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Five Minutes to a Better Face Mask

Whether your face mask of choice is store-bought or DIY, next time you're planning to apply the special treat to your skin, fill a pot with water first. The five minutes (or so) it takes to boil this will actually help the already refreshing mask, work even better.

After the water's bubbling, remove it from the stove and grab a towel. Drape the towel over both your face and the pot, making your head into a tent pole. Let the steam reach your face, but from a safe distance (no closer than one foot) and keep your eyes closed like this for about five minutes. The simple step warms skin and opens pores, which then will allow the ingredients of the mask to be absorbed more rapidly and penetrate even deeper than ever before.


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goldengirl7 goldengirl7 8 years
I also have a conair face steamer- have to blow off the dust on it and try this today! thanks for the tip!
sunny111 sunny111 8 years
I used the REN Glycolactic Mask recently which made my skin look AMAZ-ING!! really clean and no steam. at the mo they're doing a competition on their website to win £275 of products...just entered, wish me luck!!!!
emalove emalove 8 years
LOL, me too, Justanerd1975! I always steamed my face when I was in high school! I hated the way it felt, but I think it really *did* make my skin clean and fresh. I never broke out! Oh, and that horrible Mint Julep mask...I used that once or twice when I was younger, as well. Too funny!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I'll try this this weekend, thanks Bella!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I rememberdoing this! I forgot all about this! I had that conair face steamer thingie whn I was in 8th grade,bought it at a yard sale and at least twice a week I'd whip up some crazy mask in the kitchen and steam, put it on, soak in a bubbly bath-listening to some casey kaysem countdown action, probably-lol!-and take it off to seee my 'new'(hopefully lovely) skin; and Oh yes I remember how much the drugstore one's would burn, burn, burn!after I put on the clearasil masks ohh man, those were pure evil. The one I liked was the Mint Julep mask. I got it at the CVS in NK,RI-Post Rd. I wonder if they still have that today. I wonder if that CVS is still standing today,lol. That WAS 18 years ago!! ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've done this before just by running the hot water in my sink... :)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks for the tip - Bella!
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