This would be an article continued from the Asian Skincare Routine, but i decided to post it on a separate post because it is quite lengthy. It is about the ‘Lotion Mask’ method made famous by Chizu Saeki , a Japanese Beauty Guru which wrote the world-wide famous beauty book ‘The Japanese Skincare Revolution’.
Ever had bottles of toner you never know how to finish? Or make the most out of it? Use the ‘Lotion Mask’ method! I will be using Chizu Saeki’s method as a reference but changing it bits here and there to adapt to my own method.
Principles of the ‘lotion mask’
If you spritz water on a piece of paper, the water will sit on the surface of the paper, then gradually evaporate, leaving the paper parched and puckered. But if you place a damp towel on the paper and let it sit there for a bit, the paper will gradually absorb the water and become moist.
The same principle applies to your skin, which is said to be about a 100th of an inch thick. To get your skin to absorb the active ingredients in a lotion, allow the lotion to sink into by using a damp cotton pad. This is far more beneficial than simply spraying or dabbing lotion on your face.
This homemade mask will save you money because you don’t need to use as much lotion as you would with dry cotton or spray bottles. Suspending the lotion on damp cotton won’t dilute your lotion’s effectiveness either, but merely spread it further and allow it to sink in.
What do you need ?
- Water ( Mineral Water if you can, or distilled, or normal water if you can’t be bothered )
- Cotton Pads
You can use any types, but for convenience , try buying those that have 5-layers to it ( for example the Missha Soft 5 Later Cotton Sheet – there are many brands out there.
- Cotton Masks
Instead of using cotton masks, you can buy those ready-made masks such as these :
Left : Compressed cotton mask which expands when in contact with liquid
Right : Ready made cotton masks
Both can be found easily on Ebay!
- Toner , Skin, Lotion
- Optional : Plastic wrap, shower cap, towel soaked in hot water
Step 1 : Cleansing
Clean your face with your usual cleansing routine.
Step 2 : Prep ( Optional )
Soak the tower in hot water, then cover your face with the hot water for about 3 minutes to open up your pores and making it more reception to the lotion mask. You can also use this method for any sort of mask to increase it’s efficiency.
Step 3 : Wetting Cotton
For the complete video, watch the video below :
Step 4 : Retain Moisture ( optional )
There are two ways to do this to further optimize its efficiency:
- Using a shower cap
Cut 1-3 holes/slit on the shower cap for breathing purposes. and cover your face with the cap.
In 2-3 minutes, your body heat combined with the lotion’s moisture will turn the inside of the shower cap into a steam sauna. Since little evaporation occurs, unlike with a lotion mask alone, the shower cap can be left on for 5-10 minutes ( reminder : without cap , 3 minutes only ). The moisture will deeply penetrate your skin, giving it clarity.
- Using plastic wraps
This will be even more effective than shower caps. Use the plastic wraps which you use to wrap your food before refrigerating them etc. Wrap them around your face closely, making sure to slit holes ( or poke them ) on the mouth and nose areas.
Step 5 : Apply normal skincare
Starting with your serum, apply your normal skincare routine.