Yes! Here’s why.
Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, a freshly-masked face is beautiful, yet delicate. Without proper post-mask protocol, all that dewy radiance will simply evaporate into thin air. The trick to holding onto that glow? Moisturizer.
After your skin has soaked up the juicy goodness of a sheet mask, it may seem a bit redundant to apply yet another layer of moisture. But it turns out there’s a reason behind that ‘follow with moisturizer’ line in the directions.
Masks are specifically formulated to penetrate the skin efficiently and deliver active ingredients where they are needed most – that’s what makes them so effective. But keeping those active ingredients in place is another story. By creating a physical barrier on the skin, facial moisturizer helps prevent water loss and seals in active ingredients. That means you’ll see better results and keep that just-masked-glow even longer.
The journey to finding the perfect moisturizer is a personal one. First things first, look for a formula that suits your skin type. Then, take into account what mask you’ll be using. For example, a rich mask formula like collagen-infused Youth Junkie can be followed with a lightweight moisturizer. A lighter mask formula, like H2Overdose, can be paired with something a bit heavier, like this creamy cult fave. Already have a go-to moisturizer? Great! The important thing is to remember to use it after your masking sesh.
After you’ve indulged in a little TLC with your favorite mask, be sure to give the serum enough time to fully absorb into your skin before applying any other products. When it’s time to moisturize, warm a bit of the cream between your fingers to help it penetrate deeper, then massage into the skin using upward motions.
Kris Rossi spends an inordinate amount of time mediating arguments between her cats, Missy and Captain, but finds time to write about beauty trends as well.