Face masks used to be considered an occasional novelty by our ancestors. Now they’ve become an important part of our daily skin care routine. Masks have a lengthy history, but the desired end result has always been the same: we use them to help improve and protect our skin.
Still, it can be a tricky task to figure out which mask is the best one for your particular skin type. The choices seem endless – sleeping masks, hydrogel, cotton, peel-offs, exfoliating pods… With such a wide variety of brands and kinds of masks on the market, how do you narrow down which is your perfect match?
We’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. Here’s a breakdown of the most common and popular mask types, how they work, and which type of skin they work best for.
Normal and Oily Skin: Rubber or Peel-off Masks
Also called modeling masks, rubber masks are thick in both consistency and texture. All that’s needed is to add water, stir the mix, and spread it around the face. It’ll feel a bit like a layer of putty. Let it dry and harden for a few minutes before peeling it off. The main downside to this type of mask is that it has the potential to get messy.
- Lindsay Modeling Rubber Mask ($11 for two): This formula contains alginate, which can also come in powder form and can be found in kelp extract. Mixing it with water turns it into a gel-like mask that clears away dead skin cells and impurities, all while brightening and nourishing the skin.
Normal and Dry Skin: Hydrogel Masks
Hydrogels were introduced to the beauty market by Korean cosmetic companies, and their design is quite ingenious. Essentially they are gel sheets that are formulated to conform to the shape of the user’s face. Thanks to this thin gel layer design, they help lock in moisture more effectively than cotton. Those with dry skin will want to stay away from clay or ultra-drying mud masks, regardless of whether they also have acne. The better option is a hydrogel mask that contains hyaluronic acid. This will help improve hydration and bring the bounce back to your skin.
- SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Mask ($120 for a pack of six): The cooling fibers in this mask are ideal for restoring brightness and relieving redness for stressed skin.
- Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($9): It contains hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Anti-Aging: Water Sleeping Masks
Sleeping masks are ideal for anti-aging, as the skin does most of its restorative activity during the overnight hours. While a person is sleeping, skin metabolism is at its highest and cells begin to renew themselves. Water sleeping masks help skin feel refreshed and moisturized in the morning. All that’s needed is to spread it over the face right before bed.
- Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($23): For dry or stressed skin, the ceramides and ionized mineral water found in this mask provide additional moisture. Orange flower, sandalwood, and rose are added for aromatherapy and promote relaxation as you get ready for bed. To brighten the skin, chestnut and apricot extracts are also included.
Acne-Prone and Oily Skin: Clay Masks
Clay helps to balance skin oils by tightening pores and controlling excess sebum. It also softens and smooths the skin’s surface, so it’s the perfect solution for oily skin. Those who battle acne can have a tough time finding something that works since acne-prone skin overreacts to a lot of products. So for the best results, stay away from balms that clog the pores and ingredients that strip away the oil.
- CosMedix Clear Clarifying Mask ($42): In addition to being a great mask for oily and acne-prone skin, this mask has tea tree oil, which contains aromatherapy benefits and helps clear up sinus congestion.
- First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay ($30): The clay in this mask helps treat congestive pigmentation and redness where old pimples have formed, and it also improves skin texture.
- The Earth Pore Cleansing Clay Mask ($48): This one contains French green clay to help absorb skin shine and lift away blackheads and dirt from pores.
Dark Spots: Exfoliating Masks
Masks containing exfoliating agents are the best option when you want to remove the top layer of dead skin cells from your face. They usually contain microbeads for that very purpose and are applied much like a daily cleanser. Hyper-pigmentation can be difficult to control, so pick up a rinse-off mask with lactic acid. This will help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and irregular pigmentation. Simply massage the mixture onto your face, leave the mask on for the amount of time given in the directions, and then rinse it away using warm water. The downside with these types of masks is that certain brands can be quite pricey.
- Natura Bisse Glyco Extreme Peel ($250): This is definitely one of the more expensive exfoliating face masks on the market, but many dermatologists recommend it for those with acne scars because it’s quite effective in reducing their visibility. It contains a triple enzymatic exfoliation system that helps to give your face a dewy effect while rejuvenating your skin.
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