What is that facial stuff from American Psycho
August 24, 2009 3:45 PM   Subscribe

I want to try that stuff you rub on your face and then peel off like a mask. What is it called, what does it do, and is there a cheap brand?

I have flaky skin, so it would be cool if it cured that. But honestly I think it would just feel really good.
posted by Citizen Premier to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
they're called masks, or face masks, or peel off face masks.

walmart has one.
posted by nadawi at 3:47 PM on August 24, 2009


Freeman makes a few inexpensive masques in varying formulations that you should be able to find at any decent drugstore. Alternatively, you can wash your face with honey (rinse with plain water) to help control both oiliness and flaking skin. I have noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin since I started using nothing but honey a couple of months ago.

To make an excellent and very cheap facial or body scrub, mix honey with brown sugar. Bonus: You won't mind if some "accidentally" gets in your mouth.
posted by balls at 3:58 PM on August 24, 2009


Yep, look for "peel off masks." Some face masks are meant to be slathered on and rinsed off, so look specifically for the peel-off variety.

Freeman and Queen Helene both make peel-off masks that are inexpensive and available at most drugstores.

You might also find Biore pore strips fun - they're little clothlike strips you put on your nose or chin, and when they're dry you peel them off, taking all the gunk from your pores with them.
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:07 PM on August 24, 2009


To make an excellent and very cheap facial or body scrub, mix honey with brown sugar. Bonus: You won't mind if some "accidentally" gets in your mouth.

If you're blemish prone, use crushed uncoated aspirin instead of sugar, and leave it on for ten or so minutes before rinsing it off. However, you will mind if it accidentally gets in your mouth.
posted by padraigin at 4:10 PM on August 24, 2009 [5 favorites]


I think you might be looking for gommage.
posted by sunshinesky at 4:30 PM on August 24, 2009


Actual, now that I reread your question, that is not what you're looking for, but it pretty much has the same result.
posted by sunshinesky at 4:31 PM on August 24, 2009


I've always called these peel off masks. Be warned: they're basically just alcohol and polyvinyl alcohol, and can be very drying. There's a very good chance they'll make flaky skin worse rather than better. Try gentle glycolic or salicylic acid treatments (ones from cosmeticscop.com are good) combined with moisturizer and gentle exfoliation (I use a scrubby nylon cloth) to get rid of flakes.
posted by mostlymartha at 4:33 PM on August 24, 2009


I have flaky skin, so it would be cool if it cured that. But honestly I think it would just feel really good.

I dunno- I find them somewhat painful (as a datapoint). The sensation is not unlike peeling off a band-aid, only all over your face. I don't think there has been any difference in quality of the ones I've tried, so don't splurge of something that purports to be extra fancy.
posted by oneirodynia at 5:44 PM on August 24, 2009


Oh, and what it does is pull off nearly everything stuck to it: flaky skin, peach fuzz. It doesn't deep clean, but it does leave your skin feeling tingly and a bit tighter. Don't be surprised if your face is somewhat red right afterward.
posted by oneirodynia at 5:47 PM on August 24, 2009


If you have flaky skin, you might be better off using an exfoliant.
posted by radioamy at 5:59 PM on August 24, 2009


There's a very good chance they'll make flaky skin worse rather than better.

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. But I'm still going to try it.
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:31 PM on August 24, 2009


Make sure you cover the gaps around your eyes with wet tea-bags or slices of cucumber for the full experience.

(Optional extra - somebody to tell you jokes while the mask is drying. The challenge is to keep a neutral expression and stop the mask from cracking.)
posted by the latin mouse at 1:45 PM on August 26, 2009


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