June 07, 2016
The very knowledgeable Kelsey of Australian green beauty blog Megsy Jane is a monthly guest blogger here on the Eve Organics blog. This month, Kelsey tells us everything we need to know about masking - why it's important, how to work it into your skin care routine, and some of her favourite natural masks for different skin types!
Masking - to the uninitiated it can seem like a frivolous, unnecessary step in your beauty ritual. Good skincare is the most important part of a beauty ritual, as not only do you wear your skin for your entire life - but good skincare is also the foundation to good make-up. When it comes to make-up, your face (and skin) is the canvas, so having a smooth, well cared for canvas makes the world of difference.
Masks are designed to draw out impurities, balance oil production, reduce pore size, removed dead skin cells, reduce redness and inflammation, reduce blemishes and feed your skin with much-needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you've tried masking before, and it hasn't done much for your skin, you've probably used the wrong kind for your skin type. A good mask will actually do all of the above, and you will see a noticeable difference after removing - your skin should be smoother, more supple, clearer, less congested and have a lovely radiant glow. One of the best things about masking weekly? Your skin will continue to improve each time!
And don't even think about using lack of time as an excuse! Most masks are only required weekly (if your skin is in dire need of TLC you can use a gentler mask twice a week initially), take 5mins to mix up and apply and just sit on your face for 15-45min. My sister is one of those - too busy to take care of herself - but after I forced (well, not literally, haha!) a mask on her one afternoon, she's sold and can't believe what a difference it makes to the skin, and for very little effort.
Mask-time is one of my favourite skincare rituals. I set aside time each Sunday for a mask session, and sit down with a cup of tea and book or magazine, or just close my eyes during the treatment time and take a moment to rest (you can also use this time to treat puffy eyes with some cold cucumber slices!) If you want to save time, you can also pop your mask on before showering, and just rinse it off in there.
What mask you choose depends on your skin type and concerns, but I've rounded up some of my favourites and top recommendations below.
If your skin needs de-congesting, a deep cleanse and pore-refining action, this mask is one of my favourites. With a blend of clays and seaweed powder, this mask is pure, detox goodness! It will balance oil production and help fight blemishes. Bonus - it's also very affordable!
Your skin will feel smooth and fresh afterwards, but not tight or dry.
This would have to be my most favourite mask to date. The Cacao & Banana Face Glow Mask really does give my skin a radiant glow after removal. It also works wonderfully to de-congest the skin, remove dead skin cells and impurities. The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow is also anti-ageing and packed full of antioxidants.
Skin feels cleansed, refreshed and really does glow!
If you're skin is on the dry side or in need of some gentle care and detoxing, the Black Robin Mallow Out Soothing Clay Masque will soothe and calm irritation, heal, and replenish moisture. It also gently exfoliates and softens the skin.
Gently deep cleanses without drying your skin out.
Another wonderful option for sensitive or dry skin types (but suited to all), this mask gently cleanses, soothes and hydrates whilst drawing out impurities and helping to control breakouts.
The ultimate luxury experience, the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is adored by many - green beauty or not. Use before an event for the ultimate glow, or you can also use this as a spot treatment on blemishes overnight, and they'll be diminished in the morning. This is a "wet" mask (no mixing w/water), and dries clear so you won't frighten your neighbours and if you do use it as a spot-treatment overnight, there's no need to worry about crumbling on the sheets.
Deeply cleanses and de-congests, gives your an instant glow and removes dead skin cells.
My Masking Tips
If you're using a powder mask, you don't always have to mix it with water. Try your favourite hydrosol or facial mist for a more hydrating mask, or mix with some vitamin E oil or other facial oil of your choice for skin-repairing benefits and extra hydration. You can also spritz with your favourite facial mist during the treatment time to keep the mask from drying too tightly and deliver extra nourishment.
I also always use a flat foundation or mask brush to mix & apply my masks - it will give you a lovely, even layer and prevents mess.
After removal, especially if your skin is congested and hasn't had a good, deep cleanse in a while, you may see some redness and warmth to the skin. Don't worry - this is just your circulation, and the blood flowing in after the detox and cleanse. As you mask more regularly, you will notice the redness/warmth will lessen after each session and return more quickly to your glowing complexion. This is because your skin is improving with each use and becoming less congested, which means the blood is flowing around more like it should.
I always apply a facial mist after removing my mask with warm water, and follow with a facial oil.
I love the Mokosh Pure Hydrosol Toner for this, as it is very cooling and soothing. To amp up the dewy, glow factor, I love to follow with the Mokosh Pure Face & Body Cream (a tiny bit goes a long way) or the Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, which is an incredibly lightweight oil and gives the skin a radiant glow.
Passionate about health and beauty, I began the Megsy-Jane blog to prove that green CAN be glam. My aim is to educate women on the safer, healthier alternatives to the mainstream – that work. You needn’t sacrifice your health for beauty, and you don’t have to sacrifice performance for health.
Organic beauty has come a long way in the last few years, and I know from personal experience how overwhelming making “the switch” can be. Along with product reviews and brand spotlights, I share useful tools and handy resources that help make the switch to organic that much easier. Your skin will thank you.
I also have a handcrafted Flower Crown & Accessories label by the same name, so when I’m not writing on organic beauty and skincare, you’ll most likely find me in the studio up to my elbows in flowery goodness.