The question of facial masks always seems to come up every time I plan or create a home care regimen for my clients. Facial masks aren’t always necessarily an integral part of a daily skin care routine, but they do make for a fun and easy way to create a spa-like experience at home. So, depending on individual circumstances, I may or may not recommend a facial mask. What is important to know about facial masks is that they are each uniquely designed to address specific skin conditions to benefit the skin. Here are a few facial mask options I recommend for my clients to rejuvenate their skin while enjoying a relaxing evening of self-care.
Clay and Charcoal Mask
These masks are best known for their purifying and detoxifying properties. They absorb excess oil while drawing out skin impurities such as blackheads and blemishes to decongest clogged pores. Both clay and charcoal masks are best used on oily or acne-prone skin types to gently minimize shine and balance the complexion without stripping the skin.
Hydrating Mask (Sleep Mask)
Sleeping in a facial mask may seem like a messy nightmare; however, a hydrating mask is designed to absorb into the skin to lock in moisture and maximize hydration. These cream-based masks are formulated with antioxidants to strengthen the skin, hyaluronic acid to retain moisture, and nourishing butter and oils such as shea and avocado. Hydrating masks benefit most skin types and are an ideal choice for those with normal to dry skin. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may wear a hydrating mask on its own or layer it on top of your moisturizer.
An exfoliating mask is used to revitalize a dull complexion by eliminating dead skill cells that build up on the surface of the skin. These masks may be formulated with either natural fruit enzymes such as papaya and pineapple, alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic and lactic or a combination of both. Exfoliating masks are great for anyone wanting to brighten their complexion, create an even skin tone appearance by fading discoloration or smooth the overall texture of the skin which helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. These masks should be used no more than once or twice weekly to prevent dryness and irritation.
The sheet mask has become a popular choice for at-home use. They come in a variety of formulations to treat an array of skin care concerns. This type of mask is easy to apply and some of these products have fun designs that make for the perfect #selfcare selfie! Sheet masks are individually packaged and pre-soaked in a wet solution that contains effective ingredients that leave the skin looking fresh and feeling hydrated.
Facial Mask Tips
For best results, facial masks should be applied to skin that has been thoroughly cleansed and toned to allow the active ingredients in the mask to be properly absorbed into the skin.
Except for a sleep mask, facial masks should be rinsed off and followed with the application of appropriate serums and moisturizers.
I recommend using a facial mask no more than once to twice weekly to boost skin’s radiance.
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San Antonio certified esthetician Beauty & Twine uses an age-positive, holistic approach to skincare for women and men looking for long-term solutions that empower them to embrace their natural beauty and reignite confidence in their skin.