Face masks are something that I love to do every couple of days. I know most people do them only once a week but I’m guilty of treating myself sometimes every other day! I can’t help it, it makes such a difference in my skin and it also just makes me feel happier and more relaxed. I made a previous post about my skin and the type of acne I had, Let’s Talk Skincare, if you want to check out to see what face wash and moisturizer I use. Now I really want to get into the type of masks I use for my skin.
By far this is one of my favorite affordable clay masks, it runs for around $8-10 depending where you purchase it from. I use this about twice a week, I have extremely oily skin so I can get away with it. However, if you have sensitive and dry skin I would maybe try this only once a week to make sure that there is no over-drying that can take place. The instructions say to mix this with apple cider vinegar however I’ve noticed that it becomes too strong and irritates my skin. I just mix it with lukewarm water to form a paste and leave on for a good 10 minutes.
After I wash the mask off I notice that a lot of dead skin will formulate on the surface. This is what I do to really get all that gunk off my face. I take a clean face towel, wrap it around my pointer finger, and slowly start rubbing in one direction to get all the dead skin off. Now I want you to remember and keep in mind, this is something that can be categorized as abrasive to the skin so don’t go overboard with the scrubbing! You’ll see that a lot of the dead skin will just roll off in the direction that you are rubbing. Once I really feel like I’ve gotten all of it off, I will do a final sweep with warm water on my face and it will feel like a baby’s bottom after!
Now this is where I apply my heavy cream. I take a massive amount of this cream and really massage it into my skin for a good 3-5 minutes. I really want to get the product as much into my skin as possible. You can use any cream you feel is good for your skin but I would not apply something that has acne fighting agents after this clay mask. The reason is it may be to harsh for your skin all at once and actually cause you to break out instead of eliminating those problem areas. I notice that when I do this twice a week, my skin honestly glows, especially the next morning. This cream will run you around $8 however I have to purchase this from Canada so shipping costs a little more than usual but it’s never more than $15-20 in total.
Another mud mask I’m sure you’ve all heard of is GLAMGLOW SuperMud. Now this mask is a bit pricer but it’s just so worth it! I’m truly obsessed with this mud mask. I notice a significant difference in my skin even after the first use. I can leave this mask on for a longer time than the Aztec Indian Clay mask, I leave this on for about 20 minutes. Once again just like with the other clay mask I wouldn’t recommend using an acne fighting moisturizer after but something soothing.
And finally in terms of a hydrating face mask I love the Ahava Hydration Creme Mask. I like to use this once a week as well even in the summer months. As I mentioned in my previous post just because I have oily skin doesn’t mean that I don’t moisturize like crazy! It actually helps with my acne, the more I dry it out the more acne comes. So I moisturize as if I had really dry skin. I can tell you that’s probably the best advice I’ve heard in terms of clearing up my acne. The second I started doing that I’ve noticed a HUGE change in my skin!