Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

Is There a Right Time to Mask?

Just this morning, I spotted some dryness on my nose. Between re-introducing Tretinoin (retinol) & doing my best to also include my glycolic acid, plus, getting the proper moisture I need, I’m having a tougher time keeping my skin moist and dewy. I’m okay with this all of course because I expected it, but one thing I need to be diligent of is keeping the perfect balance between proper exfoliation and proper moisture.

So as I was washing my face and realizing I had some dryness, I decided that it was time to do a quick hydration mask before work. I tend to do a mask in the mid-morning time on the weekends or as part of my nighttime routine. But rarely do I do one on a work day at 5:30 am. This got me thinking, is there a RIGHT time to be using face masks? While I love my evening/pampering routine that includes a nice shower, blackhead removal, exfoliation, plenty of moisture, followed by a full night of sleeping with a humidifier. I see my best skin the next day. But could we be seeing better skin the day of or following day if we consider when it is we’re to use a mask?

The short answer is ‘yes’. Of course, everything with skincare is about what you guys feel like doing & what works for you personally. If you wanna keep up with your current mask routine, do it. If you’re looking for a way to change it up and possibly see even better skin, then we’ve got some thoughts. Either way, using the proper mask for your skin type is always a win,  no matter what time of day it is.

What to use in the morning….

According to several publications I found, masking in the morning has its own share of benefits. Unlike prepping your skin for beauty sleep, it can help give your skin a much-needed boost of hydration, and even prep your complexion for the day to come. I personally find that when I do a moisturizing mask mid-morning on the weekends, my makeup application is far better in the evening than it typically would be. I also use an eye mask on the weekend mid-mornings. For some odd reason, I tend to look more tired on Saturdays & Sundays and I think it’s my body’s way of relaxing/purging from a chaotic & busy workweek. But it’s something I’ve noticed for the last several years.

  • Moisturizing mask
  • Eye mask

What to remember….

  • I always suggest washing your face first, then following up with your mask. If it’s a sheet mask, I would encourage you to massage the leftover product onto your face and leave on. Then follow up with your normal skincare routine.
  • Your skin may be somewhat ‘oily’ during the day. Mine can often be like that when I use a moisturizing mask, despite my dry skin, so that may be something that could happen to you.
  • Sometimes I use my powder sunscreenpowder SPF on these days instead to help combat looking too dewy. < first world problems…

Morning masks we suggest…

SKEDERM Snail Jelly Face Mask Pack

‘Snail Secretion Filtrate (SSF) has been used for centuries to help repair and maintain skin.  It is filled with hyaluronic and glycolic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial peptides, and other great nutrients.  We’ve also added natural extracts to help lock in moisture and increase elasticity.  It is the most comprehensive solution to recharge your skin with nature’s best ingredients.’

Dermal Collagen Essence Face Masks

If you’re looking for a sheet mask that offers a variety of benefits, this set of 16 masks is there when you need it, regardless of the skin issue at hand.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

24k Gold Eye Mask – with Collagen by Vogue Effects

‘Soothing 24k gold, plumping collagen, hydrating hyaluronic acid, refreshing vitamin c serum, anti aging seaweed polysaccharides, brightening liquorice extract, moisturising oat peptide and calming rose essential oil. Free from parabens and alcohol.’

Farmacy Honey Potion

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

 2014 Travel + Leisure’s Best Travel Beauty Product of the Year winner. 2013 Winner Harper Bazaar Beauty Hot 100 Award.

What to use in the nighttime…

Nighttime is the perfect time to start anew. Your skin renews itself while you sleep. So when you think about it, what better way to prep it than by exfoliating and getting all the gunk off your skin. Plus, it’ll allow all your nighttime products to sink in that much more. WINNING!

  • Exfoliating mask
  • Clay/Blackhead mask

What to remember….

  • I personally would recommend sticking your face up to your humidifier for a while (if you have one) to really help the exfoliating mask do its thing! I do this almost every time and the hydration & exfoliation seems just that much better.

^ In my future esthetician career, I am going to be using only cool mist on Cheeky’s faces because your skin really shouldn’t be exposed to heat, despite what I’ve known, experienced or read in the past. I’ve read a lot of documents as of late on this topic supporting our ‘cool mist’ thoughts, but there are a variety of opinions regarding hot & cold mists. So do your research.

Levoit Humidifier

  • I would avoid using anything too exfoliating or stringent on your face the evenings you use an exfoliating mask. You could experience too much irritation or redness.
  • I also avoid using my GloPro & jade roller. I find that those two products can exasperate my skin if I’ve used an exfoliating mask beforehand.
  • If you do decide to use an exfoliating mask in the morning as opposed to the evening like we recommend, make sure you wear your sunscreen.

Nighttime masks we suggest…

Sand & Sky Clay Mask

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Pee

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Facial Mask

The Proof: 
  • After 1 use immediately improves skin’s glow by 31%, and after 4 weeks by 49%
  • After 1 use immediately improves skin’s clarity and brightness by 30%, and after 4 weeks by 49%
  • After 1 use immediately smooths the complexion by 34%, and after 4 weeks by 51%
  • After 1 use immediately improves skin’s luminosity
  • 100% reported their skin was immediately softer
  • 100% noticed their skin texture was improved and smoother
  • 100% felt it invigorated their skin
  • 97% felt their skin texture was refined
  • 97% reported it gave their skin a revitalizing boost
  • 97% said their skin had a more vibrant appearance and healthy-looking glow
  • 97% noticed it awakened dull and tired skin, giving skin a revitalizing boost

Data provided by Fresh.com

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

Cheers to masking 24/7 😉

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