We love Sundays, especially self-care Sundays, when you can take an afternoon or a few hours and dedicate some time to pampering yourself and your skin. Whether you use this time to do some much-needed skin maintenance or to restore some calm before a busy week, here’s how to take your #SundayMaskSession up a notch with Murad.
Make sure you cleanse first
Before using a face mask, it’s important that you cleanse your skin first. This not only removes dead cells and debris that could get in the way of your chosen mask but ensures the skin is properly prepared to receive any active ingredients slathered over it. If you are wearing make-up, opt for the Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser which removes make-up and impurities while nourishing the good bacteria living on the surface of the skin. If your skin just needs a quick refresh after a busy makeup-free morning, use the Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser instead.
Include an exfoliator
Now your skin is clean, you can reach for an exfoliator. This step will help to visibly smooth and brighten tired skin, perking it up after a long week while working to minimise the appearance of any stubborn imperfections. They will also remove dead cell build-up, relieve congested pores and soften rough patches, ready for the next step – the main event – your face mask. If you prefer to use a chemical exfoliant, the Environmental Shield Rapid Resurfacing Peel is perfect. It contains 10% Glycolic Acid alongside Vitamin C and Liquorice Root Extract to dramatically resurface the skin in seconds. If you prefer scrubs and physical exfoliants, opt for the Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish. Ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin, this exfoliator uses micro-polishing beads to buff away dead cells alongside Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract which minimise the severity of breakouts.
Choose the perfect mask for your skin’s needs
Next, the fun part. The moment when you can sit back, relax and let your skin care do the hard work. The Resurgence Age-Diffusing Firming Mask firms, tightens and smoothes ageing skin using a blend of clays, butters and plant extracts, while the Blemish Control InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask hydrates and balances the skin to help curb excessive sebum production. If you skipped the previous exfoliating step, your skin will love the Age Reform Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel. Take the AHA-infused swab and wipe over the skin to lightly resurface the skin before applying the conditioning Moisture Infusion Sheet Mask. Whichever mask you choose, your skin should be left looking and feeling its best.
Don’t forget your finishing products
Once you have removed your face mask, seal all this added goodness into your skin by applying a serum and a moisturiser. The new Revitalixir Recovery Serum is perfect for combating fatigue and dehydration, but if you have problematic skin, you could opt for the Blemish Control Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment. Top everything off with the Age Reform Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which locks in moisture for up to eight hours without making the skin feel greasy or congested. Monday, we’re ready for you!
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