I have a confession: I’m a gal who owns far too many face masks and yet is super lazy when it comes to face masks. I never realized just how lazy I am with them because I’ve only upped my skincare game in the last 7 months (prior to that I was lazy with all skincare). But making skincare a priority, especially being consistent with it – I’ve been systematically improving many areas – fighting face mask laziness has been one of them and in doing so I’ve picked up a few tips.
Of course, I will be sharing those tips with you lovely humans so let’s get started!
Do your PM routine earlier!
In general, I try to do my PM routine no later than 8 pm because I find once I get sleepy, the urge to skip my PM routine is real! Don’t get me wrong I always take off my makeup but let’s say on no makeup days (including no SPF) it’s so tempting to just go to bed without doing your skincare routine but my biggest mantra when it comes to skincare is CONSISTANCY. You could have the most luxury skincare product but they won’t do jack if you aren’t consistently using them. We all still have those days where we slip, the key is to keep those days to a minimal. So the earlier you do your routine the less unwilling you’ll be to slap on a face mask after double-cleansing.
Don’t leave your face mask on for longer than the recommended time
The average face mask (not including sleeping masks) are to be left on for about 10 minutes. That’s not very long but sometimes when contemplating a face mask it’s easy to think “arghhh I’m going to have to leave it on for ages”. You don’t have to, in fact most face masks direct you to only leave it a certain amount of time. The key is not to slather your face with a thick layer (if it’s a clay mask/ charcoal mask) that is meant to dry down. Masks that are meant to dry down before rinsing off will take longer to dry if you layer them on too thick.
Face mask in the shower
I’ve only ever done this with “in shower/steam” face masks but face masks in the shower are a handy way of getting 2 things done at once. Plus it’s less messy to rinse off which is what we all strive for because no one ever tells you how messy face masks are to rinse off. Plus the steam from the shower will soften your pores and make the face mask (especially a detoxifying one) work better!
Not every single night requires a face mask
Being good with face masks doesn’t mean you need to use a face mask 7 days a week. Technically you could if you a rotating a bunch of face masks but for the person who’s just trying to improve their face mask game let’s not strive for 7 days (at least not just yet). Even 3-4 days a week (different face masks to mix things up) is pretty dam good. You also don’t want to be using very potent masks like an exfoliating one and/or detoxifying mask will work against your skin if you use them too often.
Face masking in the morning
This particular one I don’t do often because the mornings don’t exactly give a person the option to take their time but if you don’t work/school/have to rush out of the house (or you have a shower every morning, therefore can slap on a mask in the shower) – squeezing a mask into your AM routine can be handy. I typically use a hydrating face mask (which preps the skin nicely for makeup) or a detoxifying mask on my t-zone. I wouldn’t whip out the potent masks – especially if you plan to wear makeup but when you can, face masking in the mornings can just help you get it out of the way and avoid potential procrastination.
Choose effective face masks that actually do something
This may sound like a silly one because generally, we select our skincare based on effectiveness. But being that at one point I was a major face mask hoarder, you’d be surprised how many face masks don’t make much of a difference to the skin. Sure they make the skin nice but face masks are like giving the skin a treatment – so you obviously want somewhat of a noticeable difference. I’d say the main categories of necessary face masks would be – detoxifying/clarifying (e.g charcoal face masks), Smoothing/brightening (exfoliating face masks that perhaps contain AHAs/BHAs) and hydrating/nourishing face masks/sheet masks. For those who have sensitive skin, having an extra category “calming/soothing” face masks could be handy. Those are the main categories and I find many face masks I’ve come across don’t really earn a strong spot in said categories. So keep the face masks minimal and with the main purpose.
Last but definitely not least! For me, I have days when I don’t know what face mask to use. Sometimes I’m stuck between wanting to detoxify my skin but also brighten/exfoliate it or I want to nourish my skin and detoxify it. The good thing is with a face mask you don’t need to necessarily cover every inch of your face with it. For example, I like to apply detoxifying masks on my t-zone (which is oily) and on any spots brewing). I don’t like to place it on the parts of my skin that are happy. So on the happy areas, I go in with a soothing/hydrating mask. I also like applying smoothing masks to the areas I usually get texture, this technique definitely hits 2 birds with one stone, especially if you only want to face masks no more than 3 times a week.
And that wraps up this blog post! Are face masks apart of your skincare routine? How often do you use face masks and what are some of your favorites? Drop a comment and let’s have a chat! I hope you all have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.