Winter Too Cold for Sheet Masks? Apply them in the Bath ft. Migreen Rice Wine Face Pack
|December 15, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Skincare|
Hi! Long time no chat. How have you been? I’ve missed blogging and thought I’d tip toe myself back into this space by talking about something I’ve been doing a lot now that it’s officially flipping cold outside.
Sheet masks that felt refreshing in the warmer days now seem like absolute torture. No matter how warm and cozy it is inside the house with the heater on full blast, the last thing I want to be doing is pressing on something wet and cold over my entire face for half an hour. That’s why I’ve started bringing in a packet of sheet mask with me to the tub.
In the colder months, I draw a bath daily on top of showering (showering for washing, bathing for just soaking). And yes, daily; to me, baths are a necessity, not a luxury. If I were to see myself as a piece of meat (hmm, that sounds strange, doesn’t it?) I see showering and bathing as the difference between searing with a burner versus slow-cooking in a Le Creuset. One gets you warm on the outside, but left untouched on the inside, while the other really heats you to the core. Bathing keeps me warm long after I’ve gotten out of the tub, and one of my daily joys is crawling into bed while I’m still nice and toasty…
Soaking in the warm water with freshly cleansed face in the humidity of the bath is the perfect time for a face mask. These particular ones I’m featuring here are ones I won recently (Excitement! I rarely win anything.) from a lucky draw at a Korean cosmetics shop here in Japan. It has extracts of Korean rice wine called Makgeolli that has become a very popular drink here. Have you tried it? It’s so popular in Japan that you can buy canned versions of it from various brands in your average grocery store.
These sheet masks really do smell like the Korean rice wine. I don’t ever expect any lasting or dramatic results from sheet masks as I mostly apply them as a little pick-me-up, but these are quite moisturizing upon removal after 20 minutes, and patting in the remainder of the extracts to the face and body (another perk of sheet masks in the bath) was enough moisture for my combination-oily skin. I also love sheet masks because they make base makeup go on much smoother the next morning.
Oh, and have you ever noticed that your face becomes dehydrated in the bath? Just as you wouldn’t leave your face naked for the next 30 minutes after cleansing your skin, the same concept it applies when taking a bath. You can protect and nourish your skin with a mask (sheet mask or other masks) as you relax.
Apparently, I’m not the super genius one to come up with this sheet-mask-in-bath idea as there are actually masks sold for the purpose of using it in the bath. The directions ask that you dunk the packet in the water to warm it up first. Fun!
If you have sheet masks that you’ve been neglecting because it’s just too cold for them, why not treat yourself to a long soak in the tub and some face pampering this weekend?