This Simple Face Mask Method Will Change Your Skincare Game
Face masks can do wonders if you need to target different skin issues, whether it’s blemishes, dullness or dryness. Used once or twice a week (depending on product instructions) masks can help to improve one’s complexion overall, but sometimes it’s not enough—and that can be solved with this trick.
To improve the effectiveness of your face masks, layer three different types one after another. That’s it.
The face mask equation is simple: 1) exfoliate, 2) deep cleanse and 3) hydrate. This method mimics professional spa facials, which involve a variety of cleansing and face masking steps needed for soft and glowing skin. You can achieve a similar effect at home, and we’ll break it down for you.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask (Photo: Harvey Nichols)
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (Photo: Sephora)
Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal mask (Photo: Sephora)
This first step is essential to prepare your skin. A chemically exfoliating mask will dissolve the top layer of skin, including any dead skin cells, to leave a smooth base that will allow the other face masks to penetrate skin properly. There are different types of acids (alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid) and enzymes (papaya, pineapple and pumpkin are common) that will exfoliate skin at different intensities.
Tatler tip: Make sure to patch test before using this type of mask as they are only supposed to cause mild irritation, not major discomfort, and don’t leave them on for longer than recommended.
Aesop Parsely Seed Cleansing masque (Photo: Aesop)
Malin and Goetz Clarifying Clay mask (Photo: Malin and Goetz)
Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing masque (Photo: Kiehls)
Clay masks are superb at absorbing excess sebum, drying out blemishes or impurities, and generally giving your skin a thorough clean. Whilst clay masks are assumed to be overly drying, many formulas today include hydrating ingredients if dry skin is an issue. If that is the case, just apply this mask to areas of the face that need oil or blemish control.
Tatler tip: Apply a thin layer—it is easier to remove when it dries down. If the mask dries down too much, use a wet washcloth to gently wipe the mask away.
Fresh Rose face mask (Photo: Fresh)
Summer Friday Jet Lag mask (Photo: Net-a-Porter)
Avene Tolerance masque (Photo: Avene)
Finally, replenish using a hydrating mask. Your skin may be feeling a little dry after exfoliation and cleansing, so use calming ingredients (like niacinamide, cucumber extract and shea butter) to give skin that fresh and juicy post-facial glow. Gel masks are great at refreshing skin, while thicker masks will be more nourishing, so consider what works best for you.
Tatler tip: Keep your hydrating masks in the fridge for an extra cooling and soothing effect.
Complete your skincare routine with your usual serums, moisturisers or oils to seal in all the effort, and remember to wear sunscreen during the day as your skin will be more sensitive after use.