Having a clean face is a sign of hygiene. Our face is a part of our identity. It allows individuals to differentiate us from another person. Of course looking at the shape of someone’s body could do that as well but the face is a bit more uniquely different. The word hygiene comes from the name of the Greek goddess of health, Hygeia. This should come as no surprise as how one takes care of themselves, often directly plays into the quality of their life. Hygienic products have developed of the more modern years from a bar of soap, and shampoo, to specialized shampoos, body washes, bath salts, creams, deodorants, razors, and perfumes. As these different aspects develop, dermatology products have created a recent wave on social media, specifically, the face mask.
The idea of a face mask is to take facial cleaning to the next level. It removes dirt, unclogs pores, and rejuvenises the skin. There are a variety of different masks on the market right now, so here is a list of what is hot:
1.) The Charcoal Mask
The charcoal mask is one of the hottest items in skin care today. Videos have surfaced of peel off charcoal masks online, and they are somehow both gross, and satisfying at the same time. The mask is adhered after it is dispensed from a packet or tube, and has a consistency similar to that of gel. The back of the packet says to wait five or ten minutes, but if you apply a thick amount of the mask, you will likely wait about twenty five to thirty minutes. When the mask finally dries, you begin to peel off from the edges of your face. Here in the gross satisfying part; as you remove the mask, you are able to see all of the dirt, gunk from clogged pores, and back heads that you have removed from your skin with a good mask.
2.) The Sheet Mask
The sheet mask is one of the easiest masks to use, and hails from Asia. You simply take the mask out of the packet, and lay it on your face, pressing downward so it has complete contact with your face. These masks help to deliver active ingredients within the mask to the skin. Their popularity, even though they are an Asian beauty product, has made them wildly popular in the United States, and easily accessible.
3.) The Caffeine Mask
If we could take caffeine intravenous we likely would. Coffee based face masks are now here, and who could pass up the opportunity to lather their face in such a homey aroma. Caffeine face masks rejuvenates your face, and help reduce that puffy –I have not gotten enough sleep, and I still have a hundred more things to do today- look we sometimes get.
4.) The Clay Mask
The clay mask, though almost universally suitable, works very well for individuals with oily skin, as the mask draws out toxins. There are three stages of the clay mask, and it is best not to let it reach the third. In the first stage, the skin soaks in the nutrients, and vitamins in the mask. The second stage stimulates the blood in the face, and in the third stage, the mask has completely dried, and begins to dehydrate the face.
Face masks are a great way to pamper yourself on a budget. They typically can be found at any drug store, or super center, but for premium face masks, check in your local beauty shops. One particularly great brand is Lush, for those of you are looking for a place to start. Happy miniature spa day!