Do you have a handful of these quick fix facial masks in your drawer and don’t know which one is best suited for you? Here is your answer.
There's hardly a skincare regimen that's complete without a face mask. And rightly so. Face masks do an excellent job at relaxing, rejuvenating and tightening the skin. Plus, who can resist that therapeutic feeling putting on a face mask gives?
Ask any avid face mask user about their favourite mask, and watch them wax poetic about it endlessly. If you're new to face masks and have long been contemplating about the perfect pick, you're in luck, because today that's all we're going to talk about.
Exfoliating masks: Exfoliating masks are meant to get rid of all the dead skin cells and restore the skin's long lost smoothness. Remember, AHA based exfoliating masks are great for dry skin, whereas BHA based masks are great for oily and acne prone.
Although over use can do more damage than good, so tread carefully with this one.
Clay masks: Clay masks, as the name suggests, contains Kaolin that soothes irritated skin and even balances the skin's oil levels. Some clay masks contain Bentonite Clay, which reduces toxins, tightens the skin and gets rid of blackheads. They also possess amazing anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and healing properties.
Cloth masks: Sure, they make you look creepy when you put them on, but they also leave you with skin that's oh-so-soft! These masks are soaked in serum and in a way “force-feed” nutrients into thirsty skin, so to speak.
Peel off masks: These masks tighten the pores and promote blood supply to the skin, giving you a youthful glow. These are great for dry and mature skin.
Cream masks: These are your regular facial masks that moisturise and soften the skin. It's great for people with normal skin.
Natural masks: The great thing about these masks is that they come without added preservatives and chemicals. So, your skin gets to soak up all that delicious natural goodness of fruits and veggies such as papaya, cucumber, oatmeal and even seaweed!
Go with the skin...
Now that you know what types of facial masks exist, let's consider what your skin actually needs.
Dry skin: You have only one mission: Hydrate... Hydrate... HYDRATE! Look out for face masks with aloe vera, calendula, mud or coconut. Cloth masks are another option you should definitely explore. They come infused with specific ingredients targeted to gently nourish dry skin.
Oily and combination skin: Your go to choice should be clay masks, as they do an amazing job at removing excess oil and balancing your skin. Clay masks also deep cleanse your skin without drying it out. However, remember to not let it dry fully, as it might cause irritation.
Tired and worn out skin: If you've lived in the city and been out and about for long enough, your skin eventually ends up feeling more like a playground for dust, dirt, pollutants and UV damage than anything else. Look no further than tea-based face masks that are rich in Vitamins C and E, and antioxidants. These face masks soothe and repair tired skin, combat free radicals and fight premature aging.
Dull skin: Skin that looks dull and tired all the time needs the exact same thing that a brain that feels dull and tired all the time – COFFEE. Face masks with coffee grounds are the best thing that can happen to your skin. Coffee soothes the puffiness from under your eyes and brightens up dull complexion. Exfoliating masks are great for you too. They come packed with Hydroxy Acids which loosen up and scrape away dead skin cells, leaving you with fresher, cleaner and smoother skin.
Blemished skin: Say hello to activated charcoal! Activated charcoal when applied to the skin, acts as a magnet and pulls up all the dirt and gunk towards it. It reaches the depths of your pores and cleans it up thoroughly, leaving you with a clear and radiant skin.
The world of facial masks has something useful for everyone. Make sure you do your homework and consult with your dermatologist if you have a preexisting skin condition. Once you find your true facial mask, there's just no looking back. Good luck!