I have always been aware of my skins appearance, mainly due to bad breakouts that started at a young age. Then once I got into makeup I really took notice of the texture of my skin and how it looked with foundation or powder. Something I didn't always pay attention to was any of the extras after cleansing, moisturizing and occasionally toning. Then I turned 32 this year and, well to put it bluntly, I started freaking out about aging. Now don't get me wrong, 32 is not old but I think now it is time for me to add certain skincare steps to my routine as a preventative step. Coming up over the next few months I will be writing more about skincare as I learn about and discover new products. First up, masks! They have always been around but now for me they are a must in my weekly routine.
This type of mask is great for oily or blemish prone skin. Most deep cleansing masks will help draw out toxins and pore-clogging oil. If used regularly these masks can really make a difference in the appearance of the skin. Especially for people prone to blackheads and acne. Make sure to follow the directions with clay masks since leaving them on too long can cause dehydration in the skin.
Hydrating masks are great for anyone who is dehydrated or has dry skin. Keeping the skin hydrated is essential for plump looking skin. Often they also will contain anti-aging ingredients to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrating masks are key for combatting premature again and helping to repair the skins barrier.
Exfoliating masks are great options for people with blemish prone skin since most contain ingredients that activate while left on the skin rather than scrubbing. Some are made differently than others so make sure you are getting one that is non-abrasive if you do have acne since that can aggravate the skin. These masks also can act as a 2-in-1, providing a gentle exfoliating while massaging into the skin then leave on for added hydration.
Personally this is my favourite kind of mask. I really enjoy being able to pat it on at night and wake up with glowing and hydrated skin. Another reason to mask overnight is that your skin repairs differently while you sleep. So these types of masks are designed to target different concerns while you get your beauty rest.
This trend has become so popular and I can see why. It is the perfect quick way to target all of your concerns at once. If you ask anyone what their skin is like, chances are they will say more than just dry or oily. Skin is a combination of the actual type, (oily, dry, combination) and usually a concern, (sensitive, acne prone, dehydrated). So multi-masking is the ultimate mask experience. For example, I am prone to blackheads around my nose and chin but my forehead, cheeks and smile lines need extra hydration. My mask cocktail would be clay to combat the blackheads and hydrating for my dry areas.
Sheet masks are a great addition to your skincare. Unlike regular masks they are more like serums. You can leave these on for as long as you want and then once removed pat in the remaining product to the skin. No need for rinsing and easy to travel with.
Not to be forgotten is the body. This one is not about masks but I thought I should mention it since the skin on the body covers much more than the face. Regular exfoliation and moisturizing is key to keeping those elbows and knees looking soft. I can be guilty of pampering my body only when the weather gets warmer but lately I prefer to prevent rather then do damage control come May.
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A big thank you to Devon Consulting for sending me the Fresh Beauty Mask Must-Haves and Cocoa Body Exfoliant.
Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.