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Face Mask Benefits and
How Often Should You Apply It?

Covid-19 has changed the way we perceive face masks. Before the coronavirus pandemic, when you say face mask, I’m pretty sure you are talking about a part of a beauty regime, often when pampering yourself, or simply just relaxing after a hard day’s work. 

Today when you search for face masks, you are confronted with options like, N95, disposable, reusable, cloth in different colors and styles. This article is not about that.

We are going to talk about this beauty ritual that dates back thousands of years in ancient India, Egypt, China, and was passed down from generation to generation. Let’s take a deeper look as to why face masks have become an immortal skin care routine, its benefits, and how often we should use it.

Do you want to know the secret to having radiant skin almost instantly? Face mask! 

Quick way to boost your skin and have that youthful glow

After only a few minutes of putting a face sheet mask on your face, you will have already noticed that your skin looks supple and healthier. That’s because face masks contain concentrated minerals, vitamins, and fruit extracts that are all good food for your skin. 

Moreover, the skin absorbs the ingredients better from a face mask in a short span of time which improves the overall health of the skin.

There are many different claims on the benefits of face masks, including anti-ageing, moisturizing, tighter pores, and clearer skin. Some of those claims have no scientific evidence, but if we are looking at history, the use of face masks would have probably been dropped a millennium ago if our ancestors thought that it wasn’t good and effective.

Technology has made the use of face mask even easier

In ancient times, I imagine the masks would have to be prepared, mixed, and tested before every single use. The rise of cosmetic manufacturers have taken care of this for us, and we have much easier access to face masks as they are available even grocery shelves and convenient stores, like 7/11.

And we don’t even have to worry about the mess we have to clean up after, as there are face sheet masks readily available. 

All we have to worry about now is finding the right type of face mask for your skin. There are a variety of face masks for specific skin types and purposes like deep cleansing, moisturizing, whitening, hydrating or exfoliating. This article from Forbes, talks about the face mask ingredient to look for based on your skin type.

You can also use DIY face masks

If you love cooking, crafting, or creating stuff, DIY face masks are a great addition to your projects. The best part about it is that you know what goes into your face since you made it. And as most of the ingredients can be found in the kitchen or in your garden, it should be more gentle and safer for your skin. 

That said, doing DIY face masks requires a lot of research because even though nature provides a lot of good and healthy ingredients, there is still a chance you might be allergic to some of them.

Can you get acne from using a face mask?

Most likely, the face mask that’s causing acne nowadays are the ones we use to prevent the spread of covid-19, and not the face mask treatment.

The good news is, there are beauty face mask products to fight or prevent acne. Acne masks are great if you ever find yourself having a breakout, which can happen to anyone.

How often should we use a face mask?

Although a face mask has immense benefits to the skin, it is not advisable to do a face mask everyday. You can already get the full benefit from most face masks by adding it to your skin care routine once a week. However there are some masks that are best used once or twice a month, while others can be used more often, up to 3 times a week. Be sure to read the instructions and research on the product before applying it on your skin.

We know that too much of anything is bad—and that includes too much treatment. There is a chance the skin will dry up, become clogged or experience an outbreak from acne mask if you are allergic to it.

For skin that is allergic to facial masks, effects may include redness, burn, itch, swelling or even hives. Possible blisters and oozing sensations may be present. Getting an itchy red rash following the use of a face mask is evidence of an allergic reaction. The source of the irritation can be a specific ingredient. So it is advisable to do a sample test on your skin before trying it on the whole face. 

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, using a facial mask can aid in managing the extra oil production and may reduce the development of acne. A good facial mask treatment can also remove impurities in your skin which will stop the present breakouts and block future ones. Even though they are not considered a long-term solution for acne, but definitely help soothe and stop breakouts. Ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, papaya and yogurt are good for eliminating dead skin and pore-clogging substances.

Make sure to do proper cleansing before–NOT after–‘masking’

Since facial masks can be used morning or evening or any time of the day, you should always make sure to prepare your skin first by doing your cleansing routine. For best results, do not wash your face after you remove the face sheet. The residue that’s left will continue to penetrate your skin. If you want to remove the excess product, you can use a soft cloth or warmed cloth, but you need to make sure not to rub too hard or avoid using hot water because it can greatly damage your skin. Overall, it’s a big no-no to do cleansing after a face mask treatment.

Whatever your purpose is, the overall result of face mask treatment can be revitalizing, rejuvenating, and refreshing. Perhaps you just need to feel better and give yourself a little treat, a face mask could be a great one. 

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