Face Masking 101 From A Beauty Enthusiast With Amazing Skin

Written by Celeste Thomas
Celeste Thomas R.N. is a Los Angeles-based influencer, creator of the wellness lifestyle blog, The True Spoon, and registered nurse.

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With the face mask trend in full swing, everyone is hitting up the apothecary for a pot of magical goo, but are you getting the most out of your masks? A few simple tips and tricks will help you get the most skin benefits from your masks and bang for your buck.

In my five years as an aesthetic registered nurse and four years as a green-beauty-obsessed wellness blogger, I've learned a thing or two about skin care. I've tried almost everything and want you to learn from my wins and mistakes. There's a little more to face masking than slapping on some product and letting it sit. If you're doing that, you're probably not getting all the benefits. Masks are treatments and need proper prep and aftercare to work well. Here's how to get the most out of your mask:

1. Clean up your act.

It's simple, but so many people go wrong here: Wash skin gently with cold water and a mild cleanser. Follow cleansing by wiping your face with a muslin cloth to make sure you get every ounce of makeup and debris off your skin before you apply a mask. Having fresh and clean skin ensures that all the ingredients of the mask can actually work on the skin.

2. Read the directions.

Not all masks are the same. Each individual mask has instructions for use on the back of the jar that correlate with the length of time needed for its specific ingredients to work their magic. Some are supposed to stay on the skin for only two minutes; others can stay on for 20 or even overnight. Keeping a mask on too long can cause sensitivity, dry out the skin, or prevent your mask from working effectively. When you apply a mask for the specifically designed amount time, your skin will thank you. More is not always better!

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3. Seal the deal.

I get it, masks are annoying to wash off, but it's important to be thorough. Treating your post-mask skin delicately is very, very important. Wash your mask off with room-temp water in a circular motion. Once you’ve removed the mask completely, rinse with cool water to calm the skin. Follow your cool rinse with a skin-nourishing moisturizer or treatment. Your skin will be very receptive to treatment, so choose wisely. While all skin types have different needs, you can't go wrong with a good, gentle oil like rosehip.

Now that your masking style is pro-status, you might want to know what masks are right for your skin. Masks work extremely well to treat a bevy of skin issues that many of us face on a regular basis, it's all about finding the mask that works for you and checking in to make sure that the frequency of use is improving your personal skin issues. If you're looking for the perfect mask, here are a few of my favorite green beauty masks:

  • OSEA White Algae Mask: This brightening mask is amazing because it’s made with versatile Patagonian algae that simultaneously fights breakouts while hydrating skin. The common beauty blunder this mask combats is acne.
  • Ayla The London Mask: This creamy mask is amazing because the detoxifying ingredients heal and calm stressed skin. The common beauty blunder that this mask combats is redness and sensitivity.
  • SONAGE Pom Crush Detox Enzyme Mask: This exfoliant mask is amazing because it contains clarifying enzymes to gently exfoliate skin. The common beauty blunder that this mask combats is clogged pores and general dead skin-cell buildup.

Happy masking my friends; you've got this!

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