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
- 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 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 skin; Soothe - 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.
- 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.