Facial Masks
You must know that only by applying the mask in the right way can the beauty effect of the mask be maximized. First of all, you need to know the role of the mask. In addition to bringing the required nutrition to the skin to achieve various effects, the mask also cuts off air. It allows adequate nutrients to be better introduced into the skin’s natural barrier. So what are the rules for using the various types of mask to make the effect more reasonable? Check them out!
1. Peel-Off Mask
There has always been a lot of controversy about the peel-off mask because the peeling action itself may cause damage to the skin, may make the pores more significant, and even risk allergies.
So it is not recommended to use this type of mask. Of course, the strength of the peel-off mask is that it has more substantial cleaning power.
If you like this mask, remember to avoid the eye area and eyebrows when applying the mask.
The direction of removing the mask should be the same as the direction of hair growth (that is, from top to bottom). Also, the frequency of use cannot be too high; usually, once a week is sufficient.
2. Washable Facial Mask
The main point of a wash-off mask is to apply evenly and rinse with warm water. In addition, for moisturizing, whitening, and wrinkle removal masks, it is best to apply to the neck skin.
Everyone knows that a healthy and beautiful neck will add a lot to the overall impression, so the prevention of necklines should also start early.
Special reminder regarding the color difference of the mud film: As the primary raw material of the mud film is wholly derived from natural mining, different batches of mud film will have a distinct color difference. These are normal phenomena and do not affect the use effect.
3. Sleeping Mask
Sleeping masks are designed to meet the needs of people who usually work and have a tight rhythm of life.
The purpose of the sleeping mask is to let people who are busy at work and do not have time to maintain their skin use night sleep time for skincare. But it does not mean that sleep masks must be used at night or applied overnight. So the correct way to use a sleeping mask is:
Avoid the idea of “sleeping mask will stain the quilt, so I’ll need to wash it off before going to bed”
Most girls are too lazy and don’t complete the skincare steps. On the contrary, some girls love to clean too much and are afraid of applying them. However, you have to know that most sleeping masks do not need to be cleaned.
Avoid the idea of “the thicker the sleeping mask is, the better”
Some people think that the sleeping mask will evaporate and become dry quickly, which may mean that the absorbed ingredients are not enough.
If you apply more, you will absorb more. We must not forget that after completing the primary skincare, sufficient nutrition will be given to the skin.
However, the sleeping mask plays a more critical role in preserving nutrition than providing nutrition. Also, the sleeping mask is a kind of skincare product, and too much of it may block pores.
If you apply too much at one time, the pores will be blocked, and various skin problems such as wrinkles and acne will appear.
4. Woven Mask (Non-Woven Fabric, Fruit Fiber, Silk, Etc.)
The woven mask is the favorite for “lazy” girls. It is convenient and practical. It can be applied directly to the face and can be easily removed in about 15 minutes. The whole face will be completely renewed.
But are there any things to pay attention to when using this mask? Of course, there is!
Usually, this kind of mask is drenched in water. Many will wait until the mask is dry before taking it off, thinking that it can absorb all the nourishing ingredients in the mask. However, this approach is incorrect!
If it is applied for too long, the mask will remove the moisture from the skin, and the whole face will feel tight. Therefore, the use time of this type of mask should not exceed 30 minutes.
So how do you use the mask correctly? Do you need to wash it after using the mask? (Note: we only talk about a good mask here, a mask that adds effective ingredients).
Well, the absorption of nutrients by the skin is limited. Within 15-20 minutes of applying the mask on the face, the skin gets saturated, and what can be absorbed has been absorbed. No matter how long it is, it will not be absorbed.
At this time, if you do not wash off the nutrient solution on your face and apply other skincare products directly, this will affect the skin’s absorption of these skincare products.
So why do we generally recommend using a mask at night? That is because every night from 12 am to 3 am is when the skin repairs damaged cells on its own. Therefore, applying a mask before this time has the best effect and helps deliver nutrients into the bottom layer of the skin.
In addition, the frequency of applying the mask should not be too high. 1-2 times a week in summer and 2-3 times a week due to dry weather in winter.
Before applying the mask, it is recommended to clean the face with warm water to open the pores, conducive to the absorption of active ingredients.
At the same time, after applying the mask, it is recommended to rinse with warm water and then apply toner and lotion. This effect will be twice the result with half the effort.
6 Steps to Using the Facial Mask
Here, you’ll find out the appropriate steps to take to apply your skincare facial mask.
The first step of applying the mask is to wash your face clean! Only by washing the face can the pores be opened, and the mask’s essence is introduced into the skin. It is best to clean the face with warm water.
In the second step of applying the mask, apply a warm towel to your face. To increase the absorption capacity of the skin, apply a warm towel after cleansing. If there is no towel, use a sponge to soak in warm water for one minute and then wring out and apply it to the face. This will help open the pores, ensure a smoother face, and absorb the mask’s essence.
The third step of applying the mask is to warm the mask. Soaking the mask with warm water will help the essence of the mask to absorb. When the mask has a slight warm feeling, it can smoothly transfer the essence to the bottom layer of our skin and exert the effect of the essence.
The fourth step of applying the mask is the correct way to use the mask. When opening the mask, clamp the mask with two index fingers and middle finger, and then gently apply it to the face. Then, use your fingertips to press out the air gently, and use the massage technique to absorb the essence of the mask fully.
Note: Apply the mask for 15-20 minutes. Don’t wait until the mask is completely dry before tearing it off. This will only suck up the moisture on the face and make the skin drier
In the fifth step of applying the mask, massage after removing the mask. After removing the mask, massage your face correctly.
To promote the penetration and complete absorption of the mask, massage for 1-2 minutes for the sensitive and thin epidermis, 3-5 minutes for the thick epidermis, and then rinse with warm water (no facial cleanser required).
The sixth step of applying the mask is to use a cream with it. After applying the mask, use some toners and creams to strengthen it, lock in the nutrients and prevent the loss to achieve the best effect.
- It is normal to have a slight, one-time tingling when using the mask. A mask containing moisturizing ingredients will have a slight tingling sensation.
- You can first apply a small amount of mask on the skin on the inner side of the elbow, and if there is no allergic reaction after 20 minutes, you can apply it to the face.
No matter what kind of mask it is, clean the face before applying it. Use daily cleaning products to remove the dirt on the skin surface and pores initially. It is recommended to use warm water to clean, which can relax the pores.
The mask is a cyclical skincare product. The purpose is primarily to supplement the skin with deep nutrition. However, if the skin does not lock in moisture and nourish the skin when the skin absorbs nutrients, the nutrients in the mask will be easily lost. Therefore, after applying the mask, you must use skincare products (toner, cream, etc.). This way, it will be a perfect skincare process and achieve a multiplier effect.