Face masks or facial masks have become an important step in our daily skin care routine, but with the variety of choices available, are you selecting the right one and using it correctly?
It all depends on your skin type, the kind of face mask and sometimes the season. A mask provides a concentrated solution for a skin problem but if you apply one incorrectly, it could go against its purpose and leave your skin with unwanted blemishes. Read on to know the right way of applying a face mask, and how many times a week you should use one!
Face masks are an important step for people with dry skin. Sleeping masks, leave-on masks, cream-based masks and sheet face masks are all perfect to combat flaking. Dry skin is prone to showing signs of aging, so you should keep an eye out for hydrating masks with anti-aging ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe, olive oil and witch hazel.
The thick, creamy Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask from Dear, Klairs is recommended for extremely dry skin as it’s enriched with moisturizing oils like lavender, orange and lemon oils. Use twice a week and thrice during the dry winter months. This sleeping mask works even better when mixed with cream as that locks in the skin’s moisture and accentuates the mask’s hydrating abilities.
The popular LANEIGE’S Water Sleeping Mask’s lightweight but extremely hydrating formula is enriched with sodium hyaluronate. The mask and its watery texture are best suited for the sweltering summer months and should be used two to three times a week for optimal results.
For those who want to pamper their skin frequently, Mediheal’s N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX can be used three times a week or every day! Formulated with witch hazel to balance oil production and hyaluronic acid for anti-aging, it leaves skin feeling smooth and supple.
Using a face mask for oily skin is a difficult affair. If used incorrectly or too often, it can aggravate the skin and produce even more excess oil. Though masking is not the top priority for oily skin, moderate use can still do wonders.
A common misconception in oily skin care is not to give the skin any hydration. However, doing so only exacerbates the problem, leading to the skin producing even more sebum. Using Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Mask a maximum of twice a week provides the skin with enough moisture for it to stay healthy. Mucin is an all-around ingredient that is suitable for every skin type and provides the right amount of moisture for oily skin.
Oily-skinned folks prone to enlarged pores will find Elizavecca’s Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask to be a great face mask that shrinks pore size. The small bubbles gently but thoroughly cleanse your skin. Clay masks are great at controlling sebum production and should be used no more than once a week during winter and twice a week during summer. They also shouldn’t be left on too long to dry as they may aggravate your skin.
PUREDERM’s Pore Clean Charcoal Peel-off Mask is a great option for a deep cleansing once every 1-2 weeks. Like clay, charcoal is a strong ingredient that can be extremely dehydrating, especially when paired with a peel-off formula. The charcoal rids skin of dead skin cells and oil, leaving it thoroughly cleansed after the face mask session.
If you have combination skin, it’s important to look for masks with active ingredients that serve multiple needs. Some products formulated for oily skin can work well with combination skin but are too dehydrating for dry areas.
The Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask by Dear, Klairs and Glacial Clay Facial Mask by Skin&LAB feature the same ingredients for oily skin. However, both are paired with other ingredients that are highly moisturizing and soothing. Combination skin can often get irritated because different parts of the skin react differently to different ingredients. The Midnight Blue sheet mask’s tea tree leaf oil and cica simultaneously moisturize and soothe, making it perfectly suited for combination skin. Use this Korean sheet mask once or twice a week during the dry months. For a deeper cleanse, use the Skin&LAB clay mask once a week. Check out what our Beauty Editor has to say about this mask!
For acne-prone combination skin, Benton’s Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel mask is a gentle option that maintains skin’s oil-water balance. Formulated with 80% aloe leaf juice and 10% bee propolis, it moisturizes dry patches and provides the right amount of hydration for the oily T-zone. The natural ingredients and lightweight texture are gentle on skin and can be used a maximum of three times a week without clogging pores or aggravating combination skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you should use a face mask once a week. Soothing, gentle masks formulated with natural ingredients such as oatmeal are great for delicate skin, while salicylic acid should be avoided as it inflames skin. Fragrance-free sheet and gel masks are recommended.
Dear, Klairs is the go-to brand for sensitive skin. Its Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask is perfect for once a week masking thanks to hydrating and non-irritating ingredients such as aloe vera, panthenol, hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf juice, allantoin and cica extract.
Another brand that focuses on naturally derived ingredients is NATURE REPUBLIC. The Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel is free of parabens, minerals, oils and artificial dyes, and can be used on any skin type. Its soft gel texture makes it a safe bet for easily inflamed skin. You can use the gel more than once a week during the drier months.
Oatmeal is highly nutritious and the Saem’s Natural Oatmeal Mask Sheet is great for delivering much-needed nutrition and hydration. This Korean face mask is gentle so you don’t need to worry about it aggravating your skin. Still, it should only be used once a week.