I’ve noticed that most people leave their skincare pampering time to the weekends. Specifically, Sunday evenings. It might be a way of winding down and psyching yourself up for the week ahead. I too used to be like this. Hands up if you too are the same!
On Sunday evenings, I’d indulge in a pampering treat of a cream mask or sheet mask, as a treat for my skin, and think that I was doing it right.
But you know what? I’m going to make a proposition that face masks are not just for weekends, but should be something you use often to maintain the condition of your skin.
Most of us have been conditioned to the idea that a face mask is a “treat” to be used once a week, and that we often use it on weekends, because that’s when we have the time. Yet, I will tell you that from experience, if you are a wee bit more diligent, and use a mask twice, or even 3 times a week, your skin will improve by leaps and bounds!
It doesn’t even have to be an expensive mask. If you don’t like the hassle of using a cream mask, grab a sheet mask instead. Or, if you’re even lazier, use a sleeping mask. There are so many options available these days!
I discovered this a little by accident. I had this stash of sheet masks that I had from a while ago, that I was close to expiry, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. That’s the problem with hoarding things you know. When they expire, your money is wasted. But fortuitously, I picked up a good habit from here, after I saw the results!
So, in order not to have the sheet masks go to waste, I took to slapping on one almost every night. It doesn’t take very long. Just put on the sheet mask, and go off and do your thing, or watch some TV, if that’s what you like, or read. If you want to potter about, potter away. After 20 minutes, remove the sheet mask and continue with the rest of your skincare.
What I noticed after about 2 weeks of regular masking, was that the condition of my skin had changed, for the better! My skin was so much more hydrated, pores looked smaller, my skin looked more refined, and it felt so much smoother and more plump. When you reach my age, having plump skin is a GOOD thing LOL! :D
When I eventually ran out of my sheet masks, I stopped this practice of using a mask regularly. What I noticed then, was that my skin seemed to take a longer time to bounce back, especially when I was stressed. When your skin is healthy and well hydrated and treated, it bounces back and doesn’t show stress as much. But when it isn’t, you start seeing the lines creeping on you, and you start to look, well, your age!
So, my skincare routine now involves using a mask every other day, at least 3 times a week. I’ve started sharing my daily skincare routines on Instagram, if you’re curious about what I slap on my skin and how I react to them :)
I don’t use sheet masks now (because I’ve run out and not replenished) but I have also realised that I prefer taking my time when it comes to doing my skincare. Sheet masks are nice, but they feel a bit too much like fast food to me. So, I prefer using a cream/rinse-off mask or, if I’m feeling lazy, a sleeping mask or oil mask instead.
Every other day or so, I will put on a treatment mask. Often, it’ll be a sleeping mask with my top favourite being the Sulwhasoo Overnight Revitalizing Mask for boosting my skin. Sometimes, it’s the Laneige Sleeping Mask, but that now resides with my sister, so it’s off my books for now.
Twice a week, I do a clarifying/exfoliating/detox mask, followed by a nourishing/hydrating/cream mask. The former ranges from a mud mask to a glycolic peel mask, and the latter from a sleeping mask as above, or a nourishing mask like the Antipodes Aura mask or the Bobbi Brown Nourishing Mask.
Sometimes, I do an oil mask, which is basically picking one of my facial oils and slathering on a thick layer onto my skin. The Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil is particularly good for this, as well as the La Mer Renewal Oil. They both leave my skin feeling beautifully smooth and rejuvenated the next morning.
The idea, which I’d just like to put across, is not to reserve your face masks for “a special occasion” that may not come until after it’s expired, or to think of a face mask treat as a once a week affair. Often, you may realise that you don’t use up all your product in your face mask tube/tub, because there’s so much in there that you can only use it so often, based on a once a week use, until it’s expired. Yet, I feel that this is the wrong approach to take.
We all lead fairly hectic lives these days, that have us perpetually on the go. A face mask, and a good skincare routine, forces us to slow down and relax. You can’t hurry the absorption of skincare, and you can’t hurry a face mask. Sometimes, when the pressures of the week gets too much, a mid-week face mask treat forces you to slow down, stop and chill for a few minutes.
And I think that’s good for the soul. Sure, we all feel like we are starved for time, what with the various demands made on us by everyone. Yet, never forget that WE owe ourselves some of that time too. You don’t have to take 3 hours over your skincare (like I have done) but a half hour of a face mask isn’t too much for your skin to ask for, I’m sure. Just be smart about using the time effectively, and you can still get things done :)
Do you reserve your face masks treatment for the weekends? Do you use face masks more than once a week?
I’m sure once a week will be the norm. But if you have slightly more matured skin, or drier skin, then using a face mask more often is nice for the skin. I’ve realised that face masks tend to be more intensive, and the intensive treatment is great for keeping your skin’s radiance at its optimum. Have you tried doing this? :D