A Beauty Essential: How to: Create Your Own Skincare Routine: TheFaceMasks

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I felt this post was an important one, because there is a lot skincare can do, when used properly, a face mask is so important to use at least one a week - perfect for a Sunday evening and having a nice hot bath. So I thought I would go through what the benefits of face masks are and the skin types or concerns that they are brilliant for.



The three most common:

Clay:



Starting off with possibly my favourite types of masks. Clay masks can do so much for your skin and if you are spot prone, these are your saving grace. Clay masks work by drawing out all the impurities, by clarifying and deep cleaning the skin to reveal clearer, softer and smoother looking skin. There are many different types of clay that are used in masks, depending on the brand, from Kaolin to Red Clay and they also have Salacylic, Citric and Lactic Acids in which are the ingredients that fight breakouts by cleaning deep down in the pores. It also exfoliates the top layer of skin too, which is why skin looks radiant and smooth after using a clay mask. But check the ingredients to make sure you're not allergic to any or that they don't break you out. Clay masks are also good for controlling oils and minimising the appearance of pores. You don't have to apply it all over your face either, you can just use it as a targeted treatment on breakout, large pores etc. The benefits are just endless so if you have congested skin, breakout prone, large pores, or just dull skin then get your butt down to your local drugstore and find a clay mask. 


Radiance/Exfoliationg:


Do you have quite dull and lack lustre skin? Need a bit of a radiance boost and an injection of healthy glow? This is the one for you. Containing fruit acids, these types of masks gently exfoliate the dead skin cells as well, encouring cell turn over to leave a brighter and more radiant complexion. They are also very good for spot prone and/or oily skin as lots of these masks, similar to clay, also contain Salicylic and Lactic Acids (always follow the directions recommended and wear sun protection after use to prevent sun damage as these ingredients make skin very vulnerable to the suns rays) which is what combats any congested skin, blackheads and blemishes. 
There are lots available for all different types of price brackets so it's definitely worth picking one up and giving it a try.


Hydrate:


Whether you have dry, dehydrated or oily skin, a moisture mask can provide many benefits. There are so many different types, from overnight masks which gives a massive hydration boost, but there are wash off masks AND treatments which give a quick fix for those super dry or dehydrated moments. 
These masks tend to be quite a bit thicker than your normal night time moisturiser, but sink in super quickly and give your skin a face lift overnight. Seriously, they're amazing. It makes your skin so supple and glowy. If you're not sure about committing to a product you haven't tried - although they're are drugstore options too - then you can always use your balm cleanser as a bit of a mask, just leave on for 5 - 10 minutes and when you wash away, your skin will feel so smooth and plump you won't be able to stop looking in the mirror. 

What is your favourite face mask?

** Disclaimer: I am in no where a skincare expert or claim to know everything about skincare. This is just what I have learnt and picked up along the way and I have done a lot of trial and error so I can give you my thoughts on what does and doesn't work for me. Please always read the instructions on the product and make sure you are taking the necessary precautions (like wearing SPF) to prevent any damage or irritation.


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