There is nothing quite like relaxing with a face mask on to level up your skincare regimen. Using a face mask in between facials can help you reach your skincare goals no matter your skin type. Like serums and moisturizers, a face mask is a skincare vehicle. It delivers highly concentrated actives and vitamins to the skin to improve the overall quality of the skin's appearance. Face masks are occlusive - they create a physical barrier that locks in beneficial ingredients, allowing them to work more efficiently. Using a face mask two times a week that’s suitable for your skin type can assist with better looking tone and smoother texture. Masking should follow cleansing, toning, and applying a facial toner. These steps clear way impurities and excess oil, provide a base layer of hydration, and prep your skin to better absorb the benefits of your face mask.
Types Of Face Masks
There are many different types of masks, each serving its purpose. Clay masks are a dream worker for oily and blemish-prone skin types. They work to calm and detoxify the skin. Clay masks are most suitable for oily skin types. Ingredients like French green clay have enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. It helps clear away impurities while leaving you with a rosy complexion.
Cream-based masks have the texture of a rich moisturizer and work overtime to add moisture and vitamins back to the skin, leaving it looking plumped and hydrated .
Exfoliating masks remove dead skin cells and make the skin look and feel more smooth and even. Many exfoliating masks take the form of a peel, which often includes fruit enzymes and AHA exfoliants like lactic, glycolic, etc. Or, it may use finely ground particles like the olive seed powder in our 10X Triple Firm Peel to gently buff and polish your complexion. Enzymatic exfoliation not only exfoliates the skin but provides an illuminating glow.
What Face Mask Is Suitable For My Skin Type?
If your skin runs on the dry side, it might be a good idea to steer clear of a clay mask unless using it as a spot treatment. Instead, opt for a cream-based mask to moisturize the skin. Cream-based face masks not only hydrate but contain a cocktail blend of antioxidants and bioflavonoids like the blueberries and cranberries featured in our Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Mask (and festive for upcoming the holiday season!) If you have combination skin, try face mapping - apply a clay or charcoal mask to your oily areas and a hydrating mask on your more dry patches. Use both a hydrating and exfoliating mask to provide a plump and flawless complexion a few days leading up to an important event.