The Best Face Masks for Your Skin
Face masks are an essential part of any girl’s night in, but how much do you actually know about the ones you’re using?
There are various types of face masks, and they all serve a specific purpose. Of course all promise to make your skin clear, soft, and radiant, but all do this in different ways. Some aim to clean your and prevent breakouts, while others promise to soothe your skin younger and more refreshed.
Don’t know which one to choose? Don’t worry. Below is an easy-to-follow guide to understanding the complex world of face masks. But beware, you may be prompted to try one asap…
PEEL-OFF: Anyone who’s ever used a Bioré strip can only imagine how satisfying it is to peel off an entire face mask. A firming mask like GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment ($69) is a great option, popular among beauty bloggers and celebrities. The mask turns into a silvery second skin as it dries, leaving you looking like the tin man by the time you’re ready to remove it. The good news is, it works well too! Icelandic Kelp, Hyaluronic Acid, and Mineral-Rich Glacial Clay helps skin feel younger and more resilient, while soy extracts leave your skin feeling tight and clean.
CLOTH: These are the masks that come in thin sheets. They may look a little silly when you put them on, but they deliver large amounts of active ingredients to your skin efficiently and effectively. Their main focus is to provide radiance and moisture to the skin, relieving you of dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone.
The SK-II cloth face masks ($95) is a popular option. The most effective way to use it is to wash and thoroughly dry your face, apply to skin and then, after 5 to 10 minutes, peel off the mask and rub excess serum into your skin without washing.
TEA-INFUSED: The most common tea masks are either made with green or black tea, and they work best when applied to clean dry skin.
Green tea based masks like, the Boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask ($8) above, soothe skin and also work to brighten the complexion and reduce redness. As a result, they can help you both avoid or quickly get rid of any breakouts.
Black tea based masks, especially those made with Kombucha (which is black tea ferment) like the Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask ($92) above, detoxify while also preventing wrinkles, and make your skin softer and smoother.
CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal removes dirt from your deepest pores, working to unclog them without stripping your skin of essential oils.
The most effective way to use a charcoal mask, like the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25.50) above, is to wash your skin with a cleanser and place a warm towel over your face to open up the pores prior to applying the mask. After about 10 minutes, thoroughly rinse your face to remove it and follow up by applying a moisturizer to combat dryness.
FAST-ACTING: Sometimes you don’t have 10 or 15 minutes to wait for a mask to dry before washing it off. If you want immediate results, then fast-acting masks are the way to go. They only need about a minute to work their magic, making them perfect for anyone in a rush. They focus on boosting the Vitamin B and C levels of your skin, increasing your circulation to increase skin firmness and reduce fatigue while brightening your complexion.
Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($48) is an easy option that works best when you apply it generously to your face and then massage it with warm water using your fingertips. One minute later, rinse it off and reap the benefits.
CLAY: Clay masks detoxify your skin and reduce redness for an overall brighter and smoother complexion. Recommended especially for people with oily and acne-prone skin, these masks can be really heavy so they should only be used once per week to avoid damaging or irritating your skin.
Clay masks, like the Belif Peat Miracle Revital Clay Mask ($40), work best when applied to clean and dry skin. After letting the mask dry, rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.