I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
For example, we’re finally into fall, but for the past few weeks, the weather where I live has been all over the place. Like, bundling up in the morning, crank the AC on the way home. As a result, my skin has been super-weird.
Those last few hot, muggy, humid days left my skin especially oily. Now, oily skin isn’t a problem I usually have to deal with, so I didn’t really have the products in my skincare routine to address it. My normal regimen full of moisturizing mists and carrier oil blends was making me a total greaseball.
Instead of going out and hauling a whole new oily-skin product stash though, for a problem that was going to last me a couple weeks max, I got creative.
I love my staple Fresh Soy Cleanser because it doesn’t dry me out, but in this case, I wanted my cleansing routine to de-grease my skin a bit more.
I took the most skin-drying product I own, Origin’s Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, and mixed a dab in with my cleanser, massaging it on my face for a few minutes to give it a chance to work before rinsing it off.
I tried this method for four days straight, morning and night, and noticed that I did not get shiny at all during the day; and when I woke up in the morning, I didn’t have the telltale pools of grease at the edges of my nose that I usually get when I’ve been sweating through the night.
While I don’t usually have time to sit around with a mask on every night, it was quick and easy to add it into my cleanser, and I credit the mix for getting me through that gross, sticky last week of summer without a major breakout.
Now that the weather is perfectly autumnal and my skin is back to normal, I thought I’d try this method in sort-of-reverse by mixing a moisturizing mask into my cleanser to see if it would have similar benefits.
I blended a glob of Fresh Rose Mask into my cleanser and lathered away.
Not only did it feel really luxurious and wonderful while I was cleansing, but it also left my skin feeling softer and more hydrated after I rinsed it away. I think I’ll be turning to this combo often once winter hits and my skin gets all wind burned and flaky.
I highly recommend mixing the mask of your choice into your favorite bland cleanser to give it an extra boost of skin benefits, without the time commitment of a mask or the cost of a new cleanser. What mask will you try mixing in first?