SKIN AND FACIAL COSMETICS: TONERS, FACIAL SCRUBS, MASKS AND T-ZONE PRODUCTS
There are basically two types of toners available. The first is an astringent-type toner which is very drying and should only be used on oily skin. It contains alcohol and oil-absorbing chemicals so is unsuitable for people with normal to dry skin.
The second type of toner is basically water, which makes the skin feel cooler and fresher.
The main purpose of facial scrubs is to exfoliate the skin, making it appear smoother and more polished. Scrubs usually contain beads or granules which act as a mild abrasive. The skin, however, exfoliates itself every fourteen days and does not really require help to remove dead skin cells. In addition, abrasive scrubs can be very irritating to the skin, especially where there is acne. Overall, the benefits of facial scrubs are limited.
There are two main types of masks available. The first is a moisturizing mask which contains many different moisturizers. The mask is left on the skin for about twenty minutes and then rinsed off. This is just another method of applying a moisturizer. Although it can be relaxing to use masks, they do not achieve more than moisturizers and will not prevent wrinkles.
The second type of mask is a cleansing or clay mask which can be useful for oily skin. These masks absorb oil, making the skin drier and tighter. However, they can also be very irritating and often cause dermatitis.
These products are designed mainly for the area around the nose, chin and central forehead where excess oil is produced. They are essentially oil-absorbing products and are useful for people who get an ‘afternoon glow’ on their noses. Examples include Almay Oil Control Lotion and Nutrasorb.