Face Mask 101: 5 Masks & How to Use Them
If you're looking to target a troublesome skin issue, face masks are a quick and easy way to revamp your skincare routine. But from sheet masks to clay masks, there's a wide variety of face masks to choose from on the market. Not sure where to start? Check out this quick guide to see which face mask is the best for your skin type!
Try this: Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off
Peel-off masks are probably the most satisfying of the bunch. After applying the gel-based mask to your skin, you’ll wait a few minutes for it to dry (your skin will feel a little tight, but don’t worry!) and then peel it -- along with dead skin cells and the gunk in your pores -- off your face. The result: smooth, refreshed skin, plus the weirdly satisfying feeling of physically peeling away the mask. (Trust us, you’ll understand.)
You should use it if: You have oily skin, you’re concerned about acne, or you want to revamp your dull complexion.
Other peel-off masks to try: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel-Off Mask, Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque
Think of clay masks as a magnet for all the dirt and gunk in your skin -- as the mask dries on your face, it draws out pore-clogging impurities while exfoliating dead skin cells and hydrating your skin.
You should use it if: You have oily/combination skin, you’re concerned about visible pores, or you need a quick spot-treatment for acne.
Other clay masks to try: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask
Try this: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
If you have dry skin, then these masks are your best bet -- cream-based masks are great if you need a hydrating boost to your complexion. Once you coat a layer of the mask on your skin, the thick texture of the mask prevents moisture from evaporating, softening and moisturizing your skin. For an extra kick, try out an overnight mask, like this one from Clinique -- your skin is the most regenerative during your beauty sleep, allowing the cream mask to really work its magic.
You should use it if: You have dry and/or sensitive skin.
Other cream masks to try: Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask, Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
Try this: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask
Originating in South Korea, these individually-wrapped sheet masks are a staple in the Asian skincare market. The mask, saturated with a moisturizing serum, adheres to your face to ensure maximum effectiveness. As a bonus, the mask is quick and mess-free -- you’ll only have to leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and cleanup is as easy as tossing the mask in the trash after you’re done.
Try this: Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask
If you’re part of the “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face” crowd, then why not pull together an all-natural mask of your own? Some of the most nutrient-rich ingredients can be found in your fridge and your pantry -- avocados, bananas, citrus fruits, honey, and greek yogurt are some of the many ingredients you can mix together to create a homemade face mask. If you’re keen on incorporating all-natural masks into your beauty routine but don’t want to go through the fuss of making it at home, then try out organic brands like Lush and their fresh face mask line.
You should use it if: You’re sensitive to ingredients in beauty products and/or you’re on a budget.
Have a favorite face mask of your own? Let us know in the comments below!