The cosseting creams, silky serums and nutrient packed eye balms that everyone has been slathering on somehow seem in need of a turbo boost as we head into the sunshine of the coming months.
One of the easiest methods of introducing a burst of re-youthifying and plumping moisture is by slipping a face mask into a basic skincare routine. After cleansing and toning, and before the essence, serum and moisturising cream application, this additional step will infuse the skin with all sorts of brightening, tightening, firming ingredients that rev up whatever is applied after; helping your usual brand to give you better results.
There are a plethora of new masks on the market and they fall into some distinct and unusual categories. Most of us are familiar with moist cream and wet-to-dry clay textured masks as well as the brush on peel off variety. Masks that dry will require removal, whereas moist, cream type masks can be left on the skin for as long as you can stand, even overnight.
The newest incarnation is the sheet mask; beloved of A&KS (Asian & Korean Skincare) devotees. These thin, serum-infused fabric or paper sheets are applied straight from the packet like a second skin, with holes cut for the eyes, nostrils and mouth, and form an almost occlusive seal over the face to allow the high levels of active ingredients to have maximum contact with the skin for as long as possible. Most sheet masks suggest removal after 20-30 minutes, but I have been known to wear one for the length of an entire movie; this ensures maximum benefits from the very potent serums they contain. Once removed, the residue is massaged into the skin and the remainder in the sheet can be swiped over the décolletée or backs of hands.
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