Today I'm chatting with you about one of my favourite topics of all time: face masks. If I had to choose one skincare product that is my absolute weakness, face masks is generally the answer I would give. When it comes to masks, or skincare in general, recommendations definitely depend on your skin type. I have combination/oily skin so I tend to reach for masks that clarify and even out my skin. I end up doing a mask 2-3 times a week and I really do get amazing results from them. I've put multiple masks to the test and for today, I've rounded up my top 5 tips and tricks that I've learned about face masks.

FIGURE OUT WHICH MASK YOU NEED 
The first thing you need to do when it comes to deciding which face mask you want to use is figure out your skin type. Face masks come in so many varieties and forms and if you're using the right mask for your skin type, it can work wonders. I like using a deep-cleansing mask like the Origins Clear Improvement Mask or The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask once a week but for someone with very dry skin, this kind of mask could be rather dehydrating. I usually have quite oily skin but it can also get very dry in winter so you should always listen to your skins needs and use a mask more frequently to combat these problems. A hydrating mask that I really enjoy using is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.



STEAM YOUR SKIN FIRST 
Steaming your skin before applying your face mask will open your pores and perfectly prepare your skin for any mask you might want to apply afterwards. The steam dilates the skin making it easier to remove all the dirt and grime from your pores. It just generally helps to loosen blockages. I like to put a few drops of tea tree oil to the hot water because it's a very powerful anti-septic and unlike many other treatments this one is completely natural.

THE POWER OF MULTIMASKING
One mask is never enough - right? I found Multi Masking to be the most efficient way to give yourself a facial because you can completely customize your skin remedy. Are you always getting breakouts around your nose? Put a detoxifying clay mask over it. Got a dry forehead? Use a hydrating cream. You can basically put all your favourite masks to good use at one time rather than applying one mask to your whole face. I highly recommend giving it a try as it's perfect if you have combination skin because you can focus on specific areas without the worry of irritating a more sensitive area.

CLAY MASKS
This type is my favourite kind of mask to use but many clay masks can be really strong and end up drying out your skin. A mistake I made very frequently was to let the mask completely dry before taking it off. I would even leave it on for longer than the recommended time because I felt like it would be even more beneficial for my skin. Instead, it just it just draws all the moisture from your skin. However, clay mask are great for detoxifying the skin, removing impurities and helping with blackheads and breakouts and balancing the skin by removing excess oils.

PEEL OFF MASKS
I recently got to try out a mask called The Incredible Face Mask* by Maybeauty. It's a peel off mask that penetrates the skin and removes impurities and dead skin cells that get stuck in your pores, leaving a cleaner and smoother looking skin. The Incredible Mask is specifically designed for skin that is prone to blemishes, blackheads and oiliness. I was also happy to find out that their products aren't tested on animals. The mask itself has a really thick, sticky consistency and the key ingredient is deep sea mud, giving the mask an almost tar-like look. Thankfully, the mask came with a handy little brush to apply the product. You're supposed to let the mask dry for about 30-45 minutes before peeling it off. I typically use the opportunity to lie back, relax or take a hot bath while I wait for the mask to dry. You can gradually feel the mask tightening and in time it will look less shiny and feel drier to the touch. It works just like the pore strips you can get for your nose and I'm seriously impressed with this product. I would highly recommend checking them out if you have oily or combination skin like myself, although you should avoid using the mask if you have severe acne or other injuries to your skin. My skin looked and felt much clearer and softer after even the first use. I find that it does a great job at removing dead skin cells and overall, I think it's an excellent product that does exactly what it says it's going to do. The lovely team at MayBeauty are also offering a 30% discount for limited time only with the code anafacemask30


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