Mulitasking your Masquing
Its Friday night, it’s been a long week of the usual run around, work, lack of sleep because you’re trying to catch up on your favorite show…just one more episode before bed won’t hurt right? Mix into that whirlwind of a cocktail a little dehydration, and viola! A face ready for date night… Or maybe not, as you look into the mirror and wonder why it’s not standard for bathrooms to have more up-lighting. Time to put your masque on.
It’s a wonder to me that one of the least popular items on the shelf is masques. They are usually looked at as more of a fringe or a luxury item sitting next to their team mates on the shelf. So what is the purpose of using a masque at home, other than taking up time? Well let’s start with what the heck is a masque.
Masques are used to enhance the daily skin care regimen with powerful, problem-solving solutions that add dramatic boosts to the skin. They are generally separated into 3 categories: clay, gel, and cream. Each has a unique task based on their makeup.
Clay masques are used for deep-cleansing, help to minimize oily skin breakouts, and purify and lift surface impurities. They are usually composed of some sort of earth clay like Bentonite or Kaolin. Because of the drying and aggressive action of these formulas they are not recommended for dryer skin types, and because oily skin can have inflamed acne or aggravated skin, I like to recommend clay masks that either have a soothing or cooling effect as an added benefit.
Gel masques are mainly used for dehydration. Think lack of water, not lack of oil. So you can be dry and dehydrated, just as you can also be oily and dehydrated. These masques tend to have some sort of Hyaluronic Acid in them, an ingredient that is huge for putting hydration back in the skin. Sometimes just hydrating the skin can add years back to your complexion. This is a masque that everyone should have on hand, because I find there is a lot of thirsty skin out there.
Lastly there are cream masks. These could be divided into their own sub categories. Anti aging, moisturizing, calming, exfoliating, or an all of the above version. These are targeted masques that can help win the fight against free radical damage, or impaired barrier functions, causing skin to become sensitized. We actually have a masque that has been dubbed the “date night masque” by customers and skin therapists. Though the Multivitamin Power Recovery masque is not for everyone it covers all bases with its anti aging, boosting of moisture and hydration levels, as well has some ingredients that sooth and calm stress out skin.
So what’s the right masque for you? Well I would love everyone to come and see me to get face mapped, but that is a perfect world that I live in my head (there are other things in that head space but, another day another blog). What I generally find is that most clients need at least two masques. Not a sales pitch here folks, think about it. If you’re only oily in your t-zone, why would you put an oil absorbing product all over your face? There is no law out there that says you only can use one masque at a time. So put a thin layer of clay masque on your t-zone and a gel mask on your cheeks, lips, under eye, and neck. Maybe a soothing mask just for inflamed cheeks and nose, then a anti aging masques for the rest of your face and neck.
Check with your skin therapist, but in general masques should be used 1-3 times a week (and of course that special occasion that pops up on the calendar) to maintain and give your skin the loving boost it needs.
Don’t have time to masque you say? Bah, masques take all of 10 minutes to work, so put your masque on and fold the laundry, or wash the dishes, or….I don’t know… saute some carrots. So there’s really no excuse to bring a little multitasking to your masquing.. hmm I should trade mark that phrase.
Come by and see me, and we will have a little masquerade ourselves to see which is the best masques for your skins needs.
Wash your face!
Geordie MacDiarmid is a licensed skin therapist, and owner of Ego Mechanix, and Est. with over 20 years experience in the skin care industry