I love face masks; I use them once a week at weekends and I just adore how soft and radiant they make my skin feel and look. One thing I do not love about them though is the messiness. Whether it be a gel, cream or clay formula they tend to get everywhere – on my clothes, in my hair, all over the towel. In fact I remember back in my youth going to a school parents evening with the remnants of a green tea tree mask under my chin as I didn’t end up removing it properly. Perhaps that has scarred me, as I now make sure I get every little tiny last molecule of mask off my face before I move onto toning, but over the last few weekends I have been trying a few different methods for applying and removing masks and I think I may have found the perfect, mess-free way.
Right so here thing, we’ve all got one of those ‘paint it on’ style foundation brushes that we used to use back in the day right? Well take one of those and instead of using your fingers to apply the mask, pump a dollop onto the brush and use that to apply it instead. This way means you get so much more control over how you apply the mask, you don’t end up getting it all in your hair and if you’re using different masks for different areas of the face (if you do I’m rather impressed!) it’s so much more easier to target specific facial regions. Then for taking it off, just use a good ol’ muslin cloth. Not only are you giving yourself a little exfoliation at the same time but it gives a nice and thorough clean and you don’t end up with a hidden smear of mask left on under your chin 😉 I just rinse mine under hand-hot water, place on my face for a few seconds to soften the mask before giving it a gentle sweep. Repeat this step until it’s all off and then give your face a bit of a splash with some cool water and you’re ready for toning.
Not the most imaginative tip out there, but it’s something I’ve been doing for the past few weeks and I’ve found it’s saved me a lot of time (and wasted product) in the face mask department. In terms of what masks I like to use, the Liz Earle Brightening Mask, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and the Invisible Pores Mask all get a thumbs up from me! Hope this bizarre little tip helps!