Nourishing, moisturizing, purifying or toning, face masks have become part of our full-fledged beauty routine. In order to make the most of it, we of Cotoneve have made a list of what to do and what not to do before, during and after face masks.
BEFORE APPLYING A FACE MASK
How to prepare your face to the fullest before applying the mask? Obviously you have to remove make-up and cleanse the skin thoroughly, but there are some steps that make the application even more effective. Here they are:
Perhaps the most important step after cleansing, exfoliation frees your skin from that layer of dead cells, helping it to better receive and absorb the nutrients and active ingredients from the mask.
You can choose between a mechanical, intensive scrub, to be done no more than once a week (click here to know everything about facial scrub), or you can opt for a soft one, to be made every night as part of the evening face cleansing with Cotoneve Active Exfoliating Pad.
Before proceeding with the application of the mask it is important to apply a facial tonic. Why? Simple, because the toner, which should be used every morning and evening, balances the natural pH of the skin, making it luminous and healthy.
Use a thin cotton pad to apply the toner, one that doesn’t absorb much product, such as Cotoneve with Goji Berries and Vitamin C from the Bio line. They are super compact with no sealed edge, which makes them ideal especially for sensitive skin. Tap the cotton pad on the skin without rubbing to avoid stressing it.
If you usually apply a facial serum before going to bed the best time to apply it is before the mask. It is well known that for their light and liquid formulation the serums are more concentrated and penetrate the skin more deeply. Apply it before the mask to intensify the treatment.
2.FACE MASK APPLICATION
The laying time
Generally the face masks you buy report the laying time on the package. For a correct use, it’s important to respect it. You might think that leaving the mask on for a longer time can increase its effectiveness, but be careful, the opposite may happen!
Some substances can clog pores, others can be aggressive on the skin. The ideal laying time is between 5 to 15 minutes for the masks on the market, or 30 minutes up to an hour for DIY natural ingredients face masks.
Even the removal of the face mask requires a series of simple but important precautions for a correct management of the beauty ritual.
Some good habits
- Use warm water
We already talked about it, excessively hot water dries the skin, cold water would make the mask removal more difficult instead. As always, virtue is in the middle.
- Use a face sponge to delicately remove face mask
Facial sponges are great for skin care, as they are a wonderful combination of delicacy and effectiveness making our life much easier. Rinse the sponge with warm water and massage it gently on your face.
The best sponge to remove face masks? Cotoneve Caresse Visage, made of an innovative pva material, delivers maximum softness and hygiene.
3. WHAT TO DO AFTER A FACE MASK?
Toner rebalances the skin but also helps to close the pores, thanks to its astringent properties.
Seal the deal
Always conclude with the application of a cream to seal the skin with a nutrient layer for the night.
By the way, all skin treatments should be done at night. Why? For everything there is a moment, we talked about it here:
FACE MASKS: WITCH TO AVOID?
After listing all the secrets for the face mask application we have some last recommendations: avoid acid ingredients like lemon or lime, they are too aggressive for the skin. Also avoid spices, which are also very irritating.
To conclude, here are some face masks with high nourishing and moisturizing power by Cotoneve: