ANYWAYS, before we get ahead of ourselves and jump to conclusions, I’d like to clear my name and say that the facemask date nights are definitely something I really enjoy doing and it’s not just an act to please the girlfriend. To help everyone better understand the “why”, I’ll introduce you all to one of the new products my girlfriend and I have recently started using. Yes, the product is Viagra… Ok, ok, enough of the messing around.
Awhile back when we first started “facemask night”, the products that we used were individually prepackaged pre-moistened facemask sheets found in local drug and grocery stores. These include brand names such as SK2, Biore, Origins, etc. The masks are hassle free and simple to use. Begin by washing and drying your face followed by finding a comfortable flat surface to lie down. Once you find the ideal spot, proceed to open the package and align and place the pre-cut mask (there are open holes for both eyes and nose) over the face. You’ll get a sudden cool sensation as the moist and cold mask rests on your face. Now, close your eyes and relax…enjoy the moment, you deserve it. Give it a good 10 minutes for the nutrients within the mask to soak into your skin, and wait until the mask to fully dry up before removing it and washing your face. You are done! Proceed to admire yourself in the mirror and give Justin Bieber the finger. Go ahead, you deserve it!
The new product that we are currently using is called Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask by The Body Shop. Come on, just the name itself “Ionic Clay Mask” sounds like a product from the comic books. Needless to say, this is not your everyday pre-cut and pre-moistened facemask. The product comes in a flat plastic cylinder container, and as the name suggests, the physical appearance resembles that of clay. To my liking, the product does not give off the usually aloe, lemon, or pina colada scent; as a matter of fact, it’s odorless. The last thing I’d like is to massage my face and come out smelling like I just rolled around butt naked in fruityland with the Teletubbies. “Ohh wow! Soo descriptive, but what does it really do?!?!”. That’s what most of you are thinking right about now in that overly annoying sarcastic tone. Ok, without further adieu let us take off our clothes and charter away.
The preparation is similar to that of your everyday facemask: First rinse your face in cool water and scrub it thoroughly with soap or any of your preferred face cleaner. Once completed, make sure to dry your face with a towel while leaving a bit of moisture on the face, as it will make the application process of the material a lot easier. On a side note, for those of you gents with slightly longer hairs that reaches the forehead (myself included), make sure to comb it back or tie it with a rubber band or hair clip. This will help avoid contact of the clay and your hair. After the cleaning process, I suggest applying the material in front of a mirror or in my case having the girlfriend (or anyone your can REALLY trust) apply it for you. Start by dabbing your fingers (index and middle fingers) into the container and applying the clay across the surface of your face. Make sure to leave anywhere between .5 to 1 inch of space between the eyes and your nostrils. This will help prevent the burning sensation of your eyes from the clay. Remember, the purpose here is to have a thorough distribution of the clay to cover the natural skin tone of the face, please do not go overboard and apply an excessive amount of this stuff; In this case, too much good stuff can really hurt you. When applying the clay, you’ll notice that it does not give off the same cool sensation as the packaged facemasks. Instead, the clay stimulates the skin and gives of a light burning, numbing and tingling sensation. As the skin gets exposed to the air and begins to dry, you feel a sense of tightness around the area where the clay is applied. I suggest one make the desired facial expression while the clay is still moist, as any intense facial movement after the product solidifies will cause the mask to crack and intensify the itchy sensation. Believe me, I had a hard time moving my face muscles and holding back a good laugh with the mask on, and it wasn’t very pleasing. The initial color and texture of the clay is dark gray and semi moist; resembling that of wet cement. It takes about 10 – 15 minutes for the magic to wear off, in which the color becomes a grayish white (like burnt ashes) and feels as if you have dry mud on your skin. At that point you are done, I suggest you put on an oversize trench coat and walk into the night to do some trick or treating. Or you can be a boring person like me and go into the bathroom and wash off the dry clay from your face. This is one of my favorite parts of the process. When that water touches the face you get an instant sense of freshness and crispness; it is very refreshing. After cleaning and drying the face, you can feel that the skin id much softer as if you simply shed off the old skin.
This product is by far something I’d never imagine myself using, yet I’ve taken a liking to. Now, I’ve become the one to ask for a facial massage more often than the girlfriend. Let’s be honest, we men have the same amount of responsibility and accountability to take care of ourselves and look good. For those brave souls looking to enrich their love life as well as their appearance, I highly recommend trying out this product. Now, about that happy ending…