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The Art of Mineral Masking

Friday, August 02, 2013

If you are anything like me, finding time in any given week for myself can be a challenge. I have many competing priorities between my home life and work life. Add to that a 40 minute commute along the 401 each day. Needless to say, often by the end of the week I look in the mirror and realize that another 168 hours of my life has just slipped by.


Over the spring, I discovered the art of mineral masks and inadvertently found that making time to put a mask on, somehow gave me back much needed time for myself. Not only was the end result healthier skin, but I gained back some of the time that had been stolen from me the week before - simply by making time for myself.


Now, when I feel my week slipping away, out come the mineral masks. I have also discovered that doing a mask together with a girlfriend, sister, daughter or mother is a nice way to spend an evening together.



Why Mineral Masks?
I prefer mineral masks as opposed to using a premixed mask for a few reasons: the ritual of mixing it forces you to slow down and be present; you can customize the thickness and the ingredients according to your preference, or the preference of the person you are masking with; there is no need for unnecessary preservatives; you can be assured that the ingredients are fresh.

The Art of Mineral Masking

  1. Step 1: Get into comfortable clothing (when you are done, it is nice to be able to just slip into bed for the night).

    Step 2: Tie your hair back, if possible, with a hairband so no stray hair gets caught up in the mask.

Step 3: Set up an area where you can be comfortable for about 10-20 minutes. I turn down the lights in my living room, put soothing music on and put a blanket on the edge of a reclining chair. If you are a reader, place your book and glasses there. If my husband is home, I set up my quiet area in the bedroom.

Step 4: Wash, Tone and exfoliate your face. I use Ste. Anne's Skin Nourihsment Cleaning Cream, Toner and Gommage (Gommage enhances the ritual as it takes a while to dry).

  1. Step 5: Mix your mineral mask with a base of your choosing. This can be Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment Hydrating Mask, almond milk, yoghurt, toner, moisturizer, water, honey. Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment line has 3 mineral masks to choose from: Drench - for dry skinSoothe - for reactive skin; Clarify for acneic or problem skin. Choose the mask that is most appropriate for your skin and then experiment, have fun with it. I have all three as I find my skin can be dry one day, reactive another and troublesome another.

  2. Step 6: If you prefer a warm mask, heat up the mixture in the microwave once it's mixed. I like the cool feeling, so I don't heat mine up.

Step 7: Apply the mixture to your face with your fingertips, or, if you have a small make up brush, this works nicely. If you are mineral masking with another - it adds to the ritual to apply each others masks.

Step 8: Relax into the area you prepared earlier and enjoy taking back time for yourself. Relax. Be present in the moment. If you use Hydrating Mask for your base - you can leave it on for the full 20 minutes as it will not dry out your skin. If you use water, or a similar base, remove the mask once the mask dries.

Step 9: Use a warm wash cloth to remove the mask. Tone and moisturize your face.

Voila! How do you feel? Try this for yourself and leave a comment on your experience below.