After a long, busy week, an evening of pampering can really help to relax the mind and body. It’s also a great opportunity to give your skin an extra helping hand in coping with daily stresses such as pollution and lack of sleep – common aggressors that can cause congestion and dullness.
What is a mineral face mask?
One beauty trend that’s quickly growing in popularity is the mineral-enriched face mask. Supercharged with results-driven ingredients, mineral masks are not only incredibly effective but super gentle too. From impurity-clearing clays to glow-enhancing volcanic rock, there’s a mask to suit every skin type and concern in a variety of beautiful textures. Read on to find out how a mineral rich face mask can benefit your skincare routine.
1) The natural minerals used within most mask formulas are extracted from water, rock and earth, revered for their remarkable soothing and fortifying powers. Natural plant extracts are often added to further soothe and hydrate the skin.
2) Minerals like volcanic rock can help to exfoliate the skin and eliminate impurities. When combined with natural ingredients such as mineralizing thermal water, AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) and vitamin CG+ mannose, masks can help to restore moisture levels, remove dead skin cells and brighten the overall look of the complexion. Try it for yourself with Vichy’s Double Glow Peel Mask.
3) If congestion is a concern, consider a mineral face mask made from natural clays. Vichy’s Pore Purifying Clay Mask is one such product that’s really effective at clearing pores – it combines impurity-absorbing kaolins and bentonite clays that remove excess sebum. Look out for complementary natural ingredients such as aloe vera and allantoin too, as they help to soothe and hydrate fragile skin at the same time.
4) Did you know that the way you apply a mineral mask can really impact the results? Ensure you smooth the mask over the entire face and neck, with a gentle tapping motion. Additionally, clay masks should be applied by lightly pushing down the flat parts of fingers from the centre to the outside, to promote penetration. Remember to remove the mask after just 5 minutes (before it has time to dry completely) as this will stop the skin from being stripped of its essential natural oils. You can also help to further hydrate and refresh by spritzing a Mineralizing Thermal Water spray over your face once the mask is removed.