One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked as therapists is how to get glowing skin. Unfortunately there isn’t a miracle treatment or product, it’s all about having a good skincare routine and using the correct products for your skin. The most important part of a good skincare routine is the basics, so always start by ensuring you are thoroughly cleansing, toning and moisturising the skin twice a day with products that are suitable for your skin type and concerns. If you are unsure about what you should be using then it is worth having a skincare consultation with a Therapist who can advise you further. Once you have a good basic daily skincare routine established a good step to add in on a weekly or twice weekly basis is a face mask and one of the most desired effects from a mask is to give skin a natural looking glow.
As skincare experts we recommend using a mask that is suitable to your specific skin type and this can be a mask you purchase from a salon or shop or a DIY mask you make yourself. All skin care brands will do different masks for different skin types and there won’t necessarily be one that is designed to purely give a glow. The key is to use one that will benefit your skin the most and this in turn will help to give you a healthy looking glowing complexion. For example if you find your skin is dry or dehydrated a Hydration mask that is packed full of hydrating ingredients is going to work wonders. Most masks designed for hydration will be a soft, creamy texture where you will apply a thick layer and leave to work its magic! These kind of masks can be used in the traditional way and removed after fifteen to twenty minutes but are also great for leaving on for longer periods of time, or even overnight as they will simply absorb into the skin. If you are making your own DIY mask at home avocado is a great ingredient to add for this purpose as it is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E and has a great creamy texture.
Mask for Sensitive Skin:
If your skin is sensitive you will need a mask that helps to calm and soothe, and combat any redness you may have. These masks also usually come in a creamy texture and can be used in the same way as the hydrating masks. Chamomile tea is great for making a skin-soothing mask as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well as containing powerful antioxidants to help fight free radicals that cause damage to the skin.
Brightening Face Mask for Dull Skin:
For people with dull skin a brightening face mask will help. A salon bought mask with be full of brightening ingredients rich in vitamins. They often come in a peel off form but can be cream based as well. If making at home a Strawberry face mask is ideal. Strawberries are packed full of vitamin C which will instantly brighten the skin and alpha-hydroxy acids which help to exfoliate. Turmeric is also a star ingredient when it comes to face masks as not only is it anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant but it helps brighten the skin as well making it an ideal addition to a mask for dull skin.
Mask for Acne-prone & Oily Skin:
If you have an oily or acne-prone skin then you will need a mask that will help to balance out the oil production and to calm any inflamed spots and breakouts. Salon bought masks for oily skin are usually clay based and these set on the skin and are then washed off with warm water after twenty minutes or so. These types of masks can also be applied locally just to breakouts rather than the whole face and then left on for a longer period or overnight. This will help to dry out the spots and help them to heal quicker. If making a mask at home a Honey mask works well for acne-prone skin as it is naturally antibacterial so is great for acne fighting. Honey can also be added to any homemade mask as it has many other benefits, including being full of antioxidants and extremely moisturising and soothing.
Mask for All Skin Type:
Banana Face masks and Aloe Vera masks are very good all round masks that can be used by all skin types to help with various concerns. Bananas are rich in potassium which will help to hydrate and moisturise dehydrated skin, and is also rich in B-vitamins which protect against free radicals that can cause skin damage and premature ageing. They also contain Zinc and Lectin which are great for destroying bacteria and germs that can cause spots. Aloe Vera is an ingredient that also contains antioxidants so helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from getting deeper, but also enzymes which can have an exfoliating effect and vitamins A and C, as well as being an anti-inflammatory.
Other ingredients worth looking out for are cocoa which is rich in antioxidants, milk cream which is rich in minerals and healthy fats and yeast which is rich in B-vitamins.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a way to give skin that natural healthy glow it is definitely worth adding a mask into your skin care routine. Whether you are making a mask at home or you purchase one from a salon or shop just make sure you use one that has ingredients in specifically suited to your skin type. I would also say it is definitely worth having a skin consultation if you don’t know where to start or are unsure of your skin type as it’s easy to do more harm than good if you use products that are too harsh or unsuitable. It is also worth noting that, at this time of year especially, there are lots of kits available where for the usual price of one product such as a moisturiser, you get other products for free. This is a great way to try out additional products in a range, such as masks, and they will be specifically designed to use in conjunction with the other products in the kit.