Chizu Saeki Lotion Mask

I learned about the lotion mask in the book The Japanese Skin Care Revolution - Chizu Saeki.  The lotion mask is a simple yet efficient way to restore some much-needed moisture to the skin.  The theory is that as the skin hydrates and plumps up, the pores get closed and the skin appears smooth and nourished.  I tried it and loved it, so thought of sharing it here.

Items Needed for the Lotion Mask

Cotton: I use the Body Shop Cotton Squares which I bought specifically for this purpose - larger size square ones which come in a pack of 50.  Each cotton square can be separated into 3 layers.  Cost: Rs. 265.  Bodyshop also sells smaller sized round cotton pads, and while those are good for general use, they don't work very well for the lotion mask.

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Water: Use clean, drinking water, without too much of mineral residue in it.

Softener/Alcohol-free toner
:  I use Shiseido The Skincare hydro-balancing softener (review here).  The book does not recommend any specific brand but suggests using an alcohol-free product or one with very low alcohol content in it. My friend has tried the same using Fabindia Lavender Toner, and she loves it.

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Chizu Saeki Lotion Mask - Technique/How To

  • I use 2 cotton squares for each time.  The number and method will need to be adjusted according to the size/shape of a different cotton.
  • Wet the 2 squares with water and then squeeze out the water by pressing between palms.
  • Place the 2 squares over each other and dispense about 2-3 squirts of the softener over the top square.  Don't put the lotion in just one area.  Instead, try to cover a larger area of the square.  Press the two squares lightly so the softener spreads down into both squares.
  • Now separate each square into 3 layers and use these layers to cover your face.  Wet your face before placing the cotton square.  It helps the cotton stick better to the skin.
  • Lie back and relax for at least 5 minutes. I keep it on for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the cotton squares.
  • Moisturize as usual.
The basic principle of this mask is to cover the skin with a thin layer of moist cotton.  As the skin stays in contact with the cotton it absorbs the moisture from the cotton and plumps up.
Try this for 3 days, and you are going to see an awesome difference in your skin. I felt like my skin looked so healthy. My friend met me after I had been using this for about 5 days, and she immediately remarked on how good my skin was looking.  And no, I had not told her I was going to try this, so her reaction was totally unbiased.

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