4 Reasons Why You Must Always Exfoliate Before You Mask
It may sound like common sense to exfoliate your skin before putting on a face mask. But our hectic lifestyle and lack of “me” time can have even the best of us taking shortcuts when it comes to our daily beauty regime.
With the growing proliferation of sheet masks in the past recent years, it has made the act of putting on a facial mask extremely convenient and disposable. Cleanse face, pat dry, rip a facial sheet sleeve open and lay on the mask. The process of exfoliating has taken a backseat, and in some, died a natural death. This is unfortunate because no matter what type of facial mask is used, we really do need to prep the skin.
Here are 4 reasons why.
1. Facial masks are not cheap
The whole point of putting on a facial mask is to provide a deeper level of nourishment for your skin. Masks are used to provide moisturizing, detoxifying and replenishing nutrients that our skin do not otherwise receive with our daily skincare products. It is because of this extra peneration of concentrated goodness in skincare that facial masks are priced at a premium. If you buy a $10 mask, you can expect ingredients valued at $10 or less.
Let’s put some logic to this. Suppose your daily moisturizer cost $80, then a weekly or monthly facial treatment with a $10 mask is not likely going to deliver added benefit. Having said that, it is not the cost of the mask that is relevant, rather it is the ingredients and formula suitable for your skin type. Unfortunately, an effective mask made with quality ingredients is not going to be cheap. So, if you are going to splurge on a mask, make sure you exfoliate your skin beforehand so it can soak up all the nutrients and deliver the mask’s benefits to the deeper layers of your skin.
2. Know the difference between regular cleansing and exfoliating
Regular cleansing is not the same as exfoliating. The kind of cleansing you do everyday is important for removing excess oil sebum, makeup residue and impurities from the outermost surface of the skin. Exfoliating, on the other hand, is the intentional sloughing off stubborn residue and particles that daily cleansing simply cannot do effectively. This includes removing excess oil sebum embedded in pores causing the formation of blackheads to lifting off dead skin buildup.
3. Skin cannot shine on its own
Exfoliating speeds up the skin’s natural process of cell renewal and regeneration. It also improves blood circulation giving a radiant complexion. When you exfoliate, it preps the skin like a pristine blank piece of canvas before the artist brushes on paint to create a work of art. No artist would choose to paint on a blotched canvas, much less apply on expensive oil and/or acrylic paints.
4. When skin is clear and relaxed, it looks younger
As we age, our skin no longer sheds and regenerates itself as quickly. It starts to deplete moisture, get thin and lose elasticity. This is what some of us experience as sagging skin and eye bags. Exfoliating keeps the skin looking young by shedding the layer of dead skin cells and pushing new cells to form. When skin is exfoliated, it is clear, clean and free to relax which gives existing fine lines and wrinkles a less distinct appearance. This is a good time to plump up the deeper layers of the skin with a hydrating collagen mask.