There are so many face masks on the market that you may not know which one to buy or how often to use one. The answer depends on several factors:
- Your skin type
- Your age
- The time of year
- The weather
What Face Masks Can Do
When you use a face mask as part of your skin care routine, it’s usually to target a specific problem. To reverse the signs of aging, to exfoliate, or to clear up acne. Using face masks consistently can help remove impurities, dead skin cells, makeup, excess oil buildup, and generally improve your skin tone.
Before you apply a face mask, make sure you choose one according to your skin type and concern. Regardless of skin type, you need to prep your skin:
- Wash your hands.
- Cleanse your face.
- Use a mild exfoliating product to remove dead skin cells.
- Steam your face to open the pores, this can help the mask adhere better.
Oily skin is more prone to breakouts than dry skin. If you have oily skin you need a mask that unclogs the pores and removes trapped oil and dirt. The Algae Calming Repair Mask works well to draw out the oil, calm inflammation and redness. This mask should only be worn for 15-20 minutes and used no more than three times a week.
Sensitive or Dry Skin
If your skin is on the sensitive or dry side, you need to watch out for facial masks that could stress your skin. A hydrating mask is best and should include hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Aloe, olive oil andr witch hazel are also a plus for extra moisture. Apply the Jellyfish Peptide Oxygen Mask once a week to keep skin deeply moisturized and increase your natural glow.
Mature skin begins to lose elasticity and can look dull. Therefore, a facial mask that hydrates, plumps, and evens skin tone is most helpful to address your anti-aging concerns. Look for masks that feature antioxidants to fight free radicals and collagen to improve elasticity. Shea butter and argan oil can add moisture and help diminish fine lines. Use the Coconut Collagen 3 in 1 Bio-Cell Mask, no more than twice a week.
Niacinimide is an important anti-aging ingredient and is made up of vitamin B3 and amino acids. An exfoliating mask that includes AHA can help remove dead skin cells that make skin look dull.
Consider the Weather
You need to give your skin some extra love when it gets cold outside.
Skin tends to be dryer in the winter than in the summer. When it’s cold outside, your cheeks are prone to becoming red and chapped. You can safely use a moisturizing mask several times a week in the winter.
On the other hand, your skin may need more oil control in the heat of summer. And if you have acne, breakouts may become more apparent. A use a mask that cleanses and refreshes skin. In the summertime use a facial mask only once a week.
In addition to making your skin feel better, a facial mask can provide many benefits. They can:
- Improve skin texture and tone
- Absorb oil and dirt
- Hydrate the skin
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Soften and smooth the skin
- Brighten and tighten
- Increase elasticity
- Reduce under-eye bags and puffiness
- Clear acne and refine pores