My self care sesh is my favourite time of the week. I do my nails and go through a DIY facial that maintains healthy, clear skin and gives my skin the nourishment it needs. But my favourite part of that whole routine is applying the face mask.
Face masks are a simple way to thoroughly treat your skin. There's face masks for all kinds of issues - masks to clarify, moisturize, brighten, and more. Whatever your skin needs, there's a mask for it.
But just because you're taking the time to use a good quality mask, doesn't mean it's going to be able to do it's job. If your skin isn't properly prepped, your mask could become useless or even make your skin issues worse. Let's go through how you can get the most out of your face mask.
Use the Cocokind Turmeric Stick the Day Before.
This isn't absolutely necessary, but if you're dealing with acne prone skin, it can really help. While a weekly treatment is great, using the Cocokind Turmeric Stick regularly, for at least twenty minutes at a time, can really improve your weekly face mask. The treatment stick is a moisturizing, anti-inflammatory spot treatment that reduces redness and calms irritated blemishes.
Using the stick regularly (I use mine at least three times a week) can not only improve your skin, but make your clarifying masks work way better.
Do a Proper Cleanse.
This should be a no brainer, but it's amazing how many times we forget this step! If your skin isn't properly cleansed, your face mask can't do it's job. In fact, if you apply a mask on top of makeup or dirt, it could cause irritation and make your skin issues worse.
Make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove any makeup, dirt, or debris, and give your mask a clean canvas to work with. I recommend opting for a cream cleanser or a facial soap, as I'm currently obsessed with using bar soaps for your face.
Use Exfoliating Grains.
After a good cleanse, your skin still needs a little exfoliation. We know exfoliating is generally great for our skin, but in this case, it helps us get the most out of our face masks as it clears debris and allows our mask to get deeper into our pores.
While I use a washcloth daily, I only use exfoliating grains once a week. They do a great job of gently removing dead skin cells, reducing that dry, flakey skin feeling, and leaving behind brighter, softer skin. I love the Cocokind Organic Sea Moss Exfoliator as it's incredibly gentle and effective.
Indulge in a Face Steam.
While your pores can't open and close (it's a common myth!) a face steam is wonderful for prepping your skin for a face mask. I'm not really sure the science behind it, but when you get a professional facial, they always use face steams, and when I use them at home I can really tell a difference. I find face steams in general can brighten your skin, as my skin always looks much more luminous after a long hot bath or shower.
Wash off with Warm Cloth in Warm Shower.
My favourite masks are easy to remove. Nobody wants to be tugging at their skin, as that totally defeats the purpose of a healing treatment!
But, I still find removing face masks in the shower is the best way to remove clay based treatments. The steam gently loosens the clay, so you're not tugging at your skin. And it makes for easier clean up!
Using face masks is so much fun, and it's so good for your skin. Just make sure you're taking the steps to get a really effective treatment! If you need any face mask recommendations, check out my Ultimate Face Mask Collection, and if I've missed any of your favourites, let me know in the comments below!