Get lifted & illuminated

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elisabeth.jpg Posted by: Elisabeth Swennenhuis on Sep 4 2014
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How do you like to feel lifted and illuminated? We all have different ways but nothing beats a good ol' facemask

So, my colleague in the UK gets me these special masks I was looking for with a somewhat elastic support substrate that I was not able to find in Italy. Of course she could not resist trying one too. And she sends me a message that now she looks like Antony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs! I would say that could be worthwhile if according to the claims on the packaging you will get ‘Lifted & Illuminated’.

In the past I would have to go through quite some mess to apply a royal amount of facial mask substance to my face and not to talk about trying to get it all off once time is due.

It’s quite an invention to make facial masks on a nonwoven support. In the beginning I was a bit puzzled on where to start to get it on my face but you get it done quite quickly. It’s also giving you an equal coverage all over your face. And then the nice part, it comes off very easily. Some splashes of water to wash away the residues (which are not a dried out crust or sticky stuff) and then it’s time to check out the result. My skin looked fresh (no redness from rubbing off the mask) felt nice and hydrated; I would even say that it felt a bit tighter.

I must say that results vary a lot with different facial mask products as lotion & serum formulations play a dominant role here.  Nevertheless, the concept of a Nonwoven support brings commodity and comfort. It’s a bit like at a SPA & wellness centre where they do these nice facial treatments and then they cover your face with a smooth towel.

The branded facial mask products are quite expensive but these generally also perform very well. If you compare this to the cost of a facial treatment at the beauty salon, it’s not only costing you less money but also less time. In the mean-time as you apply the Facial mask at ‘home sweet home’ you can do some cooking, the laundry or (much better) watch your favourite series or a nice film on TV.

Here you can find out more about the right type of mask for your skin type: Face Masks - the perfect indulgence in life

Also interesting are the patches for nose, forehead and chin to clean the pores in the T-zone area. So far I would use an exfoliation lotion to give a more profound cleansing to my skin which does create some burning sensation. To me these patches seem to be a less aggressive way to remove impurities from the skin. You need to pre-wet the skin and then apply the patch. In the next 10 to 15 minutes it will dry and when you remove the patch it will also remove all the stuff you wish not to have in your pores. It’s quite powerful; I think these patches would even remove unwanted facial hair.

Doing some research on the internet brought me also to Whitening Facial Masks. And I was just about to find out a quick way to get nicely tanned… But it appears to stimulate and re-energise the skin improving the look (whitening) and texture (anti-aging) of the skin.

So ‘white and bright’ is the new thing and therefore I will probably have high risk to get sun burns when I will go to the seaside this summer. But hey, no worries; There are also After Sun Masks to heal sun burns.

In Asian countries, Facial Masks are very popular and especially those with a non-woven support; also called Facial Sheet Masks. Unfortunately these sheet masks are not yet available everywhere but personally I hope this trend will touch base soon also in Europe and US. So in the future we would have a wide variety of choice in Facial Sheet Masks and be able to find one for each type of skin.

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I’d love to hear also your experiences with facial masks and especially what kind of Facial Sheet Masks you have been able to find and try…

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I love to try new things as I think your skin gets used to the same routines and products, so I'll be giving these a go, and look forward to seeing some skin improvements
Tue October 14 2014
Great article!
Tue October 14 2014
I will try these and hope they help!
Tue October 14 2014
great blog!
Mon October 13 2014
Great blog!
Mon October 13 2014
I love facial masks! Former mary kay Beauty consultant, I would love to recieve a supply or a few facial masks for myself
Sun October 12 2014
I look forward to trying these
Sun October 12 2014
I need to take better care of my skin. Especially since I'm going to be 55 yrs. old this year.
Sun October 12 2014