The Importance of Masking

Masking is an important step in my Facials. I start with a non-invasive botanical mask that polishes and gently removes dead cells, brightening the skin and revitalizing dull complexions. It leaves the face and neck feeling soothed, hydrated and balanced. Another mask addresses oily skin. Three kinds of clay purify, tighten pores and brighten, while balancing the sebaceous secretions. There is a version for dry skin too. I teach my clients to combine their home care products for better results. Example: gently tap eye gel into the area below the eye and follow with a richer eye cream. Allow this to penetrate and after 15 minutes or so pat it in with gentle little circles. This is an eye mask! Some Anti-Aging masks are enriched with radiance boosting ingredients leaving the skin plumped and refined. Often I treat different parts of the face with different masks.

Cheeks might be red and have rosacea. I might treat that area with a gel seaweed mask rich in comfrey, aloe leaf juice, allantoin, and cucumber. Charcoal is an ingredient you’ll see a lot these days. I carry a charcoal mask that is formulated with anti-microbial, skin detoxifying and pore cleansing ingredients that clarify and purify the skin while aiding in the absorption of excess oil and impurities. The appearance of pore size is dramatically reduced and the skin glows afterwards. This is a favorite on the nose, chin and forehead. Some masks focus on acne and congested skin and might have ingredients like Kaolin, Spearmint, and yogurt in them. One way to get a mask on your face is to put it on first thing in the morning for 10 or 15 minutes and rinse in the shower. Another way is to apply  eye cream to protect the delicate eye area and use a clay mask on the rest of your face after you wash up at night. Brush your teeth and then wash the mask off with warm water and a bit of cleanser. Follow with a hydrating serum. You won’t believe how great your skin feels after! Smooth, firm, and visibly tighter pores. Call for a consultation or a Facial 408 287 8494 or email me at

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