The beauty industry is inundated with all types of face masks, from purifying, exfoliating, to hydrating masks that are supposed to either prevent adult acne or hydrate parched skin.
Facial masks are a great way to unwind after a long day at the office or the last step to a facial whether at-home or at the spa.
Remember a DIY facial doesn’t mean you’re going to rummage through your kitchen and whip up a mask or moisturizer; it’s about using professional pharmaceutical grade skincare in the privacy of your own home that will change the condition of your skin.
A Guide to an-at-home Facial:
1. Remove makeup with makeup remover or Yes to Cucumber Towelettes.
2. Cleanse – use an appropriate facial cleanser to remove dirt and impurities. (A milky cleanser for dry skin and a purifying foaming cleanser for acne prone skin.)
3. Exfoliate – Using a facial scrub with round beads is best, they will roll in and out of your pores without being harsh or abrasive.
4. Steaming – Soak a few hand towels in hot water, wring them out and apply to your face. Towels should not be too hot while avoiding the eye area. Wrap towels around your face and make sure you’re lying down, change towels every few minutes.
5. Applying a Purifying Mask – These are the best at finishing the facial process; skin must be cleansed and exfoliated before applying hydration.
6. Massage – Use your favorite moisturizer and gently move your fingertips from the inside to the outside of your face. The facial Massage is optional and can be combined with a hydrating mask treatment.
7. Applying a Hydrating Mask – Once we exfoliate it’s time to replenish the skin with hydration. I prefer to apply my hydrating mask over my eye cream, serum and moisturizer for optimal results; this is why overnight masks are my favorites.
The best facial masks for an at-home facial:
Laneige – Water Science Complex is infused with moisture recharging magnesium, cell renewing zinc, moisture locking ceramide and collagen restoring peptides. This nutrient rich mineral water is derived directly from the Himalayas and penetrates deep into the layers of the skin, providing 24 hydration and protection against the sun, pollution and stress. They have three leave-on masks that restore the skin literally while you sleep. Their Water Sleeping Mask not only hydrates the skin but restexturizes too after just one use. Another favorite is their Multiberry Yoghurt Mask, it delivers nutrients and antioxidants and is advised to leave on for 5-10 minutes but I use it as an overnight mask, it aids in skin repair and provides the skin with ani-inflammatory benefits. Last but not least is the Firming Sleeping Mask, skin is firmer, smoother and soothed. I personally rotate all of these and wonder what would happen if I layered them on top of each other, anyway that would be for another story. $23/$30 @Target.com
Caudalie – all Caudalie products are infused with their grape-seed OPC Molecule which is 10,000 times more powerful than Vitamin E in fighting free radicals, and they have various facial masks that work wonders for the skin. My favorites are their Instant Detox Mask; it unclogs pores, draws out toxins and invigorates the skin leaving it refreshed after a stressful day. Another favorite is the Purifying Mask which soaks up impurities, diminishes pores and removes dead surface skin. $39 @Caudalie.us.com.
Korres -A Modern Greek Apothecary collection based on homeopathic remedies of herbal origins. Korres only uses clinically effective and high quality natural ingredients. Not only are their products environmentally friendly, but they feel good too. Their Greek Yoghurt Mask is a favorite. It’s a super protein charged weightless cream that infuses the skin with intense hydration. I love layering this over my skin as one of the finishing touches to my nightly skincare regimen. Your skin will quickly absorb it and immediately look rested and healthy. $45 @Korres.com
How’s that for glowing skin?