Intro to Masks
Masks are super fun and they actually work for your skin, but how do you even begin to know which mask is right for your skin. Before we even get to that we need to first define what a mask is. I would define a mask as "Any product you apply, then remove, from the skin to correct a skin type or condition."
Most of the time when we think about a mask we automatically think of the green clay masks that our moms used to use, but masks come in many forms other than clay. The most popular today being, sheet masks. There are cream masks, gel masks, peeling masks, and overnight masks. A mask and treat a number things from acne to hyper-pigmentation to benefits are numerous. Masks can:
- Fighting acne
- Reducing wrinkles
- Repairs the skins barrier
- Repair sensitive skin
- Reduces redness
- Controls oil production
- Hydrates skin
- Brightens complexion
- Refines pores
- Decongestion follicles
- Reduces puffiness
- Increase firmness
You should alway double cleanse and tone your skin before applying a mask. If you want to increase absorption into the skin its best to exfoliate before you mask as well. Dead skin build-up and congested pores block ingredients from being absorbed into the skin. Not all masks need to dry completely, on the contrary some brands advise against it.
*PRO TIP: Apply you masks in a thin layer instead of globbing on a thick layer to the skin. That much product won't be absorbed in to the skin, so you will actually be wasting product.
Because its ME and I love graphs... I've included a lovely basic graph of skin conditions and what mask will be best to address those conditions.
So this is a very basic look at masks and all their benefits, but it always best to consult and esthetician or beauty professional.
Most masks should stay on for a minimum of 10 minutes but there some masks can be worn longer than that, even overnight. You could also try experimenting with multi-masking. Multi-masking or spot masking is when you apply different masks to different areas of the face with specific concerns. I.e. applying cream masks where you are more dehydrated and clay masks where you are oily or experiencing breakout.
Go out and play with products and find what works best for your skin. Also remember to use any skin product for at least 30 days before deciding if it works for you or not. Skincare is a marathon not a sprint!