ED’S NOTE

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY - mc

One ma­jor con­cern is the use of DIY-char­coal masks made with char­coal pow­der and glue. While these pro­duce sat­is­fy­ing re­sults – es­pe­cially when you see your black­heads com­pletely van­ish – it’s dam­ag­ing to your skin to per­form this treat­ment too of­ten. Con­tin­u­ous use strips away the skin’s nat­u­ral oils and can lead to sec­ondary skin con­cerns. Rather opt for a chem­i­cal peel. It might not be as af­ford­able as a home­made mask, but there are no dan­gers and you’ll see im­me­di­ate re­sults.

We’ve es­tab­lished the bene ts of the var­i­ous masks, in­clud­ing help­ing with acne, anti age­ing and mois­tur­is­ing, but you need to be sure to buy the right one for your skin con­cern so you re­ally reap the ben ts.

Mud masks are for­mu­lated with clays such as ben­tonite or kaolin, which ab­sorb into the skin, tight­en­ing pores to re­duce the ap­pear­ance of ne lines and wrin­kles. Mud masks are also best for soak­ing up e cess oil, mak­ing them ideal for oily and com­bi­na­tion skin types.

eel o masks ei­ther come in the form of a gel, para n wa or plas­tic sub­types and are packed with an­tio idants that com­bat dry and acne prone skin. eel o masks that con­tain vi­ta­min C, vi­ta­min E or e tracts with anti in am­ma­tory prop­er­ties take o years, ow­ing to the tight­en­ing of the skin and an in­crease in blood cir­cu­la­tion.

Cream masks will be your best bet if you’re look­ing to re­ju­ve­nate your skin with some added mois­ture. These types of masks con­tain emol­lient prop­er­ties that so en the skin, and are ideal for nor­mal to dry skin types.

With a treat­ment that o ers nearly in­stant re­sults, it’s di cult not to want to use masks ev­ery­day. How­ever, too much of a good thing can be prob­lem­atic. Over ap­pli­ca­tion of prod­ucts can be harm­ful, and may strip the skin of its nat­u­ral oils and mois­ture. The best way to use masks, and to get good re­sults, is to strictly fol­low the in­struc­tions. Be sure to ap­ply them evenly on the skin, ei­ther with a mask­ing brush or clean ngers. Be mind­ful of how long you keep the mask on; read the in­struc­tions care­fully and don’t leave the prod­uct on any longer than needed. Now, rela , sit back and let your mask do its magic.

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