Wednesday, 18 September 2013

How to get the most out of your face masks

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?


  1. Also if you don't have a facial steamer then you can add boiling water to a bowl and put a towel over it and then put your head under the towel. It's how I use the Lush toner tabs and tbh most times I cba with the facial steamer as mine takes ages to heat.

    Water Painted Dreams

    1. Yes! I used to do this too but forgot to put it in. My last one took ages to heat too, but in fairness I did get it when I was 12 so it was fucked haha xox

  2. Occasionally if I have quite a nasty spot I dab on a bit of a clay based mask and leave it on overnight. It really helps with inflammation! xx

    1. Oh I didnt know this trick! My face is a riot atm, Im definitely gona try this xox

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  4. Hey!! love this post. I nom'd you for the versatile blogger award! Would love to see your answers. More info here xo

  5. This is a great deal, a 2-in-1 machine for the hair and face. , if I have this at home, I will definitely save more. rup500 is not a bad thing. Facial Steamer .


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