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How to Get the Most From Your Face Mask

Many of us use some type of face mask at least once a week, but if we’re spending our hard-earned money on these products, we want them to work and help our skin look as fabulous as possible, right? If you want to make sure your face mask is working for you, the following are some tips for doing what you can to make sure that happens.

Wash Your Face First
When you’re applying a face mask to your skin, the best thing you can do is give it a clean slate so it can do its thing, and this starts by washing your face. The mask will be more effective if it doesn’t have to get through dirt, oil, sunscreen, etc, so make sure all your makeup is off your face and your skin is properly cleansed.

woman washing face

Take your cleansing a step further by exfoliating your skin, which should be done about one to two times a week depending on your skin type. You don’t have to scrub hard. If you’re using the right exfoliating product, it will do its job correctly and work properly while still being gentle.

Use Before Expiration
Your face mask should have an expiration date on it, so you’re going to want to make sure to use the mask up before then. Not only could an expired product lose its effectiveness, but it can also cause irritation on your skin. If you’re using the face mask on a weekly basis and you’re using it as directed, you should have no problem using up the mask before the date approaches.

woman reading product labels

Read the Directions
The directions on the face mask are there for several reasons, one of which is to make sure that you get the most from the product and also to ensure that you’re using the mask in a safe manner. Even if you’ve used face masks for years, don’t assume how to use the one in front of you. You’re better off reading the directions just to be sure.

Put On Correctly
When you’re putting on your face mask, you don’t want to rush the process or get sloppy with it. Apply it as directed whether it be a thin or thick layer, and apply it evenly all over your face avoiding—of course—your eyes, nostrils, mouth, and hairline.

woman with face mask on bed

One mask won’t cover all the needs of the skin that’s all over your face, but that’s where multi-masking comes in. Multi-masking is one of the best ways to make sure you get the most from every face mask you want to use. For example, you can use one mask on your nose, eye patch masks under your eyes, etc. This helps ensure that all the different concerns of your skin are met.

Lastly, before you use any face mask, always do a patch test to check whether or not you’re going to have a negative reaction. It may seem like a hassle, but you’ll be happy you made the effort.