Facial Mask Lineup
You religiously cleanse, tone, and moisturize, but you still feel like there’s something missing from your skin. Enter, face masks. You don’t need an expensive spa treatment to get the skin of your dreams—though this at-home treatment can make you feel like you’re having a spa day. Whether you’re wondering about how to get clear skin or longing for a more radiant complexion, there’s a face mask just for you.
“Face masks are skin care treatments that can be used to target specific skin concerns like dryness, dullness, and acne,” says Elaine Natividad-Reyes, former beauty editor of Good Housekeeping Philippines magazine. “Since they’re applied on the skin for a period of time—10 minutes or more—they offer better absorption of active ingredients. They’re quite therapeutic, too, allowing you to enjoy a spa-like treatment at home.”
It may seem time-consuming, but the beauty of a face mask is you can put it on and go about your business at home. Put one on a weekend afternoon as you’re catching up on your reading or include it in your skincare routine as you’re getting ready for bed—this additional step might just be what your skin is looking for.
The Different Types of Face Masks
Clay mask. Clay masks are slathered onto the face, left on for several minutes, then rinsed off. They come in different colors, depending on their mineral content. Bentonite and kaolin are two of the more popular types.
“Clay masks, or rinse-off masks, offer skin-tightening results, while also delivering the good stuff,” says Natividad-Reyes. “They are usually used to tighten pores, help control oil, and treat acne.” She adds that they can be “quite drying.”
It’s this drying effect that makes clay a great facial mask for oily skin. If you’ve been stressing about how to get rid of pimples, then clay masks may just be for you. Pimples are formed when excess sebum, or oil, from the skin blocks and irritates pores, and clay masks work by drawing out the excess oil and other impurities. But don’t expect your acne to instantly disappear once you wash off the mask. It may take some time for your skin to adjust to its less oily state.
One note: Check the instructions and stick to the recommended duration for leaving the mask on. You may be tempted to leave it on longer to get maximum benefits, but this could backfire. If a clay mask is left on for too long, it could dehydrate and irritate your skin even further.
Mud mask. Clay masks and mud masks are sometimes used interchangeably, but Natividad-Reyes points out that mud masks are more moisturizing (possibly because of the water content of mud). Much like clay masks, mud masks are likewise used to draw out impurities in the skin. Because of mud’s composition, it’s also a great exfoliant that isn’t too abrasive.
Sheet mask. Sheet masks are the lazy girl’s beauty best friend. Originating from skincare-obsessed South Korea, sheet masks are paper, fiber, or gels ingeniously soaked in serum and come in individually sealed packages. They have holes cut out for your eyes, nose, and mouth, so all you have to do is position one on your face, wait about 20 minutes, then throw the sheet away—no mess, no rinsing!
“Sheet masks usually help hydrate and nourish skin while delivering beautifying ingredients,” says Natividad-Reyes. Keeping the sheet on your face helps lock in the ingredients, preventing them from evaporating and allowing your skin to soak them up and reap their benefits.
Some sheet mask tips: Don’t rinse your face once you remove the mask and allow the ingredients to continue working their magic. If there’s any residue, use it on your neck, décolletage, or any other area that needs a good dose of hydration. And as with clay masks, don’t leave it on longer than necessary; a dry mask can have the opposite effect and draw moisture away from your skin.
Activated charcoal. Charcoal has long been used for its purifying properties, so it makes sense that the ingredient has found its way from toothpaste and pore strips to masks. “Activated charcoal masks are great for cleansing, since charcoal is known to draw out impurities and detoxify,” says Natividad-Reyes.
With so many types of masks to choose from, it can get overwhelming. Start with your needs: Is it oil control, acne management, hydration, or deep cleansing? There are different face mask benefits to match your needs. Also think about the effort you’re willing to put in—some masks require more effort than others. Whatever you choose, make sure to start with a clean face free of makeup and other products so your skin can make the most out of your mask ingredients.
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Earth Kiss Hydrate Bamboo Sheet Mask
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Earth Kiss Pore Cleanse Mud Mask
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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
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