Rant & Rave: Exfoliating Masks


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When I exfoliate, I used crushed up baby aspirin.  It’s the best because it’s natural salicylic acid and the granules won’t rip up your skin like sugar can b/c sugar has uneven granules.  Also, it only costs 99 cents at a local WalMart to get 100 count.  Just add a few drops of water until it makes a paste, then apply to face using your finger or a popsicle stick.  Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse.  Great post idea, @temptalia 

I really like my Clarisonic pro and Philosophy’s Microdelivery peel, but for a  much cheaper price I just mix L-ascorbic powder along with distilled water, mixed to my desired strength and apply to my face. I’m young (23) but I never feel like anything gives me a really proper, deep pore-cleansing exfoliation, so it’ll be great to see what others post! Though technically not a mask, I’ve been thinking of doing a LIGHT, at-home glycolic peel, but haven’t been quiet brave enough to try yet. 

I absolutely love exfoliating masks! For someone who has large pores and combination skin, they do me some good favours. The exfoliation makes my skin feel extremely clean, soft, and fresh. My favourite masks are the Mask of Magnaminty and the Cupcake masks from Lush. Smell amazing. Really interested in trying their other masks (Love Lettuce) and also I’ve heard their ocean salt is amazing for exfoliating (however, only a few times a week)!

I (tried to) use ocean salt scrub, I recommend you to get a sample size before using a full size! The product was so harsh on my face, and I have large pores and combination-oily skin. It was even to harsh to use on my body :S 

you can also use:
1.  Yogurt as a brightening and exfoliating chemical “scrub” due to the natural lactic acid present. 
2. Mashed papaya which has papain an enzyme that dissolves dead skin.
3. Wheat germ added to the yogurt or papaya is high in vitamin E and is abrasive, but not damaging.
4.  My fave though is using mixing rice flour and diatomaceous flour with a little honey and water to make a paste, use this to scrub your face then leave on for a few minutes and wipe off with a steaming towel, best skin treatment ever!

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an exfoliating mask. The closest i’ve come is Origins Modern Friction, which isn’t a mask, I know, but it exfoliates well.

I don’t use exfoliating masks, but I swear by my face brush from Sephora. On one side, it has a disc of little “nubs”, and on the other is an actual brush. The silicone side loosens grime from the pores, and the soft bristles on the brush gently exfoliate the skin. The brush & my Desert Essence Deep Clean Facial Wash are all I need to cleanse & exfoliate at the same time. However, I do occasionally use an all natural, deep pore cleansing clay mask on ossasion.

I don’t believe in any kind of “mask” because what a person does in his/her daily routine will be largely more effective and influential to the skin than something that’s applied for a 15-30 minute period of time; 2-3 times a week. Stronger chemical peels are not included in my definition of a mask. 
But even if they were, why would you use a strong chemical peel on a say, weekly basis if you can use a more gentle version daily? If the purpose is for exfoliation, the gentler version used on a more frequent basis will definitely be more effective. Remember, the skin is constantly going through the natural exfoliation process or desquamation. To inhibit the buildup of excess dead skin cells, you need to continuously siphon them off, so that the skin retains optimum functionality and appearance. Something like a 5-10% glycolic acid product and/or a 1-2% salicylic acid one can benefit everyone, when used on an everyday or every other day schedule.  
As for things like “brightening/oil-controlling/hydrating” masks, none of the “active” ingredients are exclusive to masks. So why would you only leave them on for a short period of time when these ingredients will benefit the skin much more if left on overnight? Oh wait, what else does that? A moisturizer. 🙂 

I’m enjoying Lush’s Oatifix mask at the moment – it  smells like bananas and oats, with a slight spicy smell as well (like cinnamon or similar). It does a good job of moisturising and exfoliating for me (sensitive combination skin) 

I’m using THIN layer of 2 tablets aspirin, ½ teaspoon of honey & 1 tablespoon of warm water. Leave it for 15 minutes and gently scrub while rinsing your face. The cheapest & the most effective for my very oily yet dehydrated skin type.

I use the Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant – it’s a leave on chemical exfoliant mask that I try to use at least once a week. It’s gorgeous, and fits in really well with my existing routine. I’m really over using anything too abrasive now…

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