Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Your 7-day Facial Mask Challenge

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]

The weather’s been rather erratic recently, hasn’t it? Because of this, I’ve had to switch up my beauty routine because my skin’s been peeling quite a bit. However, whenever my skin goes crazy, I find that applying a mask every night helps immensely. Of course, the types of masks you choose should match your skin’s requirements. For an all-round improved complexion, alternate a few different masks, so that your skin’s different concerns are addressed each night.
We present to you, the 7-day facial mask challenge! You can either splurge or save, according to your budget. For best results, do this as an intensive course of treatment every 2 months. For your normal skincare routine, just use any hydrating mask of your choice three times a week.

Day 1: Gel mask
Let’s start off with something that’s light in texture, just to get your skin acquainted. A gel mask works perfectly on all skin types to deliver hydration into the skin’s layers. More often than not, our skin is dehydrated, and it shows as fine lines especially around the eyes and forehead. Apply a generous layer, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off.
Try:
gel
Splurge! Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask
Save! Freeman Golden Grain Facial Brightening Mask

Day 2: Cream mask
Time to amp up the moisture factor of your skin. As we ‘progress’ past 25, skin becomes drier. A luscious cream mask will take care of that and leave your skin silky-smooth after just one application. Enhance the effects of your cream mask by using it as a massage cream: cover face and neck in a generous layer and use sweeping upward movements to improve blood circulation. You can also use a guasha board (I got mine from Daiso).
Note: for oily/acne-prone skin types, you can skip this step if it’s too rich for your skin.
Try:
cream
Splurge! Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Save! Hanaka Macaron Facial Mask

Day 3: Clay Mask
Nobody is spared from clogged pores, so we’re going to clean all that accumulated gunk from our skin tonight! Clay masks are the type that dry out after application, acting as a ‘vacuum cleaner’ to suck out all the impurities trapped in your skin. Also a godsend for girls with oily skin! Prep skin by exfoliating it gently before applying a clay mask, but remember to moisturise well after rinsing off.
Try:
mud
Splurge! Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
Save! Eversoft Skinz UV White Instant Radiance Rinse-off Mask

Day 4: Sleeping Mask
Once in a while, we deserve to slack off and be a bit lazy. For days like these, an overnight mask or sleeping mask does the trick. More nourishing than a usual moisturiser, sleeping masks infuse the complexion with added goodness while you sleep, so you can wake up to perfectly radiant skin! After cleansing and toning, use it in place of your usual moisturiser. Make sure it’s fully absorbed before going to bed.
Try:
overnight
Splurge! Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
Save! Hada Labo Whitening Perfect Gel

Day 5: Sheet Mask
Every girl needs to have a box of sheet masks on hand at home for emergency skin SOS – you never know when your skin will need a pick-me-up! If you have extra space in your fridge, stash ‘em inside for a cooling treat. Some people even use sheet masks every night to keep their skin in tiptop condition. Don’t throw away the leftover essence at the bottom of the sachet, you can use it on your arms and legs, or soak cotton pads in it for a DIY mask!
Try:
sheet
Splurge! SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Save! L’Herboflore Facial Sheet Masks

Day 6: Peel-off Mask
Banish dullness with a peel-off mask – for some reason they work wonderfully to reveal brighter skin when the mask is peeled off. Apply a thin layer (add more around the edges for easy removal) and peel off gently from bottom to top when dry. Word of caution for those with dry skin – avoid sensitive areas like the nose and mouth, because it’s gonna hurt when you peel it off!
Try:
peel off
Splurge! Boscia Bright White Mask
Save! Himalaya Almond & Cucumber Peel-off Mask

Day 7: DIY Mask
Time to get creative in the kitchen and whip up some of your own concoctions. Too-ripe fruit that doesn’t taste nice works just as well on the skin, and smells yummy too! Plus, it’s economical. Mash the fruit in a bowl and apply a thick layer on the skin. DIY masks can get messy, so be prepared with kitchen towels, plastic sheets and wet wipes. After 15 minutes, just scrape everything off, rinse and follow with your usual skincare routine.
Try:
diy
Splurge! Strawberry & Honey Mask
Save! Banana Mask

Main image: istockphoto.com. Other images from pbs.org, pictures.4ever.eu and respective brands.

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