Obsessed with face masks? Don't know anything about them? Want to add a face mask to your routine and don't know which one or how? Well, we have the answers. Here are all your questions about face masks answered...
Do I Really Need to Use a Face Mask?
The short answer is yes. Everyone can benefit from a regular face mask application. Face masks, depending on the formula, will remove dead skin cells, draw out impurities deep within your pores, and treat everything from dry skin and age spots to wrinkles and blemishes. Every good skincare routine should include a regular face mask.
What Type of Face Mask Should I Use?
There are a few basic types of face masks: dry clay masks, cream masks, sheet masks, and peel masks
Dry clay masks typically require you to mix a portion of dry ingredients with water to form a mask that can be applied to the skin. This type of mask is often the most natural and cleanest of the face mask options, because they don't require any stabilizers or preservatives. This type of mask is also best suited for oily, combination, and normal skin types. They're one of the harshest masks when it comes to balancing oils and removing dead skin, so they can be a bit too intense for sensitive skin types.
Cream masks have a smooth creamy consistence and can be oil based or oil free. Cream based mask are often more hydrating than dry clay masks, but often still contain clay in their formulas to aid with exfoliation. These types of masks can be good for all skin types, but be careful to check the ingredients; some oil based masks may cause certain skin types to break out, so we suggest sticking to the oil free versions.
Sheet masks are the trendiest face mask at the moment, most likely due to the ongoing obsession with Korean beauty products, the market where these first became super popular. Sheet masks are unique in that they are made by soaking fiber sheets in a liquid formula that you then put on your face. These mask often focus on hydrating, and using chemical means to exfoliate the skin. If you're looking for deep cleansing, this isn't the right mask for you, but if you're looking for something gentle and hydrating this might be your mask.
Peel masks are another one of those trendy mask styles that you've probably already seen on social media. You apply the mask to your face, and then wait a bit until the mask becomes like a rubber sheet stuck to your face. You then peel it off, along with anything stuck in your pores and all the dead skin cells sitting on the surface. This type of mask isn't the best for hydration and nourishing the skin but is ideal for cleaning out those pores and keeping skin smooth.
How Often Should I Use a Face Mask?
Face masks are a special treatments that shouldn't be used daily. Unless your skin is particularly sensitive, the best practice is to apply a face mask on a weekly basis. For sensitive skin types, it's best to stick to every other week.
When is the Best Time to Face Mask?
Most face masks use clay, or chemical exfoliants, to remove dead skin from your skin's surface, which can cause some temporary redness. For this reason, it's best to apply a face mask in the evening before you go to sleep; while you're getting your beauty rest your skin will have a chance to return to its normal pigment.
Also key: avoid using a face mask right before a big event or outing unless you're familiar with the way your skin reacts to the mask you're using. It's best to stick to a day or two ahead of time so your skin has a chance to calm down.
My personal favorite time to mask is on a Sunday evening. It's the perfect time to relax and take care of yourself before the work week starts up.
At What Point in My Routine Should I Apply a Face Mask?
Before you apply a face mask you should use a gentle cleanser to clean your face. Make sure to pat your face dry before you mask. Once you're done masking, wash your face with cool water to close up your pores and calm the skin. Then follow up with moisturizers, which may include a serum, followed by a face cream.
Any products you apply to your face after using a face mask should be gentle. They shouldn't contain strong concentrations of acids or vitamins like retinal, as they may be too intense for a freshly masked face.
What's That Tingling Feeling About?
Often face mask users describe feeling a tingling, itching, or pulsing sensation when using a face mask. Depending on the mask type and formulation, that strange sensation can be attributed to the feeling of tightening skin or a reaction to acids and vitamins.
If you feel uncomfortable at all while wearing a face mask, wash it off. You do not have to use the mask for the recommended time if it's making you suffer.