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The Face Mask Mistakes You're Probably Making!

10 May, 2018 - 06:25pm by - First Lady | 24 Comments

By BR Beatrice.

On Fridays we mask. 

Or Mondays.  Or Wednesdays.  Whatever.  The day doesn't matter.  What matters is HOW we're masking.  Are you doing it right?  Does your skin feel significantly better after a good mask sesh?  Or no matter what mask you use, are you left with a Hashtag Face Mask Fail?  (I can't bring myself to actually hashtag.  Sorry.  Hashtag Not Sorry.)

If face masks aren't doing it for you, well, I don't like to point fingers, honestly, but...it's probably YOU.  You know.  You.  Doing something wrong.

Here's the top causes of a Face Mask Fail - and how to fix them!

1.  Failing to prepare.

You can't just walk into the bathroom, slap on a mask and expect it to work.  No.  Just no. 

You need to thoroughly cleanse your face, ensuring it's completely free of make up and daily grime.  This will allow the ingredients of the mask to penetrate the skin and get their job done.   A light exfoliation pre-mask never did anyone any harm either!

2.  You use your grubby mitts to apply your mask.


When slathering your face in an intensive treatment the idea is to come away with better skin than you started with.  Using your fingers to apply your mask is a sure-fire way to spread bacteria.  And what does bacteria lead to?  A mask with a side of break outs, infections and illness.  

Use a clean foundation brush to apply your mask, with the added benefit of getting an even application.  Don't forget to clean the brush after use, especially if your face mask is one that'll set!

3.  You do not abide by the 'right mask for your skin type' rule.

image: L'Oreal

Let's say you have combo dry/oily skin.  You've narrowed down your mask choice to; a chocolate mask for intense hydration or a kiwifruit mask for oily skin.  You opt for chocolate, because, well, who doesn't want an excuse to wallow in chocolate?  Your skin breaks out afterwards.  Is it the chocolates fault?  Is it? IS IT?  

Face masks by nature are intensive, which means more than ever you need to shop for your skin type or concern.  Don't be swayed by a mask that sounds yummy or will look super cool while you wear it (Glam Glow masks anyone?!).  Go for the mask that will give you the results you need.

"But I have combo skin" I hear you scream.  Well have fun multi-masking!  Use different masks to address different concerns during the same masking session.  Such fun!

4.  You do not read the instructions or you choose to ignore them!

I get it, I really do.  A moisturising mask says to leave on for 20 minutes.  Surely if you leave it on for 30 minutes you're going to be super-moisturised right?  Likewise that purifying mask will be thrice as purifying if you leave it on for longer than recommended right?  

WRONG!  Leaving masks on too long can actually have an adverse reaction on your skin - leaving your skin irritated or dry.  And forget about leaving clay masks or peel-off-masks on for longer than instructed - you risk injuring your skin when you finally do remove them.  In short.  Follow the instructions.

Also be sure to follow the universal mask instruction of rinse well.  Left over product will block your pores and potentially irritate your skin.

So there you have it.  4 Face Mask Fails and what to do instead!  Are you a masker?  Any tips to share?

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Wow, i never thought to use a brush to apply -will get one this weekend. Thanks BR

Yes I am a masker and yes I follow all these rules. I only picked up using the foundation brush to apply the mask, not because of icky fingers but because the mask looks applied by a professional.

....must buy a foundation brush for masks!! I love face masks, follow most rules but guilty of #2 mistake.... Face masks are my saturday night ritual, and also my 'hubby is away for work & kids are finally asleep' me-time thing mid week when I get the chance!

I do follow these rules but mainly use a foundation brush to apply masks as it's easier and less messy, especially with thick masks such as the fresh Lush ones. I don't see using fingers as unhygienic or bacteria laden though as I would always wash my hands before going near my face anyway.

I am a weekly masker and I break the grubby finger rule. I reckon a little baby cake spatula might be the way to go, easier than having to get clay or something out of a nice foundation brush every time xo

yes I am guilty too

11th May, 2018 at 7:26 am

I always leave it on for way too long, especially with oil clogging masks! Will make sure to remove in the right time frame.

Eeeek I didn't think about point number 4! I usually leave my peel off ones on until they are really dry... well I won't be doing that again.

I follow all of those except for the last one and sometimes I completely forget I have a mask on and I think once I left one on for well over 1 hour oops

I'm guilty of not cleansing first and leaving them on too long. Except sheet masks -I can't wait to get them off.

Another tip, if your clay mask is too thick add water and loosen it up! Or oil, whatever. Use dry powder masks with oil and thats nice too. I leave sheet masks on until i feel like taking them off, but i take clay masks off quite quickly.

I use a fan paintbrush to apply mask can get them prestty cheap for an ice soft one and they clean up really well

good idea

11th May, 2018 at 7:25 am

Yeah I’m sure I’ve been guilty of them of all. It’s taken me a while to understand what to use for my skin.

I love masks but have to admit I do apply with my fingers and have been guilty of leaving on longer because more is good. I will use a brush in future and watch my timing better . Good article thank you.

I used to use my fingers but use a brush but only really as it makes it less messy and easy to apply. I definitely only apply to a clean face, seems odd not too. I have a sheet mask for this weekend to use.

Using a foundation brush is such a great tip!!

I agree, I have a brush I don't like how it applies foundation, might be perfect for the next mask :)

11th May, 2018 at 9:09 pm

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