Looking after yourself can feel like a chore. I probably shouldn’t have this attitude, but sometimes applying a face mask can feel like an extra thing to do in your day. It’s not unlike clipping your nails or trimming your beard – it’s a necessary evil. The prospect of doing it seems painful, but then when it’s finished, you feel a million bucks.

I thought I’d help you out with a game plan to get through this difficult period:

Sunday night.

For me, this is the time when I can catch up on those annoying chores that escape me during the week. Sunday can also be known as Smunday. It’s where the last half of your weekend blurs into the dread of Monday’s approach. Naturally, most people are at home on their Smunday evening, despairing at the sad truth that the end of their weekend is nigh. This means you have time on your hands, and so you can take advantage of this as I do, and get your chores done.

Rinse your face, I like to use the SkinB5 Cleansing Mousse when doing so, and apply SkinB5 5 Minute Mask generously. As your face mask is setting, you have prime nail trimming time also – do it in the shower before you start the water. When your 10 minutes with the face mask is up – you can wash it all away. Genius!

Make it a post-gym ritual

Does your mind bend at the prospect of finishing at the gym and not having a shower? How about not drinking a protein shake after a solid workout? We all have our rituals. Why not make a face mask one of them? Again, you can incorporate this into an existing routine – such as your shower. Just ensure that you keep this a once in a week treatment, as excessive use can result in the production of excess oil and risks making your acne worse.

Do it with someone special

My partner also suffers acne, so we use the face mask together. It’s a lot less painful sitting on the couch or the edge of your bathtub waiting for a face mask to dry when you have company. The benefit here, if possible, is that you have the ability to ensure you are both sticking to a healthy clear skin routine.

 

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A mid-twenties Melburnian cliche, Nick Bell, a bearded student suffers wanderlust, a soft spot of his city’s cafe culture and a love of cycling. He writes from experience, having suffered acne himself throughout both high school and university, and it’s something he still battles today. Nick also writes a personal blog where he is documenting his journey for clear skin with SkinB5, having previously given up after years of ineffective