To continue our skin care tips, this week’s focus is on the types and benefits of face masks.
Types of Masks
Not all masks are suitable for all skin types, so it is important to find the ones that work for each particular skin type. Some masks may be too harsh and others may be too creamy, which causes them to clog and work against the skin.
Paste masks help to reduce oils and exfoliate the skin. Most paste masks are a combination of natural ingredients which target certain issues with the skin. This mask can work for any skin type and the effect depends on the ingredients put in the mixture. This type is mostly used in spa’s and by individuals who have problematic skin conditions.
These masks are suitable for individuals with fine lines, dullness (dry and not very radiant) and discoloration. These type of masks allow active ingredients to better penetrate the skin.
These masks are formulated with oats and can be mixed with water or yogurt. Powder masks are known to pull out oils from the skin and also deep cleanse the pores. An example of powder mask is clay mask.
Gel masks are mostly hydrating/cooling. They are beneficial for people with dry and sensitive skin because they help with hydration.
Tip: If a gel mask has chamomile and aloe, then it helps soothe irritated skin. Also, if it has hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, then it tends to hydrate the skin, which will help to reduce water loss. Peel-Away Masks
This is perfect for oily/combination or normal skin because it helps peel away impurities from the skin.
Benefits of Masking
- Masks draw out impurities by drying up acne, rinsing away black heads and shrinking the large pores.
- They exfoliate the skin, thereby reducing clogging.
- They help with hydration of the skin
- They help smoothen and tone the skin
These recommendations will be classified based on skin type.
- Oily / Combination Skin: Clay mask – which can come as a paste, or powder – is the best for these skin types because it helps to remove excess oil without completely drying out the skin.
- Dry / Sensitive Skin: Individuals with this skin type need to look for masks that are moisturizing rather than oil-reducing, like gel masks. Hydrating and moisturizing masks like GlamGlow’s Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment helps replenish and calm your skin.
- Normal Skin: These are the lucky individuals who have countless options and can choose any type of mask they want.
- Dull Skin: For dull skin, exfoliating masks with fruit enzymes or a radiating mask work best. Exfoliating masks – like a peel-away masks – help remove dead cells while radiating masks – such as a sheet mask – brighten the skin.
- Problematic Skin: Purifying masks which mostly come in pastes are the best because it helps draw out imperfections by drying up acne, rinsing away black heads and shrinking large pores.
- Mature Skin: A firming mask – any of the above types with a firming component – is most applicable here. They help to tighten and lift the appearance of the skin by softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
As the cold and dusty months creep up on us, we have to make sure our skin remains fresh!
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