I write this post because from a few chats on twitter I can see some fellow bloggers asking some questions on how to use them, or when... so I thought I'd let you know how I use mine.
Cleanse before hand! Cleanse cleanse cleanse. There is no point in using a mask on top of clogged, grimy skin. If you remove as much dirt/oil/makeup/dead skin before hand, your face mask will be able to do its job properly.
Make sure your pores are open before you apply the mask. Heat does this, so I find that the best way to get the heat is either during/after a shower or bath, or by using a facial steamer. I got my steamer for under £10 at Argos and it works great! No need to spend a lot of money on a top of the range one as cheaper ones still do the trick. If I am using the facial steamer, I steam my face for a few minutes on the 'low steam' setting and then apply the mask. Alternatively, you could dip a face cloth in warm water then place over your face until it cools off.
Leave your mask on for as long as is stated on the packaging. Sounds simple, I know. But some people don't. Don't leave it on for half an hour if the manufacturer recommends 5 minutes, you might do more damage than good!
Wash off with a warm cloth, then finish off with toner and moisturiser.
Finally, use a mask that suits your skin type! If you have oily skin, don't use one that is made for dry skin as you won't feel the benefits. There are millions of amazing masks out there; mud, self heating, fabric, cream, peel off, etc. My personal favourites are mud, peel off and self heating. Boots, Lush and Superdrug stock an amazing selection of masks and I love trying out new ones, it seems like there has been loads of new ones out recently. Everyone has their own preferences of types and fragrances so play around with them and find which ones suit you best.
So those are my pearls of wisdom :) What are your tips? Have I missed any?