I was having my monthly facial done over last weekend when my therapist for the day shared some interesting tips with me about applying sunscreen and facial masks.

Apparently, we should not spread sunscreen over our face but instead, dot them on. This is solely because the sunscreen is supposed to act as a protection layer for our faces and and not meant to be absorbed into the skin. Now, that I didn’t know!

And according to her, if we leave facial masks onto our faces for too long or over the period of the recommended time, what happens is that the masks will absorb back the nutrients from our face when they are dried up! I don’t know how true this is, but I definitely know for sure that we shouldn’t leave facial masks on for more than 30 minutes, but they never say why… so I suppose this is the real reason?

So anyway, I was grumbling to her about the anonymous red patches that appeared on my cheeks and her advice was NEVER to skip the toner because it can cleanse off the residue of dirt on your face that the makeup remover or facial cleanser can’t. Plus, for skin like mine (dry on the outside but oily in the inside), I have to hydrate it constantly otherwise my skin will have bumps.

Sometimes, a visit to the professionals for facials isn’t all that bad. And the real reason why I love my current facial place is that they are not that pushy as they used to be; and that is why I’ve been a loyal customer for the 4th year even though I could have less expensive packages elsewhere.

Hence, that is why I opted to try their sunscreen which she swears by. What I liked is that she had recommended it during the facial but she didn’t even bug me when I was signing off. The sunscreen cost me a bomb (like their other products) but I decided it was worth the price because their services have always been immaculate and top notch.

Will share more about the product in time to come; when I finish my current sunscreen 😉 Too many products, too little time!




Tell me, which girl doesn’t like facials? I would like to think facials are good therapy for both the physical (your skin) and the mental (your heart) aspects of the female body. If you were to visit professional facial therapists, I believe that as much as you hate having to endure the pain of those horrid pimples being popped out, you have to admit that it also does feel good to have toxins being cleared out, right? Such is the conflicting woes of being a woman 😉

And I suppose, this is the real reason why, despite the economic blues, the beauty & spa businesses are still doing great, if not better! Simply because, almost every women will resort to such indulgences to de-stress, especially if they can afford it. Well, I definitely belong to that category. But in situations where I can’t afford the luxury of time to do my 2-hour session @ Bioskin, I resort to DIY masking on my own 🙂

DIY masking can be very addictive, especially when there are so many types of masks available for your pick. My favourite type would be the face sheet masks that I can place easily on my face and still continue doing work on my notebook 😀 This kind of face mask is usually ideal for hydration purposes and helps to ensure your skin is pumped up even when you do not have enough sleep. Also, this will ensure that your makeup goes on perfectly (tired skin doesn’t wear makeup well, if you didn’t realize it).

Well, my love for facial masks is also the reason why I stocked up on the popular Beauty Diary masks when I visited Taiwan last April; I bought a total 14 singles boxes of face masks + 1 Limited Edition box of face masks + 5 packets of eye masks

Currently, my stash has dwindled down to a few boxes and a few other singular masks which I can’t seem to stop buying from SASA or Watsons:

Oh, and not forgetting the other types of face masks I have bought during my last trip to Bangkok:

Besides having tried hand masks & breast masks (which was really hilarious), I also have feet masks for my aching feet after torturing them in high heels for hours:

My advice to you would be to indulge in a face sheet mask every 2 to 3 days if possible, and to do a scrub before the mask if you have normal, combination or oily skin (may not be suitable for dry or sensitive skin). It isn’t at all harmful to do a face sheet mask every day because it’s just like applying essence… and please don’t ever sleep with the mask on! 20 to 30 minutes is the longest you should ever leave any mask on. Hello, if they are meant to be left on forever, surely there will be no need for instructions, right 😛