Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Face Masks 411

Hi my name is Catharine and I am a face mask addict. I think that's pretty clear though without me proclaiming it because I talk about these things almost non stop. There really is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and slapping on a face mask before bedtime. With that being said there are zillions of different masks out there so I thought it would nice to slap together a quick little guide talking about all the different types of masks out there! I'm listing out the most common types of masks and the best time to use them!

Sheet Masks. These are suitable for all skin types because the idea behind these things are that they are thin paper/cotton masks soaked in a heavily concentrated mix of the good stuff. You can think of it as a serum liquid and you place the mask on your face and let it dry. What it does is it creates a nice blanket effect on your face so the skin is really able to soak up all the nutrients. These things are to be applied after toner so they are a great extra step in your nighttime skincare routine and it is something I try to incorporate every night. Some of my favorite brands for sheet masks are My Beauty Diary and Baviphat Fruit Juicy Masks.

Peel-Off Masks. These are pretty great masks because they are fairly mess free and basically clean themselves up. The idea behind these are that they are gel masks that you are able to peel off your face once it is dry. Pro-tip: definitely stay away from all hair (brows, loose hairs, ANYTHING) because sometimes these things are strong enough to yank it all out for you! These are a light treatment mask meaning that they are suitable for all skin types. The peeling action is great for sucking up oily areas, clearing out clogged pores, and hydrating drier patches. Basically a win win win all around. Some of my favorite peel-off masks include the Freeman's Feeling Beautiful Pomegranate Peel Off Mask and the Queen Helene Grape Seed Mask.

Wash Off Masks. This one is a big category and is probably the most common type of masks out there. These are the wash off masks, the ones that you leave on your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing them off. These are also suitable for all skin types however you need to make sure to pick the right type for your skin. Below I've listened a few of the common types of wash off masks as well as what type of skin issues they address.

  • Clay and Mud Masks. These guys are ideal for oily skin and acne prone skin. The clay and mud absorbs excess oil and impurities, which helps to clear blemishes. They are drying on your skin so those with dry skin should steer clear or follow up with a thick moisturizer afterwards.
  • Gel Masks. For those with sensitive skin or oily complexions, gel masks are the way to go. They are wonderfully light and soothing on your skin and only need to be wiped off with a damp washcloth afterwards. Gel masks are especially great for sunburned or irritated skin!
  • Exfoliating and Brightening Masks. These masks come in various strengths so even the most sensitive skinned faces can find the right formula! Exfoliating and brightening masks have the same result where it removes dead skin cells will reveal smoother and brighter skin. They are also good for cleansing out pores and help to prevent future problems such as blackheads and blemishes. These come in the forms of a chemical exfoliate which peels off the skin (not as scary as it sounds) as it sits or simply an abrasive mask that sloughs off the dead skin cells as it is rinsed off.
  • Moisturizing Masks. The most basic of masks is a dry skinned girl's best friend. A moisturizing mask as the name implies boosts the moisture levels of your skin with the bonus 

Overnight Masks. This final mask that I'm talking about toes the line of being a true face mask because it is basically like a very thick moisturizer. Overnight masks should be everyone's best friend because even those who suffer from oily skin can benefit from extra hydration at night. Overnight masks are applied as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine and it creates a barrier of moisture on your skin so while you sleep your skin is really to soak in the benefits of your skincare products and get some serious hydration. Some of my favorite overnight masks include the Etude House Collagen Moistfull Sleeping Pack and Laniege Water Sleeping Mask.

What type of face mask is your favorite?

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