Friday, March 30, 2007

Facial Mask Treatment

Masks are an every once in a while beauty treat. You don’t really need to use mask, but they sure feel good. Mask work to exfoliate dead skin cells and deep clean pores, to give a smoother texture and a healthy glow. It really is a simple step. If you have ten minutes twice a week you can add this treatment to your skin-care program. You will definitely see and feel a difference in your skin.
This product, also known as a beauty pack or facial pack, is called a facial mask because when it is applied it covers the entire face, stays on for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and then is removed. This type of product has been formulated with occlusive (gelatinuous or filmlike) substances (eg: kaolin, allantoin) that will help hold the product securely to the surface of the skin. This substance in the masks helps to prevent the air from reaching the skin which in turn increases the absorption of the active ingredients into the stratum corneum.
Selecting the Correct Facial Masks:
There are many excellent facial masks available, but which one is right for you? The following information will help guide you to the mask that is appropriate for your skin.
Dry Skin Mask: Dry skin will benefit from a creamy, moisturizing mask. It should be nondrying, which means it should stay soft and not harden on the skin. The ingredients should include natural oils, essential fatty acids, or essential oils.
Oily Skin Mask: If you have oily skin the mask you select should tighten and become hard to the touch after approximately 10 to 15 minutes. The tightening and drying action of this product will help to absorb excess oils, temporarily counteract enlarged pores, and will give smooth appearance. The ingre­dients should include clay (kaolin), oat flour, or oatmeal.
Dull Skin Mask: If you have dull skin the mask you select should consist of active ingredients that have a stimulating effect on the skin. The consistency of the mask could be either a cream or gel base.

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