Scrubs and Masks
Do you use them? Or just cleanser and moisturizer?
At times, your regular wash, rinse and repeat method of skin care might not be enough to prevent skin problems like acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone. Face masks and facials are designed to give your skin the extra boost that it needs to look its best. No matter what type of skin you have, there's a mask or scrub that's right for your individual needs and skin problems.
Face masks and scrubs are meant to take care of the skin problems that regular washing and moisturizing can't. By using an exfoliating scrub or adding a mask to your routine once a week, you could see a marked difference in the tone, texture and clarity of your skin. They also make relaxation time, since many masks require you to leave the product on for five to 10 minutes.
The ingredients for face masks and scrubs vary from brand to brand, but some are common. Most masks begin with a creamy base and some contain clay for its purifying and tightening properties. Natural ingredients like avocado are also popular. Scrubs contain an abrasive ingredient to help slough away dead skin. Examples include small crystal, microbeads and in some cases small pieces of nut shells.
The right type of face mask or scrub for you depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin that tends to be shiny and prone to breakouts, look for a gel-based mask to help dry out excess oil. If you have dry skin, a creamy moisturizing mask is best. If you have combination skin, using a combo of scrubs for dead skin and moisturizing face masks for softness should benefit your skin type the most.
It's easy to purchase the right type of scrub or mask for your face at the drugstore, beauty supply store or bath and body store. There are a variety of scrubs and masks to help almost any skin problem. By getting information from a retail associate, you can choose the one that is the best for you. Clinical ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids and retinol will only be found in manufacturer scrubs and masks that you'll purchase at the store. "Cosmopolitan" magazine suggests brands like Elizabeth Arden and Rodan and Fields.
Scrubs and masks aren't exclusive to drugstores. In fact, you can make some of the most potent scrubs and masks using the ingredients from your own cupboard. Our Best Bites' Sara Wells suggests mixing oats, baking soda and water to create a completely safe and effective scrub to use at home. Or, mash an avocado, a banana and an egg and smooth on your face for a moisturizing mask. Some of the most potent ingredients for skin care are those found in natural products, so you don't have to spend a lot of money for effective scrubs and masks.