UNMASKING  BEAUTY  MASKS

By Simone I. Cohen Scott

 

All beauty masks are not created equal.  It’s important to know that, and not because of the pricing.  Different masks should remedy different problems, and chosen only on the basis of whether or not it’s doing its’ job.  Some people regularly smear on cream, or gel, or brush on some mixture, yet don’t have much if any expectation for it, because it hasn’t been given an assignment.  Of course, just relaxing for fifteen or twenty minutes with something on your face has a therapeutic effect, but in that case, any placebo would  do, even Vaseline.

Let’s look at some of the problems cosmetic masks can be expected to remedy:  sallow skin; fine lines; heavy wrinkles; sagging skin: stretched-out pores: dry, rough, texture; uneven tone or blotchiness; broken capillaries; superfluous oiliness; propensity to blackheads and/or pimples.  Each of these situations can be addressed with good results, but there is no ‘one size fits all’.  Always ask what specific result you can expect from whatever it is you’re buying.  Any product that tries to combine more than one or two (if they’re related) elements, will not be able to effectively combat any complexion disorder..  For ingredients to blend, without compromising they’re effectiveness, they must not be in conflict.  That would neutralize their ability to act. 

This is also the case with so called ‘non-allergenic’ products.  Effective products are pro-active, meaning they are not going to agree with everybody.  To prevent them from affecting anybody negatively, the ‘teeth’ of the ingredients are removed or smoothed over, usually chemically.  So the cosmetic won’t cause any trouble, but then it won’t do any good, either.  There’s that placebo effect, again, and a waste of money.  You must ask for samples when you’re shopping, so you won’t buy something that irritates your skin or eyes.  You won’t see the problem-solving effect with a sample, but you’ll know if it’s going to bother you.

One more thing!  Never mind bells and whistles such as ‘peeling masks’.  Buy for the results you can expect—no other reason.  The world-wide method of the best complexions, for removing a mask or any facial product, is a damp cotton washcloth rinsed and wrung out several times. Keep wiping until you’re sure you’re clean. Check with a cotton pad moistened with toner and if the pad is grubby, repeat with the cloth a few more times.  Then, while your face is still moist, quickly spread on the next product: treatment cream if you’re going to bed; protection cream if you’re not.  Any questions? 

                                                                                                                November 24, 2009
                                                                                                                      From Jerusalem