5 Masking Myths You May Be Doing That Are Harming Your Skin
by Emily Linehan on May 06, 2020
MYTH #1: Masking doesn’t exfoliate your skin
This all depends on the type of mask and ingredients used, but some masks can give the skin a nice exfoliation due to naturally occurring enzymes. For example, the enzymes in our Pumpkin Enzyme Mask act like little “Pac-Man” that chomp away at the top layer of dead skin cells resulting in a freshly exfoliated and hydrated complexion! In addition, the sulfur in our Sulfur Refining Mask acts as a keratinolytic which causes a mild shedding of the top layers of skin that can lead to clogged pores and dullness. MYTH DISPELLED!
MYTH 2: Leave your clay mask on until it is tight and cracking
It boggles my mind how this became the standard thought process of masking as it couldn't be further from the truth! When a clay mask is on the skin, the deep pore cleansing action takes place when the mask is still moist. Once it’s dry, the clay mask begins to pull precious water moisture out of the skin, which is the exact thing we are trying to prevent as it leads to dehydration! Remember: when using a clay-based mask, leave it on for approximately 3 minutes and be sure to remove it before it dries. MYTH DISPELLED!
MYTH 3: You should only use one type of mask for your skin type
Most of my clients come to me with multiple skin concerns. Some people are acne-prone and dehydrated, and others have congested skin but also deal with melasma pigmentation. In these cases, multi-masking is extremely beneficial as it can offer solutions for various skin concerns. Because of this, I typically will suggest multi-masking as a fantastic DIY skin treatment generally beginning with my Sulfur Refining Mask to deeply cleanse the skin, then following with the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask to brighten the skin or the Cucumber Cooling Mask to deeply hydrate the skin. The beauty of multi-masking is that you can customize your skin treatment based on what your skin needs at that moment. MYTH DISPELLED!
MYTH 4: Sheet masks are superior to other facial masks
While sheet masks are quite trendy, many on the market are formulated poorly which can lead to irritation and problems on the skin. Most sheet masks contain algae, which is a huge trigger for acne-prone skin. Sheet masks are often formulated with irritating fragrances and even ingredients found in hairspray to help them adhere to the skin! Sheet masks are not a one-size-fits-all; if there are air pockets present due to the mask not creating an airtight adhesion to your skin, you will have areas that will receive no benefit. MYTH DISPELLED!
MYTH 5: Peel-off masks pull out blackheads
No! This absolutely couldn't be further from the truth! Peel-off masks appear to remove blackheads. However, what is actually happening is that the mask is pulling off the “muffin top” of the blackhead which means that the rest of the debris remains in the pore to become another blackhead the next day! Besides the mask not actually delivering on its promise, what's worse is that it will literally rip off the top layers of your skin which is incredibly traumatic if not damaging. The same is true for pore strips which can be used on the nose. AVOID these types of masks at all costs! MYTH DISPELLED!
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