Facemasks make me break out.
So I tried a couple of different kinds of face masks over the past month. They were all these random combinations of exotic ingredients meant to make my skin amazing. I have to say that I don’t usually use things on my face. I have good skin to start with. I normally don’t get acne or any other kind of common skin issues. So when it comes to my face, it’s just bar soap and water. But I really wanted to try the face masks because they looked so cool. (Yes, I feel for the marketing.) So I bought them and tried them all out. And what I learned was I should just leave well enough alone.
The first kind of mask I tried was clay. It was meant to get rid of impurities and make my face feel tighter and younger. This one was OK. It did what it said it would do but it didn’t have the all the pomp and circumstance of other masks. It is was ingredients I could pronounce making my skin feel smooth, big whoop.
Then I tried a mud and algae mask. Again this one did exactly what it said it would do. It cleansed, it tighten and it moisturized. But like the clay mask, there really wasn’t any kind of pomp and circumstance to it.
The last mask I tried was the black charcoal mask. This was the dramatic one. It was the one I had been waiting for. You could feel it tightening. After a while it was hard to talk and peeling it off resulted in all these little white things being pulled off your face. It was satisfying actually seeing things being removed. Since the other masks just washed off after you were done, you never really saw if they pulled gunk off of my face or not but this mask let you see the gunk it all its glory. So I made it up in my mind, this mask was my favourite, simply because I could see what it was doing.
Until later in the week, that is. My face had started feeling funny. It would burn when I applied lotion to it. It was really sensitive. And I started to notice blemishes on my skin. I was getting blackheads and they were noticeable. I was getting pimples. Nothing major just little ones but I had never gotten pimples before. It was weird. And it was all because of the face masks. Using them deep cleaned my face, yes, but they also made my skin more susceptible to all the things I had been able to avoid for most of my life. So now I need to figure out how to get my skin to being as resilient as it used to be.
Apple cider vinegar is not a cure all.
The next big thing for April was apple cider vinegar. A co-worker of mine swears it can help with anything going on in your life. It’s what coconut oil was in 2016. She swears it can help with hair loss/hair growth, weight loss and everything in-between. So I started using it for Maks skin issues and as a hair rinse.
For Maks I made this wonderful little scrub and I have had him using it every couple of days. For my hair, I diluted the cider with some water and would use it to rinse my hair after shampooing but before conditioning once a week.
Maks used the scrub and I used the rinse for about a month and the verdict is, we are both smellier but his skin hasn’t changed and my hair is just about the same. I am sure apple cider vinegar works for some people and maybe we just aren’t giving it enough time to be effective but Maks skin condition is something we have been dealing with for a long time and it may take something stronger than apple cider vinegar to get it cleared up. I am on the fence about whether or not I am going to keep using the apple cider vinegar in my hair. I need some sort of reassurance the rinse is working for me to keep using it. In my mind, if I haven’t seen any results four weeks in, it’s just not working.
*I got this cartoon from Adamtots over on Instagram. His watermark is on the cartoon if you want to check out his work.
**I didn’t try all these masks at the same time. Even though the post makes it sound that way. I tried them over the course of the month.