This time I want to surf into the world of facial masks because I realised that I was committing a big mistake: sometimes letting the sheet masks dry on my skin… oops… and I do not want anyone else making the same mistake.
Read the recommendations of the brand very carefully and do not leave the mask longer than it is specified. What happens if you do? Instead of your skin benefiting: replenished, juicy, moisturized and renewed, the mask will absorb back all the serum and more from your skin and will dry the epidermis and perhaps you will have some skin reactions.
But let´s get started from the beginning:
What´s a mask?
A facial mask is a very well known type of cosmetic product, sometimes homemade. Our grandmas used these thick creams in the past. Back then, the most of the masks were cream-based and they put their daily cream in a thicker layer at night for hours to get more of their benefits. (Or at least they thought that).
Other times, they were made at home with their own family’s beauty secret formula using ingredients such as olive oil, egg yolk or white, tea, cucumber, flower´s infusion…. Usually, it was local products with great properties.
And before them, it is said that one of the first cosmetic products in history was a mask: the ubtan mask from the Ayurvedic tradition in India, made from turmeric, sandalwood, saffron, and rose petals.
Also in China during the Tang dynasty, using facial masks made with pearl powder, lotus root, ginger and egg whites to improve brightness and reduce wrinkles was very popular among the Imperial Court.
From Cleopatra to Marie Antoniette´s period, masks were in one way or another part of the beauty ritual of women, and sometimes men too.
Coming to the present time, there is a whole world around this stuff. Much more since Korean cosmetics make such affordable products, allowing everyone an easy access to any type of facial mask and many more cosmetic products.
In the next post you will find more about facial masks: types, description, action and the kind of mask that is best suited for each skin type.
Here is a summary about the types we are going to dig into: Bubbly-Carbonated, Clay, Cream, Exfoliating, Gel, Peel off, Sheet, and Sleeping.
And in the third post we will have a facial sheet mask special.
See you around!