Face masks offer another excellent way to deep-cleanse your complexion. Do be sure that you choose a mask that's meant for cleansing as there are masks for many purposes on the market today. Check too that it's right for your skin type.
For best results, follow the pack directions carefully. Most masks are applied to clean skin, avoiding the eye area, and are left on for 10-20 minutes. They are removed either with water, or by 'peeling' away the mask itself.
Oily skins will benefit from a mask as a twice-weekly treatment, and normal or dry skins can be treated once a week. Incidentally, the bath is not the best place for this beauty task, as the steam and heat will not allow the mask to 'set' and may lessen its effectiveness. It's far better to cleanse your face in the bath -or after, when the steam has loosened some of the grime; then apply your mask and allow yourself to relax for the time it takes to work.
Sallow and dingy-looking skin is often a result of the dead cells lying on the surface. If you take specific steps to remove these regularly, your reward will be a brighter, clearer, cleaner-looking complexion. Exfoliation is the removal of this unwanted surface layer and you can help this natural process along with an exfoliating cream or liquid. These are usually applied to the skin and removed in much the same way as a cleanser but follow the pack directions carefully. All but the most delicate skins will benefit from an occasional exfoliating treatment – but it shouldn't be done too often.
A milder exfoliating action is obtained from regular use of a face mask – see above; and there are also a number of exfoliative cleansers on the market, with a gentle sloughing action. Both of these should be used less often on skin that is dry.
This also means removing that surface layer of dead skin cells – with its attendant dirt and grime – but in a slightly different way. By this method, you rub away rather than dissolve the offending grime, so again it's not for delicate or sensitive skins. Cleansing grains perform the task well. They are usually designed for use on oily skin – follow the pack directions.
Alternatively, you can make your own epidermabrasi ves from either oatmeal – used dry, and rubbed gently into the skin before cleansing – or caster sugar and baby oil -mixed to a smooth paste and massaged over the face gently, then rinsed away with warm water.
Make your own cleansing grains with caster sugar and baby oil
There is also a special facial sponge available for the purpose of epidermabrasion. It's a bit like a kitchen scourer, but a lot more gentle!
After any of these treatments your skin will feel a bit tender, and may look rather reddened, so they are not to be recommended before going out. Instead, make them a job for an evening in, and follow with a moisturiser or night cream.
Use the special sponge in a circular motion, with a good soap lather