The Use of Masques in a Skin Treatment

International skin treatments ALWAYS feature a masque preparation at some stage of the treatment, usually as one of the concluding applications. Masques are blended to have a concentrated and specific effect on the skin, and different ingredients and formulations give the Skin Therapist hundreds of alternatives. Masques are also recommended to the client to use at home on a twice-weekly basis, and are an important step in everyone’s skin care regime. Depending on their different formulations, masques have very different effects, and if the skin is varied in its needs, we often use more than one masque on each client. This would mean applying a different masque to various areas of the face and throat, depending on the different skin conditions across the face.

Every product manufacturer has several different masques in their lines, and your product manufacturer will teach you the specific actions of each line that you carry in the skin treatment center. However, masques fall into one of three categories, and it is important to understand the general actions of each type:

Setting Masques (generally clay/mud based): Absorb excess oil & dermis, draws out impurities. Slightly exfoliating.Non-Setting Masques (generally gel/cream based): Cools & refreshes the skin, helps to control specific problemsSpecialty Masques (various ingredients, generally for professional use only): Thermal & exothermic (generate heat, warm the tissue, help the cream underneath absorb better, not for sensitive skin)Peel-off: based on waxes or gum, apply wet on skin & form occlusive layer, promotes sweating, help increase the amount surface of moisture, not suitable for sensitive skinParaffin wax – ideal for aging, dry, or dehydrated skin. Applied wet, as it harling, it creates vacuum effect.Contour (can put base masque underneath) – help firming effect, reduces oedema (buff eyes), cooling, helps to infuse what is underneath. For aging, mature, or sensitive skin.Collogen sheet – apply damping to skin, let sit under steam for 40 minutes, 100% free dry collagen, collagen breaks down into amino acid, & absorb by the skin. For dehydrated or matured skin.Oatmeal – ideal for all skin type, helps strengthen the immune system of skin, soothing. For sensitive, sensitized, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, or acne skin.

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