Mischo Beauty School: Facial Masks 101

After last week's post on exfoliation, I received quite a few emails requesting a recommendation of a good mask. Before I suggest a mask, I need to know your skin type because generally there are two types of masks I recommend: setting & non-setting masks. Setting masks, which normally use clay as their base, harden and dry and absorb oil and remove dead skin cells. Non-setting masks can be used for normal, 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. Assist in clearing of blemishes
4. Hydrate & nourish the skin
5. Calm & soothe the skin

I personally use a combination of both mask types. I use a setting mask on my oily t-zone and a non-setting mask everywhere else.

Any questions? Love your skin.



Dominican Enigma said...

I do the same. I use my good old Queen Helene Mint Julep on my nose and everywhere else, I use this other mask by intelligent esthetics, that helps keep my skin moisturized.

July 7, 2008 at 3:38 PM
antithesis said...

you make a very good and important point! i just started using a mask and i am using queen helene's apricot moisturizing mask and im thinking i should have gotten the clay mask as well for my oily t-zone.

July 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM
Luxe Tips said...


I have normal to oily skin, especially in the summer. Can you recommend a good exfoliation product and mask? I am open to drugstore brands, but will spend a little more if it is a great product. Also, my skin is very sensitive and will scar easily. The exfoliation product can not be too harsh.

Thanks Mischo!


July 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Dominican Enigma": Good! You are definitely on the right track with using products for your specific skin type! Yay! :)

July 8, 2008 at 8:01 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Antithesis": Thank you. I know it can be a pain to have to buy so many different products- but, your skin will love you for it! And, the clay mask should really help to keep your t-zone under control.:)

July 8, 2008 at 8:02 AM
Mischo Beauty said...

To Latoicha: There are so many good products I could recommend, but I trained using Dermalogica products and never had issues with them.

I'm glad that you mentioned that you scar easily- that immediately tells me that you should stay away from harsh scrubs (with beads/granules) and try a very, very gentle exfoliant. I'd recommend trying Dermalogica's Gentle Cream Exfoliant, Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel Sensitive or Somme Institute's Transport. With your skin type- you should DEFINITELY patch test the product first!

Two masks that I love are:
Dermalogica's Skin Refining Masque (clay based) and the Skin Hydrating Masque (non-setting mask).

Oh and don't forget Sephora! They are very generous with samples and in my experience, most of their associates seem to be knowledgeable.

I also wrote a post on hyperpigmentation that you should check out when you have time.

And as I'm a licensed esthetician and not a dermatologist, I always encourage clients to seek the advice of a dermatologist!

I hope this helped. Thank you for stopping by! :)

July 8, 2008 at 8:25 AM
Beauty 365 said...

you've inspired me to finally remember to use this Clinique mask that i bought and almost forgot about :)

my skin is very happy right now!

Beauty 365
Beauty Every Day

July 8, 2008 at 10:16 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

To "Beauty365": Haha! Good! That's what I'm here for! ;) Your skin will love you for being consistent with using the mask!

July 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM

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