Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Simple Tip: Peel-Off Face Masks

Hey ladies!

Do you love the idea of the peel-off face mask, but find that it never delivers, because they are so difficult to peel off? I think I've found the answer.

Take some kitchen towel and tear it into strips. When you apply the mask (best done with a brush - you can get special mask brushes or use your least favourite foundation brush. I used the £1.50 e.l.f. brush) just place a strip of paper right on top and press it into place. The sticky mask will hold it on, while you just carry on with this papier mache method (remember doing it with balloons, tissue and glue when you were at school) avoiding the eyes and mouth, and leaving nostril holes.

Be warned, if your boyfriend/brother/father thought you looked scary in a normal face mask, he will throw a fit, like mine just did.

(Please note, your version can be a lot neater than mine. Once I got it into my head that Dave would get a shock I made it look worse than it needed to!)

Once the mask is dry, you will find it a lot easier to peel off, and because you aren't stretching it to get it off, it should be able to hold on to a lot more of the impurities. It kind of turns into a pore strip for your face.

The reason why those peel-off masks don't work is the same reason why Michelle Phan's home made pore strips don't work for most people. The pore strips you buy in the shop ALWAYS have that material component. It's a lot like waxing your face (DO NOT USE WAX TO TRY TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS! It will take all the tiny hairs off your face and you need them! I'm sure you do, otherwise why would you have them?) in that you have something sticky to grab hold of the hairs or the top of your blackheads or any dead skin cells, and it needs to set and harden to get a really good grip, but all sticky things want to stay stuck, and in removing the sticky stuff from the skin using fingernails or water and soap, it will loose its grip on the hair or blackheads too.

*Science gibberish for the next two paragraphs*

Glues and other sticky things work a lot like chemical reactions and compounds. Two elements react together to form a compound, like hydrogen and oxygen become water. You might remember this experiment being done in science class, but it does explain my point quite well. If you take water and add a certain type of metal, I can't remember the rule for it, but I believe it was more reactive than one of the elements in the compound i.e. more reactive than hydrogen, (francium was one of the highest on the chart - dangerous) and you put the metal in the water it would react, in some cases violently, as the hydrogen and oxygen split and the oxygen bonded with the metal, making an oxide salt.

Sticky stuff is the same in a way, it likes porous things rather than reactive things. If, whilst wet, it bonds to two materials, when those two materials are separated, the sticky stuff will stay with the most porous of the two materials. Kitchen towel is more porous than your skin.

I hope that helped some of you!


Hell Thirteen

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