All About Masks

  • Use masks to intensively treat your skin concerns.
  • Choose masks based on skin concerns and skin type.
  • Masks can be a great way to hydrate your skin.

Face masks are an important part of your skincare routine. They help to target skin concerns head-on and also make you feel like you’re really giving your skin a treat.

There are so many choices of masks - from clay masks to overnight ones - and each of them have different strengths, so choose the right one for your needs.

Clay Masks

Clay face masks have been around for years, and have been used to target a variety of skin issues. You can use a clay mask to unclog your pores and help balance oily skin. This is often helpful for those who struggle with acne, but the clay’s cleansing properties can also be great for those who live in cities where skin has to contend with pollution.

There are different types of clay that are used in masks, but bentonite and kaolin clay are normally used, and both perform well.

Great for…

  • Acne-prone skin
  • Oily skin
  • Removing dirt and sweat
  • Congested skin
Gel Masks

A gel mask can be a great way to refresh and hydrate your skin quickly, and they can come in useful before a night out or an event where you want to look your best.

Lots of gel masks are cooling formulas, which can also be great to calm skin down after a long day. These masks are also useful if you’re pushed for time as they typically need to sit on the skin for around 10 minutes or sometimes even less.

Great for…

  • Quick hydration
  • Dry and dehydrated skin
  • Before makeup
Sheet Masks

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of sheet masks, another Korean beauty trend. They have grown in popularity over the past few years due to their ability to thoroughly hydrate the skin and get lots of good ingredients to soak in.

Normally, these masks are made from a cotton fabric soaked with essence or serum. You can choose a sheet masks to suit you, whether you want a brightening product or just hydration, there is a sheet mask for you.

Great for…

  • Dry/ dehydrated skin
  • Oily skin that needs balancing
  • Ageing skin
Overnight Masks

When you really want to treat your skin, an overnight mask is a great option. Most options for overnight masks focus on hydration, as this can make your skin look brand new when you wake up.

These masks are a great way to target skin dehydration intensely and can be a lifeline for this skin issue. This is also a great type of mask for those with dry, sensitive and ageing skin.

Great for…

  • Dry or dehydrated skin
  • Damaged or sensitive skin
  • Ageing skin

So, when looking for the right masks, take into account what issues you’re trying to solve and look for products that will really maximise your masking time.

It’s also good to remember that the most important thing for your skin regime is consistency. Just using a face mask once will give you some instant results, but to really get your ultimate glow, build a routine that includes regular masks. This way, over time you’ll up your hydration levels and minimise skin issues.

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