More than just a popular trend for skincare connoisseurs, face masks are a high-powered solution for a variety of skin concerns and every skin type, including oily, dry, maturing, or even sensitive skin. When your skin needs a little extra RNR, face masks are the way to go.
There are literally hundreds to choose from for a ton of skin issues, whether you need major hydration, a collagen-rich formula, calming concoction, or brightening boost. Feeling lost in the sheet mask shuffle? Confused by the countless mask options on the market? Read on to explore different masks and their key benefits to find your skin’s perfect mask match.
Types of Face Masks
Three popular facial mask types that get real results are clay or mud masks, sheet masks, and sleeping masks:
Sheet masks are rapidly gaining popularity for their quick and easy results, although they have been used in Korean skincare rituals for generations. These moisturising, brightening, skin-loving miracle workers are taking the beauty world by storm with no signs of letting up. Typically, sheet masks are single-use face-shaped fabrics—like paper, fiber, or gel—soaked in a nutrient-packed serum that can be pressed into the skin after the mask is peeled off, instead of rinsing clean.
Sleeping masks are generally a thicker, creamier consistency to leave on overnight and enhance your skin’s natural, nightly repair process with an added dose of active ingredients.
Clay masks are generally a paste-like consistency that you leave on for 10 or 20 minutes for deep cleaning, then rinse off and pat dry. Because they’re clay based, these types of masks act like a magnet and draw out impurities from deep within pores for a clearer, balanced complexion.
Benefits of Face Masks: Masks for Skin Concerns
Think of a face mask as an at-home mini facial. It only takes 10 to 20 minutes, gives your skin a much-needed boost, and can also be a fun and relaxing experience. With clay masks, peel-off masks, sheet masks and everything in between to choose from, deciding which mask is right for you can be an overwhelming or tedious process. To help you figure out where to begin your masking journey, here’s a breakdown by skin concern, along with a few recommendations to help you out. To choose the best facial mask for your skin type, narrow in on your top skin concerns.
Rehydrate: Whether you live in a dry climate or spend your day in an air-conditioned office, there’s no denying how dehydrating the environment can be for our skin. When skin is dehydrated, it looks dull, gets flaky and tight, and may even become excessively oily as skin tries to overcompensate for the dryness. If dryness is your biggest issue, look for masks that rehydrate with ingredients like soothing avocado or moisturising rose extract to quench thirsty skin.
Reenergise Dull Skin: Sun damage, a lack of moisture, and dead skin cell buildup can often lead to skin looking dull or lacklustre. In addition to exfoliating masks or peels, you can also consider masks that contain vitamin C and antioxidants to help brighten and even out skin tone. To energise dull, tired-looking skin turn to revitalising vitamin C and protective antioxidants like green tea extract to re-stimulate your skin’s natural glow and shield it from environmental damage, like a honey face mask with an infusion of citrus for an indulgent treatment that tones and refreshes to reawaken your skin’s vitality.
Resurface: If you’re dealing with trouble spots, a rough skin texture or blemishes, you should focus your skincare efforts on exfoliating your skin to clear clogged pores and resurface the texture of your skin. If your main struggle is acne or an uneven skin tone, look for peel off face masks with resurfacing ingredients, like charcoal. Charcoal masks are gentle, yet effective skin-balancing cleansers that draw out impurities from deep within pores. Charcoal peel off masks are a convenient travel option to avoid the mess of a traditional clay mask and keep your skin clear and calm on-the-go. Exfoliating pore masks that use natural acids and enzymes can help encourage skin cell turnover for an overall clearer, more even complexion. If excess shine is one of your concerns, try an oil-controlling detox mask.
Repair: Finally, there are a whole host of anti-aging masks that can help firm skin for a more youthful look and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While we can’t turn back the clock, we can tackle the early signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles with masks that work to plump up and firm the skin. Opt for masks with potent anti-ageing ingredients like retinols and peptides to improve elasticity, shrink the appearance of pores and make your skin feel firmer. Especially for around the delicate eye area, look for gentle eye sheet masks rich in nutrients and with a doses of hyaluronic acid to replenish and retain essential moisture.
But what’s a girl to do when one area of the face is breaking out and another drying out? Multi-mask! Try a hydrating mask on the dry area and spot treat the blemish-prone area with a black charcoal mask. Get started with a beauty shelf stocked with all the right masks for you when you shop online at Sephora!