It seems like we are likely to be stuck at home in summer of 2020! For those of you who have planned a vacation to a place you’ve never been before or at your favorite island, this year might come across a little disappointing. But, when life gives you lemons, we must make lemonade out of it! ‘Stayction’ is what we get this vacation and let’s try to make the most out it and take this time to achieve best skin!
Even though it seems like it is almost impossible to motivate myself during my stay at home but there is one thing I always try to do and that is to take care of my skin. Especially when I have to wear my mask every time I go outside, I feel that my skin is exposed to much more skin issues than before. So I felt that it is time for a more powerful skincare booster. Instead of fretting over all the skin issues that I am currently facing, I started using wash-off masks.
Wash-ff masks, the essential for your “STAYCATION” !
Wash off masks is a facial mask that you put on and wash off at the end. After leaving the mask on for 15-20 minutes, allowing your skin to absorb all the healthy and beneficial properties, you wash off the product with lukewarm water. Wash off masks usually has one or two key ingredients in order to give you the effect you need. Because it comes in a variety of packages with so many options to choose from, you need to find the right product to treat your specific skin issues.
5 Wash off masks to boost your stay at home skincare
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A. Rice: anti-inflammatory & pore care
Washing your face with rice water is not a rare scene in Korea. It is not a secret that Korean women have long been using rice water for their skin. Using rice for skincare is no just a home remedy but has been scientifically proven as being effective in calming and soothing your skin. Many dermatological research and journals have shown how rice is effective in skin brightening and lightening. It contains many nutritious components including amino acids, ferulic acid, and vitamins B, E, which helps with making your skin look even-toned. Rice can also double as a natural exfoliator because it keeps your skin calm and hydrated after gently removing the dead skin from the surface. After using a skincare product with rice as its key ingredient, even after a thorough scrub and exfoliation, your skin will not be left feeling dry and stretchy because rice is packed with minerals and vitamins.
B. Mugwort: anti-bacteria & detox care
Mugwort is a leafy green herb that is used mostly in Korean traditional food and dessert. Among many Koreans, it also has the reputation of helping Korean women with their menstrual cramps and giving them a calming effect. Starting out as a K-beauty trend, mugwort has now taken up a stable position even in the skincare game. Mugwort has a soothing and calming nature which makes it effective for treating irritation and redness. This is why some dermatologists and health experts compare mugwort to tea tree, famously known for its anti-inflammatory effect. Mugwort has many beneficial components for the skin but especially rich in vitamin E. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the role of vitamin E in the skin, all you need to know about vitamin E, when it comes to skin care, effectively calms and hydrates your skin.
C. Honey: acne & wound healing properties
Honey has components that are beneficial for treating and preventing acne. In honey, there is a powerful active ingredient called “propolis” that is anti-bacterial, which makes it a perfect remedy for bacterial acne. On top of that, honey also helps strengthen our skin’s protective barrier. Our skin naturally loses its power throughout the day due to the harm caused by daily pollutants. This is why honey wash off mask is significant in increasing the resilience of the skin and help to maintain the barrier. In honey, there are also components that help the skin restore the energy and generate skin cells. Because acne scar and wound care is something that we should never dismiss regardless of skin type, use honey wash off mask to make your skin stronger to fight off acne.
D. Ginseng: deep nourishment & wrinkle care
If you are worried about wrinkles and fine lines, ginseng is the key ingredient you should be looking for! Ginseng is the root of plants, known to restore your youth. It has been part of the 1500 years of Asian history and culture. Korean legend has it that whoever finds ginseng in the mountains will be ever blessed with well-being for eternity. It is no wonder ginseng extract is a powerful panacea to make your skin looking younger and refreshed. Ginseng is antioxidant that is activated in the skin to prevent not only wrinkles and fine lines but even skin cancer. Aside from adding supple and firmness to the skin, components in ginseng like Vitamin B1, B2, and pantothenic acid also help with oxygenation and circulation, which creates a healthy glow on your skin.
E. Fig: moisturizing & exfoliating
Figs, also known as the forbidden fruit, is, in fact, packed with healthy nutrition. The original fruit is small and the flesh of the fruit is sweet and juicy. So when fig extract is used as a skincare ingredient, it tends to have a sticky and thick texture. Hydration is the foremost important part of skincare. If you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated and red, it could be because the balance between water and oil in your skin is broken. Not having the right balance between water and oil could disturb the skin and cause irritation. Fig is the perfect key ingredient for wash off masks because the viscosity of fig extract helps with the capturing and holding of moisture to the skin. Fig works as a humectant that attracts and holds water to the skin, creating a moisture barrier.