Facial Mask for Skincare
The first facial mask was invented in Ohio, United States, during the 19th century by Madame Rowley. It was called the “Toilet Mask” or the first “face glove” a mask which was beneficial for anyone who wanted to ‘bleach, purify and preserve the complexion’ of the skin. It was patented in 1875. A sheet mask is a creamy or thick pasted mask applied to clean or smoothen the face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, and fruit extracts, such as cactus and cucumber. There are different kinds of masks for different purposes; some are deep cleansing for cleaning the pores. The perceived effect of a facial mask treatment can be revitalizing, rejuvenating or refreshing. Facial masks are most commonly used by women but are also used by men. Although widely believed to provide tighter pores, increased skin clarity, and a reduction in facial skin wrinkles, masks have not been shown to be any more effective at accomplishing these things than a standard moisturizing lotion
Benefits of Facial Masks
A gloopy, gel or sheet-style facial product, face masks are like a more intense love affair compared to your long-term skincare products. Staying on skin for anywhere between 10 minutes to all night (ooh la la) they’re then removed to reveal skin that feels pampered, energized, hydrated… So, how often should you do a face mask? Best used 2-3 times a week, face masks run complementary to your daily skincare routine, giving your face a turbo-boost of whatever it needs. Not to get all soppy, but we think brilliant you deserves that little something extra.
When and How to Use Face Masks
Here’s how and when to use a face mask, depending on your skin concerns and type of mask:
Whether it’s a clay mask, cream mask, sheet mask, peel-off mask, or other type of face mask, always cleanse your skin first.
If the face mask is supposed to be rinsed off, apply it after cleansing, but before the rest of your skin care routine.
If the face mask is supposed to be left on overnight, apply it as the last step in your nighttime skin care routine.
As mentioned above, most leave-on masks are hydrating, so you might be able to skip applying your regular nighttime moisturizer—but you’ll want to apply the mask and your face moisturizer if you have very dry skin.
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