Which Face Mask Should I Use - 8 Types & Uses
Does your face need a pick-me-up? Have you been asking 'What face mask should I use'? Though we all know a daily skin care regime keeps your skin looking its best, a mask can be a quick and easy way to give your skin a little boost.
Getting a professional facial would be ideal, but setting up regular appointments can become time-consuming and expensive. Why not try a mask at home?
Finding the right mask for your skin can be daunting. Nowadays, the skincare aisle is full of different masks you’re probably eager to try -- but which ones would be best for you?
Here’s a list of 8 common types of facial masks and the use benefits they can provide for your skin:
For normal and dry skin, clay masks are detoxifiers. They absorb oils and help to prevent or repair breakouts. Clay masks tend to leave a clay residue but they’re easy to remove if you apply a damp washcloth for a bit before removing. This will also prevent some irritation.
Cream masks are cream products meant for normal and dry skin types. They typically have moisturizers that penetrate dry cells for to improve your skin. Many have hyaluronic acid (as does our Beauty Sleep Collagen Drink product) to help strengthen skin cells. Some cream masks also include extracts to firm up skin.
If you’re looking for a brighter complexion, try an exfoliating mask. These masks remove dead cells and promote the growth of new ones. But beware: these products typically contain glycolic acid and frequent use of these products can dry out your skin. It’s recommended to use these types of products intermittently in your beauty care regimen. Like sheet masks, apply your favorite moisturizer after use.
Gel masks tend to be more gentle to the skin. If your skin is more on the sensitive side, these clear hydrating masks are very soothing to the face. Many have collagen and antioxidants to help plump up and protect those facial skin cells.
Hydrogel is used extensively in the medical field for treating wounds and is known to facilitate healing. Hydrogel is great for hydration. It absorbs well, locks in moisture, and provides long lasting results. These hydrogel masks can be a great addition to your skincare collection, but are a bit pricey.
Peel Off Masks
While these are the most satisfying to apply and remove, peel off masks tend to be less absorbing than clay masks. Do not use these masks often as they strip away a layer of skin along with dirt and can cause sagging from pulling the skin during removal. Tip: avoid using peel off masks after waxing or threading (or a recent sunburn).
Sheet masks are coated in a variety of penetrating ingredients. These are one of the easiest to apply and many can target your specific skin concerns. Consider using your favorite face moisturizer after use.
Thermal (or Self Heating) Masks
The heat from a thermal mask opens your pores, removes dirt and toxins, and boosts blood circulation, leaving your skin feeling fresh and bright. Always remember to apply a cool wet washcloth to close up your pores and tighten up the skin.
Which face masks are your personal favorites? Have you seen any new interesting masks? Tell us about them!
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