Why EVERYONE needs to be using a Face Mask:

November 28, 2014

Hey there, Happy Friday!

Today I am writing about the benefits of Face Masks. They are super quick to use and they make a massive difference to the skin. Our skin doesn't look the same forever so we might aswel make the most of what we have of it! Please note these are all my own recommendations, tried and tested over the last few years. Everyone's skin is different so please let me know if you have any questions. 

Face Masks...I know they can be time consuming for some people if they are busy with work or study but honestly once you start including a face mask in your weekly skin care routine, you will love what it does to your skin.

What a Face Mask will do to your skin?
A Face mask will lift dirt and impurities from the skin, leaving you with much smaller pores. The complexion of your skin will be much brighter after removing the old skin layers. Fine lines will be reduced as hydration will be increased. Your skin will become more nourished. The appearance of breakouts or the odd spot will be improved. Ageing skin will start to rebuild its collagen and elastin fibers- firming the skin. (Now don't say that all doesn't sound fantastic!)

There are different masks for different skin types. 
(You need to know your skin type before you start to use a mask)

Oily skin; need a clay type mask to draw out the impurites and detox the skin.
Dry skin; needs a total nourishing mask with hydrating properties.
Ageing skin; need proteins to rebuild and plump the skin and hydration to slow down signs of ageing.
Sensitive skin needs a calming and soothing mask to protect the skin.
Combination skin types need to use both clay and hydrating masks to target the different zones.
Normal skin types need to use a mask to keep skin looking fresh and healthy. They can use any type of mask depending on how their skin is on the day.

For very dry or very oily skin- it is a good idea to sleep with your mask on the targeted area overnight. As this penetrates into the skin deeper and will help repair the skin.

My tip;
It is best to steam and exfoliate your face before you do a face mask. Boil the kettle, fill a bowl with water, cover your hair and head, place your face over the bowl. Not too close, but enough for you to feel the steam. Steam face for about 3-5 minutes. (Do not steam your skin if it is very sensitive)

The steam will open your pores allowing for a deep exfoliation, helping the face mask penetrate deeper into the skin. This literally takes 7 minutes(Steam and Exfoliation) and you will see a better result with your skin.

If time is an issue for you and you don't see yourself sticking to this weekly. That''s okay, just try and steam your face whenever you can. But defiantly get into the routine of using a mask weekly.

Keep the mask where you will see it, next to your exfoliator if your doing this weekly aswel.

Once your skin is dry after the steam and exfoliation, apply the mask and leave on for as long as possible. The longer the better, but at-least for 10 minutes.

See this as time for yourself aswel as your skin. De-stressing and relaxing. 
Grab some slices of cucumber, put your feet up, and head back, place 2 cucumber slices on your eyes... Eat the rest.. (They have amazing health benefits- see below).. And relax! Ah....

Do this as often as you can. Everyones skin is different. If your skin is more problematic and you have alot of skin concerns, I would apply the mask 2-3 times a week. Steaming can be done just once a week.

Below are some pictures of my tried and tesed Face Masks. And I have done out a DIY face mask recipe for dry skin, ageing skin, oily skin, and normal skin. Try them out and let me know how they go!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you learnt something new from this post today and start your face masking this weekend! Have a good one.. 

Katie x

This is the 'Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque' from Dermalogica Age Smart.
And it is theeee bomb. Thats what I have on in the above photo. Its for verh dry skin to ageing skin.

This Elemis mask is for anti-ageing. Its pro collagen quartz lift and tighten the skin. Reducing fine lines and increasing collagen and elastin production.
Oh I miss this beauty! Good ol Boots No:7 has a great skin care range and its not so pricey.
This is fab for the winter months when everyones skin becomes a little drier. 
Apply this on to clean skin, leave for 15mins or sleep in it and wash off in the morn.
I used to sleep in mine 2-3 times in the week. I must get my mum to post some over.

Again another geeat boots mask.
This is great for oily skin types or that skin that just needs a lift.
I apply this to my nose or forehead when they become quite oily, or when I have an overload of blackheads. Ew. This is a good skin detox.

La Roche Posay is a lovely product for sensitive skin types.
This one is good for those with alot of redness on the face.

My DIY Face Masks;

1. Banana mask
Fades dark spots and blemishes
Protects skin against damage
Nourishes skin

Mix these all together in a paste and apply to skin for 15mins
Remove with luke warm water
Follow with moisturizer

2. Avacado Mask
Reduces skin inflamation associated with acne,eczema, and psoriasis
Protects skin cells against damage
Nourishes and hydrates

Mix all together to get a paste
Leave on for 15 mins and rinse with warm water
Follow with moisturizer

3. Strawberry Mask
Vitamin c, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids brighten and lighten skin.
Good for pigmentation

Mix all together and apply to dry skin 
Leave for 15 mins and wash off with warm water.
Follow with moisturizer.


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Best Skincare Advise

1.Never Sleep in your Makeup 2.Cleanse & Moisturise everyday twice a day 3. Exfoliate x2 week, Apply a mask 1-2 week 4. Drink plenty of water 5. Eat fresh fruit & Veg 6.Avoid Using Makeup Wipes 7. Beauty sleep is a thing- our skin regenerates as we sleep. 8.Never apply body products to the face 9.Always wear SPF no matter what the weather. 10. Clean makeup brushes every few days and change pillow cases regularly.