Welcome back to the next installment of Mask Madness! This month, we’re sharing everything you need to know about masks and if you struggle with blemishes and breakouts – today’s post is for you!
Spring is right around the corner and our closets aren’t the only things needing a deep clean. For many of us, our skin is recovering from harsh winter temperatures that have left our skin irritated and in need of a fresh start. As we begin spending more time outdoors, it’s important that we armor up with products that cleanse, nourish and protect our skin. For more information on why masking is a key ingredient to visibly healthier-looking skin, check out our first post of the series.
Today we’re breaking it down for those dealing with oily and blemish-prone skin. By the end of the article, you will have a starting lineup of products that can totally transform the appearance of your skin with the use of premium plant-based ingredients coupled with gentle exfoliation.
Identifying your skin type
The first step to improving the appearance of your skin is identifying which skin type you have. Here are a few common traits of blemish-prone skin:
- Frequent breakouts (whiteheads, blackheads, papules, beneath-the-surface nodules)
- Excess sebum production
- Texture (surface bumps)
- Redness and sensitivity
- Large pores
Masks we recommend
While COSMEDIX never takes a “one size fits all” approach to skincare, we do know that acne is typically a result of inflamed and irritated skin caused by many trigger factors such as hormones, environmental stress and the skin’s overproduction of oil that can lead to clogged pores. One of the best ways to treat acne is gentle exfoliation with a chemical exfoliant. These exfoliants encourage dead skin cell turnover by means of an acid or enzyme such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids and retinol (Vitamin A). As a basis for a skincare regimen, we recommend using a mask containing a chemical exfoliant on a weekly, or as needed, basis to reduce the appearance of acne and deep clean the skin. A few of our favorites from COSMEDIX are:
Detox Activated Charcoal Mask: This charcoal and diatomaceous earth-based mask gently exfoliates skin and draws out impurities that could lead to more breakouts. Sensitive skin? No worries. Detox is free of harsh ingredients and is the perfect mask for those with sensitive skin. Evenly apply this mask to the skin after your nighttime cleanser for 10-15 minutes and then gently rinse with warm water.
Clear Deep Cleansing Mask: For those seeking a deep clean coupled with skin brightening – this is the mask for you. Kaolin Clay and sulfur help draw out impurities while Niacinamide helps improve the appearance of the skin’s texture.
Clear is formulated free of petroleum-based oils to nourish skin without clogging pores. The active ingredients, such as Salicylic Acid and the COSMEDIX proprietary retinol delivery system known as AGP Complex, help to gently and effectively stimulate cell turnover to curb breakouts for overall improved texture.
Cleanser: The first step in any routine is cleansing the skin to gently remove pore-clogging oil and impurities. Our Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil purifies the skin without stripping away vital moisture. There is a common misconception that reducing oil is the only way to help acne-prone skin and that’s not always the case. Our skin produces healthy oils that are needed to keep the skin appearing youthful and plump. This gentle cleanser is formulated to eliminate excess oil, makeup, sunscreen and environmental impurities and is suitable for both morning and night.
Tone: We recommend toning to protect the skin with antioxidants. Our Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner is great for nighttime use as it gently exfoliates and removes pore-clogging oil and impurities for a shine-free, clear-looking complexion.
Moisturizer: Even acne-prone skin needs hydration and the COSMEDIX Phytoclear Clarifying Moisturizer helps balance and moisturize problematic skin while improving signs of texture, which is often a side-effect of acne. Mystic Hydrating Treatment also provides lightweight hydration to those with excessive oil production.
Serum: Finish with a clarifying serum. The COSMEDIX Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and willowherb to balance oil production. Often, excess oil retention in the pores can lead to breakouts, so including this serum in your regimen can decongest and purify impurities, while the Aloe Vera soothes active breakouts.
While this simple 4-step regimen will get you started with skin health, it’s always advisable to see a skin care professional for a personal consultation and enhanced treatment.
COSMEDIX has a network of skincare professionals and aestheticians that can examine your skin in person and build a custom regimen. Use our US Spa Finder to make an appointment with a local Aesthetician.
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Healthy skin is always in! For a limited time only, COSMEDIX is offering a free full-size mask with orders $125+. Kick start your skin transformation journey by choosing from any of our 7 clarifying, exfoliating, brightening and moisturizing masks or balms (minimum value of $42)! Use the code: MASKMAD at checkout to redeem this offer!