Facial masks are making quite a resurgence on the skincare scene and are considered to be one of the earliest types of beauty products available. Facial masks have been used for centuries, going as far back as ancient Egyptian times when Cleopatra famously used a mask made of gold and egg whites. Facial masks provide a variety of benefits including:
Deep cleansing - Most daily cleansers and makeup removers can clean your skin by removing makeup, dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. However, a good facial mask can help extract impurities hiding deep below the surface of the skin.
Unclogging pores - Over time dirt, oil and makeup get trapped into our pores making them appear larger and prone to bacterial infection. A great benefit of clay masks is their ability to remove dirt and absorb excess oil as well as eliminate dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin surface. Regular use of facial masks helps minimize debris buildup on the skin and reduces the chances of inflammation and breakouts.
Radiant, glowing skin - The combination of deep cleaning, removal of impurities from pores and blood stimulation due to the process of applying and removing masks can lead to an even skin tone and smoother, softer-feeling skin. Moreover, facial masks help to give your skin a refreshed look and improve the absorption and performance of your other skincare products.
The popularity of facial masks stems from their ability to be tailored to meet your individual skincare needs.
With the countless facial masks available, which one is the best for you? Here's a helpful breakdown of mask types:
Clay masks - Extracts oil and dirt to skin surface; Helps to tighten the skin and absorb excess oil
Cream/gel masks - Great for hydrating dry skin; May contain oils and emollients for added moisture
Cloth masks - Typically saturated with a serum or moisture-rich ingredients that lays on top of the skin and "forces" the skin to absorb product; Great for hydration
Exfoliating masks - A blend of an abrasive material (i.e., exfoliating beads, coffee grinds, etc.) and a cream or clay base; Helps to remove excess dead skin cells from skin surface
Whether you use facial masks regularly or are thinking about including them in your skincare regimen, here are some helpful tips:
- Dab eye cream/gel around the eyes or place cucumbers on top of the eyes; This will help prevent dehydration of the delicate skin around your eyes
- When mask has dried and is ready to come off, place a warm, wet washcloth over your face and gently hold it onto your skin for a few seconds and repeat process a few times; This will loosen and dissolve the mask, making it easier to rinse off and will be gentler on your skin