From time immemorial masks have symbolised transformation. They have been used to induce fear or awe, as facial protection during sporting activities and for invoking spiritual power for good or for evil. We know of their use in the theatre and in the restoration of health or beauty. Trinbagonians are familiar with masks made from mud, paint, papier-mâché, metal or plastic, all as a part of our world-renowned Carnival.
Today’s health or beauty mask is available in as many formulations as plants (land or sea), fruits (enzyme), minerals (clay or mud), oils and chemicals will allow or as can be invented. Mask ingredients come from deserts, forests, around hot springs, caves, greenhouses, farms, the sea, high tech and home based labs and factories. All with one age old quest or purpose in mind, transformation! Masks are able to treat many skin conditions while providing a luxurious and calming experience.
“How do they work?” you ask. Facial masks work by cleaning out your pores, drawing out toxins and hydrating your skin. The mask used depends on your skin type and its’ current condition. Dry or dehydrated skin deserves a hydrating mask. Similarly, if your skin is irritated, sensitive or inflamed a calming or soothing mask is recommended. Oily and or congested skin will be best treated by a mask designed to draw out impurities from the skin while recalibrating your sebaceous glands.
There are six basic types of face mask clay, peel-off, thermal, cream, warm-oil, and natural. The most familiar mask is the clay mask known best for its’ ability to draw oil and dirt to the surface of your skin. Warm-oil, cream-based and gel (peel-off) masks are employed to hydrate and feed the skin leaving your face plumped and ready to fight the effects of free radicals. Natural masks are formulated from fruits, plants and herbs and help to rejuvenate your skin.
Before any mask is applied your aesthetician should clean your skin prior to analysis. Then your face should be steamed for a few minutes to loosen oil plugs and any dirt clogged pores. If you have acne or oily, acne prone skin you may need exfoliation and or extraction prior to the mask being applied. After the mask is removed a second mask is recommended in order to rehydrate or calm your skin depending on the type of mask that was first applied.
The benefits of a face mask include eliminating dead skin cells, premature signs of aging and improving the circulation of oxygen and blood distribution. There are many other benefits of facial masks as they smoothen out the skin, keep your pores open, and eliminate undesirable facial features, leaving your face glowing. By applying facial masks regularly you will see an improvement in the overall texture, health and glow of your skin.
A good aesthetician will make sure that upon completion your face is moisturized and a combination of toner, serum, eye cream, lip balm and sunscreen is applied. As the worldwide growth in spas trends upwards everyone, including men, now have another weapon in the fight against the ravages of the sun and its’ aging effects, the mask. Masks work best in tandem with a good home care programme and regular facials at your favourite spa. Get a consultation and find the mask that is right for you.
—Courtesy: Tony John Client Relations, TruKomplexion Unisex Medi-Spa, firstname.lastname@example.org.