“Masque (noun): A cosmetic cream, gel, paste, or the like, that is applied to the face and allowed to remain on for a short time before being removed and is used for tightening, refreshing, lubricating or cleansing the skin.”
One of the most neglected areas of home skin care is the use of facial masques. Masking can help to calm, soothe, brighten, hydrate, tighten, etc. depending upon the desired result.
As part of my own personal skin care regimen, I apply a mask at least once a week. Sunday evenings work best for me since I’m usually home relaxing after a busy weekend. Here’s the basic routine that I follow:
I periodically use an anti-aging cream mask that contains lactic acid on my own skin, since it increases hydration and lightens pigmentation. Additionally, I also try to keep up with my LED light sessions and microcurrent treatments. I must admit that it is a major effort for me to devote extensive time and attention to my own face. It feels just like work to me … I wonder why, LOL!
Below are examples of a few of the many different types of masques that can be incorporated into your skin care regimen:
- Clay Masques – These are very effective in drawing out excess oil in the skin as well as aiding in the treatment of acne and reducing pore size. Clay masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
- Cream Masques – These are the preferred choices for dry, dehydrated skin types due to their hydrating and soothing properties. Cream masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
- Sheet Masques – These are individually packaged one-piece masques that have openings for the nose, mouth and eyes. Choose an appropriate masque that contains ingredients for your specific skin type and condition.
You will love how your skin looks and feels after using a masque!
I have a variety of wonderful masques available for purchase at the office with prices starting at $22 and up. As always, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have with regard to your skin.
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.