- 01. Disregarding your skin type
- 02. Not cleaning your hands and face
- 03. Applying too much or too little
- 04. Leaving it on for too long
- 05. Skimping on post-masking steps
01. Disregarding your skin type
It’s essential to pick a face mask keeping your skin type in mind to reap maximum benefits. For example, dry skin can do with a hydrating sheet mask like the St. Ives Revitalizing Acai Blueberry & Chia Seed Oil Sheet Mask, while a mattifying clay mask like the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask does wonders for oily skin. Thus, you need to keep your immediate skin concern in mind before masking. Do your pores need a deep cleanse or have your breakouts gotten worse? Pick a mask that best suits your current skin needs.
02. Not cleaning your hands and face
Applying face masks with dirty hands and on a dirty face is a big no-no. Dirty hands can transfer germs and bacteria to your mask, which can further contaminate the skin on your face. Either wash your hands thoroughly or use a flat brush to apply the product.
Same goes for your face. Applying a face mask on dirty and oily faces won't deliver all of its goodness and can further clog the pores. Either wash you face your using a facewash or simply wipe it clean using a cotton pad dipped in the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water before applying your face mask.
03. Applying too much or too little
As with many other beauty products, the amount you use is key. Applying too little won’t let you reap all the benefits and applying too much can irritate the skin. The trick is to find a happy medium. It’s best to apply one even layer over clean, dry skin for best results.
04. Leaving it on for too long
It’s easy to get distracted with a mask on, but leaving the product on your face for longer than it’s needed can irritate the skin, and cause redness and sensitivity (the ingredients used in some masks are pretty potent). Make it a rule of thumb to follow the instructions given at the back of the packaging to the T. Remember: they are there for a reason.
05. Skimping on post-masking steps
Masking isn’t the last step in your skincare routine. Post-masking steps involve a good moisturiser. Once you take off your mask, apply a light hydrating moisturiser like Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser to seal in all the moisture and active ingredients delivered by the mask.