At-Home Facial Treatments
Our Guide To At-Home Facial Treatments
At-home masques—performed once or maybe even a few times a week—are the best way to keep your skin looking picture-perfect in between visits to the esthetician or dermatologist. Whether you’re dry, oily, environmentally stressed or all of the above, there’s a treatment product out there that will help you achieve your best, most healthy complexion. Think you don’t have time for pampering? Think again. Most masques require less than 30 minutes of your time. Next time you find yourself going about a household task, sitting idly in front of your home computer, or maybe even reading the morning news with a cup of coffee, consider making the most of your minutes with one of DermStore’s favorite at-home facial treatments.
First things first: you’ll need to determine which type of treatment will be best for you based on what type of skin you have. If you’re unsure, cleanse your face as you normally do then wait 20-30 minutes before performing a quick assessment. If your skin feels dry and taut all over a half-hour post cleanse, you likely have a drier complexion. Likewise, if you’re shiny after that amount of time, you probably have oily skin. Perhaps your T-zone (nose, chin and forehead) is shiny, but your cheeks are dry—that would mean you have combination skin. And maybe your skin looks reddish or flushed without any makeup. If that’s the case, you may have sensitive skin.
Quick Tips For Using Masques
• Whatever your skin type or condition, perform a patch test with any new product before applying it all over your face, just to be on the safe side.
• If you have combination skin, treat it accordingly. Use treatments meant for oily skin on your oily areas and treatments made for dry skin on your dry areas.
• Rinse treatments completely and thoroughly, using cold or tepid water—never hot.
• Follow a masque with the appropriate toner and moisturizer.
Our Top Picks
Here are some tried-and-true masques for a variety of skin types and conditions.
A revitalizing pick-me-up suitable for all skin types: Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque
Gentle yet effective AHAs make this unique peel-off masque ideal before a big date. It effectively smoothes the skin and unclogs pores, imparting an effortless just-scrubbed glow. Use it once a week, or whenever you need a quick lift.
A gentle, yet powerful clay masque for oily skin: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
This masque calls on Kaolin and Bentonite clay to absorb excess oil from the skin while drawing impurities out of your pores—without overdrying or irritating. Oily skin types can use this one all over, while those with combination skin may wish to apply it only to problem areas.
A nourishing antioxidant treatment for environmentally stressed skin: Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque
Frequent flyers, city dwellers, anyone not exposed to clean, fresh air every day—this masque is for you. A potent blend of vitamins give it outstanding damage control properties, helping your skin defend itself against age-inducing free radical attacks.
A mask for dry, thirsty skin in need of serious quenching: Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Mask
Botanical ingredients give your skin's moisture barrier a fighting chance, even if you're extremely dry. Smooth this treatment on when your complexion is dehydrated due to outside variables like cold weather, or any time you’re feeling drier than usual.
Article posted 2/07/2011.
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