Much like exercise, skincare is a lifestyle. In order to see true, long-lasting results, you have to put in the effort, day-by-day, every day.
And like exercise, sometimes you have to change up your routine, whether to awaken little-used muscles or just to awaken your own interest level. I mean, we go through our skincare regimen at least twice a day, and I have to admit, sometimes it can start to feel like a chore. That’s why I make the effort to keep myself “skintertained”— I keep my vanity decorated with beautifully packaged products (even ones that may be empty), and I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative skincare. (Oh, the joy of opening up a brand new jar of moisturizer or serum! Am I right?)
Of course, I can’t always be buying new beauty, so when I discover a new method of applying or using existing skincare, I get super excited. And while there are only so many variations on, say, a double cleanse, there are all sorts of ways you can enhance your masking experience, sometimes with products you already have. So up your skintertainment quotient, and try one of these upgrades the next time you spa at home.
- Apply an oil or ampoule before a sheet mask
Ampoule sheet masks have been popular in Korea for some time now — consider them the graduate level of your everyday sheet mask. These two-step masks essentially come with a liquid ampoule or essence that you apply on your skin before you put on the actual sheet mask. (The Blossom Jeju Essence Petal Mask is a perfect example of these must-have two-step masks.)
Create your own ampoule sheet mask by spreading a few drops of your favorite oil or ampoule on your skin before settling in for half an hour with a sheet mask. You can mix and match the “boost” depending on how your skin feels. Try LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence if you skin is feeling congested, or Blossom Jeju 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil after a long day outdoors for some free radical-fighting power. You can even apply one on, say, your T-zone and the other on your cheeks for a couture masking session. (Take it one step further by first misting your face with an essence or hydrating toner to soften and prep your skin for maximum absorption.)
- Refrigerate your sheet mask
Now that summer’s here, try refrigerating your everyday sheet mask for a special cooling treat. Not only will this help extend the life of your mask (I’ve seen the massive stash of sheet masks some of you K-beauty-philes hoard!), it’s a perfect pick-me-up for when you’re languishing in the mid-summer scorch. Think of it as your skincare popsicle.
- Add an ampoule to a rubber mask
If a rubber mask is an upgrade to business class, adding an ampoule to the rubber mask mixture is definitely a VIP move. Call on your inner mad scientist and add different ampoules to the rubber mask batter, depending on your skin’s mood.
Feeling irritable and troubled? A few drops of Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence should calm things down. Need an extra bit of glow? LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule is the multi-purpose glow-getter. In fact, go wild and add a few drops of an antioxidant oil, like Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil, for a truly luxe experience.
- Press on an oil after sheet masking
The dilemma: Once I’ve applied a sheet mask, I normally fall into a Netflix or K-drama binge, which will invariably last longer than 30 minutes. But I don’t want to leave on a sheet mask longer than a half hour (it may start absorbing moisture from my face), nor do I want to interrupt my show to do the rest of my skincare routine. (I have to know! Will Oh Hae Young return to her inexpressive but passionate true love or the ex-fiancé who so callously dumped her???)
So what I used to do is take off the mask and just sit there, letting my face dry up, unable to tear my eyes from the TV and defeating the whole purpose of masking in the first place.
The genius solution: Now, after the half hour allotted for the sheet mask is up, I press on a lightweight oil to seal in the mask serum. (I prefer La Mer The Renewal Oil for its marine-based actives and dual-phase, non-greasy finish.) That way, my face doesn’t dry out, and I can finish the show at my leisure before continuing on with the rest of my evening skincare routine.
This doesn’t only solve a practical problem — what I’ve discovered is that this post-mask oil treatment actually enhances my results, giving me double the glow and hydration. In fact, sometimes after pressing on an oil, my skin looks so good, I almost can’t tear myself away from my own reflection.
Well, almost. Because, sure, glowing skin is addictive, but then, so is a satisfying ending after 16 episodes of “Will she? Won’t she?”
Originally published at Glow Recipe.