The Benefits of a Face Mask

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I like treating myself to a face mask every now again. It soothes my skin and my mind, putting me in a very relaxing state.

Face masks form a usual part of an effective skin care regimen, and are one of the easiest ways to give your face the treatment it needs. The weather, central heating, stress, lack of sleep, and other harmful elements in the air can rob your skin off life, vigor and beauty. With a face mask you’ll give your face the necessary care in just a couple of minutes.

Face masks can come in different forms, colours and textures. We have the clay-based masks that have to be washed off after a couple of minutes of sitting on your face. Another type is the liquid form which dries into a sheet that you can easily peel off. Some face masks are made from artificial products while others are made from natural products that come straight from the kitchen or garden.

Whatever the face mask is made of, face masks have a lot of benefits for the skin. Here are a few reasons why you should pamper yourself with a face mask today and why your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Easy to use and quick improvement to your skin

I find this the most impressive quality of face masks. Face masks can be applied on your face and left for as little as 5-15 minutes and the changes you’ll notice on your face are quite amazing for such a short period of time.

Whenever I use a face mask I see changes immediately after washing it off. My skin looks and feels soft and supple. I consider face masks one of the fastest and most effective steps in a skin care regimen.

  1. Cleanses the pores of your skin

I know it may sound strange that a messy-looking face mask could cleanse your pores. Face masks, depending on the type of face mask you use, have the power to remove impurities from the pores of your skin. The ingredients in the face masks have the ability to penetrate deep into your skin and remove those impurities. Apart from this, face masks help to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and clear.

  1. Keeps your skin hydrated

The water from the face mask helps to keep your skin moisturized. As the face mask moisturizes your skin, your skin becomes soft and plump, and the elasticity of your skin increases.

 

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  1. Makes your skin look more youthful

Face masks help to tighten your skin minimizing the appearances of fine lines on your skin. The contents of face masks promote collagen production in your skin. This gives your skin a more youthful glow. In addition to this, your skin will feel softer and look smoother as well.

  1. Improves your skin tone

Face masks are quite effective in dealing with hyperpigmentation. The active ingredients in the face mask help to tone your skin and lighten the dark patches and spots on your face.Β  Those ingredients not only even your skin tone, they also improve the texture of your skin.

 

Do you use a face mask regularly? Which do you swear by?

 

Caring for your Skin this Autumn/Winter

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Our skin reacts differently to different weather conditions. As we’re transitioning from summer to autumn and winter, you will experience some changes in our skin.

Summer is loved by many with the bright sunny long days, but the harsh sun rays can take a serious toll on our skin. So autumn and winter should be spent remedying the harm the summer weather has caused to our skin.

During the autumn and winter season, the chilly dry weather can cause our skin to dry out due to lack of moisture in the air. If not treated soon enough, your skin will start to crack or grow flaky or even become red or irritated. To avoid this skin issue, we need to pay special attention to our skin during the autumn/winter months, especially if you have a dry season.

These simple steps will help keep your skin protected from the autumn and winter weather, and heal the damage caused by the summer.

 

  1. Gently exfoliate your skin

Do not underestimate the power of exfoliating, Exfoliation is a very important part of any skin care routine. It helps remove dead skin cells and leaves the face feeling and looking very smooth. I think one of the best parts about exfoliation is that it helps to prepare the skin to easily absorb the benefit from moisturizers or creams.

There are various exfoliators for different skin types so shop around for the best product for your skin. If you have a dry skin, opt for an oil-based scrub. It will help to gently exfoliate your skin and supply it with the needed moisture at the same time. At the moment, I use Clean and Clear Daily Facial Scrub to exfoliate but I have recently bought a No 7 scrub so look out for the review.

 

  1. Cleanse your skin

Start off by gently yet thoroughly cleansing your skin. For autumn, you skin care routine will involve more moisturizing to help keep your skin hydrated. Also ensure the moisture gets locked in so the skin doesn’t dry out. I use this fab face wash by Premae Skincare and it is the truth. It wipes every trance of makeup off.

 

  1. Moisturize

Moisturizers will help keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple. To boost your moisturizer level, go for creams or serums instead of lotions. They are thicker and this forms a more protective barrier on your skin. They will also help prevent your skin from losing water. I am currently loving my No 7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Radiance Boost for All Skin Type. It is the best serum I have ever used.

Apart from moisturizing the face, we also need to remember to moisturize our hands with a good hand cream to prevent cracked, dry and flaky hands. Hello soft hands for that gentle touch!

Another part of our body that will need some TLC are our lips. My lips get so dry during the autumn/winter season so I apply a non-petroleum-based lip balm for better results.

How do you take care of your skin in the autumn/winter months?

How to Manage a Combination Skin

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The trick to effectively managing a combination skin lies in understanding what exactly combination skin is. Just like all skin care routines, using the right products at the right time, in the right way can do wonders for your skin. I have a combination skin so I know how much time I spend in making sure I take care of my it.

The first step in taking extra care of your skin and this starts with knowing your skin type. Once you know your skin, you are 1 step closer to knowing how best to take care of it.
Before I go into how you can manage your combination skin, here’s how you can identify if you have combination skin. A person is said to have combination skin when you have two or more skin types on your skin. Usually it’s a combination of dry skin and oily skin. Here’s a little test: Take a tissue and press it on your face for a few minutes, then have a look at the tissue. Do you see oil marks? Where are they? If the oil marks are on your T-zone (that’s your forehead, nose and chin) and not on your cheek area, then you have combination skin. Those with a combination skin have dry or flaky skin on their cheeks while their T-zone is oily.
Now to managing a combination skin. Taking care of combination skin is like taking care of two different skin types at the same time. You need to be consistent with your skin care regime and apply it day and night. I have a reviewed a few products I use for my combination skin, like the No 7 Quick Thinking Wipes and Boots Oil-Abosrbing Sheets. Here are some of my skincare tips:

Cleansing your face
Ensure you cleanse your skin using an effective face cleanser for a combination skin.Β  If you have sensitive skin, go for products that are gentle and are specifically made for sensitive skin.
Tone your skin
Applying a toner on your skin helps remove leftover cleanser from your face and close your open pores. Just like your cleanser, ensure your toner is for the combination skin. There are so many effective cleansers available now so shop around for the best product for your skin. To enjoy additional benefits of toning, go for toners that have anti-inflammatory properties to fight against acne and antioxidants to aid skin repair.

Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing is an important part of your skin care regime especially for the drier parts of your face that need more moisture. Go for a moisturizer that moisturizes dry areas while it controls oily shine. A good mosituriser for a combination skin will moisturise the skin and absorb excess oil.
Exfoliate at least once a week
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and brings out new and healthy-looking skin. It’s not advisable to do this everyday. Two or three times a week is OK. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate once a week to prevent irritation. I exfoliate once a week.

 

So these are my skincare tips for my combination skin. Do you have a combination skin? How do you manage it? Drop me a comment, lets chat.