A Hot Stone Facial... in a Sheet Mask:
Why and How we did it.
History of the Hot Stone
Direct contact with hot stones to facial skin is more risky, especially for those with sensitive skin or Rosacea, as heat can cause flushing or in extreme cases, burns. However, if done right; the hot stone massage serves multiple benefits that normal facial treatments don’t usually offer unless other equipment is involved. The hot compress mechanism of the stone against facial skin helps open up pores, relax facial muscles deeply to allow smoother massaging and can help press serum deeper.
Now add a Sheet Mask to that and it’s double compression and extra occlusive benefits, allowing for maximized product absorption. But the advantages don’t stop there, Sheet Masks have another perk - they can hold serum.
Hot Stone Facials Are Separated Into Two Parts
The Hot Stone Mask, like its inspired origin treatment, is split into 3 parts:
01 The Sheet
The Sheet - 100% premium organic unbleached cotton (as always with Snow Fox). Pure high quality cotton is extremely absorbent, so it can soak and hold in a good amount of serum liquid. Cotton fibers are also hypoallergenic and very gentle on skin, whereas microfibers tend to leak excess serum onto the bottom of the mask pouch or cause irritations for those who are sensitive to acrylic. Of course, cotton is 100% biodegradable or easily incinerated, but plastic microfibers are a real problem in our oceans and landfills. Bleach is another item we avoid; stark white cotton sheet masks are usually that colour from bleach, which is a major water pollutant. While it gives fabric sheets a beautiful linen white appearance, sheet masks are meant to be used as an intensive occlusive delivery tool and the last thing you want to press into your skin is any bleach residue.
02 The Serum
The Serum - The Hot Stone Facial serum is based on the True Luminosity Serum and meant to be used together in a skin care routine for those who want to brighten up their skin tone, fade discolorations, minimize the look of pores and rebalance oil production. Mask serums are always more intensive than every day serums as they are meant to deliver maximum results after one use. The difference between the Hot Stone Serum versus the daily Luminosity Serum is that the Hot Stone Serum includes high concentrations of niacinamide and copper peptides to further boost serum activity during the masking process. The formula base contains Egyptian Blue Lotus, Zinc and Caffeine to brighten, soothe and firm up skin tone.
03 The Stone
The Hot Stone - This comes in the form of a Black Obsidian Gua Sha. The Gua Sha is a fantastic “hot stone” for the face and we prefer it over the traditional round “hot stones” for the body. This is because while round stones are great for massaging larger body areas like the back and shoulders, the Gua Sha’s unique shape allows for pinpointed accuracy and a more intricate massage on facial lymphatic drainage acupressure points. The flat base of the Gua Sha also serves as an easy to use hot compress, so it’s perfect for people who are new to Gua Shas.
*Massaging over a sheet mask is different from massaging over skin. When using on top of a sheet mask, use light pressure so as not to tug at the sheet and focus on stimulating facial points with the combed edges instead of long scrapes as this can "squeeze" the serum out of the mask.