How to prep your skin
To allow for optimum penetration of the masks, remove all makeup and cleanse skin using lukewarm water to soften up the pores, says Ghosh. Next, exfoliate. “If you have a lot of dead skin on the surface of your face, it’s not going to allow the mask to penetrate fully,” says Shana McChesney, a regional trainer at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas Canada. She suggests choosing a chemical exfoliator, which uses natural acids to remove buildup on the face. “If you want to combat oily skin, then I suggest a salicylic acid exfoliator. If you have dry or sensitive skin, then try lactic acid. And if you’re looking for anti-aging benefits, use glycolic acid.” Some exfoliators use a mix of these ingredients.