I’ve been sharing pictures of some of my more recent skincare routines on Instagram (join me there if you haven’t @parisbmws), when I was asked an interesting question recently.
I had mentioned in one of my pictures, that I put a thin layer of facial oil on my skin before applying a mud mask. That little tip seemed to intrigue many of you!
I have skin that tends to the drier side of the spectrum (comes with age, I tell you – it’s all downhill from here! 😛 ) so mud masks aren’t the best products for me. Mud masks, or sometimes known as “detox masks” tend to dry out your skin as it sucks all the oil out of your pores. It gives your skin that nice clean feeling, I have no doubt, but if you aren’t careful, they can also make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable after that and even cause flakiness.
Less noticeable when you have oily or combination skin. More noticeable when your skin is dry or dehydrated. Yet, there is a certain joy in doing a mud mask isn’t there? I find it terribly satisfying to let the mask dry and then wash it off thereafter, and it’s especially good for dealing with the occasional pesky spots.
So, here’s my tip for those of you who have dry or dehydrated skin and yet want to use a mud mask or detox mask comfortably. It will also help if you have a mud mask you find too drying.
What I usually do is one of two things:-
- Option 1 – After cleansing, I mist my skin with some rosewater or face spray, and apply a very thin layer of facial oil of choice all over. Just 1-2 drops. I wait a while for it to absorb, then apply my mud mask.
- Option 2 – I add 1-2 drops of facial oil into a scoop of mud mask, blend it together and then apply it all over my skin
To be honest, I don’t know if anyone else does this LOL! 😀 I’ve not come across it personally. I actually discovered it rather by accident.
You see, I like doing my face masks while watching some TV and I like to wash my face when I shower. So, the time between my evening shower and my me-time can be a little far apart. However, I didn’t want to do my whole skincare routine, only to have to remove it before I did my mask. So, to keep my skin hydrated, I’d apply a little facial oil after cleansing. A couple of hours later, I’d apply my mud mask and sometimes followed by a hydrating mask.
What I realised was that the facial oil helps to prevent my skin from drying out too much from the mud mask. Sometimes, I find that mud masks can cause my skin to flake but by using this method, I stopped experiencing that inconvenience. This is also helpful if you find your mud mask too drying for your skin.
Basically, I’d stumbled upon a way for dry skinned ladies to use a mud mask or detox mask or purifying mask, without our faces falling off! 😀 It also helps of course, to pick a mud mask that isn’t drying in the first place. I only have 2 right now – Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask and the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox mask. Both aren’t too drying to begin with, but with this little tip, feel much more comfortable. And, you get all the benefits of using a mud mask! 🙂
Have you tried this little tip? Do let me know if you try it!
I haven’t actually come across this as a skincare tip, but I am a little bit of a mad scientist when it comes to my skin, and when I find something that helps me, I try to share in the hopes that it’ll help you too 🙂 Do share if you try this, I’m curious to know how it’ll work for you!