Hi everyone! For the fourth Face Masks and Tunes edition, I wanted to slow it down and bring it back to basics. There are a few misconceptions that people have about face masks, some misconceptions that I even believed until recently. After you prepare your mask, turn on those tunes and read about some skincare myths! And for some lazy weekend reading, I also included lots of great articles, so keep an eye out for the green words that link to these fun reads!
- Red Moroccan (Rhassoul) clay
- Carrier oil
- Essential oil
- Start with the red Moroccan clay, add about a tablespoon to a plastic or glass bowl.
- Add a teaspoon or so of water, just to activate the clay. You can add more if you like your masks thicker, and err on the conservative side if you prefer them thicker.
- Add about a teaspoon of the carrier oil of your choice. Carrier oils are extracted from nuts or seeds; I prefer avodcado or grapeseed because they have heavy coverage without clogging your pores or making your skin feel oily. I chose grapeseed for this round.
- Add about a teaspoon of your exfoliant. I suggest oats or green tea leaves if you want a gentle exfoliating mask, but if you want a bit of a finer exfoliant, go with salt. But do be gentle on your skin - salt can cause micro-tears if you rub too hard! I didn't add any this time around, so it's not necessary to add an exfoliant if you're not feelin' it.
- Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. I'm a sucker for lavender but you can pick whichever oil(s) feel comfortable for your skin. This isn't necessary, but essential oils not only smell amazing, many of them have skin-aiding properties! For example, Frankincense is great for drawing out impurities, ylang ylang helps with oily skin, and chamomile is an excellent oil for sensitive skin. Read more about essential oils and their skincare properties here.
- Leave on for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mask feels slightly damp. Wash off with warm washcloth, then follow up with toner, a serum, and a moisturizer.
The Misconceptions of Face Masking
As I continue to research natural skincare and different ways to nourish my body, I'm learning more about the myths perpetuated by the chemical skincare industry. The following myths are beliefs that I'm guilty of falling for! It's never too late to learn how to properly care for your skin.
Clay masks are supposed to dry on your skin before washing off.
Allure published this article in 2013 that debunked this myth, but I still think it's important to talk about. I'm guilty of leaving my masks on for 20-40 minutes, particularly the Glossier Greens mask because it's easy to forget that it's on, and this is BAD. While it's true that if a mask is drying and cracking on your face, that means it's drying out your skin. But this goes for masks that absorb into your skin too. As Allure explains, you should wash the mask off right when it's getting sticky and losing its pigmentation. In other words, don't leave it on until it cracks/completely absorbs.
You can only use one face mask at a time.
Are you kidding? Por que no los dos? Or three, or four? Of course you don't want to overload your skin by using too many ingredients on it, but why NOT make the most of multiple masks? Chances are, you're experiencing more than one skin issue at once, so it makes a lot of sense to use different masks to cater to those issues. Cosmo wrote about doubling/tripling up on masks here; it's a great article with lots of visuals and it definitely inspired me to get creative with my masks.
Masking is only for bad skin days.
Nope, face masks are like chocolate. It's always appropriate, whether you're sad, celebrating, or just feel like treating yourself. You can never go wrong with a face mask and even if you're having a great skin day, you still wash your face right? I like to do a mask at least 4 times a week - I would do them every day but sometimes I'm too lazy. It's probably best, anyways. Like I said earlier, you don't want to overload your skin because this could actually cause more problems and defeat the whole purpose. But mask when you feel like it! There are so many different kinds of masks, they aren't all intense, pore unclogging, total toxin extracting formulas!
It's probably about that time for you to wash your mask off. I hope you all enjoyed this lengthy edition of Face Masks and Tunes. Please don't forget to really pamper yourselves during your face mask sessions! In the photos at the beginning of the post, I wanted to show y'all the extravagant bath I took while using this mask. I added jasmine and rosehip oil to the water, just for some extra scent and skin attention. And you can't forget a candle and bath bomb!
There's a lot in store for FloreaShelby.com this year, since I had the chance to experiment with different DIYs and healing practices when I was home for vacation. Good luck with the upcoming semester for those of you who are in school, and to everyone: let's kick ass this year. Lots of love from me to you!