Behind the Mask

These days, we all know that keeping our skin in the best shape requires the help of more than just a bit of soap and water. Truly adhering to your skins needs means enlisting the help of some key beauty products to help create the best skincare routine for your needs. In the days of BB creams, Hyaluronic Acid and Sonic Skincare Brushes, the old faithful known as the face mask has been somewhat forgotten. But there’s a reason why this old favourite hasn’t just gone away. When used correctly (and regularly) as part of your routine, masks can be instrumental in keeping your skin clean and refreshed. Whether your battling acne and oil, or dry and irritated skin, let me help you find your perfect facial partner. Here’s the inside story on what goes on behind the mask. For Dehydrated/Dry Skin: You need to steer clear of clay or purifying masks, as they can dry out your skin even more. No more mud masks for you. Instead, make sure you go for a formula that is hydrating and will restore the moisture back into your skin. Remember not to skip you moisturiser either, as this will help to seal in the moisture to the skin. I recommend: Thalgo Source Marine Ultra Hydra-Marine Mask 50ml £26.55. This mask helps to replump and replenish the skins hydration level in just 5 minutes. It even comes with a brush applicator tip to help make sure you apply the mask evenly to the skin. Use this twice a week for just 5 minutes and you’ll see results, guaranteed. For Acne-Prone/Oily Skin: Masks should be a key player in your routine to help keep oil and breakouts at bay. Purifying or clarifying masks help draw out the impurities and toxins from the skin that can cause an over-production of sebum and blocked pores. Tip: after cleansing, make sure you tone your skin before applying the mask to ensure that all traces of oil are gone and to better prep the skin. I recommend: Dermalogica MediBac Sebum Clearing Mask 75ml £39.80. This cooling mask with oil-absorbing clays helps clear and prevent breakouts while detoxifying skin. Salicylic Acid stimulates natural exfoliation to clear pore congestion, and cooling botanicals help purify, refine and eliminate excess oils. Use three times a week and or use topically to treat individual blemishes. For Radiance: Masks can be a great source of radiance and can be just what your skin needs to give it a bit of rejuvenation and a brightening boost. They also work wonders on pigmentation and can help to revive and even out your complexion to give you a natural glow. I recommend: Thalgo Cryodetox Masque 50ml £25. This luxuriously rich, ultra fresh gel formula is specifically designed to restore dull looking skin to a bright, luminous complexion. The intense treatment acts as an instant pick me up and gives your skin a breath of fresh air. Apply twice a week for 10-15minutes to reveal your skins inner glow. For Anti-Ageing: Masks can help you face fine lines and wrinkles head on with a formula that will keep skin feeling plump, supple and line free. Masks can give your skin a supercharged dose of collagen and important anti-ageing ingredients to help fight the first signs of ageing head on. Need I say more? I recommend: Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask 75ml £34.50. This is an ultra-replenishing, antioxidant rich mask that helps rescue stressed, ageing skin. Apply after cleansing as a revitalising remedy for dulling, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photo-damaged skin. Botanicals help soothe and calm stressed skin while vitamins A, C and E help repair damaged, ageing skin. Let me know if you’ve given any of these a go, or if you have any other favourites that I haven’t mentioned. Tweet me @thesalonlookgirl xoxo
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