Prepping for the Face Mask
Before applying any kind of face mask i.e. bought from the store or a diy face mask, it is important to prep the skin as the first step. Too many of us out there jump the gun and end up applying products without cleaning the skin.
Treat the skin with respect and it will respect you. Skip this necessary step and well then you are better off posing as an alien. (In the Guardians of Galaxy movie which was great btw!)
If you still are not convinced by me blabbering on about this, then why not listen to someone else. Someone such as celebrity aesthetician Reneé Rouleau. There is a reason why she is the talk of the town and is much loved by celebrities such as a Demi Lovato and Sofia Vergara. What she says makes sense and this is what she has to say about prepping your skin “You essentially want to mimic the steps done in a professional facial.”
This is how it needs to be done –
Step 1 – Cleanse and Exfoliate
Try to be gentle with this. Remember the aim is scrub away dry skin cells, not rubbing off an entire face with aim of growing a new one. Experts recommend using round particles such as jojoba beads. These beads will roll over the skin and break down and polish away surface dry skin cells.
Once you have scrubbed away the dead skin, rinse your face and pat the skin dry. For recommendations on scrubs, try using the Mint Buffing Beads.
Step 2 – Use an exfoliating peel
Use a thin coat of exfoliating peel and leave it on your face for 5 – 10 minutes. The peel will be used to dissolve dry skin cells. According to Renee, a peel is necessary as it performs the following vital function “A professional-strength peel uses acids that gently lower the pH of the skin to further dissolve and digest cellular buildup to continue a deep exfoliation within the skin for a truly smooth complexion”
Step 3 – Rinse Rinse Rinse
Last but not least, make sure you rinse well with cool water before applying the face mask of your choice.
For those individuals of a simpler nature, there is an alternative to prepping the skin before the face mask can be applied. Start off by boiling a pot of water and then letting it cool down for 1 – 2 minutes. When the water is not too hot, place your face over the bowl and cover your head and bowl with a towel for 5 – 10 minutes.