As I’ve said before, I suffered with terrible acne as a teenager and—despite my advancing years—continue to be plagued with ‘difficult’ skin.
In my teen years I would apply anything and everything to my skin to try to calm the breakouts (sorry skin!) and at one point became obsessed with clay facial masks. These little tubes of glorious goop promised to remove the excess oil from my skin which in my mind was the cause of problems.
I started by following the instructions (in hindsight always a good idea) using them occasionally and leaving the masks on for just a few minutes, and at first it looked like things were improving. The redness was calming and the number of zits seemed to be decreasing.
I thought I was onto a winner so I started using masks more frequently and leaving them on for longer and longer—but to my horror it all started to go wrong. My skin actually became oilier and oilier and my skin was no longer just covered in zits, it was now super red and ANGRY!
What I didn’t realise, until it was too late, was that my overuse of the masks was actually removing all of the moisture from my face and my skin was compensating by throwing extra oil at the problem!!!
Needless to say I swore off masks for a long time, and in fact only recently started adding them back into my cleansing routine. This time however I use them properly!
My current weekly go to is Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask (RRP $9.99) which is cruelty-free (of course or I wouldn’t be using it) and available in Australia in most supermarkets.
The mask claims to ‘purge clogged pores, leaving skin clean and soft’ and I’d have to say I’d agree.
I’m sure there are fancier masks out there, but for me this provides everything I need at a cost that is friendly on my wallet.
My tips for using face masks:
- Only use the mask 1-2 times a week
- Start by cleansing your face to remove all traces of makeup and dirt
- For deep cleaning open your pores by either steaming your skin, or holding a warm wash cloth on your face
- Dry skin and apply the clay mask to your face, avoiding the eye area
- Now relax for a few minutes
- As the mask starts to dry remove it with warm water. NEVER allow the mask to completely dry
- Dry the skin and then moisturise
And never forget the family that ‘masks together’…
I did include my husband the last time I ‘masked’ (although he probably won’t be happy with me for sharing this photo) and then little Miss Seven wanted to join in.
PS – For any of the ‘Mummy trolls’ out there—and before you get on your high horses—YES I know that she has delicate skin and doesn’t need a mask. She wanted to be included so I wiped the smallest amount on her face, took the photo and then wiped it straight off. It was on her skin for less than 20 seconds—no harm done!