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10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Face Masks

It’s safe to say that every woman loves a good pampering session. For many of us, if we had the choice of a night out on the town or an at-home spa night, it would be sayonara, binding clothes and makeup, and hello bathrobe and face masks!
Yes, ladies love a good face mask, but many of us are still unsure about which ones to use and how to use them. If you happen to be questioning your face mask knowledge, we’ve put together this convenient list of face mask facts and tips that will help you soak in all the benefits face masks can offer. 

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1. Figure out which mask you need: Face masks come is many varieties and forms, all of which cater to varying types of skin. If you’re not sure which face mask your skin would most benefit from, try visiting your local skin esthetician for a skin assessment.
2. Steam is key: Steaming your face beforehand will open up your pores and soften the debris within your pores, making it easier for the dirt and oil to leave your skin.
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3. Don’t forget the neck: Your neck and décolletage is just as important as your face, so don’t neglect your neck when applying a face mask.
4. All skin is different: When adding your face mask into your weekly skin regimen, it’s okay to use it once or twice a week. If your skin if is on the oily side in the summer, or very dry in the winter, it’s a good idea to use a mask more frequently.
5. Don’t wait for clay to dry: If you’re using a clay mask, don’t wait for it to completely dry before wiping it off. If you wait for the mask to get dry and flaky, the mask can actually start to draw moisture from your skin which can cause irritation.
6. The three phases of clay masks: Phase 1 is the damp phase which is when the skin absorbs the benefits from the mask. Phase 2 is the slightly dry phase which stimulates the blood flow in your skin. Phase 3 is the period of time when the mask has been on for a bit too long and can cause your skin to become dry, tight and bothered.
7. Avoid over moisturizing: If you end up leaving a face mask on for too long, your instinct may be to lather on the moisturizer, but try not to do that. On fresh and clean skin, too much moisturizer may end up suffocating your pores, so just put on your standard amount.
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8. Try a sheet mask: Sheet masks may be scary looking, but the benefits are just as great as cream masks. Plus, they’re easy to travel with!
9. Sheet masks are similar to serums: Unlike other cream and clay masks, you can leave sheet masks on for as long as you’d like. Once you remove the mask, keep the remaining serum on your skin and let your face reap the benefits of the mask.
10. Patch test: If you have very sensitive skin, try out the mask before applying it to your face by doing a small patch test first. This way, you know whether or not your skin is going to react negatively to the mask.

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