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Masking your problems to maintain great skin

The mask is an essential part of a facial. We see often enough on the television, of ladies with their hair wrapped up and their face covered in some sort of goo and we think, ‘that’s a facial’. It is not! It is only part of a facial treatment.

The good news is, facials are not hard to do. But getting it right is essential.

Skin cleansing is not just about scrubbing your face with soap. In fact that will strip off the protective oils from your skin, which then tends to leads to an itchy and prickling sensation. Do this too often and you will develop dry and cracked skin. It is also not about popping and then squeezing all the gunk out from a pimple. The beauty therapist will know which pimple is ready and, how much extraction can be done during a facial treatment.

And since most of us are out and about every day of our lives, our face does tend to reflect what we have done to it. That includes working in the sun, weaving in and out of traffic and even just by being in a stressful environment. A lot of damage sits on the face at the end of the day. So if we don’t want to see the results of that abuse, the skin needs to be kept in optimal condition.

Just like the car, your skin needs to be serviced regularly and maintained properly.

In between attending a salon for facial treatments, do regular home maintenance. The basic set of cleanser, toner and moisturiser should suffice as home maintenance for normal skin. For those with combination, oily or dry skin, do consult with your beauty therapist for a routine that provide results specifically for you. And remember to take into consideration the differing requirements of your skin during different seasons as well.

Prep facial masks whenever you can. Busy mums, working partners, travelling dads and every schoolie however will tell you that is a genie-in-a-bottle wish because no one has the luxury of that much time to sit around with a mask on the face every day.

The purpose of different types of facial masks include moisturising or drawing out impurities, exfoliating, tightening, brightening, soothing and more.

If you can get past the ick factor, use the inside of a papaya peel to exfoliate, brighten and smoothen the skin. Rub the peel on cleansed face and leave it on to dry while you go about your house chores. When dry, rinse with tepid water. Or combine a honey and olive oil mixture with oatmeal, then gently rub over the face. This mask exfoliates whilst the honey and olive oil moisturises the skin. Rinsing this off however can be a pain. Do avoid getting any of these into the eyes.

For oily and blemish-prone skin, a 2:1 combination of yoghurt and lemon juice with have a lifting and firming effect on the skin. This mask should be left on for at least 30 minutes and will help lighten acne, keeping blemishes in check and will even out skin tone.

Any combination of honey plus something else is good for dry skin. It is a humectant that has antibiotic properties to heal and keep those tiny cracks in the skin from infection, plus keep it moisturised. Depending on whether the need is to soothe the skin or just to keep it moisturised, honey can be combined with something acidic like apple cider or lemon juice to soothe; or something grainy like oatmeal to exfoliate and preserve moisture in the skin.

There are varied, and many home remedies to aid skin maintenance. The idea is to keep at it consistently. If all this gets too much, do visit a salon every now and then and get someone else to do it for you.

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