Mischo Beauty School: Facial Masks 101

A great mask can do wonders for the skin. Masks are designed as an intensive treatment for different skin problems. Generally, there are two types of masks: setting masks and nonsetting masks. Setting masks, which normally use clay as their base, harden and dry and absorb oil and remove dead skin cells. Nonsetting masks are for dry or sensitive skin and are primarily moisturizing and soothing. Benefits of masks include the following:

1. Tighten and tone the skin
2. Draw impurities out of the pores
3. Clear up blemishes
4. Hydrate
5. Nourish
6. Calm and soothe
7. Rejuvenate the skin

Love your skin.

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yummy411 said...

hey mischo! i have a question for you... i've always heard that popping pimples etc can cause damage to your skin. so i've made a habit to not do that, given the fact that i rarely get pimples anyway. but the occassional few rear their ugly heads. i leave them alone and let them go away, but if they stick around too long i may give it a squeeze, without a trace. recently, i did this and i have what looks like a permanent mark! these last few pimples that are just lingering around (untouched by me) are seeming to leave marks as they are going away. i've been using philosophy's purity for a month or so now and a lancome moisturizer that's more or less for night repair..... is it aging, products, sun? help!

January 9, 2008 at 1:07 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

Great question! Yes, "popping" pimples could most certainly cause damage to your skin. Not only do you run the risk of scarring, but you run the risk of damaging the hair follicle and causing the pimples to spread!

Since your acne is causing the hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) you need to treat that first! I'm not sure if your skin is "oily" or "oily-combination" or if your skin would be classified as "grade 1 acne". Grade 1 acne would be minor breakouts, mostly comedones (blackheads) and a few papulues (pimple with no fluid) and pustules (pimple containing pus).

I would invest in a skincare line for acneic skin. Develop a regimen and be consistent! Consistency is most important! If you don't see results after a month, I suggest you see a dermatologist.

One more thing:

If you can afford to incorporate facials into your regimen- then do it! Facials help exfoliate the skin, clean hair follicles (pores), remove comedones (blackheads) and revitalize the skin. They are totally worth the investment. Clean and healthy skin is your goal!

I hope this helped. If you have any additional questions, please let me know!

January 10, 2008 at 9:46 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

One more thing- here's a great regimen (I love!) that I ask my clients to try:

1. Cleanse morning & night (never go to bed without cleansing your face!)

2. Tone after cleansing morning & night

3. Use your oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 during the day (very, very important!)

4. Use your oil-free moisturizer at night

5. Use an eye cream both morning and night under your moisturizer

6. Exfoliate 2x a week (very important)

7. Use your clay mask 2x a week until your skin clears and then move to 1x a week

8. Take a multi-vitamin

9. Drink at minimum 8 glasses of water

10. Eat fresh green vegetables at least 3x a week

11. Make sure you're getting adequate sleep!

Also, be sure you're using products labeled "noncomedogenic"! That would mean oil-free or water based foundations, etc, etc...

If you continue to see the development of dark marks, please see a dermatologist!

January 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM
yummy411 said...

thank you so much for your input. i've been told that i have combo skin (oily in my tzone and a bit on my cheeks) which is where the pimple is. it wasn't filled with puss nor was it a black head. i guess from your response it is a papalu(es.. don't know how to say that in singular form lol!)

i'll try your tips!!

January 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM
Marlene said...

Hi Mischo :)
1. I was wondering what's the use of a toner and do I really need to tone my face after I cleanse? Most times I just wipe my face with it when it gets oily.
2. You suggested using an eyecream under moisturiser both in the morning and at night. Won't this lead to puffy eyebags?

March 30, 2008 at 6:45 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

Hi Marlene! Thank you for the questions!

Toners are designed for use on normal and combination skin. They are meant to tone, or tighten, the skin and are followed by a moisturizer. They also help to ensure that any residue from your cleanser is removed as well.

Now if you have oily skin, then I'd recommend that you use an astringent. While similar to a toner, astringents are specifically formulated to remove excess oil but could be too drying for normal or combination skin.

An important point to remember is to purchase products specifically for your skin type.

Also, as an FYI- "toners" can be broken down into 3 types:

Fresheners: Beneficial for dry, mature and sensitive skin.

Toners: Beneficial for normal and combination skin.

Astringent: Beneficial for oily and acneic skin.

I hope this helps!

As for eye creams, well the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body and is for most people, the first place to show signs of aging.

Most eye creams are formulated to protect against free radicals (which damage skin cells and cause aging), reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles.

Using an eye cream should not cause "puffy eyebags"- actually the result should be the exact opposite! Eye creams are very concentrated, so you should only be using an amount the size of a "pea", if even that!

Please let me know if you have any additional questions! Thank you!!

March 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM
Marlene said...

That was very informative! Thanks a lot! ;)

April 1, 2008 at 5:41 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

You are very welcome! Feel free to leave questions for me at anytime! And thank you so much for checking out my blog!!! :)

April 1, 2008 at 9:44 AM

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