#15 Do I really need a face mask?

//#15 Do I really need a face mask?

Well, if you’ve perfect skin, hydrated and blemish free then probably not!

However, if your skin is

  • Dry
  • Breaking out
  • Oily
  • Flaky or
  • Dull and devitalised

Then a mask is going to play an) important supporting role in your home care. (Although for those lucky perfect skin people there’ll be times when a face mask will help your skin to look and feel more hydrated.)

With all masks the key is what works for your skin and what is going to make your skin worse.

So, what type of mask do you need?

Masks come in a variety of forms and formulations…

  • Clay Masks
  • Cream Masks
  • Sheet Masks
  • Peel off Masks
  • Charcoal masks

Clay Masks are great for problematic skin as they help absorb excess oil.

How to Use…

They should be used at least once a week and used AFTER you cleanse and dry your skin. Leave on for about 10 minutes and remove with a gentle cloth and warm water.

And remember you can add a light exfoliation (not scrub) after cleansing to accelerate your masks effectiveness.

Cream Masks are a great addition to your skincare routine—particularly during drying seasonal changes, or anytime your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, radiance, calming, and smoothing (think long haul flights).

Or if you want to give your skin a booster before a big event consider a cream mask with ingredients such as caffeine to make your skin “pop”.

How to use…

With Cream Masks you have two options

  1. Remove
  2. Or leave on overnight

Once again always apply to a clean dry face. After 10 minutes gently remove mask with warm water and a soft cloth and pat dry your skin (don’t rub!). Finish with your normal homecare routine.

Now leaving on overnight is a great idea if you need extra hydration. (To avoid possible staining  use a hand towel on your pillow.)

Sheet Masks

A fabric like material is saturated with a range of ingredients – this is a very popular Korean Beauty staple. Sheet Masks are to be used only once and discarded when done. They are best used if you need extra hydration.

How to Use

Apply to clean dry skin, discard after use and then apply your normal skincare program.

Peel Masks

These masks often contain high concentrations of polyvinyl alcohol (a drying type of alcohol that can sensitise skin.)

As this type of alcohol makes the mask “peel” it is not a recommended as it can make your skin worse.

AND Please don’t think these masks will “peel away” blackheads. They won’t – in fact they only remove the visible “black” the sebum plug is still there.

Charcoal Masks

Don’t bother – really there’s nothing beneficial in these masks (or any skincare products with charcoal).

As no two skins are the same there’s not a one size fits all mask.

The best masks are formulated with different results in mind. So, if your skin is dull, flaky, reddened, uneven, or dehydrated masks can play an important supporting role whether you skin is perfection or simply in need of some extra TLC.